Thursday night at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga was pretty special. Canada’s own Theory of a Deadman rolled into town and played unplugged and cranked up for the TOAD Faithful.
The last time I was at a Theory of a Dead Man show was back in the early 2000’s at Wax Nightclub in Kitchener. The band came through town with heavy guitar riffs and smokin’ vocals and put on one hell of a show. Fast-forward about 12-13 years and I am catching the same band, but this time it isn’t in a dark overcrowded night club that was playing host to the band. On this night they were playing in a beautiful theatre with sets that were stripped down and back to the basics. Lead singer Tyler Connolly has one hell of a voice that seems to go to the next level in this type of setting.
The night kicked off with a rousing rendition of Lowlife and the fellas didn’t look back. They cranked through some of the band’s most well known cuts like Nothing Could Come Between Us and Make Up Your Mind. It was No Surprise the folks taking in the Thursday night performance were impressed. This wasn’t the big rock show. It was more like getting the chance to sit in the band’s rehearsal studio and have them jam out a few tunes for you.
This was a stripped down and unplugged TOAD; no big stacks of amps sitting behind them – just stools, instruments and a couple tables with a beverage or two. The tables also had candelabras on each of them to set the mood a little more subtly. The cool part about a show like this is the banter between songs that you sometimes lose during the big rock show, that builds a rapport with the audience beyond the musical connection. Tyler wasn’t shy talking about the bands early days and how music is something that makes us feel something. And in an intimate setting like the Living Arts Centre along with the great tunes this may very well make one of my Top 3 performances of 2016. Unplugged is just something I LOVE! The Mason Jar Sessions were born on the idea that the songs the artists sing are their stories. TOAD has a few more shows left before they wrap up 2016. Check out the dates HERE. We want to thank the Living Arts Centre for the great hospitality and to Theory of a Deadman for having us.
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76