Turning Up The Silence

United Power Soul at Silence in Guelph, ON.

United Power Soul at Silence in Guelph, ON.

Road conditions were less than ideal on the way to the gig in Guelph, ON.

Road conditions were less than ideal on the way to the gig in Guelph, ON.

The city of Guelph is an hour away from Toronto, but for a band of six, it sure feels like a lot farther.

When we were first offered to play at the Silence venue, I told Jordin it was a good idea. As a former editor of the Soundlist, I was familiar with the venue, and had always wanted to do something there. 

It was well timed at just over a week after our show at the Horseshoe, so the band was fresh from a month of rehearsals. 

Leading up to the show, the weather conditions were not looking great. I told Jordin we could always cancel if we had to, to which he was adamant that would not be happening. As we set out on a snowy Saturday afternoon, it was good that we plowed on, as one of the other bands on the bill didn’t make it to the show that night. 

Elliott and Ryan on stage at the gig in Guleph

Elliott and Ryan on stage at the gig in Guleph

We loaded in and did a sound check in the cool gallery space.  The venue is covered in original artworks by local painters.  The green room was perhaps one of the cleanest and most comfortable we've ever seen. I was happy to see kombucha was on tap, for which I put my drink ticket towards. There was a Harvey’s around the corner which fed me dinner, and although they put way too much hot sauce on my chicken wrap, I was ready to play. 

Kennedy, David and Jordin performing at Silence.

Kennedy, David and Jordin performing at Silence.

The turnout was a little low, which was almost expected with poor conditions of the day. Winter time is a bit of a crapshoot overall for getting people out, but it’s great for a band that’s just greasing the wheels on its live performance.  There are more availabilities in the booking calendar for venues, and the pressure is a little lower in general. It was great to see that people who did come out to the show were eager to dance and have fun.

We played a good set for our show at Silence. There were a few flubs here and there but nothing that can’t be fixed for our next show at the Piston on March 14th. 

After our set we heard from Cygnus, who belt out a heavy sound inspired by progressive rock and fusion jazz. Even though we all enjoyed it, I could tell our guitarist Kennedy was digging it the most. 

Next week Jordin and Ryan are going out of town (not together I presume), and then we’re back at the rehearsal space to prep new songs and refresh the setlist.

The band takes it easy after the set in the 'Sparrow's Nest'. (Left to Right: Kennedy Liu, Ryan MacKellar, Jordin Mimran, Brandon Pike, Elliott Fienberg, David Lara Rovira)

The band takes it easy after the set in the 'Sparrow's Nest'. (Left to Right: Kennedy Liu, Ryan MacKellar, Jordin Mimran, Brandon Pike, Elliott Fienberg, David Lara Rovira)

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