Anchor Shop Presents
Running Red Lights, Of Gentlemen And Cowards, Hisland
1197 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3
Doors 9:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
Running Red Lights
'Born into a space between the notes of Fleetwood Mac and the words of Sylvia Plath'.
Running Red Lights is an earnest group of four with an inherent energy that moves from physical to spiritual and from the immediate present to the transcendental past. Migrating from small towns all across Eastern Canada to the swelling city of Toronto, Kevin Howley, David Puzak, Jeff Carter and Scarlett Flynn together unite a rallied sound that cleverly weaves knowing and tuneful lyrics into simple catchy pop songs. The band has been compared to the harmonious familiarity of Fleetwood Mac, Of Monsters and Men, Hey Ocean, Coldplay, Grizzly Bears and Said the Whale.
After 7 years on weathered stages and several failed attempts to follow the voices of the industry monarchy Running Red Lights has finally settled into a sound that insists on integrity, uniformity and honesty. Thus far the dawn of 2013 has been progressive and promising. In January 2013 the band released the live performance online web series ‘Telegrams from Room 25′ to respectable viewership. During Canadian Music Week RRL played a highly-praised performance making the 'Toronto Rhapcity' list of top 5 favorite performances of CMW's. Most recently the band has returned from a successful two week tour across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver VIA rail.
Presently Running Red Lights is back on the assembly ground floor self-producing a debut full length album expected for release in the beginning of January 2014. Additionally in support of the September 3rd release of the albums leading single, 'Mulberry Love', RRL is in preparation for a West Coast tour in the Autumn of 2013.
For a closer look at the history of Running Red Lights visit the band website at runningredlights.com
Of Gentlemen And Cowards
Of Gentlemen and Cowards are a Canadian band established in late 2010.
Formed during their freshman year at McMaster University, the young band is a quartet who effortlessly weaves delectable choruses and audience-arresting groove into a sound uniquely their own.
Being a featured act for their university's Welcome Week and Homecoming celebrations, the foursome continued to use their campus and the local Hamilton music scene as a Petri dish to develop their vibrant stage camaraderie and dynamic musical composure. In addition to a two-week tour of Ontario and Quebec during the dog days of summer 2011, their DIY approach to writing, recording, and promoting their operation has allowed them to be featured on Y108's New Music Hour, CHML AM900 and CFMU's Lullabies in Razorland.
Since releasing their demo EP Threads in early 2011, Of Gentlemen and Cowards have shared the stage with the likes of other Canadian groups such as The Reason, Hey Ocean, The Midway State, and the Arkells and along with the "Warminster" release are planning a early 2013 release for their upcoming "Little Cracks, Little Light 7" ".
Winning the 2012 McMaster and subsequent Ontario Campus Music Explosion finals, the band is also due to perform throughout the year at the other campuses involved in the competition and opened up the main stage at this year's Burlington Sound of Music Festival. They performed at this year's James Street Supercrawl where The Hamilton Children's Choir, who lent their vocals to the recent Warminster release, also took the stage. Winning the Redbull Soundstage Audience Choice, they were seen this September on The Late Show With David Letterman in promotion with the film We Made This Movie, in which their song Save Me was selected for inclusion in the official soundtrack.
Whether it be in someone's basement or on a festival stage, the band's passion for music is driven by a love of playing for one another and the audiences in front of them. They can be seen playing throughout university and college campuses this spring in support of their new record "Little Cracks-Little Light".
HISLAND is an unsigned Canadian rock n' roll band, formed in Kitchener, Ontario in July 2010. They've been compared to Deer Tick and Little Joy, with a sound described as "raw and edgy." Hisland is Andrew Silvestro (vocals, guitar), Rob Corrigan (drums, b/g vocals), Mat Araujo (guitar), and Dave Kaduk (bass, keyboard, b/g vocals).
Their debut record "Muckshack" (EP) was released in September 2010. The first track "The Devil" received immediate attention, being nominated for "Best Rock Song" at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and receiving radio play through various online streams and reputable stations, namely ones in South Africa and Argentina.
Building on the momentum from 2010, Andrew was nominated for "Best Male Vocalist" at the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards, and Hisland performed in Austin during SXSW 2011 - a feat musicians dream of fulfilling in their first year as a band. With 2012 wrapped up, Hisland has a lot to look back on: they performed at Canadian Music Fest, opened for Gilby Clarke (Gun N' Roses) at Spring Music Festival, were nominated for "Best Indie Rock" at the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards, and played alongside Faber Drive for their "Lost in Paradise" tour in November 2012.
The band name comes from a private island called "Horseshoe Island," located in The 1000 Islands, Canada. It's home to where the band goes in the summertime to write and hang with friends. With the release of their new EP "So Long As They Are Wild" in September 2012 featuring 5 new tracks you'll want to dance to, 2012 has surely set the stage for Hisland in 2013. We'll just have to see what's next.