The next instalment of Toronto’s celebrated Four Corners concert series takes place July 22nd, with performances from four of the city’s most exciting live acts – Dentata, Tropics, Boars, and the Soupcans. The unique format of the series, which sees the bands exchanging songs from four corners of the venerable Steelworkers Hall, guarantees attendees a dynamic experience – unlike any other concert they’re likely to attend this summer.
Launched last year, previous instalments of the series have featured some of the country’s most distinguished live acts, including Anagram, Quest for Fire, Teenanger, and Lullabye Arkestra. “This time around, we decided to focus on a new crop of bands who will be making waves for years to come”, says promoter Corey Wells.
Tropics (a duo featuring prolific local songwriter Slim Twig) and the Soupcans have both released vinyl on the Pleasance Records imprint over the past year, while Boars are preparing a new EP for an upcoming release on Standard Form. Dentata, whose forthcoming, highly-anticipated debut record will be released on local heavyweight Blue Fog Recordings, recently shot a music video with famed New York City filmmaker and photographer Richard Kern.
According to Wells, Four Corners is simply responding to the deficiencies of the conventional concert experience. “Most shows start around 9 pm and run ‘til late. Even if you’re a fan of all the bands on a bill, that’s a long time to hang out in any one place, especially if it’s a dark, dingy bar in the middle of the summer. With Four Corners we’re trying to condense all of the best aspects of the things we enjoy – bands, BBQ and buddies – into a few hours.”
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