Concert Review // July Talk @ Hart House Great Hall, University of Toronto

July TalkJuly Talk performed before an audience of University of Toronto students on January 16th at the Hart House Great Hall on U of T campus.  The Toronto-based alt-rock band played a free event for U of T students during the school’s annual Frost Week festivities.  Since debuting with their first album in October 2013, the band has been able to reach a well-deserved fan base that was apparent in the nearly full auditorium on Thursday night.  Consisting of Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay on vocals, along with bassist Josh Warburton, guitarist Ian Docherty, and drummer Danny Miles, July Talk presented a high-tempo, highly interactive night to remember.

Kicking off with The Garden, July Talk performed their entire self-titled LP.  From the first song to the last the band was enthusiastic and passionate, leaving a great impression.  My personal favourites included Guns and Ammunition, Paper Girl, and Brother.  Those in attendance seemingly most appreciated Paper Girl, the second-to-last song of the night before the quintet came back out for an encore, concluding with Black Lace.  Dancing and singing along, the audience was almost as enthusiastic as the band, which seems to be something that you should come to expect at a July Talk concert.

The venue was one that suited July Talk’s style very well.  Hart House provided a great sounding and notably well decorated auditorium that featured overhead lights, purple-lit walls, and an attractive visual show to accompany the performance.  The intimate room had the audience within a few feet of the band, enabling their frequent fan interactions.  These interactions included Fay walking through the middle of the crowd and back, inviting audience members up on stage, and most notably selecting two men to come on stage for a wet T-shirt contest in which she poured her water bottle over the two lads before playing the final song of the night.

July Talk played an exciting, fast, intense, and most of all memorable show.  Attending a July Talk concert should not leave you with any regrets.

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Connor Bennett | @ConnorRBennet

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