Tandem Magazine Review of Mod Club Show

By Kerry Doole

January 21, 2011

Despite minimal media attention and coldest night of the winter to date, a capacity crowd showed up at The Mod Club recently to support two heroes of the ‘80s rock scene in Toronto. That was gratifying, and even moreso was the fact that both bands sounded great at a show that marked the first time they shared a bill in 25 years. It was unfortunate that the club’s entrance policy meant some of the crowd shivered outside as Chalk Circle started their set. The group’s melodic and intelligent brand of modern rock was showcased nicely, and virtuoso violinist HUGH MARSH contributed effectively to some songs.

On The Beat 80's Tribute

On The Beat
’80s Tribute
JUNOS ’80s NIGHT: The second of four Juno Awards tributes to the decades nights at the Horseshoe took on the ’80s recently. A capacity crowd turned the club into a sweltering sauna, and some hot action took place on stage as well. The night was started and finished by, respectively, up and coming rockers MODERN SUPERSTITIONS and SAN SEBASTIAN, each playing spirited versions of some Canadian classics of the ’80s. In between, original stars from that decade offered up their hits, in generally impressive fashion. The night was certainly musically eclectic, ranging from rap (MAESTRO FRESH-WES), to new-wave and synth-pop (BLUE PETER, THE SPOONS), commercial pop-rock (PLATINUM BLONDE), and hard rock (ANDY CURRAN of CONEY HATCH and RIK EMMETT of TRIUMPH).

On The Beat ’80s nostalgia

By Kerry Doole
Originally Published: 2011-01-16

BLUE PETER/CHALK CIRCLE: Feeling nostalgic for the ’80s sounds of Toronto new wave? If so, do we have a double bill for you. Two of the best Canadian bands of that decade, Blue Peter and Chalk Circle, are reuniting to share a stage for the first time in 25 years. The show, set for The Mod Club on Jan. 21 (an early show), promises to be a real treat, for the music of both groups has stood the test of time better than that of many of their peers. Their careers ran somewhat consecutively, as Blue Peter formed in 1979 and split up in 1985, while Chalk Circle’s life spanned the 1985-90 period (both groups were smart enough to call it quits at the right time). Each scored national success with many of their singles, but their largest following remained that of their Toronto hometown (heavy airplay on CFNY helped). Perhaps you (or older siblings) remember such hits as “Radio Silence” and “Don’t Walk Past” (Blue Peter) and “April Fool” and “This Mourning” (Chalk Circle), while albums like Radio Silence and Falling (BP) and Mending Wall and As The Crow Flies (CC) were consistently strong. This gig is strongly recommended.