By now, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Broken Social Scene live. But not like this.
Since their reunion in 2015, they iconic Toronto collective, which spearheaded the careers of artists like Emily Haines, Feist, Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, could usually be found on stage at summer festivals. If you’re lucky, you might catch them at a club show. But their recent intimate Lotto Max Up Close gig, first in a series at the Phoenix Concert Theatre was of a different quality.
Not only was the venue filled with activities — not to mention potential prizes courtesy of Lotto Max — but there’s something almost surreal watching Broken Social Scene cram onto a stage that’s barely bigger than they are.
With their expected one hour set stretching nearly twice as long, the group took to their floor for the encore. It was “Halfway Home” with a twist; before the show, 60 lucky fans hung out with the band who, in addition to getting signed lyric sheets for the song, got a quick run-through on how to sing it. It culminated at the end of the night when, circled around a 360º camera on the venue floor and surrounded by loyal fans. It’s not hyperbole to say the results were stunning, if not outright chill-inducing.
Couldn’t make it? Relive as much of the magic as possible in the pictures below:
Kevin Drew walks the meet and greet through “Halfway Home”
Later, the band joined fans on the floor to sing it
Even with a few members missing in action, Broken Social Scene’s familial form took up much of the stage
Outside of the main hall, fans had the chance to play with a “digital colouring book,” adding their own artistic flair to the band’s album art
Lotto Max also brought in a Wind Tunnel. Fans tried their luck at grabbing lottery vouchers and pre-paid credit cards
Broken Social Scene is a family. This night, they invited fans to be a part of that family
And yeah, it was a blast
Feeling the FOMO yet? A look at the setlist oughta do it…