Metric @ The Commodore Ballroom – June 23rd 2012


Anyone who has seen Emily Haines perform can attest to her star power. People talk about that je ne sais quoi that certain artists have, well she has it and it is intense.

Last night Emily performed with her band, Metric, as the Commodore Ballroom. The night was the kick-off of the Synthetica tour. A special invite only night put on by Rogers Communications. The only way to get in the door was to win tickets, or have someone sneak you on the guest list. My partner-in-crime and I were in the latter group, thanks to some great peeps at Rogers.

As I walked into the dance floor, I was captivated by the crowd. Their was this energy in the air, that instantly made it feel special. People were being a little nicer, being a little chummier, and definitely being a little happier. Whatever caused this spark in the audience, it was fun to experience and exciting to be apart of.

I ventured through the horde and just observed people. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I just walk around and watch interactions of the masses; I am a silent observer. Sure I may be judging from time to time, and a little creepy by just staring at folks, but it really helps me to learn about humanity, and about the show I am attending. If you want to really understand something you have to observe it, people are no different.

After my people gazing, I worked up to the front of the stage. I sat there in anticipation of the performance. It was exciting. Metric can sell out much bigger venues, they could sell out the Vogue Theatre, or probably even the PNE Forum, but I was standing there waiting for them to take the stage at the Commodore Ballroom. All I can say is ‘Heck yeah!’.

The lights lowered and the crowd roared. The 4 piece band stepped from behind the curtain and took to the stage. This would be the last semi-sane moment of the night.

The band blasted off into Artificial Nocturne, the title track from Synthetica. I looked behind me and saw the outstretched hands of eager fans, reaching for the band. The entire floor was a solid mass of rhythmic mayhem. It was an instant intensity, something you don’t see all the time. I knew this night was going to be special.

The next few songs were also off Synthetica, pretty fitting as this is the Synthetica tour. The energy level strayed pinned at ten through the entire night. Emily Haines strutted around the stage with her quirky gestures and her long lean legs. She was the center of it all, the focus of every eye. She would work her keyboards and then take the mic for a stroll and tease the photographers with unique poses and a mild pucker of her lips. She definitely has that lead singed edge that every bands strives to find.

The band played for the better part of ninety minutes, and then capped off the night with an acoustic version of Gimme Sympathy. It was a great send off for the night and left everyone in good spirits. As the crowd filtered towards the exits, we were all given free posters. A little commemorative piece with the date, and venue name.

Rogers and Metric put on a great little soirée. You would be hard pressed to find someone with something negative to say about this show. It was fun, high energy, and best of all it was free. Emily Haines and her pals in Metric are somewhat of a local staple. I have seen then perform about eight times, and I have yet to be disappointed. To those in the band I like to say thank you, it was a pleasure to bare witness to such a strong performance.

For those interested here is the full song list.

Metric Set List
Artificial Nocturne
Youth Without Youth
Dreams So Real
Lost Kitten
The Void
Stadium Love
Monter Hospital
Gold Gun Girls
Gimme Sympathy (Acoustic)

Photos © Jamie Taylor

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