Are people finally getting it? Good live music finally has some people show up to see it…and Cory takes the credit somehow

Alex Giguere of Beatdown at Pogue Mahone on Nov. 9. PHOTO BY CORY HOPE

Cory Hope, Arts and Entertainment Editor  Ω

I don’t know where everybody has been for all the shows I’ve gone to at Pogue Mahone since September, but they’ve all started to show up again.

Perhaps it was a matter of people finding the time to make it to the north shore instead of hitting downtown, or maybe there is a new crowd that is just discovering the place.

The narcissist in me believes it is due to the influence of the arts and entertainment editor of The Omega constantly berating people for not doing what he thinks is cool.

With that, here’s a roundup of what you might have missed if you have yet to fall under his influence.

Yukon Blonde hails physically from Vancouver but musically they are lost in time.

An indie-rock band originally formed in 2005 and saturated with rock from the 1970s, they have a musical edge that few bands I’ve seen live can compare to, making direct comparisons to other bands difficult at best.

They’re currently on tour in the United States promoting their new EP titled “Fire/Water” (an EP, all you digital downloaders, is a reference to things that used to be available in places called “record stores” and were too short to be considered a full-length album, but longer than a single).

They’re playing over 60 shows from September to December, and then continuing to Australia, where they will be bringing in the new year at The Brisbane Powerhouse.

They played to a diverse crowd at Pogue Mahone on Wednesday night, with people of all ages (over 19) and many different walks of life (if we’re going to judge the books by their covers) enjoying the show.

Thursday night saw the return of the Beatdown from Montreal playing a free show at Pogue Mahone.

The Beatdown play a smooth version of ska, not slow enough to be reggae, but not as fast as a typical ska band.

Alex Giguere’s vocals style reminds me of menthol cigarettes – simultaneously rough and smooth.

The band worked their way through two back-to-back sets of original tunes as well as covers of favourites from bands such as The Clash.

Having already worked the crowd into a dancing mood, The Beatdown skipped the break they were going to take in between their sets and just kept playing.

On Saturday night, it was noisy even by my standards.

I don’t usually go to metal shows, but I went out in the spirit of broadening my musical horizons to see Pangaia, Slagduster, and Fenrirs Thirst.

I do admit to having preconceived notions about metal shows and I haven’t been to one in years.

I will also admit to having a good time and being surprised at how friendly the crowd was.

In between songs each of the bands would surprise me with their ability to speak in a normal tone of voice after singing (I’m using that term very loosely here) in tones that would probably send me to the hospital to have some form of vocal-chord reconstruction should I attempt to keep up with them.

From indie-rock to ska to metal, Pogue Mahone brought in enough variety this week to placate many a musical palate.

Shawn McLeod, entertainment manager at Pogue Mahone, gave me four tickets to The Sword to give away.

If you’d like a free ticket to see them on Nov. 24, email me at with the answer to the following skill-testing question:

What is the sum of 1 + 1?

I’m not going to give them all to one person, by the way (to avoid giving them to industrious scalpers), so if you’ve got a couple of friends that want to go, tell them to email me separately.

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  1. m Nov. 17, 2011