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If you love poutine, move to Montreal: Woodhands & Cadence Weapon @ Zoobizarre

Posted by Goran / October 13, 2008

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You can’t go wrong with Zoobizarre. It’s ideal for smaller and more intimate performances. Its somewhat less central location gives you the opportunity to visit the unique and modernly portico-ed Plaza St-Hubert neighbourhood circa Beaubien and St. Hubert. You also can’t go wrong with Woodhands and Cadence Weapon on the same bill. These two acts have been hitting the road pretty hard.

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From Pop Montreal to the Halifax Pop Explosion, Woodhands have been grinding it out and nonstop touring (except for the stops at which they play…). In fact, their Perspirationful Portuguese Federation after-party on the opening night of Pop, was one of the highlights of this year's festival. They rocked the house until 4 am with the help of some cameo singers, dancing pop performers, and an exuberant party crowd. Had I been forced to a shotgun marriage on the following morning, they would have been my shotgun wedding band of choice. The way I see it, Woodhands are ideal for sweat-dancing the night away into the wee early morning hours, not for fighting. Thus, it's as hard to see them open up for Cadence Weapon, as it is awkward to unexpectedly run into an angry ex. But like seeing them precede We Are Wolves at this summer’s Jazz Fest, it was nice just to see them again.

The bizarre animals at Zoobizarre roared when Cadence Weapon announced that he was strongly contemplating moving to our lovely town. The idea seemed fueled by his admiration of poutine, which he expressed through song. Boo's ensued as he admitted to lacking French linguistic skillz. Touring in support of his new Epitaph Records release, Afterparty Babies, Teddy put on an lively performance. Though not the tightest M.C. on the market, his wit, charisma and strong stage presence made the party tick like clockwork. His hot auto-produced beats reflect his progressive production talents, and a uniquely Canadian approach to modern hip-hop. He thinks it's time for Canadian rappers to stop pretending they're from New York and show some homegrown originality. I agree.

Photos from respective myspace.com/cadenceweaponmusic and flickr user Doudou

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