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- Posted on Mar 2nd 2012 4:00PM by Aaron Brophy
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Which member, and what type of song it's going to be is where the mystery begins.
Both Broken Social Scene leader Kevin Drew and sometimes member Jason Collett will be participating in something called the 2012 Juno Concert Series at Toronto's Horsheshoe Tavern on March 3. The event, which supports the charity Musicounts and is meant to promote the upcoming Juno Awards happening April 1 in Ottawa, Ontario, is a giant variety show of sorts with three house bands -- Arkells, the Beauties and the Order of Good Cheer -- playing classic Canadian content covers aided by a cast of all-star level special guests.
Both Drew and Collett will be performing with the Order of Good Cheer and the well-connected Toronto band couldn't help but dangle some of the plans they have for their set -- including something new from one of the BSSers.
"There's been a lot of back and forth and it's been a lot of massaging to get a song nailed down, but we've been dealing with a member of Broken Social Scene and we might be doing an original song that might be a surprise for everyone," says Good Cheer drummer David Tysowski coyly.
"I can tell you for sure we're doing a couple awesome songs with Jason Collett and Kevin Drew, some over-the-top collaborations right now that I can't get into but it certainly deals with platinum-level artists in Canada and also a different genre of music that would have nothing to do with Order Of Good Cheer. But again, I'm sorry, we're working on it right now and we can't divulge more."
The Juno Concert Series started last year when the Awards show was looking for a way to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The idea they came up with was to do four separate variety shows, broken down by decades -- the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s -- in advance of the actual awards.
This year there are two shows, the first of which happened in February and featured the Sadies, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, members of Sloan, Ohbijou, Tokyo Police Club, Rural Alberta Advantage and F---ed Up, along with hip-hop karaoke. The March 3 show will include the Tragically Hip's Gord Sinclair along with members of Our Lady Peace, Born Ruffians, Cuff the Duke, Small Sins, By Divine Right, the Skydiggers as well as names like Ian Blurton and NQ Arbuckle.
Tysowski says there are going to be a number of unbilled super-special guests, too.
"Last year we put together some never-before-seen collaborations the likes of K-OS with Billy Talent or Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) with Billy Talent, and we did songs with Sarah Slean and Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning," he says. "There also are other artists that for a variety of reasons -- because they have shows coming up or something like that -- they actually aren't listed on the poster and the advertisements because of obligations that are coming up.
"Like, we know we're going to be covering songs from an eclectic mix of artists. We'll be tackling some Andy Kim, Metric and Weakerthans, and some really, really sexy gold CanCon from back in the day. We've also got some really good rockin' songs. I'm not going to say Helix -- but I just did -- and we're really stoked about potentially working with a world-renowned opera artist that we can't divulge because we don't know much more than that.
"But I can guarantee you the Cheer set will give you a cavalcade of hit-makers. Only the best in Canadian music."