The event also featured Harry Rosen CEO and Chairman Larry Rosen as well as Managing Director for Hugo Boss Canada Lanita Layton for a meet and greet with the store’s clients. Reports have been popping up that Calgary is attracting more and more high-end brands so it’s not really a surprise that Harry Rosen would want to treat their customers to such an event.
Eight and a Half is a Canadian ‘Supergroup’ of sorts, as it is comprised of 2 ex-members of the band The Stills, and the former drummer of Broken Social Scene. However, the band is more than a sum of it’s parts, as artists they’ve found a new sound that is a departure from the projects they’ve previous worked with.
“The sound of the band was a combination of it being a three piece, and when we were writing the record and jamming, I was more focused on trying to make [vocal] melodies and less on playing guitar… It wasn’t premeditated it just sort of happened that way” explained the band’s front man Dave Hamelin.
Before going on hiatus, the Stills had 5 members, and Broken Social Scene could have up to 19 musicians involved at any given time. The group dynamic of a band definitely adds to the sound, but it can also create problems, more members makes touring that much more expensive. Hamelin remarked that he didn’t want the band to go out and “blow a bunch of someone else’s money” on tour. For now the band is holding it’s chips and writing/recording another album before a big tour in 2013.
We might have some time to wait before another performance by Eight and a Half, but Hamelin has some fond memories of Calgary so there is a good chance he’ll be back:
“I remember I bought my first pair of expensive boots here in Calgary, [album] sales were really good, and I remember thinking ‘I need a pair of rock and roll boots’,”
And who said Calgary is not a shopping destination?