Article and Photos by Jason Setnyk
Cornwall Ontario – The Balconies, Rebelle, and Tommy Heatley played a concert at Lola’s Pub in Cornwall on Friday night.
The Balconies, who formed in 2007, are a pop/rock band, originally from Ottawa but who now hail from Toronto Ontario. The band started to get notoriety in 2011 with the release of their debut EP “Kill Count”. The album was produced by Jon Drew, who also produced music by Tokyo Police Club, F#cked Up, and the Arkells. The title song “Kill Count” received lots of radio air play. In 2014, The Balconies released their first full length album entitled “Fast Motions”. It was produced by Arnold Lanni, who has also produced music for bands like Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, and Our Lady Peace. The band has played major festivals and they have toured Canada, the US, and Europe.
“The Balconies are a rock n roll powerhouse! They always put on a great show. Every new album they put out takes a leap in a new direction but stays true to their roots. I’m really looking forward to their new album “RHONDA” which is set to come out in the fall. Jacquie’s strong voice echoed through the place grabbing everyone’s attention. They had us dancing all night,” recounted Spectrasonic music promoter Sheila Dennison.
Rebelle opened for the Balconies at Lola’s Pub in Cornwall. Rebelle, a band that hails Wakefield, Quebec, are making a name for themselves in the Canadian Indie music scene. The bands first live performance was at the legendary Black Sheep Inn. Since then, the band has played major Canadian music festivals such as North by Northesast, Canadian Music Week, and Bluesfest. They have shared the stage with musicians and bands like Lorde, Metric, and Hollerado. Rebelle were also in George Stroumboulopoulos’s top 5 picks for CBC Music Search Light 2016.
Rebelle are a really talented group of people. They’re quickly rising and growing a name for themselves in the Canadian music industry, especially being picked in the top 5 for Strombo’s searchlight competition. They played a killer show and had everybody captivated,” observed Dennison
Tommy Heatley opened the concert for Rebelle and the Balconies at Lola’s.
“”The two bands last night had two unique styles. They are both deserving of the accolades they’ve achieved, but they are still humble enough to rock a little bar in our fine city. You don’t always see bands who genuinely love what they do, but you could see it on their faces. Even after a 5 hour car ride,” said Tommy Heatley who opened the show and who was all the sound tech.
The local musician played a terrific acoustic set himself.
“Tommy Heatley is a great local musician and friend. It was nice to have him there to perform and do sound for the bands. He’ll be back at Lola’s this summer and will help us with future shows,” said Dennison.
Read Jason Setnyk’s interview with Jacquie of The Balconies here.