I went to the private launch at Shopify for the new Hilotrons album yesterday night. The sponsors provided a great spread of food and beer (thanks Kichesippi!). There was even a self-serve cotton-candy machine. Seeing how Shopify has transformed the old Capital Music Hall into such a beautiful space is incredible. There are gorgeous contemporary murals in the main room with a second level housing their offices and apparently a pinball machine. About 100 friends and family filled the venue for an intimate performance.
Mike Dubue performed a solo set on keyboard and took requests from the audience that sat at nearby tables or stood by the bar for his 30 minute set mixing old songs like with new. A film reel of Mike’s past videos and silent films he’s provided scores for was screened.
Despite the band being around for the bulk of my time in Ottawa, I never saw the Hilotrons in full band form and I never shall. It seems a crime because I’ve had Happyomatic on white vinyl in my collection since it was released in 2008. The band announced their breakup last Fall, but that’s not going to stop me from picking up the new album on Kelp Records. I love this track alone from it.
It was awesome to see so many musicians and arts community supporters in the venue. Running into Fevers is always a pleasure- excited to hear that recording their album is going well (they have an amazing producer!). Same goes for chatting with the organizer of the Arboretum Festival. It’s just great catching up with so many inspiring individuals who are contributing towards making Ottawa a vibrant arts community.
Now to drop the needle on this album… You can pick At Least There’s Commotion, up for yourself on February 5 across Canada.
(P.s. While I was waiting for a friend to arrive, I got complimented by Canadian opera star Measha Brueggergosman on my spiked NYC rainboots and purse- she had wicked style too!)