REVIEW: HOMESHAKE AT LEE'S PALACE

 Peter Sagar AKA Homeshake

Peter Sagar AKA Homeshake

Montreal-based, indie-pop artist Homeshake was in town this Sunday, playing at Lee’s Palace.

Homeshake, otherwise known as Peter Sagar, graced Toronto this weekend with not one, but two performances. After the Sunday night show sold out, another was added for Friday at the Horseshoe Tavern (although according to Sagar himself, the Lee’s show was better (I’m choosing to believe this is true and not something he says at every show)).

The show opened with LA Timpa, a Toronto-based producer. Like Sagar, Timpa has a similar lo-fi approach to his productions, though he creates a more erie, tense tone around his sweet vocals. The audience dug it, swaying to the music but near the end of his set it was apparent that they were getting restless for the headliner.

Homeshake took the stage with a generously poured glass of whisky (ok, I’m guessing but it looked like whisky) and his characteristic low energy approach.

He kicked off the show with “Hello, Welcome,” the opener to his 2017 album, Fresh Air, and immediately Lee’s Palace became a mass of sweaty bodies grooving together.

His music is the perfect chill, slacker sound for a Sunday night—a vibe that was clearly influenced from his days as Mac Demarco’s tour guitarist. But the slacker sound is where their similarities as performers end. While Demarco is totally wild onstage, often crowd surfing and removing his clothes, Sagar keeps his performance as laid back as his music.

The venue had the added bonus of saving money on smoke machines—it didn’t take long before a cloud of weed smoke hovered over the room. Nobody cared about this added ambience though because really, who didn’t see that coming?

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As he didn’t have any new music to showcase, he played through a mix of songs from his three albums, In The Shower, Midnight Snack and Fresh Air. However, The crowd was treated to a sample of music that Saggar is currently working on. At the moment, the track lives on his phone so he held it to the microphone for everyone to hear—it suffices to say that Saggar has some sweet tunes in store for us.

As the night began to come to a close, Sagar let the audience know “We’re going to play three more songs, after that we’ll, I don’t know, probably have a few drinks and just go to bed.”

True to his word, after the last song ended, they left the stage with no encore in store. The lights turned back on to signal it was time for everybody to GTFO—it was a simple and straightforward ending for a performer who shies away from attention grabbing moments.

By Robyn Bell

Robyn Bell