Concert Review: Misteur Valaire at Wrongbar

Band: Misteur Valaire
Venue: WrongBar
Date: May 28, 2011
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

By Aaron Binder
Photos by Aaron Binder

So dreamy.

Get up people! Dance! Speak in French! Strip down!  What is a television or computer for anyway when you can fit an entire lifetime of mind-blowing entertainment into a one-hour set of music?  As modern humans we tend to be so wrapped up in the everyday that we often find it difficult to remember that we need to wave our hands in the air, shake our hips and live for the moment sometimes.  That leaves you two options, either take dance classes or the better option – pay to have Misteur Valaire teach you.

As many bands do, Misteur Valaire is a band hailing from Montreal.  Their particular style of swagger can be described as distinctly Quebec and incredibly sexy, thanks to the combination of accents combined with matching uniforms at live shows and the fact that they could turn an old folks home into a dance party.

To preface this live review, give your ears the pleasure of listening to this song.

Listened? Good.  Now imagine that played at your local venue with those five bouncy dudes from Sherbrooke dancing around the stage. Then imagine those darling Francophone sex symbols staring into your eyes as your ears become lost in the fattest live sound they’ve ever heard.  This is a band that is as much about the music as they are about the show, stripping layers of clothing off, putting new layers on and taking those new layers off again throughout their concerts.  If they put as much effort into lovemaking as they put into their music they are undoubtedly sex-gods.

You may be thinking to yourself ‘that’s all well and good, but what about the music?’.  It’s tight.  It’s tight, even with each member picking up at least 2 different instruments throughout their show they manage their stage well even with the dancing and come off almost flawless.  It is obvious they’ve played together for many years, each member pranking others while on stage, making every interaction seem unplanned and organic.  It is the most beautiful amalgamation of rock and electronic possible, a dj kit with 2 percussion sets, 3 keyboards, bass, guitar and a horn section, this is a band that should have 11 members but shakes it fast enough to work with 5.

You’ve got to love a band that gets a crowd of 150 people dancing like they’re from Brazil. It usually takes a lot for Toronto to move at a concert but these boys had a group of people moving left-right like a group of hyperactive seniors.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go rob a bank so I can follow them around the country on their next tour.


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