and at Lower Bay Sta­tion,

Fri­day, May 11. Rat­ing: NNNN There were swarms of peo­ple on a subway plat­form Fri­day night yet, for once, no one was mad at the TTC.

The all-lo­cal CMW Un­der­ground show­case was or­ga­nized by Deliluh’s Kyle Knapp and pro­moter Dan Burke with help from coun­cil­lor Josh Colle. It took place in Lower Bay Sta­tion, the de­com­mis­sioned subway sta­tion be­neath Bay, which was aban­doned shortly after it opened in 1966.

Though it was an un­likely site for a show, there isn’t a more Toron­to­nian set­ting than a relic of some grand tran­sit plan that was never fully re­al­ized. Two parked subway trains acted as bar­ri­ers to the tracks, also pro­vid­ing a con­ve­nient loung­ing area be­tween sets and a fun van­tage point look­ing out onto the plat­form where the artists per­formed.

There was an air of elec­tric­ity, which Scar­bor­ough’s Tyriqueordie seized upon for his open­ing set, which mixed jun­gle and drum and bass with en­er­getic rap­ping. He fre­quently re­minded the au­di­ence “We’re mak­ing his­tory tonight!”

E-Saggila’s brood­ing techno took ad­van­tage of the sub­ter­ranean sur­round­ings, its low bass rum­bles blend­ing per­fectly with those of pass­ing trains over­head. Deliluh’s long synth drones and sonorous sax was also apt, be­fore they delved into their noisy, knotty, ex­per­i­men­tal post-punk.

Hav­ing started in the base­ments of an­ar­chist book­stores and in the back of skate shops, Fucked Up were right at home in the tran­si­tory space. Fo­cus­ing on a steady stream of hits (and a new song from their up­com­ing record), the Toronto punks topped off the night do­ing what they do best: turn­ing mo­ments of brevity into in­deli­ble mem­o­ries.

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