There’s a difference between celebrity-gawking locally (seeing P Diddy buying some clothes at Roots in Yorkville), and local celebrity-gawking (catching Stuart Berman eating a burrito at Bar Burrito). At Torontoist, we’d take the local celebs locally any night of the week. And last Friday – the Tangiers‘ CD release party at Lee’s Palace – happened to be such a night.
We first saw Mr Kevin Drew, whom we will not call a Broken Social Scenester, walking south on Grace Street (we were walking up after a Bar Burrito snack no less!). We gave a sheepish “hello dude” to the well-groomed singer, then proceeded on to our bookish apartment in the area. This is proved to be an important event, as we later saw Mr Drew at Lee’s Palace the very same night. But on this occasion, the man gave us a very warm “how do you do” in the form of a head nod. Very cool! Then we saw our old friend Scott Kaija of controller.controller taking a pee in the washroom. After which we bumped into our favourite ex-Local Rabbit Peter Elkas, accompanied by one of his Elkaholics. “I love the jacket,” said Torontoist of Mr Elkas’s tweed sport coat. Also at Lee’s was K-Os (who is pretty well everywhere lately), The Constantines (or at least some of them), various record label people, music journalists and club promoters – who would be too bold to include here.
As for the show, we got there late and heard only older Tangiers material – which was still rather fetching.
But back to the gawk aspect, the Toronto Star City Life section should give this type of coverage to our local music-types instead of those intolerable Marc Anthony sightings in Miami. Think how great the headlines would be: “Amy Millan orders salad, requests dressing on side.”
PS. If you are privy to any such sightings, let us know. (Especially salad-related sightings.)