As part of the University of Toronto’s frosh week, the Students’ Administrative Council hosted Metric and the Weakerthans on their back campus on Friday evening. Ignoring, for a moment, that Ryerson hosted Metric for their frosh week last year, that the band was delayed by an hour, seemed even grumpier than the increasingly impatient crowd when they arrived, played a short set, and didn’t play an encore (met with audience shouts of “now I’m definitely not buying a t-shirt”), it was…uh, well it was a good set. Emily Haines managed to be indifferent and charismatic at the same time, and the band went through a few mostly-new tracks, with a slight reinterpretation of “The Police and the Private” and a drawn-out and distorted “Dead Disco” serving as the show’s high points.
Still, most in the crowd who stayed for the whole show (to get from the start of the Weakerthans’ set – who played for forty minutes – to the end of Metric’s – who played for an hour – took a total of three and a half hours) left a bit jaded, especially after the band decided to forgo an encore. Then again, the audience was composed entirely of U of T students, so the jadedness may just go with the territory.
Stay tuned for next year’s U of T concert, when the hallowed if slightly uncool institution will probably host The Stills, Ryerson’s headliner this year. Hey, at least they’re trying.
More photos from the concert are available in the show’s Flickr set. Emily Haines, Metric’s lead singer, will be headlining V Fest in Broken Social Scene this afternoon.