When the February blahs inevitably morph into the March mehs, what one needs is a solid dose of music that forces you to pull up your bootstraps, literally and figuratively.
In the last several years, country music has increased in popularity: biopics of its more notable innovators are almost always hits, and judging from a cursory glance at how much cowboy boots fetch at vintage shops, the tipping point has already happened. Some might attribute this to an increasing disdain toward formula bands, while others might equate it with an ironic nod to so-called “low culture”. Whatever the reasons, many will agree that country music rules, and with this in mind, DJ and Kickball enthusiast Andrew Ennals has organized Saddle Up!, a barn burner of a night dedicated to dancing and drinking with greats such as Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, and, of course, Johnny Cash. (Ennals has assured Torontoist that country’s “new” relatives aren’t invited: in other words, no one will suffer Mr. Kidman.)
Saddle Up! takes place on Friday, March 16 at the Canadian Corps Hall (201 Niagara Street, at King). It runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Photo by katastrophik from Flickr