SECOND SIGHT, Hey Rosetta!’s first album in nearly four years represents the longest musical gestation in the band’s
history. In part, the delay was due to the lengthy touring cycle following the success of their last album Seeds, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and resulted in the band’s first JUNO nomination and a performance on the JUNO telecast. There was also the band’s determination to expand their sonic horizons and, as songwriter Tim Baker puts it, “let each song come on its own terms and become what it will, unencumbered by some predetermined structure or symbolism or thesis.” So when the band started recording at Montreal’s MixArt studio in late 2013 with producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Stars, Local Natives, Arcade Fire) SECOND SIGHT began as a clutch of these new songs but “There was no concept, no overarching theme to the work,” says Baker. “We had enough songs for an album – but what was the album about? What were we trying to say as artists? How did these songs relate to one another?”
In addition, “We didn’t have a single, which was always a perennial problem for us. We’ve never had a single, but boy did people want one” he says. “At first we kicked against it, but then I saw it as a challenge.” A second studio session was booked at MixArt from which “Kintsukuroi” emerged. It’s a song about real, broken, messy love, the title drawn from the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold, thus producing a new object of beauty with flaws highlighted instead of hidden – the idea being, that the object is actually more beautiful for having been broken.
SECOND SIGHT would also experience a rebirth – a re-breaking and the album’s vital lyrical connective tissue would reassemble to clearly define the common threads in Baker’s lyrics.
Hey Rosetta! | January 29, 2015 | 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.
With stops planned in about 400 communities and 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival | January 30-31, 2015 | 7:00pm | Buy Tickets
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Calling all nuns, goat herders, brown paper packages tied up with string or any of your favourite things! Get ready to sing along with The Sound of Music, the most successful movie musical of all time. Dress up like your favourite character and sing along to the cherished songs in this beloved film, featuring subtitles so you can sing most anything!