Toronto Wed Feb 12th, 2020
By David Silva
Photos by Andrew Clowater
The Rolling Stones, The Police, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Crowded House, Bryan Adams, Stompin Tom Connors. Well, now you can add Toronto’s Johnson’s Creek to this esteemed list who have tread the boards at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
It may have been just an industry showcase but patrons in the room reacted like this local outfit are already a seasoned unit with a 40-minute set that was as tight and professional as any established country band in this country.
In frontman Glenn Code, the band possesses a forceful frontman with a strong voice and a great on-stage presence and he’s supported by solid musicianship from guitarist Mike Lanteigne and bassist Mike Crombez. With additional support from drummer Johnny Rev and guitarist Dan Maggi, Johnson’s Creek are making great strides to establish themselves as an A-class outfit with summer concert dates already booked for Calgary Country Thunder, Cavendish Beach and a Manitoba opening slot for The Reklaws.
With a new EP `Light Up The Honky Tonk to plug, the band spent their time slot performing their new material, opening up with their title track before tackling “Ocean Fantasy”, one of the EP’s stand-out numbers.
Their rocking “I Like It Dirty” included a snippet of “Blow At High Dough” as a salute to the Hip with a final shout out to Kim Mitchell’s “I Am A Wild Party” while “Boots” possesses a soulful lyric that could be a classic if given the right exposure.
With a heavy touring schedule shaping up for 2020, Johnson’s Creek is set to go from strength to strength as they build a solid following. Definitely worth, checking out.
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