"It was a ripper of a night" Toronto's Skye Wallace Gets Incendiary in Saskatoon
by Scott Roos
photos by Deanna Roos
This past Friday, November 4th, Toronto power pop punker Skye Wallace ignited the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon with a ferocious set of predominantly original tunes. Wallace is currently on tour in support of her recently released full length entitled Terribly Good. The Cap show was her sixth of the tour and the band was in fine form.
"It was a ripper of a night. The Capitol (Music Club) is a really cool room," remarked Wallace in a conversation with NSMZ after her set.
Backing up Wallace were Gina Kennedy (keys), J Strautman (Bass), Devon Lougheed (guitar), and Regina's own Chris Dimas (drums). Dimas only recently joined Wallace's band but has clearly been impactful. In general, the entire group exudes quality musicianship and has the stage presence to match. Collectively, they are super fun to watch.
"(Chris Dimas) fits the vibe (of our band) so well and brings a lot of dynamic and energy to the live show - he’s so so talented and is an absolute joy as a person," raved Wallace of Dimas's prowess on the drums.
Speaking of that energy, it's been a wild ride for Wallace. Beginning her career roughly a decade ago with more of a rootsy, folksy, singer-songwriter vibe, Wallace, over time, has evolved into something heavier, more energetic and "balls out".
"This is the sound I’ve kind of always been after. I think rock music operates at a really interesting frequency that makes people break down their walls and access themselves and each other. (It) feels like a special place to interact over the energy of a rock show and I feel really excited to keep doing it for the remaining 12 dates of the tour," added Wallace.
Opening for Wallace was local to Saskatoon favourite Velours. Velours, whose scene street cred in the City of Bridges has been steadily growing since embarking on her career in the music business, proved to be more than capable and up to the task of getting the crowd ready for Wallace. Her liveliness and vigor along with her hook laden songs were a great addition to the billing. In fact, it's too bad that these two ladies, Wallace and Velours, aren't playing more shows together as they are essentially one of the best "one-two punch" pairings that you could possibly ask for.
"I think that was my best show so far. I felt really really confident. I felt really great. I had such a blast. Everyone was so wonderful that came," remarked Velours of her set.
Velours latest single "Flowers In a Wasteland" will be releasing November 25th. Skye Wallace's Terribly Good is currently available on all streaming platforms.