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LIVE: Hidden Cameras come out of hiding

The Hidden Cameras
Lee’s Palace
Toronto, ON
Dec. 26, 2003

Gazette file photo
DAMN, NOW THAT’S SEXY! BUT WHY ARE THEY BLINDFOLDED? The Hidden Cameras perform in all their glory.

Capping a banner year in which The Hidden Cameras were hidden no more, Joel Gibb’s mild-mannered army made a triumphant return to the T-dot for another jubilant show.

Releasing their groundbreaking church-folk-pop debut The Smell of Our Own on British hipster label Rough Trade this year, the Cameras have toured the world, ending up on critics’ year-end lists. So, their stop at Vazaleen — Toronto’s monthly queer rock ’n’ roll party — turned into a celebratory show in which the hometown heroes brought their increasingly popular show (consisting of flying toilet paper, lyrics on overhead projectors and a bevy of dancers) to a faithful audience.

The band’s orchestral folk-rock might appear wimpy on record, but the live show was a rockin’ affair; dancing, sing-alongs and raised fists — combined with the radical content of the lyrics — made the show as punk as they come. And new songs like “The Fear Is On” and “No Gay Goth Scene” (from their upcoming record) promises the Cameras will continue to rule in 2004.

—Brian Wong



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