The Stills Perform After Juno Win

May 8 2009
Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC


photo: Reno Clement, Rockstar Weekly

Just after their big win at the 2009 Juno Awards, The Stills returned to the host city of the 2010 Olympics and rocked with class and excitement. The lighting was dark and moody.

Having just received the Junos for New Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year, the Montreal rockers have been heading across Canada backa and forth since June of 2008.  The Monreal band  returned with a bombastic set that excited the sold-out crowd at Commodore Ballroom Ballroom on May 8th.

The Stills have experienced some major changes over the years, losing guitarist Greg Paquet to Concordia University (and songwriter Dave Hamelin stepping up to the axe from behind the drums), leaving the once-major Vice Records for Toronto super-indie imprint, Arts & Crafts.  The band’s sound changed remarkably from full-length 2003 debut Logic Will Break Your Heart to 2006’s Without Feathers.  But the show at the Commodore was less another change than a sum of The Stills parts, past, present, and future.

Featuring music from Oceans Will Rise, the band also performed the classics. It was like a night of therapy – rock & roll therapy! A night where one leaves their ambitions at the door with the coat check girl.

The Juno Awards picked their New Group of the Year wisely and Vancouver fans got to see them get the award and then reap the benefits of a killer concert shortly after.

RockStar Weekly’s Reno Clement was there to snap some shots. Check them out in the RockStar Weekly Concert Archive.