Review: Five Alarm Funk at Horseshoe Tavern

Juno nominated group Five Alarm Funk brought their funkiness to Toronto Thursday night, alongside indie band Copper Crown and soul rockers The Honeyrunners. The event was held at the Horseshoe Tavern, right in the heart of the city, and we were there to check out all three performances. Although I’m not a big fan of indie, ska or rock music, it’s always fun and interesting to attend these shows and discover other genres that we don’t normally listen to.


Copper Crown had the crowd on their feet from the get-go! The five-some, originally from Toronto, all come from different musical backgrounds and enjoy making music by blending their sounds together. If you like the sound of ska, rock, soul, and punk all wrapped into one, you might want to check out their latest self-titled EP.

The second act to hit the stage was yet another Toronto-based band, The Honeyrunners, who have been making music for three years now and are slowly making a name for themselves in the rock and roll scene. I guess you can describe their genre as a cross between classic rock and soul music. They interacted with the crowd so well, that even I was chanting along to the chorus of their song “Hold Me”. Be on the lookout for their upcoming shows this summer as well as new tracks from their debut album.

When Five Alarm Funk made their way onto the stage, fans made sure to catch a glimpse of their favourite band (even if that meant blocking someone else’s view!). The Vancouver-based ensemble consists of nine members, and they each play one instrument. Their music is so original, it’s inspired by different styles of music (funk, rock, Latin and ska). If you haven’t gotten a chance to catch one of their vibrant shows, you can purchase their concert DVD titled “Live in the Moment” available now.



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