Joined by the equally unbelievable Basia Bulat - who is back home in between a long stretch of tour dates for her own recently released album - drummer Jeremy Gara (also of Arcade Fire) and Matthew Brown, the quadruple threat promises to be nothing short of breathtaking.
We couldn't help but notice the enthusiasm and persistence of local postering master Andy Clark, who, on the Facebook event, offered to pay $200 and poster for the event for free in exchange for opening the show with his band Commander Clark. Andy, who you can find wheat pasting away on any day, is one of the neighbourhood's friendliest and most memorable personalities. He got on the bill, without any monetary donation on his end of course. The events that followed leading up to the May 18th show were unpredictable, as Andy had to deal with local law enforcement, but he still found a way to make the best of it:
"I put up posters to make a living in Montréal. Recently while I was putting up POP Montréal posters as well as a variety of others, I was given a ticket for $640. They confiscated all the posters I had as well as my staple gun. Thankfully they left me with my bag, which I had recently just sewn and repaired, as well as my paste bucket. I was back on the streets working the very next day.
This show with Sam Patch means a lot to me for a variety of reasons. Obviously, I’m a huge fan – I was at the front when they played their first show during Passovah Festival. I had asked Tim at a Weights & Measures reunion about their next show. Outside of the realm of music, it’s a day prior to my two-year anniversary of moving here. I’m still pretty new but I try really hard. That’s a pretty unpopular way to be – always has been – but I have nothing else. Sure, I have friends and family I love, but the music is everything to me. It’s the different experiences with music every single day here that keeps me together. That’s why postering, a physically demanding, sometimes dangerous occupation, doesn’t feel like any job I’ve ever begrudgingly kept.
I wanted to make a really great poster for this show but had no idea what the art would be. So when I was ticketed, I thought, well, how can I make the most of this? I’m playing a show with these massively talented musicians that I deeply respect. How about a poster of the ticket I got for postering?"