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The Honest Heart Collective at Horseshoe Tavern

By: Alex Rodobolski

Score: 8/10

It’s no secret that Canada is home to some fantastic bands. Something about huddling together for warmth during the brutal winter makes us resilient artists, I guess. The Honest Heart Collective came all the way to Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern from Thunder Bay to rock our god damn wool socks off. And let me tell you, we were absolutely barefoot by the end of it.

I’ve lived in Toronto for almost 4 years now, and had never been to the Horseshoe until this very show. As blasphemous as that is, seeing the Honest Heart Collective was the perfect way to experience it for the first time. These guys know how to put on a good old fashioned rock show. Right from the get go, they grabbed the crowd’s attention, instantly beckoning anybody left in their seats to come to the front and join the jam session.

Save for some technical difficulties with the sound, these guys delivered banger after banger with their set. Songs like “Separate Ways,” “I’ve Got You,” and “North American Dream” had everybody jamming out, and jamming out hard. To top it off they covered “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles, and brought up some members of the opening bands for a high energy Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” rendition.

The beautiful thing about the Honest Heart Collective is that their songs really find their life when they’re performed live. The band takes their campfire rock songs and really make them a show-stopping experience. Not many bands can say that they sound better live and genuinely mean it, but it’s definitely true of this Thunder Bay group.

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