NXNE 2015: Michael Rault @ The Garrison

SATURDAY – It wasn't so long ago that a Michael Rault show was a bit of a rare treat in Toronto. The retro rocker originally called Edmonton home, with thousands of kilometers between his catchy, '60s-inspired tunes and the bars of Queen West and the Ossington strip. But oh how things have changed. Rault made the move to Toronto a few years ago. And in the short time since, he has already become one of the most reliable staples of the local indie scene.

He delivered yet another solid set on North By Northeast's Saturday night, playing in the backroom of the Garrison. But he was, sadly, a little bit hobbled by an early set time: the sun was still high above the horizon; the room was only half full at best. The scheduling was a shame: Rault plays the kind of raucous garage rock that would turn a late night and a full room into a drunken sweaty mess of a party. Still, those who were at Garrison for his NXNE gig were treated to yet another display of Rault's seemingly endless supply of hooky tunes, climaxing with a blistering rendition of "Suckcess."





Read all our coverage of NXNE 2015 here.

Words and photos by Adam Bunch, Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project and Toronto Historical Jukebox. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.


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