Saturday, October 10th, 2009
CONTEST – Two Hours Traffic vs Dan Mangan – October 16, 2009
KillbeatIt’s like a battle of east meets west, with central-southeast-ish (or simply the centre of the universe, if you will) as the battleground. Representing the west coast, wry roots-rocker and 2009 Verge XM artist of the year, Dan Mangan from Vancouver and his new album Nice, Nice, Very Nice. From the east, PEI power-poppers extraordinaire and 2008 Polaris Prize shortlisters, Two Hours Traffic and their latest record Territory. Their battleground? The record stores and clubs of Toronto, the night of October 16.
Both are on cross-Canada tours and both are hitting town that night – Mangan at the Rivoli, Two Hours Traffic at Lee’s Palace, forever dividing the loyalties of Toronto’s Can-indie faithful. And when it seemed like they’d be able to have their cake and eat it too – Mangan scheduling an in-store earlier that evening at Criminal Records, Two Hours Traffic countered by scheduling their own in-store appearance at Soundscapes. Granted, Mangan goes on at 6 and Two Hour Traffic at 5, so it’s possible to catch both, but that doesn’t necessarily solve the problem of what to do later that night. Unless, of course, you’re going to see Cuff The Duke at the Horseshoe, in which case you’ve pulled off a pretty sweet triple-header.
But to help you in your decision-making process – or maybe not help at all – and courtesy of Killbeat, I’ve got three prize packs for each artist consisting of a pair of passes to their show and a copy of their new record on CD, to give away. To enter, you must decide which ring you will throw your hat into by emailing me at contests AT chromewaves.net with either, “Go Team Mangan!” or “Go Team Traffic!” in the subject line and your full name in mailing address in the body, and do it by midnight October 13.