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The Friendly Tunes: Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival at the Music Hall

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Heavy Hitters of Canada To Play

We love our little town of Portsmouth. The Music Hall is attracting some serious tunecrafters with their Singer Songwriter festival. Being the connoisseurs of food and music an life-in-general that we are here at The Friendly Toast, we thought we’d profile a few of them for you.



feistCrooning Canuck Leslie Feist is a Nova Scotia born singer-songwriter powerhouse. Going just by her last name, Feist came up in the Canadian indie scene, where she cut her teeth in the late 90s singing in a punk band called Placebo and later playing rhythm guitar in By Devine Right. During this time she recorded her first album Monarch (Lay Down Your Jeweled Head), but nothing happened for her yet.

Her star continued to rise, though. She was asked by Kevin Drew to join the musical collective Broken Social Scene and sang on their 2002 album You Forgot It In People (and it is such a good album, you guys). It wasn’t until after touring with BSS that she sat down in Paris to lay down her second record Let it Die.

You guys. Let it Die. Was. Amazing. And it won her two Juno awards for Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist

She became somewhat of a pop star with her album The Reminder in 2007, with the single “1234” selling big do to being featured in an iPod Nano commercial. The album went gold, and netted her another five Juno awards.

Don’t worry though. Feist has always been and will always be nice and weird, and pop stardom was a consequence of her just being very very good. Her follow up to The Reminder, Metals, was a low key smolder-fest, noticeably less radio-friendly than The Reminder.





A husband and wife duo sharing the stage with Feist. Think The Lumineers with a little more vocal chops and a bit more of a sensual urgency – kind of like a mix between the Avett Brothers meets Of Monsters and Men meets The Head and the Heart.





Kevin Drew

Kevin DrewWhat’s this? Broken Social Scene founder Kevin Drew will be rocking the same stage as Feist? On the same night?

Stop everything and go to this thing and tell them we sent you. We just can’t with this killer lineup. Get your tickets.