This time, my drummer Jamie Tanner and John Kirkley were there. It was a very small group: two or three lead performers, a bass player, a host. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed and friendly. I'd brought my Les Paul, so I felt right at home with the band crowd.
On the plus side, they didn't seem to care how loud we were; we could really rock out. The downside was that the sound wasn't managed very well. There was a lot of feedback, some quite harsh tones on the vocals, and too much reverb. The monitors weren't loud enough to make the performance feel present.
But they do have a cool Doctor Who pinball machine.
Reasons to go: You want to perform with your drummer, you live in the east end, you're a pinball wizard, you want to rock out.
Reasons to stay away: You are too poor for $6 pints, you have a low tolerance for feedback, you want to network.
Would I go again? Yes.
|location||East end (Queen & Broadview)|
|crowd||less than 10, mostly on stage|
|noise||Loud is good|
|extras||Drum kit, amp|
|beer||$6 / pint|
|||Apparently, they called the Spadina Oasis "Oasis North". I guess "Oasis South" must be Rock Oasis where I go rock-climbing, but I'm damned if I know what "Oasis West" was. That clothing donation place?|