Parliament’s Choice December – The Balconies

By Allyssia

The Parliament is pleased to honour The Balconies as our last Choice of the year.

Formed in 2007, the band consists of brother and sister Jacquie and Stephen Neville and Liam Jaeger. They started the band in December 2007 and since then, they’ve established a solid reputation as talented musicians and, above all else, incredibly vibrant performers.

The band has had a good year, to say the least. The trio recently swept the Ottawa Xpress’ Best of Ottawa Poll, besting their competitors in three of the four categories for which they were nominated, including Best Rock/Pop/Dance/Other Band.  They’ve also performed at some of Canada’s greatest music festivals, including NXNE, Pop Montreal, and Canadian Music Week. Oh, and I think they may have a released an album this year.

In September, The Balconies put out their self-released eponymous debut. The album was well-received by both fans and critics (yours truly included) because of its charming lyrics, high energy, excellent musicianship, and the fact that it was a dance-rock album that you would actually want to, you know, dance to. Having listened to the album, I can give you the informed recommendation to listen to it. You’ll love it, I promise.

The band has recently located from the nation’s capital to Toronto. I can’t speak for all Torontonians, but I know that I’m looking forward to giving them a warm welcome.

They have a few shows lined up for the month, so check them out if you can. I know I will be.

Dec. 12 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern w/ Oh No Forest Fires, Make Your Exit, Clothes Make the Man

Dec. 18 – Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf w/ Parlovr, Diamond Rings

Dec. 19 – Barrie, ON @ Oscar’s

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