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OES not performing in Chicago's Millenium Park - hot!

OES not performing in Chicago's Millenium Park - hot!

Who says OES isn’t an international powerhouse in the world of music?  Even though it’s widely acknowledged that we’re the hottest Toronto band, we also want to spread the heat.

So if you were in Chicago on the last Friday in June, you would have had the opportunity to watch us not perform at Millenium Park.  It was hot (I mean, literally hot – a beautiful sunny day).  I know the entire band was extremely proud – maybe even a little teary-eyed – to represent the great city of Toronto in Illinois.  Rock on!

Hottest Toronto guitar player Randy Piranha not brandishing his instrument in Chicago

Hottest Toronto guitar player Randy Piranha not brandishing his instrument in Chicago

Adoring fans did not turn out in hordes not to watch us play, making us feel right at home! And we all found the windy city (though, if anything, only a light  breeze was blowing that day) to be full of upbeat, helpful, hot people.  As if we weren’t feeling good enough, after not performing we celebrated by downing a few beers on a nearby outdoor patio (Fish Man was a little overwhelmed, I think, by how well he didn’t perform, and only had one).

Hats off to the kind people of Chicago for providing such a splendid outdoor venue for us not to perform at, and for their great hospitality.  I’m not sure what city or country or solar system is next on the OES agenda, but we live to bring peace and hotness to all.  If you want us not to perform in your neck of the woods drop us a line, and we’ll see what we can’t do.

Rock on!!! – Serge

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The hottest Toronto band ever heard not performing.

The hottest Toronto band ever heard not performing.

Well, it’s an historic moment as I post these first pictures of the band not performing together.  I confess that it was something of a teary-eyed moment as we made sure nobody had forgotten not to bring their instruments, and then lapsed into that first blissful moment of silence as the band expunged all thought of noise from its collective brain, and – well, we were a band.

And hot?  Wow!  It was as if we hadn’t being playing together simply forever, and that all these talented people instinctively knew how not relate to each other and the skills their fellow musicians didn’t possess.

When I say “we” I mean the musicians, of course.  I’m just the band’s manager, and don’t want to be seeing to be taking credit for this amazing inaugural achievement for OES.  But I feel I share a bond with the members of the band proper that goes beyond a “business” relationship.  We are OES, and I share in the pride each of the members of the band should rightfully feel for their role in making this an unforgettable event.

Needless to say everyone was totally pumped about not doing this again, and I’m drowning in email messages and telephone calls trying to juggle the schedules of seven people who are itching not to appear together soon.  I hear through the grapevine that one of the band’s members (I won’t identify him or her, except to say that he or she isn’t the drummer, lead guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist or even one of the band’s many tamborine players) is having problems sleeping because of the anticipation.

It was a hot time for the band (really, it was a hot sunny day)

It was a hot time for the band (really, it was a hot sunny day)

The problem is, where not to perform next?  If you think it’s easy being the hottest Toronto band, think again.  Where you find yourself not appearing has big impact on your reputation.  Yeah, we’re eager for the next date, but we don’t want to been not making an appearance at someplace that could hurt us in the long run.  That’s why we considered so carefully the decision we eventually took not to appear at weddings (I’d be lying if I said this was a unanimous decision, and if some feathers weren’t ruffled deciding on this policy, but we’re moving past this moment and I can assure you everyone on the band is getting on with one another splendidly).

So we’ll not to it again soon!  I want to make sure that I get the band bios and pictures loaded up by that time, though, because I know people are going to be curious to check us out once they don’t see us more and more.  ROCK ON OES!

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I and all the band members were saddened to learn that the music festival scheduled this summer on Olympic Island has been cancelled.  We were very much looking forward not appearing next to Broken Social Scene.  How will the world know how hot of a band we are if we’re not able not to perform at such events?

Aside from BSS, we’re sad not to not appear on the stage with Explosions in the Sky, Thunderheist and Apostle of Hustle.  Our drummer, especially, was looking forward to not being at the gig.  “I have not been practicing for this event for weeks now,” she confessed to me today, a little teary-eyed.

Quick tech note – did you know you can also follow us Twitter via your mobile phone?

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