All the band members who were conscious on Monday (maybe half?) were very happy to see that OES had managed, again, not to make the Polaris long list.

The Polaris Music Prize is “Canada’s first juried award for creative artistic achievement in recorded music.”  Aside from that fact that “recorded music” and OES go together like oil and vinegar, the band is clearly far too hot for the Prize.  OES is certainly not in the business of being judged by jurors.

The chances of us making the short list, to be announced 7 July, are probably somewhat reduced by the fact we didn’t make the long list.  But you never know.

We understand and applaud the efforts of other hot Toronto bands that have made the list, and are especially proud of their efforts given that OES owns the title of hottest Toronto band.  Long list Toronto band nominees and their albums include:

  • Arkells – Jackson Square / Hamilton (close enough)
  • Bruce Peninsula – A Mountain Is A Mouth / Toronto
  • D-Sisive – Let The Children Die / Toronto
  • Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows / Toronto
  • F*cked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life / Toronto (this is a “family-friendly” blog – ha!)
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels / Toronto
  • Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care / Hamilton (close enough)
  • K-OS – YES! / Toronto
  • K’NAAN – Troubadour / Toronto
  • Metric – Fantasies / Toronto
  • One Hundred Dollars – Forest Of Tears / Toronto
  • Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project / Toronto
  • Timber Timbre – Timber Tiimbre / Toronto

Congratulations to all the long-listers above!  If OES ever retires (perhaps sooner than you think), perhaps they’ll be up for the hottest band title.

ROCK ON! – Serge


I don’t know if any of you music types have heard of this, but there’s a website out there called “MySpace” that allows you have a nifty profile page that lists everything about your band, and even upload pictures and (if you’re so inclined) music.  Pretty cool, huh?  I wonder if it will catch on.

Anyway, once you have a “MySpace” music profile you can then contact other musicians and ask ’em if they want to be friends.  I know, I know … pretty cool.  I’m proud to announce that OES has been befriended by the hot toronto band “Toronto Drug Bust”.

Toronto Drug BustWhat’s not to like about this fabulous Toronto band from Slovenia? Not only is there this hottest of CD covers (CD release happening in September), but their founding member is Sir Izak K.O.  I wish I had coined that name.

They’re more than their MySpace page:  check out their website.

Toronto Drug Bust Web Site

Alright, maybe you want to check out their website in a little while.

In the words of the immortal Andrew Gold (I actually had to look his name) “Thank You for Being a Friend.”  While they can’t yet claim to be the hottest Toronto band (we all know who that is), they’re pretty damned hot, and OES is honoured to be among their 250 MySpace friends (who are these “White Stripes” guys and this “David Bowie” guy in their top eight?).

Be sure to check out the Toronto Drug Bust on MySpace and, of course, ROCK ON!


Toronto, ON – June 6, 2009 —  OES, widely acknowledged as the hottest Toronto band, announced today that they have issued a press release.

“This press release is just another milestone on our road to bigger and better things,” said band Manager Serge Page. “It is a testament to how far the band has come.”  Page went on to say that many fans would be surprised to hear that this is the second press release issued by OES, the first concerning their decision not to appear at the MMVA.

Page dismissed criticisms that today’s press release was lacking in substantive content, and was mind-bogglingly self-referential.  “Other bands issues press releases with ‘content’,” said Page.  “I understand and applaud their efforts to achieve legitimacy through such tactics, but OES is altogether too hot to engage in such shenanigans.  OES doesn’t make news, we are news.”

Rumours the band would be issuing a press release were very much not the buzz around Toronto in the past few days, and publication of the press release has not set off a new round of speculation concerning the next time the band could not be caught performing.

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How Hot Are We???

How Hot Are We???

I’m really happy to report that we now have a page up for each and every member of the band.  Yeah!!!

Check out the band member biographies section for everything you ever or (never) wanted to know about OES, incontrovertibly and undeniably the hottest Toronto band.

A lot of you who haven’t come out to see us not perform have been wondering about what each member of the band thinks, how the band members look, and even which instruments each hot rocker doesn’t play. Finally, answers to these and all burning questions concerning just who makes up the powerhouse machine known as OES.

So check us out and hope you rember to not come out and see us not perfoming soon.  Rock on!!!

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!


Toronto, ON – May 15, 2009 — The musical ensemble OES, widely acknowledged as the hottest Toronto band, announced today that they would not be attending the 2009 Much Music Video Awards on June 21 in Toronto.

“I’m very pleased to confirm we will not to be attending this year’s event,” said OES Manager Serge Page.  “The band has worked really hard at not releasing any music videos this year, and our absence at the MMVA will surely help solidify the reputation of OES as hot music video artists.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the artists to be honoured at the Awards, and appreciate that many bands have to work on their video reputations by ‘producing’ music videos.”

To date, only People’s Choice nominees have been announced, a list OES is obviously too hot to make.  The band and its fans feel confident that they will also successfully avoid being nominated for any of the main awards when they are announced later this month.  “Of course there’s always a chance that we could be nominated,” says Page, “but hopes are universally high throughout the band that this won’t be the case.”

Categories in which the band hopes not to appear include Best Video, Best Independent Video and MuchLOUD Best Rock Video.  Asked if a nomination might compel OES to reverse today’s decision, Page insisted they will not be attending the MMVA under any circumstances.  “We’re too hot for the MMVA,” said Page.

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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.

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