Live Music: Divine Fits in Toronto at Lee’s Palace


We caught Divine Fits at their live Canadian debut last month in Montreal at Il Motore, and last night, the Spoon/Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs side project put on one hell of a twelfth show at Lee’s Palace in Toronto.

It’s interesting to see two hugely successful musicians playing entirely new material, to a packed house of fans with nothing but love for everything they do. As it was at their third show in Montreal, roughly a month ago, both Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel, played their synth laden rock tunes with an eager, almost sparkly, appreciative edge. It’s clear both front runners have a massive appreciation for making and playing music, and can’t seem to quite get their fill.

Even their drummer, Sam Brown, had forgotten his passport back in Ohio the day before, but travelled for almost twenty-four hours non-stop just to make it in time for the Toronto show. We had the great opportunity to sit down with Dan Boeckner before the show to talk about this exciting new project, among other things, and he mentioned how he thinks Britt is the best bass player he’s ever worked with. Though we didn’t get a chance to speak with Britt, it was evident on stage  he has an equal appreciation for Dan, seen in his smile which latest through the entire set.

There’s a real unity about their music both live and on their debut A Thing Called Divine Fits. Even with Dan and Britt respectively splitting the lead vocals from track to track, it was stand outs like “The Salton Sea” where Dan and Britt sing and play together, “Flaggin a Ride”, where Dan and Britt’s guitars really melded beautifully, as well as “My Love Is Real”, “Baby Get Worse”, and “For Your Heart” that stood out live.

We can’t wait to hear more from them in the coming months, and hopefully see them a third time. Stay tuned for our video interview with Dan in the the next few days and check out some photos from the show below.