(*Note: This is an issue featuring a S.C.E.N.E artist.)
One of the bands that contacted me earliest to be interviewed for S.C.E.N.E was Theatre Crisp.
Nicer still, the band was first to respond about getting a later interview when I couldn’t make it to S.C.E.N.E.
Theatre Crisp is very unique, in that they combine Hip-Hop with a live, traditional bass/drums/guitar band.
Recently, the band held their 3rd annual Petestock and raised over $1800 for charity. They’re a great band, and they do some great work.
It was nice to talk with the guys, and I hope I get to see a live show soon.
How did the group get it’s start?
PETER:The whole thing started in December 2008 with Kyle who at the time had already been writting hip-hop tracks for 10 years. He worked with our original guitarist (also named Kyle) and myself and was already friends with Trevor from highschool. He always wanted a live band to back him up on stage instead of the typical mp3. beat playing in the background while he raps. So knowing that we all played different instruments he got us together to jam on friday nights just for fun and after a few months we decided that we could actually give it a real shot and thus Theatre Crisp was born. A few months after that Dave (DC) showed up with a mutual friend and his tap shoes. He liked dancing with us so much he kept coming out and eventually jsut became the 5th member of Theatre Crisp.
DC: We all Love S.C.E.N.E it’s a crazy day that any music lover waits for! I have been going for years just different now we’re playing. Great time, great way to reach a new audience, great entertainment, great fans!
In 2010 I wanted a way for Theatre Crisp to say thanks to its fans, so with the help of my band mates we hosted the 1st Annual PETESTOCK Music Festival consisting of 6 local bands and 120 fans. In 2011 after building the festivals reputation and gaining more connections in the music industry PETESTOCK had 9 performing artists, 200 fans and 100% of its profit donated to the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Center. For 2012 PETESTOCK is now recognized in the Niagara Indie music scene as Niagara On The Lake’s premier music event. We have a total of 13 of the Niagara regions biggest and best bands. Local media outlets will be on site covering the event. There is an estimated 350+ fans coming out to this year’s festival and again 100% of its profit is being donated to charity. This year we are proud to announce that we are working in cooperation with Niagara On The Lake’s Red Roof Retreat (http://www.redroofretreat.com/) to help raise funds for them.
The whole concept of this event is “Local artists giving back to the community”. PETESTOCK is unique in the way that it is run 100% by volunteers with every band also volunteering their time to rally together to give back to Niagara. This really is the only event around which caters to young Indie bands from all genres be it folk, funk or punk along with Niagara’s young adults to give them the opportunity to do something tangible with no strings attached, and no middle man; just the pure love of music and love for Niagara.