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Harbourfront Centre presents this season’s final event
in the popular and FREE View Points forum series

Inside the Musician’s Studio with electric pop duo Woodhands
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TORONTO, ON (April 28, 2010)View Points is Harbourfront Centre’s forum series that explores issues in contemporary culture and showcases current culture-makers. The FREE series examines contexts that influence contemporary artists and communities, contexts that shape the ways in which culture is produced, viewed, consumed and discussed. It is timely, responsive and designed to stretch the definitional boundaries of “culture”.

The final View Points event of the 2009-2010 season takes place Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m. with a second edition of the popular programme Inside the Musician’s Studio. The featured artist is electric pop duo Woodhands, whose latest album was released Jan. 26, 2010. Woodhands is Dan Werb and Paul Banwatt (alongside producer Roger Leavens), a synth and drums duo intent on injecting the world of electro-pop with a dose of emotional intensity and a generous portion of glam-rock swagger.

Inside the Musician’s Studio is a one-of-a-kind occasion allowing audience members to experience what motivates a body of creative work, from inspiration to collaboration and production. It is also a chance to become acquainted with new perspectives, whether audience members are established musicians or aspiring artists. It is a tęte-ŕ-tęte between the audience and the artists. Previous artists have included Final Fantasy, Emily Haines and Charles Spearin’s The Happiness Project.

This event takes place at Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. For additional information about Harbourfront Centre and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.


Known for their vivid live performances, free from pre-recorded samples, laptops or other “safety nets” found in so many of their contemporaries, Woodhands compiles original dance tracks that rise forth from the pain of their own blood, sweat and tears. This innovative two-piece relies on monstrous drum patterns, speedy keytar licks, and punk rock lyricism guaranteed to overheat any room with a threshold of sound and complexity. Since the 2008 release of their debut album Heart Attack, Woodhands has received impressive accolades for both their recorded work and their relentless live performances, appearing on several “Best Of” lists including a recent anointment as one of the '”10 Best New Bands On Earth” by British tastemaker Q Magazine following their coverage of SXSW 2009.

After spending the past year and a half touring Canada, the U.S., China, and Japan in support of Heart Attack, and delivering a slew of remixes and cover songs that have kept the party going strong, Woodhands is back with a stimulating plethora of darker, energetic dance tracks. The forthcoming sophomore offering from Woodhands, Remorsecapade, dives deeper into the emotional territory of Heart Attack, painting strangely compelling portraits of lost souls inhabiting the late night abyss of dance clubs (“I Should Have Gone With My Friends”), sweaty hand-holding (“Pockets”), and – of course – heartbreak, here described as ‘doubling’. The songs of Remorsecapade run from the deceptive bubble gum pop arrangement of “Dissembler” to the explosive punk rock/electro hybrid of “Coolchazine,” and throughout, Woodhands offers listeners a rich journey throughout the scorched landscape of what their sweaty brand of electronic has now become: Risky, emotionally resonant, and dangerously addictive.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Rosie Shaw

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