Guest Reviewer: Tim Stewart

Wrapping up their spring tour, Said the Whale performed their final show at the Fox Cabaret on Main Street in East Van on Saturday May 7th, 2016.


To warm up the sold-out show, the opening act was David Vertesi, the bassist from Hey Ocean. He played singles from his newest solo album, Sad Dad Cruise Ship. Knowing his audience, upon the closing of his opening set, he played an acoustic guitar cover of “Say You’ll Be There” by the Spice Girls, with the crowd singing along.

On their spring tour across Canada, Said the Whale experimented with a two-set performance. It was a very emotionally heavy first set, filled with many songs from their first albums. Closing off the first set, Tyler shared how the last song was inspired by going through a time of miscarriage with his partner. He wrote the song because he wanted others that went through a tragic time like they did, that they are not alone with their heart-wrenching, personal experience.

In the second set, Yumi along with the crowd sang along to many of STW’s hits like “The Light is You” and “I Love You.” As Said The Whale is a fresh new Canadian folk-rock sound in my music collection, one of their songs also reminded me of The Knack.

Playing in your hometown has its own advantages. As we were watching from stage right, as Yumi is vertically challenged, we noticed that we were dancing in a sea of what appears to be relatives of the band. Was that Spencer’s dad (drummer) stealing the show dancing and singing along to every word at the corner of our eye?

Ben Worcester: “I had a moment of tearing up for a bit… Thanks Vancouver for being you.

Stay up to date with what’s happening with Said the Whale – We hear that one may find Ben working on Granville Island this summer.