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Published on March 23rd, 2013 | by Sam Rashid


Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers: A Beard to Remember at Canadian Music Week 2013


Written by: Elijah Clarke

Ben Caplan and his band The Casual Smokers took the late slot for this Thursdays CMW showcase.

Hitting the stage at just after 1:30 am, many members of the audience didn’t have the energy to tough it out for his set. However sticking around with the smaller late night crowd, with sore feet and the burning of sweat filled eyes was well worth it.

Caplan and his monstrous beard stole the show. His unique writing style combines the sounds of Tom Waits, with the melodies and instrumentation of a band of gypsies. Just a stripped down acoustic set, which Caplan is known for, would have been great; However the addition of his full band really made it a fantastic show.

Referring to his band as a “super group” was an accurate description. The impressive musicianship and energy of his band, coupled with Caplan’s huge rumbling voice made for a truly memorable ending to the night, and definite highlight of the whole week.

With a series of crowd sing-alongs, or better yet “yell-alongs”, and mind blowing violin solos, I doubt anyone regretted their brutal Friday mornings that must have followed.


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