Suoni per il Popolo Festival 2007, Montreal
In a totally different register, The Ex' two concerts were also highlights of the festival. Now a quartet, The Ex played an 80-minute concert that included new songs, three from 2004's Turn and two classics originally recorded with the late Tom Cora: "Hidegen fújnak a szelek and "State of Shock." These two concerts proved once again that The Ex is one of the best live acts around. Seeing them on the small stage of La Sala Rossa had to be nothing less than magical for the feverish, responsive 200-something crowd.
It goes without saying that a few concerts were less conclusively successful. However, these were too few to taint the positive impression one got from attending Suoni per il Popolo. Indeed, the 2007 edition was definitely the best yet as well as one of the most satisfying events presented in this city in recent years. The dates of the 2008 Suoni per il Popolo should be circled on the calendar of music aficionadosif only to to serve as a reminder of an event not to be missed.