Liar And a Thief
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Liar And a Thief

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Not all the shows at NXNE are inside... some of them aren't even officially part of NXNE. Like this show by Liar and a Thief

Mike Wybenga explains:

Snubbed by NXNE for two years Liar and a Thief took matters into they're own hands. They parked a flat bed truck at the side of the road outside the Bovine, fired up a generator, set up their gear, and started playing to anyone who would listen.

He's got the photos to prove it. - The National Post

On the way to the Bovine in the middle of Queen Street, was a truck full of tunes played by a live band. They were rocking and raging to a sidewalk crowd a la U2 in the "Streets Have No Name" video. And like the video, the cops came and shut it down. The name of this balls of steel band: Liar and a Thief. Sounds about right. - George Strouboulopoulos

On the way to my final venue of the night, a performance out of the ordinary took place outside of Funhaus on Queen Street West. Liar and a Thief didn’t take the second “No” from NXNE for an answer and decided to play the festival regardless by just building their own stage on the back of a pick-up truck. This move was effective and drew in a huge crowd from the surrounding venues. A great rock performance from this Toronto alternative rock band had people head banging on the street while streetcars, cabs and cars went by. This was truly a surreal, but immensely enjoyable experience. Eventually the performance got shot down, but this band proved their point, delivered the most unusual performance of the festival and surely made new fans. - Indie Solo

This three-piece grunge/rock band based in Toronto struck up an impromptu jam session out of the back of a truck Saturday night on Queen West, across from the Bovine. Within seconds, a crowd had gathered and were clapping and yelling their approval. THIS is indie music in its truest form, folks. This is powerful, slap-you-in-the-face rock that quite literally stopped traffic.

- Lana Winter - Spill Magazine

A benefit concert to remember the life of North York florist Felicia Hosany will be held Saturday, April 12 at The Black Sheep Pub on Yonge Street, north of Sheppard Avenue.
For the past two years, Andrew Suarez frequented Hosany's shop, Flowers By Felicia, at Sheppard Avenue and Wilson Heights Boulevard.

The drummer for the band Liar and a Thief would buy a rose from Hosany before each of his shows, Suarez said, adding he didn't get to know her personally, but felt compelled to help her family through a benefit concert.

The mother of three was found bound and gagged inside her flower shop Feb. 28.

Hosany's husband, Jim, found his wife's lifeless body in a back room of her shop.

No suspects have been arrested.

"Feb. 28 was our last show and I decided not to get a rose," Suarez said. "I couldn't believe it when I heard what happened. It's pretty sad."

Suarez said he wanted to organize a concert to keep Hosany's memory alive after the media spotlight dimmed, adding proceeds will go to her family.

"A friend of mine was killed two years ago and the media was there for two seconds and that was it," he said. "This time I wanted to do something still close to when it (murder) happened to raise awareness and maybe someone will come forward and turn themselves in."

His band also wrote a song dedicated to Hosany called The Only One and will perform it at The Black Sheep, Suarez said.

"It's going to be a great show," he said. "We will be remembering her life."

The pay-what-you-can concert will be held at 4901 Yonge St. starting at 6 p.m.

Musical acts include Liar and a Thief, William Charbonneau, Carmel Freeman and Planet Asylum. - Inside Toronto


Skin EP (2006)
Break & Enter LP (2008)
Little Bag of Tricks EP (TBR Spring of 2009)



Liar And a Thief was conceived on the cold, foggy shores of San Francisco. After moving back to Toronto in the fall of 2005, Jordan Arax formed a band around this idea and Liar And a Thief was born. The band quickly shook up the indie rock scene in the summer of 2008 with their “rocking and raging” (CBC’s The Hour) performance at the annual NXNE festival. With shows at large venues such as The Opera House and The Phoenix Concert Hall (where chosen as one of Toronto's top 5 unsigned bands by Edge 102), LT set the groundwork for the release of their debut record, Break And Enter (2008). They were also recently chosen to play The Steam Whistle Indie Club at the Edge 102 street level studios, where the band announced they were working on a second record titled Little Bag of Tricks (spring 2009). A record, which melds Jordan Arax's disaffected vocals with gripping instrumentals by fellow members Vijay Chawla (bass), and Evelyn Hall (drums). With prominent tracks like "Young Dead" (off Break And Enter) already certifying a strong position in Toronto's underground rock scene, Liar And a Thief is planning a very busy summer and loads of success with their newest record.