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Soaring across The Wooden Sky 

It's back to bars and clubs on the Toronto band's latest tour, but they still keep it interesting.

Gavin Gardiner's having a rough phone call. A few minutes in, The Wooden Sky's harmonica player disappears from the other end of the line in Quebec City and there's a scuffle. When he gets back, he breathlessly explains: "I just got accosted by a pedestrian! By a man in a wheelchair---he pushed my suitcase along." It's hard not to laugh, though just before Gardiner was pushed along the sidewalk he was explaining how he spent a couple weeks of the band's tour last year lying in the back of the van trying to recover from pneumonia. Luckily, the Toronto indie group is still rocking despite misadventures during their last year on the road. Gardiner says he and core band members Andrew Wyatt, Simon Walker and Andrew Kekewich spend any time off they have writing for their next album, and the group will hole up in a cabin and get it all out this winter. Until then, though, you can check online for the complete package of A Documentary In Pieces: Directed by Scott Cudmore, it documents the band's Bedrooms and Backstreets 2009 tour, where they played house parties, backyards, campfires---anywhere but bars and clubs. Get the whole package Friday night at the Seahorse.

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