CASUAL VINTAGE POP-ROCK
The Real Shade (formerly "Shade") is a Toronto-based indie band. Their music is unique but familiar; original but comforting. It has been described as "genuine", "introspective," "melodic", "catchy", "witty" and "raw."
Horizon Diaries band:
Jane Gowan: vocals, guitar, fender rhodes, piano, trumpet
Gord Tough: guitar
Mary Harmer: bass, vocals
Don Kerr: drums, vocals
Tim Vesely: Producer
REVIEWS: ONE LAST SHOW OF HEARTS
...there should be a home for bands that can so consistently craft smart, crisp pop songs and as long as Shade keeps writing records like One Last Show of Hearts, herohill will proudly yell from the rooftops hoping people to listen.
– Bryan Acker, Herohill*
Through these seven songs, I get everything I could want—melodies which are good enough on their own but are made so much better by the harmonies—songs perfectly fitted to Gowan's perfect/imperfect voice.
– Frank Gutch Jr., Rock and Reprise
...a lovely warm tone and a bit of a vintage feel.
– Tiana Feng, Ride the Tempo
...unexpected hues and intricate instrumental weaves...a smart and witty playfulness
– Jim Di Gioia, Quick Before it Melts
…créative et accrocheuse…très bonnes chansons qui méritent une écoute attentive.
– 500 khz
This one’s a no-brainer – listen to Highway.
...Not one note on this compact 10-song, 36-minute record feels forced and that is very, very rare these days.
– Bryan Acker, Herohill *
Highway... is a gem. There is something very refreshing and unpretentious about the album and Gowan’s songwriting, as simple as it is, is outstanding in that simplicity.
– Frank Gutch Jr., Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say
...a surprisingly strong, original effort...professional as hell.
–Todd Sikorski, Skope Magazine
Gowan's lyrics are genuine and real. The music is both polished and raw, as well-produced indie music ought to be.
–Chris Menezes, Suite 101.com
ARTICLES / FEATURES
Catching Some Rays with Jane Gowan
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine, April, 2011
Nine Questions with Jane Gowan
Interview with Trevor Rogers, Nine Questions for Musicians (2011)
*The music blog Herohill closed for business in 2013, but we thank Bryan Acker and the team for all the years spent supporting Canadian music and bands.