Foggy Notions & GAZE presents Hidden Cameras

Date: 05 Aug 2023
Time: 8pm (The Cellar)
Ticket Price: €20 BUY TICKET


Saturday August 5th, 8pm, The Workman’s Cellar


Foggy Notions & GAZE International LQBTQIA Film Festival presents

The Hidden Cameras


Following the screening of the film Music is my Boyfriend for the GAZE International LQBTQIA Film Festival at the Light House Cinema @ 315.PM Joel Gibbs will perform an intimate live show at the Workmans Cellar that evening.

Music is my Boyfriend chronicles the early days of The Hidden Cameras in Toronto. Combining interviews with original members, behind-the-scenes footage during a recording session and rarely-seen 16 mm film of two of their legendary live church shows, the film is at once a mash note to a beloved band and a time capsule of the raucous, vivacious queer underground scene from which it emerged. The film features stunning live performances of tracks from their debut album throughout. The screening will be accompanied by a short film A Miracle and The Making of a Miracle, the band’s first video and a series of rushes from its making. The Hidden Cameras burst onto the Toronto music scene in the early 2000’s boasting an irresistible combination of pop and queer sensibilities. With songs ranging from haunted, aching ballads to foot-stomping anthems, the band’s outrageous stage shows packed such disparate venues as sweaty dance bars, art museums and even churches. Fronted by lead singer-songwriter Joel Gibb, the ensemble continues its musical provocations to this day, with Berlin as its centre of gravity.

Music Is My Boyfriend: A Film about The Hidden Cameras Dir. Robert Kennedy, 2005, Canada, 38 min

The Hidden Cameras is the brainchild of Joel Gibb, a Canadian Berlin-based artist and musician. In previous years Gibb has filled out the stage with a band of both classical and self-taught musicians. For the first time, however, he plays the songs of the Hidden Cameras in an intimate solo setting. Gibb will be performing a set of distinctly different songs including folk, rock, ballad, pop and spirituals; surveying the Cameras oeuvre and debuting newly produced dance/electronic-oriented songs. Playing guitar with simultaneous percussive elements, he recently came off of a successful co-headlining tour with Owen Pallett throughout Europe with Pallett (an early Cameras member) singing and performing alongside Gibb playing violin, guitar and loop station. Rough Trade Records has recently reissued the critically acclaimed debut record, The Smell of Our Own, for its 20th anniversary. Gibb has been developing new electronic material in Munich recently with drummer and collaborator Nicolas Sierig (Joasihno), with string arrangements by Pallett. This forthcoming Cameras record is due in 2024 and will be preceded by a series of 12” singles. At his roots a singer and songwriter, Gibb is a brilliant chameleon of music, experimenting in almost every genre and performance style, collaborating in the past with artists including Mocky, Feist, Patrick Wolf, Chilly Gonzales, Ron Sexsmith, Pet Shop Boys, Rufus Wainwright and R.E.M. With Gibb’s current show, an audience will be treated to an intimate portrayal of Gibb’s illustrious collection of beautiful songs and interpretations.