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The DoneFors Dazzle at Flyers cafe

By Allison Smith, The Chronicle, Dunnville

It’s rare to find a band not chasing the next big hit.But meet The DoneFors, the Toronto-based group who played Dunnville’s Flyers Café Saturday night, and you’ll find that for them, creating their own genre is a necessity, not a gimmick.Listen to a couple of songs from these Canadian musicians and you’ll know why they had to create a name for the genre of music they play. Canadiana Vanguard is, states the band’s biography, an embodiment of contemporary pop and progressive folk sound –” a musical expression that spans genres, stretches boundaries, and stays rooted in an instrument’s organic sound.”

The emotions behind The DoneFors’ songs are as varied as the members themselves. Stoll said that though her fellow band members bring a variety of backgrounds to the group, “we all gelled” from the first day The DoneFors was formed. Everyone has a part to play.

“If any one of us were to leave and a new member were to join, we would be a completely different-sounding band.”Smith agreed, adding the band aims to set itself apart from mainstream music.

“As a rhythm section, we’re concerned with making sure our songs are different and don’t sound the same (as other groups’),” he said.Lahaie wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I think it’s natural to be different,” he said. “It’s never been a pursuit (for us) to be different.”

The DoneFors have made their peace with the fact that will likely not result in one of their songs becoming a major hit. But Stoll, MacDougall, Smith and Lahaie believe their success is already written in the stars – the band has the same astrological synastry as 1970s rock band Led Zeppelin.

A far cry from the over-produced, Disney-channel pop sensations and angry rocksters populating the airwaves, The DoneFors create music to dream to – light and airy melodies (‘In a Cornfield’) and pieces that make one envision attending a Spring garden party when in reality they’re confined to a darkened café in the dead of rural Winter (‘Lemons from Argentina’).Your average bar band, this group is not.Saturday’s performance brought many a story-telling ballad and peppy, indie-flavoured songs. Stoll’s ‘Septembre en France’ is a jazz-infused piece fit for a lovers’ dance, while ‘The Last Thing You Do’ should soothe many a heart mourning unrequited love.

The group played its first show as an ensemble in Fall of 2006 and played the Junction Arts Festival in Toronto the same year. Their first full-length album How to Have Sex with Canadians was released in early 2009.

A second is in the works. Visit the band’s website at www.thedonefors.com.