Theme: Newer music
I had to start out with the Belle and Sebastian spotlight as of course the first single from their latest albums was the best song I had heard in the previous four weeks (Coupled with the fact that I was going to see them the next week in Toronto).
Unfortunately, the venue for the Belle and Sebastian show was the Docks, and it sucks royally. Never ever see a band there, I command you. First off, parking is $15 and you still have to walk a good piece, then for a large place not many people have a good sight lines to the stage, I got a bit closer for B&S, but once I moved up I couldn't move again and although I could see the band, anybody under 6 foot 5 would have had trouble.
However, the band itself was actually quite good, apart from the obligatory healthy number of songs from the new release, the rest of the setlist went really far back into their 10 year history, and unfortunately for me only one song from their previous release "Dear Catastrophe Waitress".
See another review of the concert (by listmember Derek) here: http://www.burymenot.com/2006/02/final-date.html
The Juno award set went well (congrats to Joel Plaskett for picking up the songwriter award at the East Coast Music Awards) as did the set of songs from the Poppolar podcast (available at www.poppolar.com). And if you like the last song by Jens Lekman, you can download it and many others at: www.jenslekman.com/presents.htm
Note 1: Dedicated to Mary and Chris, as when I was visiting them in Regina I picked up a cool red Vespa T-shirt