1. Christmas TV by Slow Club for Bandstand Busking. Visit http://www.bandstandbusking.com for more videos or to find out how to come along to our next busk. Follow us on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bandstandbusks

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  2. BSS performing with Feist at their free show during BC&C at Harbourfront-7/12/09

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  3. Garageland: Season 2 Episode 43
    Florida ska-punks Less Than Joke hole up in a Toronto bar for In an expansive interview that touches on Taco Bell Bucks and fan-favourite Ethiopian-only releases.

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    Like most of those in their twenties these days, The Most Serene Republic has spent a good deal of time wrestling with their existence. They entered the music scene with their brilliant debut, “Underwater Cinematographer” on the artist friendly Arts and Crafts label. Wide-eyed with the idealistic notion that art would prevail in an industry that perpetuated complacency, the band would eventually have to revise their idealism in order to save themselves. Their second effort, “Population”, was an ambitious, subversive album that reacted against this realization.

    Now, with their third album “…and the Ever Expanding Universe”, the existential crisis seems dormant, for now. With a new found perspective in tact, they seem content.

    Still subversive, the band is a little more seasoned in accommodating a potentially crippling vision of idealism amongst the finite capabilities of the human condition. Out of necessity for their physical and mental health, the band has lightened up. They haven’t compromised their views; they’ve just accommodated them in a way that's more compliant with a pleasant existence.

    At some point they realized they "had to leave room for joy”, and that they did. The Most Serene Republic brought us to the Fan Expo in Toronto to play a few songs and have a chat amongst the comic book enthusiasts that ironically, play out a fantasy of dressing-up as their comic book alter ego for a weekend.

    “It’s true, we did become the product of our imaginations”, comments singer Adrian Jewett.

    “We imagined ourselves as troubled artists and that is what we became”.

    “I hate the whole notion of that” he continued.

    Anyway, things have changed for TMSR. For today, good times are on the agenda at Toronto’s 2009 Fan Expo.

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