This would play way better if the Budweiser Stage was still called the Molson Amphitheatre and Molson Canadian was still takin’ the flack it did for introducing those 6.0-per-cent-alcohol, 250-ml “Cold Shots” into the market one turn-of-the-millennium ago, but regardless: Scott Helman is about to upgrade on what was previously his most memorable evening at the lakeshore shack Toronto now calls the Budweiser Stage.
The affably boyish, way-more-literate-than-you-think hometown singer-songwriter behind such sneaky, “Who does that song again?” CanCon earworms of recent memory as “Bungalow,” “That Sweater,” “PDA” and “Kinda Complicated” will play the biggest hometown gig of his career to date when he slots between crowd-pleasing Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy and rising Los Angeles anthem merchant Mondo Cozmo on the Stage this Friday, June 22. But hey, as long as Helman doesn’t get thrown out of the place before he plays, he’s on the right track to redemption. Or revenge. Whatever you want to call it.
“I actually got kicked out of that venue once, so I’m actually pretty excited to go back and play it,” laughs the 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Nashville, where he was “in the thick of writing” for a potential followup to last year’s likeable Hôtel de Ville album last week. “I was 16 or 17 and I went to a Phish show with my friends and we were tailgating in the parking lot like idiots and — well, do they still have those things called Cold Shots? I had too many of those and I didn’t realize that they had way more alcohol in them and I really had to pee and there were no bathrooms around so I went into the bushes off the path as we were walking onto the lawn and I just, y’know, started to pee and some dude came up to me and said, ‘You’re gone.’ So my friends got to see a Phish show and I just had to, like, go home drunk.”