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The Maine Rocks the Phoenix Concert Theatre

Members of the 8123 community’s excitement began to grow this spring with the release of its creators, Arizona-rock band The Maine’s, seventh album You Are OK. From there, followers were left with cryptic messages from the band before eventually announcing “The Mirror Tour Experience.

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Return to the North

Although quickly making a stop in the city on last year’s final Vans Warped Tour, this was the first time The Maine had returned to Toronto for a full-length show since April 2017. Joining them as the opener was Twin XL, a California-based alternative group that only debuted a year ago.

Selling out a week before the show’s date, it was obvious how eager fans were by the line up outside the venue. Even prior to lining up the band challenged fans in every city to organize meetups before shows to meet new friends, as well as even giving back to the community as part of an impact project.

The Mirror Experience

From an interactive photography area with an 8123 backdrop to a compelling black-and-white striped tent decorated with neon lights and a mirrored floor, fans were in clear admiration of this interactive experience catered specifically to them. A bright sea of yellow shined through the crowd as the band encouraged fans to dress up in mustard and gold, even selling limited edition t-shirts for anyone who didn’t want to miss out.

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The Mirror Tour The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON November 2019

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“We Are TWIN XL”

Although having only released a seven-song extended play in the spring and debuting a new single at the beginning of the month, TWIN XL are obviously very well-seasoned. Made up of the band members from former groups, this trio comes together to make hypnotizing indie-inspired beats that warmed up the crowd perfectly.

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Step into The Mirror

From there the hype in the crowd only escalated as the band’s official tour website had promised a “fully immersive audio and visual experience incorporating songs from The Maine’s entire catalog.” The Arizona-natives opened the show with a few new tracks before quickly reminiscing on their earlier catalog. Fans enthusiastically sang along to every song, from newer favourites off more recent albums to earlier hits that caused many attending to originally discover them.

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The Maine The Mirror Tour The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON November 2019

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As the show came to an end, there was a general sense of content and family in the atmosphere; it’s obvious the relationship that not only the band has with their fans, but that their community have with each other is incredibly admirable. Even upon being in the coat check line, the band’s drummer stopped and chatted with fans to thank them for coming out to the show. And while fans thanked him for the concert, they also made it very clear that they did not want to wait another two years for their return.

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