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Drew and Danielle McTaggart of Dear Rouge. Photo: Lindsey Blane/Dear Rouge website.

Catch Dear Rouge at Bronson Centre Music Theatre tonight

By Stephane Dubord on November 23, 2022

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Dear Rouge have been making up for lost time in 2022. Ever since it’s become safe (okay, safer) to get together and enjoy live music again, the Vancouver-based married duo of Drew and Danielle McTaggart have been relentlessly touring, first with a handful of shows, including opening for Vance Joy in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as an unforgettable outdoor show at Neat Coffee Shop last July. They then hit the road with Canadian icons Metric for the western leg of their national tour, and are now launching their own headlining tour across the country, with Ottawa as the second stop.

 

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Tonight’s show will finally give fans a chance to see the band perform songs from their latest album Spirit, which has already spawned a trio of hit singles that have been mainstays on alternative rock radio across the country all year. Lead single “Fake Fame” topped the charts, and follow-up releases “Gimme Spirit” and “Meet Me At The Rio” both charted in the Top 20, indicative of the success that earned the duo the Group of the Year award at last summer’s Canadian Music Week.

We caught up with Danielle as the band were about to launch on their cross-country trek to launch their tour.


Apt613: Obviously the album has been doing great. Your third single, “Meet Me at the Rio” is still doing well in the charts, even after being out for four months.

Danielle McTaggart: Yeah. I’m so excited because some of the radio stations have just got on board and that should be cool. I think being on the road and fans getting to hear them live, it’s really connected. We also had “Gimme Spirit” on the radio for a little bit there too, so I think they kind of held hands, like high-fived each other, on the way “Spirit” went down and “Meet Me at the Rio” is going up. So it’s cool to see that.

I would say “Gimme Spirit” has been getting a lot more than just a little airplay, which is great. Will there be a fourth single? I know last time we talked to Drew, there was a lot of hemming and hawing around how many singles you want to put out from one album. Personally, I can see at least two more that could be solid singles in “Facedown” and “Dream Dreamer”.

I love both of those songs! I think it’s fun to debate that within the team of what songs we feel like people should hear on a wider scale. Both of those songs mean so much to me. And actually I would say that from the record, aside from “Gimme Spirit”, they’re probably the more emotional tracks for me in the realm of single potential.

I think they’re both just meaningful. “Facedown” talks about the idea of ‘let’s get over our differences, so that we can love each other and hear each other out’. And then “Dream Dreamer” was a song about how even though life can hand you some pretty crappy situations, I’m not going to stop dreaming and I’m not going to stop believing that the best is yet come. So I would be happy if either of those got released as a single. It’s tough though. Drew says you don’t want to say too much on an album. You want to direct people to listen to the album, but I think singles are just so much fun, to release a song and then get the video behind it and to push that forward. So we’ll see what happens.

 

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It was the same with Phases. There were so many other songs that could have been singles as well. I know it’s tricky to see how much is too much, and how much you want to keep for the album. But just from the show at Neat in July, the energy, especially on “Face Down”, brought people in and got them moving.

Well, thank you! I know, I love “Face Down” as well. I feel like it’s got a Peter Gabriel sort of vibe to it, or it’s kind of a throwback. So we’ll see!


Dear Rouge plays the Bronson Centre Music Theatre tonight, Wednesday November 23, with guests Hotel Mira. Doors open at 7pm, with tickets ($25) available online and at the door.

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