Al Smith’s studio went out with a wallop this past weekend, as the triple bill of NO LIARS, Stinging Belle, and Toy Maker bid farewell to this amazing venue with majesty.

photo by webmeister Bud

photo by webmeister Bud

The free show kicked off with a new band called Toy Maker, sprung from the ashes of bands such as Villains, Measureless, and Peacemaker.

Toy Maker. photo by webmeister Bud

Toy Maker. photo by webmeister Bud

Toy Maker - photo by Lindsey Blane

Toy Maker – photo by Lindsey Blane

The razor-sharp contrast of singer Dave Goertzen’s intense vocals to James Martyn’s crisp, clean guitar makes Toy Maker stand out from your typical hardcore punk.

Toy Maker. photo by webmeister Bud

Toy Maker. photo by webmeister Bud

At their fourth gig ever, Stinging Belle was the perfect sandwich filling between the first and third acts, with their sound becoming tighter with every show.

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

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Stinging Belle – photo by Lindsey Blane

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

Singer Allie Bowman (more like Allie showman, amirite?) continues to explode with stage presence, power in her voice, and energy to spare.

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

Stinging Belle. photo by webmeister Bud

The Zone’s Band of the Month for March, NO LIARS, ended the night (and the venue) with the perfect balance of musical intensity and precision.

NO LIARS. photo by webmeister Bud

NO LIARS. photo by webmeister Bud

NO LIARS - photo by Lindsey Blane

NO LIARS – photo by Lindsey Blane

The crowd, by this time a frothing, moshing mess in its centre, loved every second of it.

NO LIARS. photo by webmeister Bud

NO LIARS. photo by webmeister Bud

NO LIARS - photo by Lindsey Blane

NO LIARS – photo by Lindsey Blane

NO LIARS - photo by Lindsey Blane

NO LIARS – photo by Lindsey Blane

photo by webmeister Bud

photo by webmeister Bud