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Saturday, March 15 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm
The Most Serene Republic

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The Most Serene Republic is a Canadian indie rock band formed in Milton, Ontario, most members having left post-secondary studies to pursue more artistic ventures. It takes its name from the sobriquet of formerly independent Venice under the Doges, which was regarded as "The Most Serene Republic of Venice". Originally formed in mid-2003 by Ryan Lenssen and Adrian Jewett under the name Thee Oneironauts (O-nye-rawn-nauts), the pair recorded and self-released an EP entitled Night of the Lawnchairs on Lenssen's GROK Studios imprint, based on the concept band Rushing to Redlights started by Lenssen. Thee Oneironauts grew to trio status with the addition of Nick Greaves on guitar. The Most Serene Republic released its debut album, Underwater Cinematographer, in 2004 on Sunday League Records as a six-piece band. Produced, mixed and engineered by Lenssen, mastered by Ryan Mills (also the band's live sound engineer) and recorded at ASF Studios, a slightly touched-up version of album was released in the summer of 2005 on the Arts & Crafts label. The Most Serene Republic was the first band signed to Arts & Crafts that was not related to Broken Social Scene. In early 2006, the band released Phages, a tour-only EP. Their follow-up to Underwater Cinematographer, titled Population was released October 2, 2007.

Saturday March 15, 2008 9:00pm - 9:30pm
The Parish 214 East 6th Street

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