The Robert McLaughlin Gallery presented local artist Home Movies for their fifth First Fridays event on June 3. This event was the most family-associated First Fridays hosted so far, with a familiar underlining theme of kinship through the entire night.
The RMG showcased vintage home movies collected by the gallery, offered free popcorn by the family-run Great Canadian Popcorn Company located downtown Oshawa and had a zine making seminar with Broken Arts, a local art collective.
Another highlight of the night was a performance by Oshawa’s Home Movies. Singer Mike Milosh said he has more fun playing with family and friends, after he was intermittently joined on stage during in the hour long set by his brother Peter who plays drums.
“There’s an unspoken musical communication,” he says of Home Movies. “It’s home grown.”
He describes their sound as creative or artistic rock and roll, taking a nonconformist approach towards the cookie cutter pop sound. “Every album is different,” he says. “It’s upbeat, raw music that grows on you.”
Milosh has experienced commercial success before, playing with Canadian indie rock band By Divine Right. Now, he describes himself as a “backyard player,” saying he’s bit of a recluse living in Oshawa.
Home Movies will be performing at Concerts in the Park this summer. This free outdoor concert series at Memorial Park runs Wednesday and Thursday evenings June 15 till September 1.
The RMG’s First Fridays are scheduled to continue until September, with expectations to carry the series on throughout the fall.
Story and images by Matthew McPhee