August 6, 2006

Tegan and Sara, Lee’s Palace, Toronto, 14 September 2000

Posted in bootleg, mp3 at 9:32 am by rgsc

Way back before they were covered by the White Strips, before their songs were featured on Grey’s Anatomy and The L Word, before they even got themselves a band, and at just about the time they released their first album on Universal/Vapor (“This Business of Art,”) and Tegan and Sara were about to hit the big time, they played to a packed house on a rainy and hot September night in Toronto.

They played an energetic acoustic set and, as what seems to be something of a trademark in their live performances, chatted with the audience and each other between songs, telling stories, jokes, and just seeing how everyone is doing. They didn’t play terribly long, only about 45 minutes, but I think everyone in the audience walked away happy, knowing that we experienced a band in their purest form just as they were about to go on to do great things.

I wasn’t the one to record this concert but I offer my thanks to the anonymous taper who recorded and shared this. The recording has been circulating so if you are a T&S fan you may already have it or some songs from this performance.

I was, however, in the audience. Want proof? Ok. I spent my third year of University in Glasgow. Just before I left for the year I visited Toronto to hang out with friends and go to MEC and do those last minute things you do. As part of my send-off I went to see Tegan and Sara with some friends I have known since highschool. Before the show started, my friend Kathryn walked backstage and talked to Tegan and Sara for a bit. I’m not exactly sure what she said but on track 20 – that’s me they are talking about. Which at the time (ok, and now) I thought was pretty cool. Afterward the show they signed my album and wished me well. And Sara, you totally could have come with me. It was a great show and a great night all around.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic long weekend.

Tegan and Sara, Lee’s Palace, Toronto, 14 September 2000

1) Proud.mp3 (2.82 MB)
2) trading seats talk.mp3 (0.4 MB)

3) The First.mp3 (2.93 MB)
4) dancing and tshirt talk.mp3 (1.43 MB)
5) Hype.mp3 (2.7 MB)
6) being hot and standing talk.mp3 (0.6 MB)

7) My Numbe.mp3 (2.75 MB)

8) more standing talk.mp3 (1.23 MB)
9) Freedom.mp3 (2.04 MB)
10) broken string talk.mp3 (1.09 MB)

11) Not With You.mp3 (3.11 MB)

12) sharing a bed and fight talk.mp3 (1.06 MB)

13) Buried Alive.mp3 (3.32 MB)

14) Tegan’s patroller camp story.mp3 (2.61 MB)
15) More for Me.mp3 (2.25 MB)
16) email talk.mp3 (1.13 MB)

17) All You Got.mp3 (2.26 MB)
18) last song and streetcar talk.mp3 (1 MB)
19) Superstar.mp3 (2.93 MB)
20) encore protocol, thanks, and going to Scotland talk.mp3 (1.51 MB)
21) Divided.mp3 (2.65 MB)

To coincide with my post on them, Tegan and Sara are releasing their live DVD “It’s Not Fun. Don’t Do It” on August 8th. Check out the trailer here and pre-order here in Canada (with a poster) or here in the US.


  1. kevin said,

    Tegan and Sara are the best. Thank you for this!

  2. QDivision said,

    I just happened to be doing a search for blogs featuring Tegan and Sara and came across this one. Here at QDivision Records, we have an artist whose release features one of these magnificent twins. Since you enjoy the music of T&S, then please check out the link below to listen to the music of Rachael Cantu. The song Saturday is the one that features Tegan. Have a listen and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

  3. selsine said,

    Very cool, really good quality too. I know this dude that went to Scotland too, except his name’s Rod…

  4. Kennedy said,

    Thought i let you know Tegan and Sara are featured as mtvU’s house band. They have love performances and some music videos up on the site:

  5. rgsc said,

    Those live mtv performances are quite good – Thanks for the link Kennedy.

  6. Viv said,

    Thank you very much for posting this! I just downloaded the whole thing to my MP3 player and I’ll listen to it on my way home. This might turn out to be a really good day. 🙂

  7. Sarah said,


    I was just wondering how I can download these songs.. because I saw that Vivi (last post) dowloaded them but it doesn’t work


  8. rgsc said,

    Hey Sarah,
    I’ve re-uploaded the Tegan & Sara set for you. Just follow the link.

  9. Sarah said,



  10. Janez said,

    I was not even googling Tegan and Sara but accidentally found this blog. Great live bootleg, the quality is amazing! And the story about the show, too. It’s amazing how much you can see Tegan and Sara have changed… and on the other hand, how little they have changed.

    Thanks for these and all the best!

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