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Toronto band Weaves challenging rock norms

Last Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 6:44 pm EDT

The next time you go to a concert you may want to take a closer look at the merch table.

At least if you are catching a Weaves show. The Toronto band released its Juno-nominated album Wide Open last year and is now selling a product that is making headlines: lipstick.

“There are always T-shirts that are gender-specific towards men at a lot of shows,” the group’s lead singer Jasmyn Burke told CityNews. “I felt growing up I never really wanted to wear a band’s T-shirt around that didn’t really showcase who I was. Putting out a lipstick felt like another layer to widen the gap of what people view a rock band as.”

The group has been a staple on the Toronto music scene for the last few years and has garnered international acclaim for its out-of-the-box musical style. This year it was nominated for its second consecutive Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.

“We just came back from our tour when we found out,” Burke said. “We were on the road for a year or so and when we got home our manager called us right away and told us about the nomination. It was really exciting!”

When the band is not on the road touring, Burke spends a lot of time in Kenginston Market shopping for vintage clothing. It’s actually where she found her dress for last year’s Juno Award ceremony. The hunt is still on for this year’s look.

Watch our Instagram video below to hear Burke’s hilarious story about why her mom was kicked out of a concert in Toronto.