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City and Colour (or Dallas Green if you want to get personal) is surprisingly humourous if you take his melancholy musings into account (case in point, from 'Death of Me'—"My nerves will be the death of me, I know"). The St. Catharines, Ontario-born singer effortlessly weaved jokes into his set at the TIFF Canadian Music Café today while he tuned his guitar.
"I wanted one of those guitars that tune themselves like Joni Mitchell has, so I mentioned it at a show once," Dallas quipped in between songs, "but someone from the audience yelled, 'She has arthritis!' So I guess I should be glad I can tune mine myself." His guitar, a 1944 model, is well-worn and sounds great.
The jokes were juxtaposed with Dallas - beautiful and deceptively simple melodies, which he played solo. "I take my music seriously, but I don't take myself seriously," he told me after the show. "I get that from my father, that's where I learned to be funny."