#tbt: ’tis the season with the sam roberts band

you guys! happy holidays! i am so glad we’re together again, gushing over our beloved sam roberts band just in time for christmas next week. are you ready?! is your tree up? presents wrapped? did you drink exactly eighteen beers from your beer advent calendar, and eat alllll the christmas cookies? i hope so.

let’s start this week’s #tbt of random christmas-related SRB goodness with a gorgeous photo of sam wearing THE best winter hat ever, because it’s christmas and i love you guys.

sam roberts wearing john varvatos - photo courtesy of mark elias and moxie media & design

our very most favourite everyman rock star is ready for anything: a polar expedition, an SRB show at santa’s workshop, or just the runway at a john varvatos fashion show. mark elias of moxie media & design took this beautiful photo three years ago in hamilton, when he spent the day filming a press video for the american designer, and the SRB stopped by to check out john varvatos’ fall 2011 collection.

when i emailed mark to ask if i could use this photo, he responded almost immediately, and later sent me a dropbox link (!?) to all the photos from the session, just because he’s an SRB fan who supports the band. a dropbox link, guys. wow. how great is mark? so very, very great. if i sent christmas cards, he would be top of the list. thank you, mark! if you’d like to see more of mark’s work, check out his website.

here’s an awesome SRB group shot mark captured, because christmas is all about gluttony, and there can never be too many awesome group shots of the SRB.  if you need to take a minute, please do. you’re in the right place for that kinda thing. i won’t judge.

photo by mark elias of moxie media & design

every year, quebec musician andy kim organizes a christmas concert fundraiser, and this year’s first-ever concert in montreal raised money for the starlight children’s foundation. sadly, i couldn’t find any videos of sam’s recent appearance with andy, but keep your fingers festively crossed they’ll be posted by this time next year. until then, here’s a video from the 2011 show in toronto. don’t walk away eileen becomes feliz navidad – total christmas magic.

last and most definitely not least, here’s a 2009 video of sam and friends – including kathleen edwards, dallas green, ron maclean, and the SRB’s very own james hall – performing the gambler at the holiday jam benefit for the sick kids hospital in toronto. because your brain can only process so much awesome at once, i’ll point out sam’s incredible fringe jacket and cowboy hat now, ’cause this video also features an appearance from an especially lovely dave nugent (wearing a dress). merry christmas, everybody!!!

Sam Roberts performs the Gambler from NOW Magazine on Vimeo.

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