Toronto’s Modern Space played their first Victoria show — and the final show of their current tour — at Sugar Nightclub on Saturday, with locals Dirty Mountain warming up the crowd.

Actually, perhaps “crowd” isn’t the right word.

Be it final exam season, the Mike Edel show just down the road, the very last Spirit of the West show in Vancouver, or the specific alignment of the planets that night, Sugar held an . . . well, shall we say an “intimate” crowd of fans for the show.

The numbers didn’t detract from either the performances or reception, though. Dirty Mountain — a crunchy country band which you’ve read about before — was superb at their first Sugar show, giving full energy through their set, but ending with a particularly powerful finalé in Jagged Lines.

Crunchy country might seem an odd pairing with the indie pop/rock sound of Modern Space, and that’s because it was unintentional. Willa was slated to open the show, but there was a last minute switch ’cause the band couldn’t make it due to a scheduling miscommunication.

I’m super-glad I got to see Dirty Mountain though and, as an added bonus, Elli from the band came up and introduced herself to Lindsey and me before the show; something which has NEVER HAPPENED in all my years of rocktography.

There was a slightly more-filled-out crowd for Modern Space by the time they took the stage — more people, says vocalist Sean, than their first Vancouver show — and this was one lucky crowd.

Modern space is a crazy high-energy band who never stopped moving, and interacted with the audience many times through the night.

During their show in Edmonton, the power cut out before the band’s big single, Pen to Paper, so they performed it a capella. That turned out to be so much fun, they continued the tour by starting Pen to Paper with an audience-participation a capella chorus before kicking into the full song.

In another rare occurrence, the band hung around Victoria for the weekend — enjoying breakfasts, getting two tattoos and one nipple piercing, and taking breakwater walks — only leaving Monday morning after a quick stop for a chat and song at The Zone @ 91-3, where I managed to snag a full-setup portrait of the band.

Dirty Mountain - photo by webmeister Bud

Dirty Mountain – photo by webmeister Bud

Dirty Mountain - photo by webmeister Bud

Dirty Mountain – photo by webmeister Bud

Dirty Mountain - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Dirty Mountain – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Dirty Mountain - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Dirty Mountain – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Dirty Mountain - photo by webmeister Bud

Dirty Mountain – photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space - photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space – photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space - photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space – photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Modern Space - photo by webmeister Bud

Modern Space – photo by webmeister Bud

Monday morning Modern Space - photo by webmeister Bud

Monday morning Modern Space – photo by webmeister Bud