12.01.2017

CANADA'S BEST KEPT SECRET :: Nirvanna The Band The Show (series review)

Nirvanna The Band The Show
Nirvanna The Band The Show

Matt and Jay are members of a band - Nirvanna The Band, actually. Their only aspiration is to perform at the Rivoli - a venue in Toronto, where they reside. They are also the most loveable, relatable bunch of incompetent, self-centered characters on the screen. Every episode premise is the same, yet as the season goes on, the antics get more extreme. There's nothing quite like it.

Nirvanna The Band The Show (formerly Nirvana The Band The Show) started as a web series by Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol from 2007-2009. The series was done on their own dime, hosted on their own website and using their real names and own personal stories. Because of all these things, the guys were able to freely use what would be considered copyrighted and gray area material and it makes it much more relatable and personable. Matt and Jay also did it on a shoestring budget utilizing only themselves and two cameramen. Their guerilla-style street shooting is refreshing to watch and captures some great moments.

In 2017, Viceland picked up the series and a new series one "remake" was created. Though the budget is bigger now and there is a legal team at their disposal - the spirit of the show remains.

It is a highly addictive, cult classic which is easy to watch again and again. Unfortunately, the original web series is no longer on the site and the new seasons are only available in Canada on Viceland/Rogers television. There are ways to watch it - I'd suggest looking into /r/Nirvannathebandtheshow on Reddit.

peace - I'm out,
Noble