Gig review and photos: Surf Dads at The Hideout, Toronto

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May 18, 2016
Surf Dadsat the Hideout, Toronto - photo Hannah Edgerton, Music Vice

Who: Surf Dads Where: The Hideout, Toronto When: 6 May 2016 In one word: Intense Surf Dads are a surf punk band originating from Regina, Saskatchewan, taking major influences from bands like Wavves and Weezer. A band with an impossible start, Chris Dimas was living 2800 kilometers away from Gage McGuire. After exchanging iPhone recorded demos, Chris and...
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Photo gallery: Wayhome x CMW with Amir Obe, Humans, Kiki Rowe, Lucas DiPasquale

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May 9, 2016
Kiki Rowe at Wayhome x showcase at CMW, Mod Club, Toronto - photo Maddy Oxenham, Music Vice

Amir Obe on stage at the Wayhome x showcase – photo Maddy Oxeham, Music Vice Who: Wayhome x showcase Where: The Mod Club, Toronto When: 7 May 2016 In one word: Electric Everyone’s new favourite music fest, Wayhome, gave us a sweet teaser of what we can expect this July as the festival gears up for...
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Review — HMS Morris and No Sinner at The Garrison, Toronto — CMW

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May 7, 2016
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No Sinner on stage at The Garrison during CMW 2016 – photo Nicola Prokop Who: HMS Morris, No Sinner Where: The Garrison, Toronto When: 6 May 2016 In one word: Hooked How hard is it to make a functional website and app for a music festival? Okay, Glastonbury have a slick one, but CMW don’t, and...
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Review — Safia Nolin and Les Deux Luxes at the Great Hall, Toronto — CMW

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May 7, 2016
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Who: Safia Nolin, Les Deux Luxes Where: The Great Hall, Toronto When: 6 May 2016 In one word: Forgettable Friday night at CMW started for me at the Bonsound label showcase at the Great Hall. Quebec’s Safia Nolin sung something uninspiring in French, accompanied by a capable but dull guitarist. Stripped-down only works if you have the bare...
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Gig Review: Odd Ones, Mirrelia, Earth’s Yellow Sun, New Design and Red Handed Denial at My Drunken Uncle, Toronto

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April 29, 2016
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Who: Odd Ones Where: My Drunken Uncle, Toronto When: 22 April 2016 In one word: Banging Odd Ones opened the show with a usual kick ass set. Although I’m lucky enough to call the band members friends, I can confidently say without bias how amazing they are. Their musical style combines elements of metal, hard rock, punk in a...
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Gig Review and Photos: John XII, They Might Be Fascists, Without at Bovine Sex Club, Toronto

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April 25, 2016
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John XII at the Bovine – photo Amy Buck Who: John XII, Without, They Might Be Fascists Where: Bovine Sex Club, Toronto When: 22 April 2016 In one word: Banging As I entered the fray, Friday night’s show headliner John XII singer Max Deneau was rising from his knees, striding into the crowd, screaming at the tip of his lungs....
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Gig Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Mod Club, Toronto

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April 2, 2016
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Mod Club, Toronto - photo Alyna Paddon, Music Vice

Who: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Where: The Mod Club, Toronto When: 31 March 2016 In one word: Bondage When Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros first released dates of this small tour, an air of mystery surrounded the announcement, as many fans had been wondering what the band has been up to since they parted ways...
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Gig review: New Design at Ellen’s Bar and Grill

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March 20, 2016
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Who: New Design Where: Ellen’s Bar and Grill When: 19 March 2016 In one word: Lovely   The post rock genre is one that is difficult to describe to somebody who hasn’t listened to the music first hand. Generally driven strongly by effects laden guitars and spacious drum lines, post rock is a modern genre of rock...
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Gig Review: While She Sleeps at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto

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March 17, 2016
While She Sleeps at Hard Luck, Toronto - photo Robyn Bond, Music Vice

Who: While She Sleeps Where: Hard Luck estar, Toronto When: 12 March 2016 In one word: Gripping At Warped Tour this past summer I fought my way up to the barricade at the Monster Energy Stage. The Amity Affliction, a long time favorite band of mine, was going on after a group called While She Sleeps. The...
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Gig review: BadBadNotGood at The Danforth Music Hall

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March 15, 2016
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Who: BadBadNotGood Where: The Danforth Music Hall When: 12 March 2016 In one word: Blossom Imagine walking into a French bistro getting a croissant stepping outside on the patio taking a bite lighting a cigarette and listening to Run DMC. And then you see a girl unlocking her bike chained to an oil lamp post and witness...
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Interview: Bobs and LoLo and the World of Children’s Music

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April 13, 2016
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For Juno nominees Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond, children’s music is serious business. “Basically teaching the next generation of super music fans,” Pond says. Known professionally as Bobs and LoLo, Hardy and Pond met as Girl Guides on Vancouver Island and have been making music together since high...
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Emilie-Claire Barlow interview: on Jazz, the Junos, and Genre-Bending

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March 31, 2016
Emilie-Claire Barlow - photo credit Steve Webster

Emilie-Claire Barlow, a 2016 Juno Award nominee for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year –  photo Steve Webster Juno Award-winning jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow was sailing aboard the arctic icebreaker “Amundsen” when she had what she describes as an “epiphany.” “I felt like I needed to see what I was...
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Diemonds interview — Priya Panda chats about the band’s Juno nomination and the rise of women in metal

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March 30, 2016
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Diemonds is a band on the rise. After signing with eOne in 2015, the Toronto glam-metal act released their first major label album Never Wanna Die, which combines aggressive riffing with hair-metal hooks. Hot off a Juno nomination for Heavy Metal Album of the Year, frontwoman Priya Panda took...
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Msg Me Bro: Chat messaging with The Ocean Cure

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February 29, 2016
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Facebook conversations with The Ocean Cure: Pauline Taylor – Vocals Nick Baskerville – Guitar/Vocals Mike Di Monte – Guitar/Vocals Casius Muto-Wray – Bass/Vocals Nicola Sudano – Drums “Mans didn’t even supersize.” ______________________________ Me:  “Hey guys. I went to your show with Oh, Sleeper and thought it was great. I’m thinking of...
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Laura Sauvage Interview – on Music, Touring, Science and Talking Sharks…

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December 4, 2015
Laura Sauvage - photo by Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

  Following her show at Adelaide Hall in downtown Toronto where she performed with The Franklin Electric,  Montreal songwriter Laura Sauvage was apprehended by our rebel rouser Shaun Fitl for a conversation about music, touring, science and talking sharks. Me: What can you tell me about what you felt performing in front of...
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Cancer Bats interview – “Hey Instabands- Forget the cool hair and Instagram photos, just write good songs!”

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October 6, 2015
Cancer Bats interview – “Hey Instabands- Forget the cool hair and Instagram photos, just write good songs!”

Liam Cormier and Mike Peter of Cancer Bats – photo Brian Banks Gemma Mastroianni caught up with Liam Cormier and Mike Peters from Cancer Bats at Riot Fest last month to chat about playing their old stomping grounds at Downsview and offer some sage advice to new insta-bands about keeping it real....
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The Antlers interview – Brookyln band on tour with Spoon this June

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June 1, 2015
The Antlers - photo credit Mark Lemoine

The Antlers – photo: Mark Lemoine The Antlers are an indie rock band from Brooklyn New York, originating in 2006. The group comprises of Peter Silberman (vocals, composer), Michael Lerner (drums), and Darby Cicci (trumpet, upright/electric bass, keyboards, synths, vocals). Silbermans heavy lyrics and strong symphony steals peoples attention, and easily...
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Industry Insider: Adam Debevc, Manager of Sales at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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November 17, 2014
Adam Debevc, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Our latest installation of the Industry Insiders delves into the career specifics of a Manager of Sales for a large scale music organisation. Adam Debevc speaks about his role at Toronto Symphony Orchestra, its members, funding, and how he rose to his current position. Read on to hear about...
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Birds of Bellwoods – keeping busy as the rising band to watch

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September 30, 2014
Photo by Melissa Mather, courtesy of Birds of Bellwoods.

My first experience seeing Birds of Bellwoods perform live was at a house party in October of 2013. We were all there in celebration of a friend’s birthday when we cleared half the living room, strung up lights and sat on the floor, chairs and mismatched couches in the...
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Lights interview – Lights chats about staying grounded and achieving your goals

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July 16, 2014
Lights

Since the release of her debut album The Listening back in 2009, Lights has stolen the hearts of Canadians with her continuously innovative music. Since her last album release, Siberia, she has stepped into the realm of motherhood and marriage, which has developed her even further as an artist...
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Interviews

Bobs and LoLo

Interview: Bobs and LoLo and the World of Children’s Music

For Juno nominees Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond, children’s music is serious business. “Basically teaching the next generation of super music fans,” Pond says. Known professionally as Bobs and LoLo, Hardy and Pond met as Girl Guides on Vancouver Island and have been making music together since high school. That said, Pond says...

Emilie-Claire Barlow - photo credit Steve Webster

Emilie-Claire Barlow interview: on Jazz, the Junos, and Genre-Bending

Emilie-Claire Barlow, a 2016 Juno Award nominee for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year –  photo Steve Webster Juno Award-winning jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow was sailing aboard the arctic icebreaker “Amundsen” when she had what she describes as an “epiphany.” “I felt like I needed to see what I was capable of if I really...

Priya Panda

Diemonds interview — Priya Panda chats about the band’s Juno nomination and the rise of women in metal

Diemonds is a band on the rise. After signing with eOne in 2015, the Toronto glam-metal act released their first major label album Never Wanna Die, which combines aggressive riffing with hair-metal hooks. Hot off a Juno nomination for Heavy Metal Album of the Year, frontwoman Priya Panda took a break from her rehearsal...

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