WayHome photos – Hozier, July Talk, St. Vincent, Broncho and more

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July 28, 2015
Wayhome main stage fans - photo Brian Banks

July Talk thrilled a packed crowd from the WayBright stage – photo Brian Banks Hozier What: WayHome Where: Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada When: 24-26 July 2015 In one word: Vibes WayHome photo gallery featuring Hozier, July Talk, Sylvan Esso, Broncho, St. Vincent, Alt-J, The Highest Order, Fucked Up and lots of beautiful Wayhomies! Click on any of the photos below...
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Photos: Neil Young at WayHome

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July 27, 2015
Neil Young at Wayhome, 24 July 2015 - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

Neil Young performs to wild flowers on stage at WayHome festival What: Neil Young at WayHome Where: Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada When: Friday 24 July 2015 In one word: Classic I never imagined that in my lifetime I would get the chance to see Neil Young perform live. WayHome music festival brought this dream to life for myself...
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Review and Photos: Common at Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica: ‘the greatest show on Earth’

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July 22, 2015
Common at Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Knock-out! Academy Award-winning rapper Common on stage at Reggae Sumfest – photo Brian Banks What: Reggae Sumfest Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica When: 16-17 July, 2015 In One Word: Incredible After a decade as a music writer and blogger, I have been to visited some incredible places to see some incredible concerts: from Iggy Pop inside the arctic circle, to...
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Foo Fighters at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre — Gig

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July 9, 2015
Foo Fighters at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre — Gig

Who: The Foo Fighters Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto When: 8 July 2015 In One Word: Belting The Foo Fighters kicked on the first ‘broken’ leg of their 20th anniversary tour at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre last night in Toronto. Appropriately titled the “Broken Leg Tour” due to front man Dave Grohl’s accidental stage fall during...
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Field Trip 2015 – Sunday review with My Morning Jacket, Father John Misty, Templs, Marina and the Diamonds

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June 9, 2015
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What: Field Trip 2015 Where: Fort York Garrison Commons When: Sunday, 7 June 2015 In One Word: Interesting From bright blue skies, to the downpour of rain and thunderstorms, the weather went hand in hand with the festival. One moment people were rocking out to Father John Misty and the next, Dan Mangan & Blacksmith were...
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Field Trip 2015 – Saturday review with Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Arkells

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June 9, 2015
Purity Ring - photo Brian Banks

Purity Ring at Field Trip Who: Field Trip Where: Fort York Garrison Creek Commons When: Saturday, 6 June 2015 In One Word: Amazing Field Trip 2015 was a major success. What a trip! What an amazing way to kick off the Summer 2015 Festival series; it will be interesting to see how others compete with this event....
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Field Trip 2015 in 55,000 words…

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June 9, 2015
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    55,000 words in pictures from Field Trip 2015… Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Arkells, Rhye, Temples, De La Soul, Lee Fields, Kevin Drew and Andy Kim, Mariana and the Diamonds, The War on Drugs. All photos by Toronto photographer Brian Banks. Click to enlarge… © Brian Banks, Music Vice Share and...
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Xavier Rudd at the Opera House, Toronto – Gig review

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May 13, 2015
Xavier Rudd and the United Nations

Xavier Rudd and the United Nations Who: Xavier Rudd Where: The Opera House, Toronto When: Wednesday, 6 May 2015 In One Word: Connect Xavier Rudd has the ability to connect with people through his music. Before 2015, he had accomplished this feat as a solo artist. This past week at The Opera House, Xavier...
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2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards – Review and photo gallery with Billy Talent, Alvvays, Broncho, Miracles [CMW 2015]

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May 11, 2015
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What: 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards at CMW Where: The Sheraton Centre, Toronto When: Saturday, 9 May 2015 In One Word: Exciting What an ending to Canadian Music Week! The Sheraton Centre was packed up tight with a growingly enthusiastic crowd for the 2015 Indie Awards. With big names like Billy Talent headlining and new Toronto...
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The GOASTT at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto – Gig review and setlist [CMW 2015]

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May 11, 2015
The Goastt

Who: The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (The GOASTT) Where: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto When: Friday, 8 May 2015 In One Word: Kaleidoscopic Though much of the allure of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger arose from the charismatic front man Sean Lennon Ono, son of the legendary John Lennon and Yoko...
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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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Interview with The Flatliners, on tour in North America and Europe this summer

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June 2, 2014
The Flatliners - photo credit Florian Franik

The Flatliners – photo: Florian Franik The Flatliners are one of Toronto’s exploding punk rock bands that have been making their name known all throughout North America and Europe. Their most recent album, Dead Language, was released in 2013 and truly portrayed the band’s progression and maturity since their first album,...
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PUP interview — We chat with the band during their last crazy night in Toronto before their UK tour

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February 3, 2014
Pup at The Garrison, Toronto, January 2014 - photo by Megan Rach, Music Vice

There are few bands that could muster energy to play two shows in one night. Even fewer could do it two nights in a row. Toronto punk outfit PUP are not most bands. Two days shy of setting off for a European tour, Pup played two sold out shows and lived...
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Ryan Star interview – Music without a label

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January 26, 2014
© Meredith Truax

The beginning of a new year usually involves reflecting on the past and finding hope in the future. Ryan Star released his long-awaited new album, A N G E L S + A N I M A L S, through PledgeMusic at the most ideal time. It tells a...
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Zane Carney interview – John Mayer’s guitarist talks in-depth about his debut EP

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November 18, 2013
Zane Carney - Music Vice interview

Back in September, Zane Carney released his much anticipated solo debut, Confluence. It combines his influences as a world class jazz guitarist and the dark, mysterious sound that he created with his brother, Reeve, for their bluesy rock band, Carney. Confluence not only introduces Zane as a captivating lead...
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Say Hello To… Tim Watson – Durham Region artist is one to watch

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July 12, 2013
Photograph by Mike Peleshok

Photo by Mike Peleshok Tim Watson has been making a name for himself within the Durham Region music scene. He is often being praised and remembered for his wide, soaring vocal range and his diverse musical talents. Watson possesses that rare ability to always connect with the audience through...
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Say Hello To… Little Creatures – a Toronto band looking to channel some Billie Jean King spirit in their music

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June 28, 2013
Little Creatures

Jessica Paiva of Music Vice Magazine had the privilege of catching up with award-winning songwriter and drummer Alison MacLean and singer/guitarist Chris Ioannou of Toronto band Little Creatures before hitting The Painted Lady’s stage during North by Northeast festival (NXNE). Why do you choose to be a part of these festivals?...
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Interviews

The Antlers - photo credit Mark Lemoine

The Antlers interview – Brookyln band on tour with Spoon this June

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 makes them stand out from...

Adam Debevc, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Industry Insider: Adam Debevc, Manager of Sales at the 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 Adam’s personal experiences and his...

Photo by Melissa Mather, courtesy of Birds of Bellwoods.

Birds of Bellwoods – keeping busy as the rising band to watch

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 cramped Eglinton West bungalow for...

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