Friday Night Trend, Curses at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]

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May 4, 2015
Friday Night Trend at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto - CMW 2015

Who: Friday Night Trend, Curses at Canadian Music Week Where: Hard Luck Bar, Toronto When: Saturday, 2 May 2015 In One Word: Promising A small crowd doesn’t always mean a disappointing show. Headliners Friday Night Trend brought a small but adequate crowd to the Hard Luck and still got everyone dancing. The all-ages show brought in a...
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Daniel Lanois, Terra Lightfoot at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]

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May 4, 2015
Terra Lightfoot at the Horseshoe Tavern, CMW 2015 - photo Brian Banks

Who: Daniel Lanois, Terra Lightfoot at Canadian Music Week Where: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto When: Friday, 1 May 2015 In One Word: Phenomenal It’s officially open season. May 1st, and the first music festival of the summer as CMW takes over with shows for the next ten days at venues all over downtown Toronto. The sun came...
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Fidlar at The Great Hall, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]

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May 4, 2015
Fidlar

Who: Fidlar at Canadian Music Week Where: The Great Hall, Toronto When: Friday, 1 May 2015 In One Word: Exceeding Alternative-punk band Fidlar from Los Angelas,California kicked off Canadian Music Week with a bang. The band’s name actually has an acronym which is, “F*** It Dog, Life’s a Risk”. Openers included (in order of appearance)...
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Headquarters Cooperative at Coalition, T.O., Toronto – gig review and photos

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September 30, 2014
EDGEWATERMV1

Who: Joob feat. Funky Fil and Fatsound; The Corsets; Edgewater Hotel (for Headquarters Cooperative) Where: Coalition T.O., Toronto When: Friday, 19 September 2014 In One Word: Multifaceted In a basement bar just within Kensington Market, Headquarters Cooperative launched their new products and their status as the supergroup to watch in the Toronto music scene....
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Album Review: Alanna Matty – Ante Meridiem

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September 18, 2014
Album Review: Alanna Matty – Ante Meridiem

Title: Ante Meridiem Artist: Alanna Matty Record Label: Independent Date: 
August 2014 In One Word: Evolved In this generation it seems as if there’s one criterion in which a solo musician lacks. The rawness and pureness of a smooth single acoustic guitar set is always soothing to the ear; however, experimenting with the music...
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The Flaming Lips at Riot Fest, Toronto – Photos

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September 7, 2014
The Flaming Lips at Riot Fest, Toronto – Photos

Wayne Coyne – photo Brian Banks Wayne Coyne and his band of merry men and women — mushrooms, butterflies and a glowing sun… — known as The Flaming Lips are one of the most fantastically fun bands you could ever see. Maybe it was the homemade acid candy that the band had shared pre-show,...
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Photo gallery: Metallica at Glastonbury 2014

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June 28, 2014
Metallica at Glastonbury Festival 2014 - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice, all rights reserved

James Hetfield of Glastonbury 2014 headline band Metallica Exclusive photos from Saturday night headliners Metallica on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014. Metallica are still on stage at time of posting. (Click thumbnails to view larger) © Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice All photos by Brian Banks, all rights reserved. Share and discuss using the...
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Dan Croll at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
dancrollMV1

Who: Dan Croll Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Eclectic It was 1:30 a.m. and the crowd started to get restless, but it was well worth the wait. U.K.’s Dan Croll stole the show at Wrong Bar, wrapping up a night full of great music. Dan Croll’s set...
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Beach Day at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
beachdayMV1

Who: Beach Day Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Gritty In keeping up with the beachy-grunge line-up at Wrong Bar, Beach Day was a welcome inclusion. Specializing in the 60’s garage-rock sound, the Hollywood, FL band made for a chill set. Beach Day has tapped into a sort of...
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The Kickstand Band at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014
kickstandMV1

Who: The Kickstand Band Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Sunny Detroit, MI knows how to produce sunny, surf-rock sounds, and The Kickstand Band is proof that it’s working. Seemingly drawing inspiration from the distorted sounds of surf-rock, the energy of pop-rock and the soulfulness of the blues, The...
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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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Jimmy Gnecco interview – Canadian exclusive: OURS lead singer on crowdfunding their new album

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May 28, 2013
OURS - Press_Shot 2013

The sold-out crowd’s clothes in Lee’s Palace were definitely dry from the rain once OURS blazed through their fierce 40-minute set on May 10, 2013. The band came to Toronto as support for Peter Murphy. They played songs from their new album, Ballet The Boxer 1, which was just...
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Interviews

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...

Lights

Lights interview – Lights chats about staying grounded and achieving your goals

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 and has set into motion...

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