Brian Banks

Editor and Founder, Music Vice Magazine. Writer. Photographer. Poet. From Scotland. Not Ireland. Proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Rock N' Roll Don't Pay The Rent... 

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Emily Kai Bock wins The Prism Prize for Music Video of the Year with Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife”

March 23, 2014
Emily Kai Bock wins The Prism Prize for Music Video of the Year with Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife”

The second-annual Prism Prize award for the Canadian music video winner is Emily Kai Bock for Arcade Fire’s Afterlife. Emily received her award tonight, along with a cheque for $5000, at the Prism Prize Award Reception in Toronto. “Emily made some truly remarkable videos last year. It says something that two of Emily’s pieces were...
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Neil Young launches PonoMusic on Kickstarter – a ‘righteous’ new high-definition digital music experience

March 12, 2014
Neil Young launches PonoMusic on Kickstarter – a ‘righteous’ new high-definition digital music experience

The PonoMusic player  (photo credit: Ponomusic.com) Neil Young has launched a brand-new music product that may revolutionize the way we listen to digital music. The project launched on Kickstarter yesterday and has already doubled its $800,000 funding target in just 24 hours. A promotional video for PonoMusic features dozens of major...
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Full Osheaga line-up revealed – passes now on sale – no QOTSA

March 11, 2014
Osheaga 2014

Osheaga festival weekend tickets are now on sale at Osheaga.com. This year’s headliners are Jack White, Outkast and Arctic Monkeys. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, Lykke Li, Lorde, Cut Copy, Haim and Foster The People are among the other names on a packed bill. Despite speculation created by Osheaga’s cryptic...
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Winter to officially end tonight: free concert in Toronto to celebrate the arrival of spring

March 7, 2014
Winter to officially end tonight: free concert in Toronto to celebrate the arrival of spring

BREAKING NEWS: Winter is set to come to an end tonight. The arrival of spring will be celebrated with a special event in Toronto this evening. All around the city, anticipation has been spreading for the arrival of this event, and the warmth that comes with it. Rumour has it that...
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Osheaga teaser game gives line-up clues including Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal The Man, Lorde, July Talk, Band of Horses and AFI

March 6, 2014
Osheaga 2014 line-up teaser

Osheaga festival in Montreal has released a special interactive teaser image, with clues to this year’s festival line-up. Fans can enter a contest by guessing as many bands as they can find using the clues in the mural. Three winners will win passes to Osheaga 2014 before tickets go on on Tuesday,...
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First FREE Field Trip Presents show this Thursday, March 6th at Wrongbar

March 3, 2014

 Feist on stage with Broken Social Scene at the first Field Trip last June Ahead of this summer’s Field Trip music festival in Toronto, the organizers are throwing a teaser show this Thursday, March 6th at Wrongbar – and it’s FREE! FIELD TRIP PRESENTS, #1: – PRINCE INNOCENCE – RIVER TIBER – PARADISE ANIMALS...
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Double review, sketches and photos: NXNE teaser show with Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault and Wish

February 26, 2014
Army Girls sketch drawing by Natascha Malta, Music Vice

Who: Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault, Wish – NXNE show When: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 Where: The Garrison, Toronto In One Word: Norrrrrth-by! Way to whet our appetite, NXNE! NXNE 2014 is four months away but on Tuesday night in Toronto fans at the Garrison were treated to a taster of...
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Free NXNE gig in Toronto on Tuesday, 25 February with Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault and Wish

February 24, 2014
Free NXNE gig in Toronto on Tuesday, 25 February with Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault and Wish

NXNE is still four months away, but until then Toronto residents can get their North-By kicks with a free show at The Garrison tomorrow night. It’s a very tidy line-up: Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Hault and Wish. They’re all joined by a bunch of DJs, including Chris Slorach from Metz...
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Canadian indie music well represented in the 2014 Juno Award nominees

February 5, 2014
Alysha Brilla - photo credit Lisa MacIntosh

Alysha Brilla, nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year, has one of the 37 Canadian independent releases in this year’s Juno Awards – photo Lisa MacIntosh The 2014 Juno Award Nominees have been announced, and this year’s list includes many independent Canadian artists and labels. Arcade Fire lead the nominees overall,...
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Contest: Win tickets + a CD to New Politics at The Opera House, Toronto

January 23, 2014
New Politics

Ticket contest Copenhagen based pop rock band New Politics are coming to Toronto on Tuesday, 28 January to play The Opera House with Magic Man and Sleeper Agent. Thanks to Live Nation Ontario, we have one pair of tickets and a copy of their latest album A Bad Girl in Harlem to...
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