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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Pixies at Massey Hall, Toronto – Gig review and photos

January 16, 2014

Who: Pixies When: 15 January 2014 Where: Massey Hall, Toronto In One Word: Chemistry What greater stage for the Pixies to kick-off the North America jaunt of an extensive 2014 tour schedule, than Massey Hall in Toronto? In terms of its grandiosity and history, and the aural and visual experience, it...
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Video: Neil Young slams “out of control” Canadian Government while speaking at Massey Hall

January 16, 2014
Honour The Treaties graphic

Canadian music legend Neil Young spoke out firmly against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s regime at a press conference on Sunday, 12 January at Massey Hall in Toronto. Neil Young, together with guests, Chief Allan Adam, Eriel Deranger, and Andrew Weaver, and moderator David Suzuki  visited Toronto’s Massey Hall to raise awareness...
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Contest: Win tickets to The Strypes at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

January 13, 2014
The Strypes

The Strypes are four piece rhythm and blues/rock band hailing from Cavan, Ireland. They have an incredibly mature and tight sound — a real talking point, given that the entire band are all currently aged just 16 to 18 years old. The band formed in 2011 and have spent the last 18...
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TRUST announces Toronto and New York shows this January – new album Joyland out in March

January 8, 2014
Trust - photo credit Seth Fluker

Trust – credit Seth Fluker TRUST‘s new album Joyland will be released by Arts & Crafts on 4 March, 2014. In support of the new LP, Trust will showcase new songs from Joyland at two shows this month in Toronto and New York. Trust is the musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons. Joyland is...
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Contest: Good Vibrations opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday, 20 Dec – Win tickets!

December 16, 2013
Good Vibrations

The story of Terri Hooley, a pioneer of Belfast’s music community and a man affectionately known as ‘the Godfather of Ulster punk’, has been brought to the cinema with a 2013 Irish film Good Vibrations. Amid the violence that divided Belfast throughout 1970s and 80s during The Troubles, Terri Hooley sought to...
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NXNE announces first bands for 2014: St. Vincent, Juicy J, Omar Souleyman and Speedy Ortiz

December 11, 2013
NXNE 2014 first bands

North by Northeast have announced the first bands in the line-up for NXNE 2014. Headlining names on the bill released today include St. Vincent, Juicy J, Omar Souleyman and Speedy Ortiz. There is still 6 months to go, so watch this space for more bands at they are announced! © Brian...
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Contest: Win tickets to see The Hives in Toronto on Dec 1st – and watch them play golf in this new video

November 26, 2013

Win tickets to see The Hives at the Phoenix in Toronto Arcade Fire caused a stir by asking fans to dress up smart on their new tour, but The Hives have been doing this the right way round for years! They rock out in tuxedos and top hats, while you enjoy the show. The...
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Paramore at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto — Mega photo gallery

November 21, 2013
Paramore singer Hayley Williams performing at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, 20 November 2013 - photograph by Brian Banks, Music Vice Magazine

Paramore singer Hayley Williams owning the stage at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night   Who: Paramore When: 20 November 2013 Where: Air Canada Centre In One Word: Immense Photographs of Paramore at the Air Canada Centre by Brian Banks. © Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice Internet links: Paramore Brian...
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PUP at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto – Gig Review, Show Sketches and Photos

October 21, 2013
PUP at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto – Gig Review, Show Sketches and Photos

Who: PUP Where: Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto When: Thursday 17 October 2013 One word: Breakthrough It’s a rare thing for an artist to have an entire venue full of people all pulling for them, cheering them on and celebrating with them. For sure, most decent bands, no matter how long they’ve been...
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Musicians come out to support Toronto’s first Park Crawl, this Sunday – Schedule and ticket details

September 28, 2013
Foodstock -photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

Local bands Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Choir! Choir! Choir! and Local 164 will provide the music to Toronto’s first ever Park Crawl, this Sunday 29 September. Organized by the David Suzuki Foundation as part of the Homegrown National Park Project, the crawl will lead a Pied Piper procession of people by foot,...
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