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Gig review: Purity Ring at Sound Academy, Toronto

October 25, 2015
Purity Ring - photo Brian Banks,

Purity Ring returned to Toronto to play Sound Academy – photo Brian Banks (Field Trip, 2015) Who: Purity Ring Where: Sound Academy, Toronto When: 22 October 2015 In one word: Flawless Purity Ring returned to Toronto on Thursday October 22nd at The Sound Academy. Luckily, there were no technical issues in...
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Cancer Bats interview – “Hey Instabands- Forget the cool hair and Instagram photos, just write good songs!”

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. So this...
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13 Things to Remember from Riot Fest ‘15

September 23, 2015
Aerial crowd shot of Riot Fest 2015, Toronto - photo Alyna Paddon, Music Vice

Riot Fest 2015 in Toronto was definitely one to remember this year, why? Let’s take a look… Thousands braved a stormy weekend in Toronto for Riot Fest at Downsview Park Mud/Sand/Weather CRISIS I hope whoever is reading this can sense the sarcasm in the title.  Between the pouring rain and the mud on...
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Review: Time Festival 2015

August 17, 2015
Review: Time Festival 2015

Mac DeMarco at Time Festival – photo Alyna Paddon, Music Vice What: Time Festival 2015 Where: Fort York, Toronto When: 15 August 2015 In one word: Engaging I had never been to Time Festival before and was not very familiar with it prior to this year, so I didn’t really go in with...
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Time Festival returning to Toronto on August 15 with Mac DeMarco, Die Antwoord, Ariel Pink

August 5, 2015
Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco is among the headliners at Time Fest – his new album Another One drops this week Time Festival is back and better than ever! This year the festival will be located in downtown Toronto at Fort York on August 15th. Doors to the music filled day will open at 12:00pm and...
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Field Trip 2015 – Saturday review with Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Arkells

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

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 makes them...
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Field Trip 2015 Preview – The full weekend line-up and menu…

May 16, 2015
Alabama Shakes

Saturday night headliners Alabama Shakes Field Trip! Just beginning in 2013, Field Trip is back for a third year! It began as a celebration of “Arts and Crafts” 10th anniversary, until it expanded in 2014 to a two day arts and music festival. This year, it will take place on Saturday June 6th-Sunday June...
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Fidlar at The Great Hall, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]

May 4, 2015

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...
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CMW 2015 preview: Make the most of 10 days at Canadian Music Week in Toronto

April 27, 2015
Monster Truck

Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men: one of the headline acts at Canadian Music Week 2015 CMW 2015 Festival Preview: Ten Reasons to attend Toronto’s season-opener for festival season It’s that time of year again- Canadian Music Week! The event is in its 33rd year and is one of Canada’s leading music festivals that...
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