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Diamond Rings at Parkdale Library, Toronto – Gig review and show photos

October 9, 2010
Diamond Rings at Parkdale Library, Toronto, 8 October 2010 - photo by Renee Saviour, Music Vice

Diamond Rings performs at Parkdale Library as part of Toronto Library’s Make Some Noise series. MusicVice contributors Natascha Malta and Renee Saviour attended to provide the lowdown with words and pictures, respectively. Gig/Concert: Diamond Rings Venue: Parkdale Library, Toronto, ON, Canada Date: 8 October 2010 In one word: Candlelit There were...
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Album Review: Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Polaris Prize nominee)

September 16, 2010
Forgiveness Rock Record drawing by Natascha Malta, Music Vice

(Illustration by Natascha Malta) Title: Forgiveness Rock Record Artist: Broken Social Scene Label: Arts & Crafts Released: 4 May 2010 In one word: Expansive It’s hard not to associate the success of indie rock over the past 10 years with Broken Social Scene. Since the band/music collective’s formation in 1999, many...
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Ra Ra Riot at the Mod Club, Toronto – Gig review and show photos

September 2, 2010
Ra Ra Riot at the Mod Club, Toronto, 30 August 2010 - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

The Gig: Ra Ra Riot secret show Where: The Mod Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 30 August 2010 In One Word: Intimate This Monday, August 30th 2010, Syracuse band Ra Ra Riot were in Toronto to play a secret show at the Mod Club. No tickets were sold for the event,...
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Abandon All Ships at The Opera House, Toronto – Gig review and show photos

August 27, 2010
Abandon All Ships at The Opera House, Toronto, 25 August 2010 - Photo by Caroline Aksich, Music Vice

The Gig: Abandon All Ships Where: The Opera House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 25 August 2010 In One Word: Megawacko Although the Opera House hasn’t really been my thing in years, there was definitely a time when a good weekend to me would’ve been moshing out in this palace of hardcore...
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Album Review: Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Polaris Prize nominee)

August 23, 2010
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice

This review is part of our series of reviews of the shortlisted 2010 Polaris Prize albums. The Polaris Prize is a Canadian music prize picked on a basis of artistic merit alone, and not commercial success. As a result, the long list tends to turn out some of the best music...
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Album Review Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal (Polaris Prize nominee)

August 16, 2010
Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal album artwork

This review is part of our series of reviews of the shortlisted 2010 Polaris Prize albums. The Polaris Prize is a Canadian music prize picked on a basis of artistic merit alone, and not commercial success. As a result, the long list tends to turn out some of the best music...
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Album Review: The Sadies – Darker Circles (Polaris Prize nominee)

July 30, 2010
The Sadies - Darker Circles

In this first installation of reviews of the shortlisted 2010 Polaris Prize albums, I’m going to be looking at Darker Circles by The Sadies. The Polaris Prize is a Canadian music prize picked on a basis of artistic merit alone, and not commercial success. As a result, the long list tends...
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C’Mon at the Garrison, Toronto: Beyond The Pale Horse record release show – Gig review

July 12, 2010
C’Mon at the Garrison, Toronto: Beyond The Pale Horse record release show – Gig review

The Gig: C’Mon EP release for Beyond The Pale Horse, w/ The Mercy Now and Monster Truck Where: The Garrison, Toronto, Ontario, Canada When: 10 July 2010 In One Word: Heavy Last Saturday was the conclusion of a 10 date Canada tour for Toronto band C’Mon. It was a tour which...
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Polaris Prize 2010 shortlist

July 10, 2010
Polaris Prize 2010 shortlist

The shortlist for the Polaris Prize was announced this past Tuesday 6 July in Toronto at the Drake Hotel Sky Yard. The Polaris Prize is a $20,000 prize given to the Canadian artist that a panel of almost 200 judges (bloggers, broadcasters, journalists and programmers) think produced the best album of...
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Album Review: The Order of Good Cheer – Tanto Monta, Monta Tanto

June 27, 2010
Album Review: The Order of Good Cheer – Tanto Monta, Monta Tanto

Title: Tanto Monta Monta Tanto Artist: The Order of Good Cheer Label: Independent Released: 15 June 2010 In one word: Unpretentious What do you get if you when you mix together a film editor with a history of music making, a promoter from the legendary Arts & Crafts record label, a...
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