Gig Reviews

Gig review: New Design at Ellen’s Bar and Grill

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March 20, 2016

Who: New Design Where: Ellen’s Bar and Grill When: 19 March 2016 In one word: Lovely   The post rock genre is one that is difficult to describe to somebody who hasn’t listened to the music first hand. Generally driven strongly by effects laden guitars and spacious drum lines, post rock is a modern...
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Gig Review: While She Sleeps at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto

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March 17, 2016
While She Sleeps at Hard Luck, Toronto - photo Robyn Bond, Music Vice

Who: While She Sleeps Where: Hard Luck estar, Toronto When: 12 March 2016 In one word: Gripping At Warped Tour this past summer I fought my way up to the barricade at the Monster Energy Stage. The Amity Affliction, a long time favorite band of mine, was going on after a group called While...
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Gig review: BadBadNotGood at The Danforth Music Hall

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March 15, 2016

Who: BadBadNotGood Where: The Danforth Music Hall When: 12 March 2016 In one word: Blossom Imagine walking into a French bistro getting a croissant stepping outside on the patio taking a bite lighting a cigarette and listening to Run DMC. And then you see a girl unlocking her bike chained to an oil lamp...
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Gig review: Bullet For My Valentine at Phoenix Concert Theatre

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March 6, 2016

Who: Bullet For My Valentine Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre When: 6 March 2016 In one word: Extreme To be honest, I experienced a strange transition walking into the Phoenix to see Bullet For My Valentine after having only an hour prior seeing a drag show with a friend while waiting to get inside. But...
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Gig review: Blessthefall at Phoenix Concert Theatre

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March 6, 2016
Blessthefall at the Phoenix, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Who: Blessthefall Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre When: 3 March In one word: Emo I used to listen to Blessthefall in high school on bus rides home in the winter looking out the window feeling sangry (sad angry) and watching snowflakes fall on brown slush in the roads of East Brampton. And they are surprisingly...
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Msg Me Bro: Chat messaging with The Ocean Cure

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February 29, 2016

Facebook conversations with The Ocean Cure: Pauline Taylor – Vocals Nick Baskerville – Guitar/Vocals Mike Di Monte – Guitar/Vocals Casius Muto-Wray – Bass/Vocals Nicola Sudano – Drums “Mans didn’t even supersize.” ______________________________ Me:  “Hey guys. I went to your show with Oh, Sleeper and thought it was great. I’m thinking of writing a...
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Gig review: Corb Lund at Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

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February 21, 2016

Photo credit: Massey Hall | Malcolm Cook Who: Corb Lund Where: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre When: 20 February In one word: Groovy Corb Lund’s music sounds like it came out of a dollar store cowboys and indians toy package, as if listening is taking you back in time to a simpler time but...
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Gig review: Post-Valentine’s Day with Vanna

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February 21, 2016

Who: Vanna Where: Hard Luck Bar When: 15 February In one word: Breakdown. Oh boo hoo Valentine’s Day is over and you didn’t get a smooch. LET’S FIGHT! That’s basically how I was feeling last weekend and I settled it by going to a couple metal shows and getting thrown around a crowd with...
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Gig Review – Classified at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

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February 18, 2016
Classified at The Phoenix, Toronto - photo Shaun Fitl, Music Vice

Who: Classified Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto When: 13 February In one word: Ayyyyyy Seeing Classified perform at the Phoenix was like watching a bear scratch itself against a tree. The way he moves on stage makes it seem like his performances are scratching an itch he normally wouldn’t be able to reach. And...
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Wayhome announces 2016 line-up: LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers to headline

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February 9, 2016
Wayhome main stage fans - photo Brian Banks

RepublicLive has announced the line-up for Wayhome 2016. LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers are set to headline Wayhome this summer on the weekend of July 22-24. Also on the bill are Mac DeMarco, Chvrches, Major Lazer, M83, HAIM and Beirut. The first Wayhome festival took place last July in Oro-Medonte, Ontario...
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