Gig Reviews

The Kickstand Band at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014

Who: The Kickstand Band Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Sunny Detroit, MI knows how to produce sunny, surf-rock sounds, and The Kickstand Band is proof that it’s working. Seemingly drawing inspiration from the distorted sounds of surf-rock, the energy of pop-rock and the soulfulness of...
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Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Wrong Bar, Toronto, NXNE 2014 – Gig review and photos

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June 26, 2014

Who: Blaire Alise and the Bombshells Where: Wrong Bar, Toronto When: Thursday, 19 June 2014 In One Word: Refreshing Blaire Alise and the Bombshells is a rockabilly outfit hailing from Detroit, MI. Drawing inspiration from the rockabilly sounds of the 50’s, this band produces something refreshing while still paying homage to...
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Glastonbury 2014 – A paradise of music and nature – day one photos

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June 26, 2014
Glastonbury 2014 day one - photo Brian Banks, www.homegrownsound.org

I am at Glastonbury with Homegrown Sound, my new project promoting nature through music, and I couldn’t be in a better place – Glastonbury is a paradise of music and nature. I spent Wednesday at Glastonbury exploring the MASSIVE festival site. Everywhere you look at Glastonbury you are surrounded by nature:...
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Elbow at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

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May 21, 2014
Elbow - photo credit Tom Sheehan

Elbow – photo Tom Sheehan Who: Elbow Where: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto When: Saturday, 17 May 2014 In One Word: Perspicacious The first time I saw Elbow live was June 2002. They were the opening act for Doves at the fabulous Palais Royale. It was the first time I have ever been...
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Dilly Dally, Gold Pony, The Sandy Pockets at Handlebar, Toronto — Gig review

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May 20, 2014
Gold Pony at Handlebar, Toronto, Wavelength #599 - photo Brian Banks

Who: Dilly Dally, The Sandy Pockets, Meeko Cheech, The Julee Cruise Ships, Gold Pony Where: Handlebar, Toronto When: Saturday, 17 May 2014 In One Word: Spiffing Right from the get-go, this show was destined to be one of the best nights of the year. On arrival, I got my stamp from the...
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Owen Pallett at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

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May 15, 2014
Owen Pallett at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto — Gig review

Who: Owen Pallett Where: Danforth Music Hall When: Saturday, 10 May 2014 In One Word: Masterful Owen Pallett never ceases to amaze when it comes to his musicianship. Relying heavily on keyboard and violin, Pallett’s set integrated bass and drums for some added support. However, what Pallett can do simply with...
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Groenland at Adelaide Hall, Toronto, CMW 2014 — Gig review and photos

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May 15, 2014
Groenland at Adelaide Hall, Toronto, CMW 2014 — Gig review and photos

Who: Groenland Where: Adelaide Hall, Toronto When: Saturday, 10 May 2014 In One Word: Unique For the final night of the CMW round-up, Montreal’s orchestral indie darlings Groenland graced the stage at Adelaide Hall. With a wonderfully eclectic sound, Groenland got those in the already packed bar moving and dancing along...
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Kevin Myles Wilson at The Central, Toronto, CMW 2014 — Gig review

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May 15, 2014
Kevin Myles Wilson

Who: Kevin Myles Wilson Where: The Central, Toronto When: Thursday, 8 May 2014 In One Word: Powerful Central on Markham Street offers an intimate and relaxed atmosphere where talented singer-songwriters can be truly appreciated and where they can even sit and pen some new songs before their set. Opening Central’s Thursday night,...
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Brendan Canning at Lee’s Palace, Toronto, CMW 2014 – Gig review and photos

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May 13, 2014
Brendan Canning at Lee's Palace, Toronto - photo Megan Rach, Music Vice Magazine

Who: Brendan Canning Where: Lee’s Palace, Toronto When: Thursday, 8 May 2014 In One Word: Vibrant Brendan Canning, one of the founding members of Broken Social Scene, took over Lee’s Palace with great energy, fantastic music, and an excellent rapport with the CMW show-goers. Opening the show on a mellow note,...
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GrimSkunk at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto, CMW 2014 – Review and photos

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May 13, 2014
GrimSkunk at Sneaky Dee's, Canadian Music Week 2014 - photo Dani Subject, Music Vice

Who: GrimSkunk Where: Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto When: Thursday, 8 May 2014 In One Word: Psyched   Having travelled from Montreal, GrimSkunk came a long way to rock out at Sneaky Dee’s for Toronto’s Canadian Music Week. Having a slight change in schedule, GrimSkunk quickly set up to start their set earlier than...
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