Concert Reviews

Corona Sunsets Review 8/16/2014

No Comments 26 August 2014

Corona Sunsets was an amazing event. This summer has been a blast for electronic music lovers of Toronto as we’ve been spoiled with a lot of happenings across all kinds of different venues and unconventional places. Hanlan’s Point was turned into a mini-festival with a good selection of deep house, techno and progressive house acts to deliver an unforgettable experience, even if it rained a little.

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What made the festival special for me was the sound system and the displays they constructed around the festival grounds. I felt the sound levels were optimal for enjoying the music without it overpowering everything else going on making it for a relaxed atmosphere where you could still have a conversation with your Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Ruth Moody, Rose Cousins, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and more @ Edmonton Folk Music Festival 8/10/2014

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Nele Van Aerde
Festivalgoers were blessed to have another gorgeous sunny day of folk music in Edmonton to conclude the festival. The first session I took in was “Hymns and Laments” where James Keelaghan, Rose Cousins, Ruth Moody and John Mann shared the stage: another all-star Canadian lineup. James Keelaghan has been doing the folk thing for years now and won the Juno in the roots and traditional album in 1993. His experience shows through his confidence onstage; as the workshop’s host he engaged in hilarious and easy banter between the other musicians. Keelaghan is known as a great storyteller, a reputation he upheld as he brought the entire audience (including those onstage with him) to tears with the song ‘McConville’s.’ I strongly urge you to find a clip of him playing this live; it’s a perfect showcase of the talent of this artist who has been honing his craft throughout the years. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Basia Bulat, Michael Franti, 100 Mile House, Dan Mangan and more! @ Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014 8/9/2014

No Comments 21 August 2014

by Nele Van Aerde

Photo by Frank Gasparik

Photo by Frank Gasparik

So the EFMF media crew was amazingly organized and I got to sit down with a handful of Canadian artists at the festival and pick their brains — those will be coming to RTT sometime in the near future ☺ but a lot of my Saturday was spent in and around the media tent. It actually was a nice reprieve because it was a cloudless high 20s gorgeous day – the perfect folk fest weather if you stay can stay hydrated and lather the sunscreen. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

James Vincent McMorrow, Rose Cousins, Los Lobos @ Edmonton Folk Music Festival 8/8/2014

No Comments 21 August 2014

by Nele Van Aerde
As a festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival is truly a force to be reckoned with, and 2014 was no different. Throughout the 4 days, an army of volunteers and festivalgoers faced it all — rain, wind, heat-exhaustion inducing sun, and chilly evenings – and all with a smile. Continue Reading

Alternative, Concert Reviews, Music

Alvvays w/ The Taste and Taylor Knox @ The Horseshoe 8/13/2014

No Comments 15 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
Alvvays @ The Horseshoe 8/13/2014
Alvvays played two back to back shows at the Horseshoe this week. I chose to attend the Wednesday show, an additional one added after the Thursday one  proved popular and had sold out. I figured it would be less busy that day, however, the buzz band had managed to sell out both shows. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Interviews, Music

Stranded On an Island with 18 Bands

1 Comment 15 August 2014

by Brita Brookes

If I’m ever asked that timeless question of- “If you were stranded on an island, who would you want to be with?” I can now say Harlan Pepper as one of my potential answers. I just spent a weekend on an island with over 18 bands, amazing food, artists, local Pelee Island vineyard wines, Walkerville craft brews, refreshing lake waters to swim in, tons of scenery and plenty of sunshine. Continue Reading

Alternative, Concert Reviews, Music

Taylor Knox @ Etsy Road Trip Toronto – Distillery District 8/9/2014

No Comments 13 August 2014

by Mica McCurdy

This weekend the Etsy Roadtrip completed it’s tour featuring local artists and music in the beautiful Distillery District. Toronto’s own Taylor Knox Band played two sets on the Saturday sunshine soaked afternoon, and their tunes only added to the idyllic setting as families and tourist wandered by. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Country, Electropop, Folk, Music, Psychedelic, Roots


No Comments 10 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Photo by Sean Brennan

The 9One9 Club in Victoria was abuzz with anticipation Saturday night (August 9th) as both Noah Edwards and Isobel Trigger were set to debut their new CD’s, and Jesse Roper was invited along to join in the festivities. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Great Lake Swimmers, Harlan Pepper, Devin Cuddy Band and more @ The Island Unplugged in Pelee Island 8/3/2014

No Comments 07 August 2014

by Brita Brookes

For Day 2 the sun came out in full force at the first ever The Island Unplugged music festival at Pelee Island. The Island Showcase opened, followed by James O-L and the Villains, the amazing Tara Watts, Stay Tuned Bluegrass, The Vaudevillian, Harlan Pepper (who missed the Ferry boat!- I think they swam over), Devin Cuddy band and the night ended late under the stars with a marathon long set with The Great Lakes Swimmers. Check out our slideshow above!

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Miner & Tim Moxam @ The Drake Hotel 7/22/2014

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy
Tim Moxam
Tim Moxam took the Drake Underground stage on Tuesday night, with collaborators Ivy and Raffa, to croon us all in to a swaying love for the simple things in life: love, nature, family, friends, dimly lit rooms, beer, etc. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Awolnation, Childish Gambino, Snoop Dogg @ Ottawa Bluesfest 7/12/2014

No Comments 22 July 2014

AWOLNATION at the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest 2014

Photo by Mark Horton

by Micayla Bussieres

I started my last night of Bluesfest by lounging on the grass with friends when Awolnation came out on the Bell Stage. Their signature electro-rock sound made for good background music for those of us who had a busy Saturday, and the familiar sound of their hit singles had many singing and bobbing along. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Grimes, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Smith Westerns, Majical Cloudz, Haerts, Lowell, Ice Cream and more @ TIME Fest 7/19/2014

No Comments 21 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Grimes @ TIME Festival 7/19/2014
On Saturday Embrace’s TIME Fest took place after a three year hiatus. Mother Nature  gave no favours as it rained the entire time. Due to miscommunication of some sort, the umbrellas of early patrons were confiscated at the door. This led to a lot of wet fans who were angry when they saw others enter with them. Water bottles weren’t allowed in either. None of these instructions were previously indicated anywhere.  Continue Reading

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Folk, Jazz, Music


No Comments 20 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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There is nothing finer than spending time in the funky confines of the Solstice Cafe on a lovely Victoria summer evening. Nothing, that is, unless you add some terrific music by two of Canada’s classier acts. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

BADBADNOTGOOD, Third Eye Blind, July Talk @ Ottawa Bluesfest 7/11/2014

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Micayla Bussieres
BadBadNotGood put on the most fantastic show to start of the night and I’m so glad I was not standing in the crowd by the stage. This jazz trio made up of Humber College alumni was greeted with applause and shouts that you’d expect at a pop-punk show, partially because of their extreme talent but also because of hometown boy, Chester Hansen, on the bass. They started their set with covers of a few jazz songs, even bringing out long-time friend and collaborator, Leland Whitty, on tenor sax to join them. As BBNG moved into more originals and drummer, Alexander Sowinski, amped up the crowd, a mosh pit began to form and clouds of dust rose above the crowd. My favourite tune was their cover of TNGHT’s “Bugg’n” because it had so much energy and made the entire audience so pumped up for the rest of the night. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Sharon Van Etten, Boy & Bear, Old Man Canyon, Shakey Graves and more @ Winnipeg Folk Festival 7/13/2014

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

Sunday started out as a murky cold affair extending to spritz of rainfall intermittently throughout the day and evening. But, the endurance of the Folk Festers was rewarded with impressive music. Good things come to those who stick around, right? Continue Reading

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