Concert Reviews, Music

Dum Dum Girls, The New Pornographers, Airborne Toxic Event, Mozart’s Sister, Kandle and more! @ Rifflandia 9/13/2014

No Comments 14 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Dum Dum Girls

Again I started off my day at Royal Athletic Park, first witnessing the Airborne Toxic Event’s contamination of the air with their catchy brand of indie folk-rock before heading over to watch Dum Dum Girls under the tent. Technically, things got off to a shaky start as the vocals were too low in the mix and there were some feedback issues. The sound problems were eventually sorted out but the band still took a while to get their mojo going, but once they did they were on top of their game showing off the slicker sound they’ve adopted with their latest album ‘Too True’. Front woman Dee Dee Penny made no attempt to engage in any banter with the crowd, only muttering the occasional “thank you”. However, this demure and aloof persona is as much a part of the band’s act as their all-black clothing and red lipstick. Penny did break character at the very end when she flashed the briefest of smiles.  Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Airbourne, Serena Ryder, Cool, Cowards, JPNSGRLS, Single Mothers and more! @ Rifflandia 9/12/2014

No Comments 13 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


First off on Day Two of Rifflandia was virtually the whole day’s slate at Royal Athletic Park. Unfortunately I missed Reuben and the Dark, but did catch Glorious Sons, Born Ruffians and Dragonette under the Rifftop Tent. Over on the Main Stage New York’s We Are Scientists brought out their sophisticated indie rock to an appreciative crowd. Then I went through a time warp and witnessed AC/DC playing music off their new album ‘Highway to Hell’. No, wait, that was Australia’s Airbourne, but the resemblance to their more famous fellow countrymen is uncanny. Admittedly nothing new here, but these guys do know how to rock, even though they were almost upstaged by Willy the Crowd Surfing Orca. Finally, Serena Ryder took the stage and delighted the crowd with her energetic set that ran the gamut from power pop, to soul, to blues and to folk. Highlight for me was when the sun set behind the stage as she related the story of visiting Duncan at a very early point in her career and encountering an old hotel that Ryder swears was haunted. A magical moment. 

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Concert Reviews, Music

Zeds Dead, Battery Poacher, Smash Boom Pow, Electric Oak, Little Wild @ Rifflandia 9/11/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Rifflandia started off with a bang for me. It’s only been one evening but I’ve already seen six acts (OK, two were very brief). Also, two of those were on my list of “must sees” and they both hit it out of the park. That means I’m two for two so far. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Foster the People, Blues Traveler, M. Ward @ Ottawa Folk Festival 9/10/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Micayla Bussieres

M. Ward / Photo by Mark Horton

M. Ward / Photo by Mark Horton

Here in Ottawa you know autumn is just around the corner when Folk Fest is all you hear about. I certainly welcome it as festivals feel like home to me, so I’m extremely grateful that Ride The Tempo and Ottawa Folk Festival are giving me the opportunity to review another set of shows! Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

Rich Aucoin w/ Brave Shores @ The Drake Hotel 9/9/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

On Tuesday, Rich Aucoin celebrated the release of his latest album Ephemeral at The Drake Hotel. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Arkells @ The Mod Club 9/8/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

on Monday night, Virgin Mobile unveiled their latest project in their RE*Generation campaign to help homeless youth. Sir Richard Branson himself was there (I got to shake his hand) for the announcement. Their program aims to give at-risk youth the skills and opportunities to find jobs. Proceeds from Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy line of phones goes towards this initiative. Anyways, after his announcement, the audience were treated with a performance by Hamilton’s Arkells.

The majority of the audience was there to see Branson talk and after talking to a few, I learnt that many of them had no idea who the Arkells were. That didn’t really matter though, they’re the perfect band for these types of corporate events as it’s hard to not like their live show. The band performed a few cuts from this year’s High Noon including “11:11″, “Never Thought That This Could Happen” and “Cynical Bastards”. They also included classic favourites like “Oh, the Boss is Coming” and “On Paper”. Jian Ghomeshi jumped on stage (pretending it was impromptu) for a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”.

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Concert Reviews, Music

Sylvan Esso @ The Horseshoe Tavern 9/8/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Mica McCurdy

On Monday night the crowd at the Horseshoe was possessed by electronic duo Sylvan Esso, as they turned the venue in to the coolest of indie clubhouses. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

Operators & Moon King @ The Horseshoe Tavern 9/7/2014

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

After an extensive North American tour, Operators returned to Toronto to play a packed show at The Horseshoe on Sunday night. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Weaves, Most People, Matrox @ Toronto Islands 9/7/2014

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
Weaves @ Toronto Island 9/7/2014
On Saturday, Wavelength Music hosted a free show at Artscape Gibraltar point, the home of the now defunct ALL CAPS! Music Festival. It was definitely one of our favourite festivals but we were happy to hear that something similar will come to light with the coming relaunch of the Wavelength website. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

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

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