Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Andy Brown, Ria Mae, Dylan Guthro, Mo Kenny and Tim Chaisson at Hunter’s 4/5/2014 #ECMW2014

No Comments 07 April 2014

by Laura Feeney

To be honest, my Saturday night plan was derailed by a combination of freezing weather and oversold shows. My first stop quickly became my last, which was on shame since Hunter’s Pop-Rock stage had of the best line-ups I’ve ever seen. In a single word to describe the evening: wow.

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The night started off with Andy Brown’s “Happiness”. I think – I was still waiting outside for the doors to open.  Arriving half-way through the set, I was impressed to see a much more commanding stage presence from the Fredericton singer-songwriter than I remembered from Harvest Jazz in 2012.  His upbeat set had the audience bouncing and singing along with “Tin Man” and the energetic closing song “You Wear me Out”.  Andy will return to the Hunter’s Stage on April 25, 2014. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Kyle Mischieck and Pretty Archie at the Cape Breton Stage 4/4/2014 #ECMW2014

No Comments 05 April 2014

by Laura Feeney
I decided to venture to the Cape Breton stage for an hour on Friday night. The venue had just opened and the crowd, young and old, was in high spirits for a fun night ahead.
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Kyle Mischieck opened up the stage with more energy than I’ve seen in a long time. Although his pop/rap music isn’t my regular scene, I grew to like the talented 16 year old. His songs were youthful and focused around topics close to a 16 year old’s heart: love, heart break, and partying. It was a pretty fun set and definitely great for a younger generation. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

The Olympic Symposium, RocketRocketShip and Jenn Grant @ Hunter’s 4/4/2014 #ECMW2014

No Comments 05 April 2014

by Laura Feeney
Once again, Hunters was the place to be on Friday night – they really have an awesome lineup this year, as well as bartender Phil Gallant pulling a 120 hour shift in hopes of breaking a Guinness world record.
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I started off my evening with the relaxed indie folk sounds of Fredericton’s Olympic Symphonium. Their bend of gentle harmonies and soothing double bass created a perfect day dreamy atmosphere. Their set featured tracks from their newest release, Chance to Fate, in CD order for the sake of continuity. Their mellow set was the perfect transition from my day job into the festival mode. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Heather Green & Paper Lions @ Hunters 4/3/2014 #ECMW2014

No Comments 05 April 2014

by Laura Feeney
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The Hunters Pop-Rock stage seemed like the place to be on Thursday night at ECMW2014. Nova Scotia’s Heather Green took the Hunters stage and almost instantly I felt that she belonged in a much larger venue. And not just because of her enormous band (I counted eight, including the three backup vocalists), but her powerful, soulful voice and soaring guitar solos deserved a venue to match. The pop-rock set included hints of jazz and blues in songs like “Dirty Love”.The closing track, “Wild Ones”, is described in my notes as a “slow-building rock explosion”. Yeah. That pretty much sums it up. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Chris Dalziel Band, Dylan Menzie, and Colour Code at The Guild 4/3/2014 #ECMW2014

No Comments 05 April 2014

by Laura Feeney
Thursday night’s lineup at the Guild Charlottetown featured some of the best indie pop-rock acts that Prince Edward Island has to offer – all of which are being featured for the first time on Ride the Tempo!
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PEI’s Chris Dalziel Band started off the night right, with an enthusiastic set of pop-rock tunes that featured just a hint of folk influence. Chris’s youthful stage presence and awesome red pants really won me over. Their rendition of “Follow you Around” is just one example of the infectious energy that this band has to offer. I look forward to hearing more energetic rock from this newly formed band. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Fast Romantics w/ Dear Rouge & Gramercy Riffs @ Adelaide Hall 3/29/2014

No Comments 30 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee
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If you were sulking in the misery of the Leafs (probably) missing the playoffs, you should have taken a walk down Spadina to Adelaide Hall to let the alt-rock sounds of Fast Romantics (and spirits) cheer you up. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, French, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

Radio Radio @ The Garrison 3/22/2014

No Comments 23 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
Radio Radio @ The Garrison 3/22/2014
Last night, Acadian French party rap group Radio Radio celebrated the release of their new album Ej feel zoo. Continue Reading

Alternative, Concert Reviews, Music

Augustines w/ My Goodness @ The Garrison 3/11/2014

No Comments 15 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee
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While Mother Nature was getting set for another bout of harsh winter to challenge the resilience of #wearewinter, rest of Toronto opted to pack into the Garrison to enjoy the Augustines. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Gramercy Riffs, Ossington Rippers and Terra Lightfoot @ The Drake Underground 2/20/2014

No Comments 21 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Gramercy Riffs @ The Drake Underground 2/20/2014
Gramercy Riffs celebrated the release of their latest album Desire Trails. Joining them were Terra Lightfoot and Ossington Rippers. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Cousins, Greys, The Wet Secrets, Lido Pimienta and Elaquent @ Wavelength 14 at The Garrison 2/16/2014

No Comments 20 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Lido Pimienta @ Wavelength 14 - The Garrison 2/16/2014
The final night of Wavelength 14 performances took place at The Garrison with very different acts: Elaquent, Lido Pimienta, The Wet Secrets and Cousins. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Ark Analog, Mexican Slang & Evelyn Mukwedeya & Memory Makuri @ Wavelength 14 at Sonic Boom 2/16/2014

No Comments 20 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Ark Analog @ WL 14 - Sonic Boom 2/16/2014
With energy drinks in hand, I headed to Sonic Boom on Sunday for an afternoon of music and discussions. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Colin Stetson, US Girls, Biblical, Petra Glynt, Gambletron @ Wavelength 14 Day 3 at Polish Combattants Hall 2/15/2014

No Comments 18 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Colin Stetson @ Wavelength 14 Day 3 - Polish Combattants Hall 2/15/2014
Night 3 of Wavelength 14 took place in a less traditional venue, the Polish Combattants Hall on Beverley Street. The banquet hall was a larger space them some of the venues but it was required because later in the night we were graced with the presence of Colin Stetson. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

DIANA, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, Most People, MATROX @ Wavelength 14 Day 2 at Adelaide Hall 2/14/2014

No Comments 17 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
DIANA @ Wavelength 14 Day 2- Adelaide Hall 2/14/2014
Friday, Night 2 of Wavelength, took place at Adelaide Hall with DIANA, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, Most People and Matrox. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Phedre, TOPS, Zoo Owl, Alden Penner and You’ll Never Get To Heaven @ Wavelength 14 Day 1 at The Silver Dollar 2/13/2014

No Comments 14 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Phedre @ Wavelength 14 at the Silver Dollar 2/13/2014
Last night Wavelength kicked off its 4 day music festival celebrating its fourteenth birthday. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Sheezer & Alvvays @ Long Winter Year 2 Volume 4 2/7/2014

No Comments 08 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Sheezer @ The Great Hall 2/7/2014
Last night Long Winter held Volume 4 of its wintery music and art series. I was a bit under the weather so I peeped in for a little bit and caught Alvvays and Sheezer in the main room. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Arkells w/ Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs @ Adelaide Hall 1/30/2014

No Comments 31 January 2014

by Tiana Feng
Arkells @ Adelaide Hall 1/30/2014

Arkells announced a last minute show via mailing list that sold out in seconds. Last night, they took over a packed Adelaide Hall along with Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

MASS, Del Bel, ANAMAI @ The Silver Dollar 1/11/2014

No Comments 12 January 2014

by Tiana Feng

I returned from winter hibernation to kick off the year at The Silver Dollar’s second show in the Class of 2014 series. While subway construction rendered me unable to stay for Fresh Snow, I was able to see Anamai, Del Bel and MASS. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Matt Mays w/ Ladies of the Canyon @ The Horseshoe 12/12/2013

No Comments 13 December 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee
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Horseshoe Tavern celebrated its 66th year of existence with three raging nights of Matt Mays and I took on the first night.

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There was a decent crowd in time for the opener, Ladies of the Canyon. The Montreal-based female band, whose moniker is inspired by a Joni Mitchell album, dropped few jaws opening with a capella harmonies of “She Crossed The River”. Most of the set featured songs from their sophomore release Diamond Heart. Whether it was the retro attires, the highlight was Jasmine Bleile’s leopard-print top, or singing songs about ‘sex, drugs & rock’n roll’, these ladies were bringing the 70s back to life. Taking a break from the banging guitar solos, the four-piece excelled in the mellower jams as well, ending the set with “People of the Sun”, a poignant tune dedicated to neglect of Aboriginal Canadians.

Presence yielding excitement from the ladies and dudes alike, Matt Mays (and his beautiful beard) upped the decibels of rock n’ roll to 11. Recently having finished an acoustic tour, Mays was cherishing the opportunity to be loud. And the packed house wasn’t complaining! Backed by a full band, including the Fonzi look-alike guitarist Adam Baldwin, skinny tie & suspenders rocking Mays played songs from his stellar five album catalogue, including the last release Coyote. The encore featured a surprise duet with the beautiful Whitney Rose. The exhaustive set-list left minimal time for banter, except a mention of Rob Ford ‘being a dick’. Thankfully, that was brief.

Witnessing Mays unleash his inner rock beast is an experience unmatched. Full of raw energy and exemplary guitar chops, Matt Mays has certainly evolved into a rock god. The proof is in the beard.

Alternative, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Megan Bonnell w/ Donovan Woods @ The Drake 11/30/2013

No Comments 01 December 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee
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November 30 was a good night for concert-aholics in the city with plenty of acts (Pink, The Strumbellas, Hayden) to choose from. A good number chose to celebrate the homecoming of Megan Bonnell at The Drake last night. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Royal Canoe w/ Thomas D’Arcy and Jordan Klassen @ The Garrison 11/24/2013

No Comments 25 November 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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Grey Cup Sunday (or Toronto’s first sub-zero temperatures) didn’t hinder a big draw @ The Garrison to see Winnipeg’s eclectic electro pop stars Royal Canoe. Jordan Klassen and Thomas D’Arcy were on opener duties. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

The Matinee w/ Janes Party at The Dakota Tavern 11/19/2013

No Comments 20 November 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee
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Tuesday night at the cozy Dakota Tavern has been home to West Coast alt-country sounds of The Matinee all November. Last night, they hosted the jam with help from local friends Rival Boys and Jane’s Party. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Music

Ketamines, King Cobb Steelie, Doomsquad, Cellphone and more @ Long Winter Year 2 Volume 1

No Comments 10 November 2013

by Tiana Feng
Ketamines @ Long Winter TO Year 2, Volume 1
On Friday, the Great Hall, BLK BOX and Samuel J Moore held a night of entertainment with music art and more! You can see some music & art footage in my vlog of the night. Photos below. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Experimental, Music, New Age, Pop

Braids w/ Hundred Waters and Kodak to Graph @ The Great Hall 11/1/2013

No Comments 02 November 2013

by Tiana Feng
Braids @ The Great Hall 11/1/2013
Last night Braids took Flourish // Perish to The Great Hall along with Florida’s Hundred Waters and Kodak to Graph. Continue Reading

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