Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Music

Interview: Emm Gryner

No Comments 15 April 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

Emm Gryner has earned cred from people in high places

-          Bono wishes he wrote one of her songs “Almighty Love”

-          David Bowie has deemed her as one of 2 Canadian acts that you must know

-          Nelly Furtado has called her album Science Fair her ‘desert island’ disc

Does she still feel that she has to prove herself?

“I have always felt like an outsider”, Gryner admits, “when it comes to the music industry”. That is hard to believe, coming from someone who recently played piano on Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” cover during his ISS mission. She also has a duet, on her new album, Torrential, with the Canadian astronaut. You impressed yet?

Give the album a listen, and you will be a fan of the strong pop melodies (“Excess Baggage”), resonating lyrics (“So Easy”) and subtle country vibes served with words of social commentary (“Pioneer”). The fiercely independent Gryner may have saved the best for her 14th one. And doubt it will be her last. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Industrial, Interviews, Music, Punk

Interview: Odonis Odonis

No Comments 14 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
Odonis Odonis @ Wavelength 14 Day 2- Adelaide Hall 2/14/2014
Odonis Odonis’ Hard Boiled Soft Boiled finally comes out tomorrow! I talked to Denholm from the band about the 5 year old album and asked him what his favourite egg dish was. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music

Interview: Thus Owls

No Comments 14 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Thus Owls released their third album Turning Rocks last week. I got to chat with Simon and Erika Angell about how it came together, inspirations and places they like to eat. Continue Reading

Canadian, Experimental, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Weaves

No Comments 01 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
Weaves @ Wavelength 14 Day 2- Adelaide Hall 2/14/2014

Happy EP release day to Weaves! I talked to Morgan Waters yesterday afternoon and he compared their music to blue cheese. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Fast Romantics

No Comments 29 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee


Fan of Pretty Little Liars or Vampire Diaries? Then, odds are you have already been introduced to Fast Romantics. Their songs “Cool Kids”, “How Do You” and “MoneyMouth” have been background score to some dramatic scenes in the teen dramas. Band’s reaction to the exposure? “To be honest, I’m just as surprised as you are”, frontman Matt Angus admits, “that we are appealing to that crowd”. Continue Reading

Alternative, Folk, Interviews, Music

Interview: The Strumbellas

No Comments 08 February 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

√  2nd Juno nomination.

√  Song featured in Hockey Night in Canada promo

√  Getting a Twitter shoutout from one of the biggest Canadian bands: Blue Rodeo

Would you say The Strumbellas are ridin’ high? Or maybe (more aptly), the six-piece folk ‘popgrass’ act are just “Sailing”. That is the latest single used on a HNIC promo, one of the biggest institution in Canadian television.

With another Juno nomination for the sophomore album, We Still Move on Dance Floors and SOLD OUT shows, are they sensing the momentum? Continue Reading

Interviews, Music

Interview: July Talk

No Comments 02 December 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee


Does Peter Dreimanis know he is a doppelganger of Hollywood actor and star of Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi? Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Music

Interview: Wildlife

No Comments 12 November 2013

by Nilabjo Banerjee


When certain words of our current diction get overused, such as EPIC, the impact of the word is undermined as a result. Give Born to Ruin by Wildlife a listen, and you will realize the ‘larger than life’ meaning of the word, when I say, the song is EPIC! The lead single from the sophomore release …On The Heart, by Toronto’s beloved quintet, is a sample of how they do things. The grandiose scale of the tunes translates as well live with high energy performances featuring all members attired in black with matching teal armband on their left hands. Cool eh? Continue Reading

Interviews, Music

Interview: Mike Maturine & Shaz H. from My Apollo

No Comments 19 October 2013

by Ani Hajderaj

Shaz H. & Mike Maturine

Shaz H. & Mike Maturine

Universities and colleges take pride in the frosh activities that take place on the first week of school. Most of the events associated with frosh are there to build a community among the students while keeping school spirit alive. Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Interviews, Music

Interview: Born Gold

No Comments 27 September 2013

by Tiana Feng

I caught up with Born Gold on Tuesday to discuss the new record, house shows and online dating. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Listen, Music, Pop

Interview: The Zolas

No Comments 17 September 2013

by Tiana Feng


I caught up with Zachary Gray from The Zolas before their show with Hollerado last Friday. Besides news we also talked about internet stalking and the state of indie music. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Fevers

No Comments 28 August 2013

by Tiana Feng

FEVERS released their debut No Room For Light this week. Ride the Tempo got in touch with the band to discuss its making. Continue Reading

Canadian, Interviews, Music

[Interview] Honheehonhee

No Comments 26 March 2012

When I requested to interview Honheehonhee, I did not expect the whole band to show up. They are probably some of the most hilarious guys I have ever met.

T: What’s the story behind the name Honheehonhee, I heard it was based on the laugh of a squirrel is it true?
HH: What? Where did you hear that? We said we would never answer any more questions about our name but we will for you. The name was inspired by the N64 game Conker’s Bad Fur Day. The squirrel character makes a noise that kind of sounds like honheehonhee so we spelled it out phonetically. Over the years people have pronounced it differently and we kind of like that. When I told mom she could say it “Honey Honey” she was excited. I think now we just go HON HEE HON HEE.

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Alternative, Canadian, Interviews, Music, Pop

[Interview] Papermaps

No Comments 26 March 2012

On Thursday I had coffee with Dean Marino from Papermaps. For some reason I forgot to snap a photo but here is a cool Southern Souls version of Wishful Thinker.

PAPERMAPS – Wishful Thinker from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.

T: How did you come up with the name Papermaps?
DM: We used to be known as EX~PO and it ended up making sense to change our name. Our old name had a tilde in it and a typo was made on one of our show bills. Papermaps was just kind of something we came up with as a group because we needed a new name. There’s actually a band out there called Paper Maps on Myspace that hasn’t been active but they haven’t been active since 2007. We also don’t have a space in our name. Changing our name also made sense because it was around the time we signed to Sparks Music.

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Alternative, Folk, Interviews, Music

[Interview] Kalle Mattson

No Comments 24 March 2012

Next I met up with Kalle Mattson for a chat!

Me and Kalle Mattson

T: What was it like to have Thick as Thieves go viral on Vimeo?
KM: We had actually made the video with the intention of going viral so I think it did what we wanted. Vimeo’s also the hipster more artsy YouTube, so it’s pretty cool we made it up there.

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Interviews, Music, Pop

[Interview] Broken Bricks

1 Comment 24 March 2012

Welcome to the first interview ever on the blog. I enjoyed all of them this week, and there will be definitely more in the future. First up, I sat down with Luke and Marlon from Toronto’s own Broken Bricks

T: I found you guys on Bandcamp around the time when you released Little Fugitives, but I don’t actually know anything about you guys. Tell us about Broken Bricks.
BB: Well I guess starting at the most recent point, Little Fugitives, that came out pretty much a year ago and we’ve been working together as musical partners since high school which was like 5 years ago. The band’s gone through many incarnations. We released a demo LP in 2010 called Pasquale and Little Fugitives a year after.

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