Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Uncategorized

[Listen] Mathematique- Feel

No Comments 12 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
Jef Barbara and Karneef member Pascale Mercier makes her own music under the monicker Mathematique. She recently dropped an EP on Stellar Kinematics called “Feel”. The songs have an underwater vibe, like Young Galaxy, but is very different at the same time. Feel is a very fitting title for the collection of songs as you definitely will be entranced by everything from the building arrangements, Mercier’s voice and excellent remixes.


Win Tickets to Steam Whistle Unsigned #29 w/ Jane’s Party, Young Guv and Blonde Elvis 4/11/2014

No Comments 01 April 2014

by Tiana Feng

Steam Whistle Unsigned is back with edition #29. This time we’ll hear Jane’s Party, Young Guv (of Ben Cook from Fucked Up) and Blonde Elvis. The next event will take place April 11th. Doors open at 8pm and admission is only $5 at the door with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Artists Health Alliance, a company that promotes the health and well being of performing artists.

Thanks to Steam Whistle we’re giving away a pair of tickets and a Steam Whistle swag bag! Here’s how to enter:

E-mail me at with the subject “Steam Whistle Unsigned 29″ and tell me who you’re most excited to see!

That’s it. As always newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry. Good luck.


Ride The Tempo + Do416

No Comments 27 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
Toronto cultural events website Do416 launched today and we’d like to announce that we’re one of their early influencers. They’ve also made us this awesome events page that will keep you updated on the latest shows. Most of our picks will remain dominated by Canadian indie with a few personal favourites thrown in the mix.

Need something to do in Toronto? Check out


[Contest] Record a song with Sam Roberts

No Comments 18 February 2014


Make Music Matter and Western Union Canada are giving young people the chance to have their music heard and to shed light on global issues and the pressures youth face.

The My Song for Change talent contest is encouraging musical self-expression, knowing that music has the powerful ability to heal, connect, transform, and enrich lives. So let your song(s) tell your story and inspire positive change!

Not only will the winning song be developed into a music video, it’ll also be professionally recorded and produced with Sam Roberts!

First Deadline: June 1st.

For more details, visit My Song for Change.


Win Tickets to Steam Whistle Unsigned #28 w/ Bravestation, Ark Analog and Doom Squad

No Comments 10 January 2014

by Tiana Feng
Steam Whistle Unsigned is ready to start the year with the next edition featuring Bravestation, Ark Analog and Doom Squad. All three bands are quite fantastic. The event will take place on January 24th, 2014 and costs just $5. All proceeds go to the Artists Health Alliance.

Thanks to Steam Whistle, we’re giving away a prize pack which includes 2 tickets to the show, refreshment tix and a bunch of Steam Whistle merch!

To enter:

Follow and tweet me @tianafeng with the following “Hey @tianafeng I would love to go to @SWUnsigned to see _____________” and fill in the blank with who you’d like to see the most!

Good luck!

A winner will be picked January 21st.


Win Volumes 1-3 of Scion Sessions Long Winter Split 7″ Series

No Comments 07 January 2014

by Tiana Feng

It may be cold outside but the next edition of Long Winter is still on for this Friday at The Great Hall. Each edition has also featured limited edition 7″s for the first 350 people at the door. Thanks to the lovely folks at Indoor Recess & Scion Sessions we’re giving away volumes 1-3 away to a lucky winner. The past artists included Omhouse, Milk Lines, Lido Pimienta, Doomsquad. The third one includes Isla Craig and Weaves.

To enter:

Follow @tianafeng and tweet the following “Hey @tianafeng, I’d love to win the @ScionSessions & @LongWinterTO 7″ series”.

You can also RT any of my related tweets regarding this contest. That’s it! Good luck. As always, newsletter subscribers will gain an additional entry.


Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 5 feat. The Elwins, Fiver, Paperbeat Scissors and more!

No Comments 19 December 2013

by Tiana Feng
UK’s Line of Best Fit has returned with another edition of Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada, a compilation of winter holiday tunes from Canadian artists. You can download it here!


Thank You Chromewaves

No Comments 19 December 2013

by Tiana Feng

Today I woke up to the news that Chromewaves, one of my favourite music blogs has published its final post. I’ve been a frequent reader of the blog for over 6 years. I had begun this love affair of independent music sometime in University. I had just started a degree in classical music, but yet never thought I fit in with my peers enough to chat music with them. I read a lot of music blogs. This was at the height of Hype Machine’s popularity, when there weren’t like thousands of blogs competing for attention. I liked Frank’s blog because he was funny, and because there was actually something to read. They were always thoughtful posts, never just an mp3 for the sake of getting published.

Anyways since I didn’t have anybody to talk to about music, I started my own blog in 2008. It wasn’t this one. It was hosted on blogspot and in 2010, it got annihilated along with hundreds of music blogs hosted on Google’s platform. Then I switched over to WordPress and Ride the Tempo was born. All the time I read Chromewaves and ogled over his concert photos. It wasn’t until 2011 that dad bought the family’s first DSLR and I would steal it to take my very first concert photos. I paid for a bunch of those shows, but some of them I had won from Chromewaves. I’d see who I thought was Frank Yang (the dude behind Chromewaves) and literally ran away from anxiety because I didn’t know how to approach people and be like “HI I KNOW YOU FROM THE INTERNETZ”. I thought he was this very important person who would never talk to me, so I idoled him from afar.

I remember in 2010, We Listen For You hosted a contest that featured The Pass’ video “Vultures” which featured a house party that referenced 39 music blogs. I won second place in the music blog naming contest. I was so excited that Chromewaves was one of those blogs. It meant that people would actually notice a blog from Canada enough to reference them in a music video and I wanted to be just like him. It also implied he sat among the “elite” music blogs. Maybe that’s why I was too scared to talk to him, I thought he would be pretentious and ignore a newbie. But he was anything but that. I finally said “hi” at some music blog panel talk thing and then ran away. It wasn’t until sometime last year that I found the courage to go to music blog brunch and met Frank for real (along with a bunch of other great people). Since then, I’ve been to his birthday party, his house for brunches and took down a CMW guy for not letting us in to see CHVRCHES. This is the reason I’m no longer afraid to approach people at shows.

Chromewaves will be missed. To this date I’ve been a frequent reader and photo stalker. Frank taught me to develop my own blog voice (here and elsewhere). He inspired me to photograph concerts, which has now resulted in many paid gigs. Thank you Frank, I’ll continue to take photos of bearded dudes in shitty light just for you.


[CLOSED]Win a Grounders + Delete Scenes Prize Pack!

No Comments 24 October 2013

by Tiana Feng

Grounders just announced a show at Sneaky Dee’s on November 7th with Washington, DC’s Deleted Scenes. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 at door but thanks to Nevado Records we’re giving away a prize pack which includes:

- A pair of tickets to the Nov. 7 show
- Grounders 10″ Wreck of a Smile EP
- Deleted Scenes Stutter 7″

To enter, e-mail with the subject “Grounders + Deleted Scenes” and let me know your fav Grounders song! That’s it.

As always newsletter subscribers will get an additional entry!

Concert Reviews, Music, Uncategorized

KC Roberts & The Live Revolution @ Annex Wreckroom

2 Comments 17 September 2013

by Nash Bussieres


Saturday, September 14th marked the date of KC Roberts and the Live Revolution’s third Funk Resistance party at the Annex Wreckroom. They played an exhaustive double set of funk tunes to promote their new, crowdsourced album “Parkdale Funk 2: Sides.”

I said it when I covered their set during CMW this year and I’ll say it again: KCLR is easily the tightest live band in the city and their rhythm section possibly the most technical I’ve ever seen. Ever. While everyone in the band had the chance at one point or another to shred their instrument to pieces – trading tasteful solos left and right – there was a sense of humility and respect between the members. No solo felt self-indulgent and no member tried to steal the show. There is a binding camaraderie between these fine folks and it translates beautifully into their music. Missing them on stage is one of the biggest disservices you can do to yourself if you are a music fan in the GTA.


[closed] Win Tickets to Steam Whistle Unsigned #26 feat. Maylee Todd, Paradise Animals and AKUA

No Comments 09 September 2013

by Tiana Feng

It’s time for the next edition of Steam Whistle Unsigned. Edition #26 will feature performances by Maylee Todd, AKUA (who’s recently been picked up as a back up singer for Solange) and Paradise Animals. Doors open at 8pm and admission is only $5 at the door with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Artists Health Alliance, a company that promotes the health and well being of performing artists. A similar organization helped me when I had carpel tunnel from being a pianist, so the cause is close to my heart.

Thanks to Steam Whistle, Ride the Tempo is giving away a pair of tickets and a Steam Whistle swag bag! Here’s how you can enter.

Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: “Hey @tianafeng, I want to go to @Steamwhistle Unsigned!

or you can RT any of my related tweets. E-mail subscribers will receive an additional entry.

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Maylee Todd’s Musical Planetarium

No Comments 01 September 2013

My personal vlog of Maylee Todd’s Summerworks Performance.


Introducing… the Ride the Tempo Newsletter!

No Comments 22 July 2013

by Tiana Feng

Hello fellow music lovers,

We know how hard it is to keep up with all the music out there, so we decided to introduce the Ride the Tempo newsletter. Every Wednesdays, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest in music tunes and news Canada has to offer.

On top of that, we’re also testing out some new things on the blog and our newsletter subscribers will be the first to know. Occasionally there will be other exclusives such as contests, gatherings, tunes and more.

Sign-up with your e-mail below. We’ll promise not to spam you and will only e-mail you once a week. You can opt-in and out at any time.


Happy New Year From Ride the Tempo!

No Comments 01 January 2013

by Tiana Feng

Happy New Year from Ride the Tempo!

Looks like the world didn’t end and we made it to 2013. Yay!  Happy New Year. Thank you all for sticking with us for almost three years.  Anyways, I wanted to announce a couple of exciting new changes and things coming up in 2013.

Album Reviews
Last year, we tried to do video album reviews, but those not only took too much time to write/film/edit, looking back on them, they were kind of horrible. Therefore, we are bringing written album reviews which will provide an insightful look into this year’s new music. We’ll also be introducing a 5 star rating system.

In the past, all our posts focused around spreading an mp3 or track and we never really posted tour dates. This year we want to change that. We’ll keep you updated on the tours of your favourite Canadian artists when possible since there is no greater experience than live performances.

Youtube Videos
You won’t see any of those weird album reviews, but we will have more live concert videos, interviews and I have an idea for an original series I want to try with bands.

There has always been contributors to Ride the Tempo, but this year you will see a bit more. Each one will have their own tastes on music, albums, concerts etc. We also hope to expand Canada wide so if you have a passion for Canadian music and happen to live in the west or mid-Canada, we’re always looking for more people.

This year the layout of the blog may change. Not sure what exactly is going to happen yet or when, but if you suddenly feel like you’ve been transported elsewhere, don’t worry, we have just changed the look.

There probably will be more cool things to come, but that’s what we’re sure of as of now. Depending on how my life flows, I may throw the first Ride the Tempo show in Toronto. Plus, we will have pump much more concert reviews, tracks etc from more Canadian talent.  Stay tuned this week for our Best of 2012 lists.


REMIX SUNDAYS- August 19th, 2012

No Comments 19 August 2012

by Tiana Feng

Here’s some remixes to pump up your Sunday. Like for example, I will be gearing up to head to a water gun fight/capture the flag thing for Buying Shots For Bands’ anniversary.


CONTEST: Win Recording Time + $3000 of Gear in the Mixed and Ready Cover Challenge from Canadian Club!

No Comments 18 July 2012

by Tiana Feng

Hey you musicians out there! Want to win some recording time? Canadian Club is sponsoring this contest for free recording time and gear. This is what you can win:

First Prize: 3 demo songs recorded, mixed and mastered in Toronto. $3000 for transit to Toronto (or gear if you already live in Toronto). It’s actually $3000 in Visa gift card money so you can buy whatever the hell you like.

Voter Prize:The winner of the voter prize will receive two Ticketmaster gift cards valued at $300

Judging for the first prize will be based on votes as well as a judging panel score. You must be legal drinking age to enter. Submission deadline is August, 27, 2012.

Here are the songs you can choose from to cover:
“Superman’s Dead” by Our Lady Peace
“Striptease” by Hawksley Workman
“Fat Lip” by Sum 41
“Steal My Sunshine” by Len; and
“Pullin’ Punches” by The Arkells

You can watch them all here on the Canadian Club contest page. You must like the page to see all the details. Good luck, and let me know if you submit something.. I’d love to check it out!

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Shoegaze, Uncategorized

[Listen] No Joy- Junior

No Comments 30 May 2012

by Tiana Feng

Summer always welcomes the shoegaze genre and Montreal’s No Joy is no stranger to the sound. This song comes off an upcoming EP called Negaverse to be released June 19.

Ps. Will be blogging on my iPad and phone for a little while, please let me know if anything isn’t working correctly.

Grunge, Hardcore, House, Metal, Music, Uncategorized

[Listen/Download] Scab Smoker- Butcher of Daemons

1 Comment 12 May 2012

by Nash Bussieres

I think we can all agree that that picture is awesome. Scab Smoker and this song are pretty awesome too. Vocally, it’s equal parts Iron Age and The Sweet with a Phil Collins-esque level of reverb. I never thought that’s a sentence I’d ever write. I’m still not 100% sure what it means.

An extremely long and subdued (relative to the rest of the song, at least) middle section breaks up a pseudo-thrash intro and outro and works even though it shouldn’t. Definitely one of the more interesting songs I’ve heard in the last few months.
Scab Smoker- Butcher of Daemons


Toronto Music Industry Association’s Artist Management Workshop 2/2/2012

No Comments 03 February 2012

by Tiana Feng
Yesterday was the Toronto Music Industry Association’s first workshop and it focused on artist management. It was hosted by a good looking dude, Scott Honsberger of EMI Publishing Canada and the main dude behind organizing the TMIA.

I learned a lot from the workshop. It was more helpful than school in a way because these are people that are currently managing artists. Here are some quotes I took away from the night and maybe this will be helpful to all you artists out there! Continue Reading


How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel as a Musician

No Comments 03 November 2011

by Tiana Feng

Are you an artist who has this problem? Head over to Teepoo’s Scribbles to read some tips on how to keep your limbs painless!


We’re back after some technically difficulties!

No Comments 18 March 2011

by Tiana Feng

Did you notice that we have disappeared for 3 days? Well here’s the short story, our server HD crashed few days ago. Luckily, I had some month old back-ups so most of the blog is fine and functional. Please stand by as we redo some of the most recent posts. For example the Canadian Music Week posts will be all up again this weekend. If you’re an artist and we posted your music recently, it will be back soon as well. We’re still working out some kinks but don’t worry Ride the Tempo ain’t going anywhere!


[Listen/Download] Kris Ellestad- November Steppes

No Comments 09 March 2011

by Tiana Feng

Calgary artist released their debut No Man’s Land few days ago on their Bandcamp . It’s a collection of beautifully orchestrated tracks under the most delightful vocals. The 15 track album is quite a deal for $7 . Kris’ will take you on a journey through folk-blues, piano ballads full of colour and passion. November Steppes is one of the tracks they offered up for free and it’s been on repeat lately. 2011 just started and I think I’m quite impressed with what’s out there so far.
Kris Ellestad- November Steppes

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No Comments 24 February 2011

by Tiana Feng

As you may or may not know, I’m a student an Entertainment Business Management student at Metalworks Institute in Mississauga, Ontario (west of Toronto). Metalworks Studio is one of Canada’s biggest recording studios. They record artists like Drake, Tokyo Police Club, Metric; you can check out a list here

Anyways as a part of our Marketing class we have to pick a band/artist and prepare a marketing plan for them (you can use it or not) and in return the band/artist will get FREE recording time at Metalworks Studio (engineered and mixed by audio students). So if you’re a band around Toronto and are interested in this opportunity, e-mail me bio and demos ASAP at Great way to save money on recording costs! If you know anybody who’d be interested in recording time pass this around =).


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