[Listen/Download] Spencer Burton- Silent Night

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Spencer Burton joins the holiday spirit offering up a rendition of “Silent Night”. The tune can be downloaded for free via his website along with another track “Blackbird’s Song”.


[Listen] Danielle Fricke- If Only In My Dreams

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Since it’s the holidays, it’s only appropriate to continue posting more holiday music right? Here is Danielle Fricke with some beautifully renditions of holiday classics.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Listen] Natural Animal- Slave

No Comments 12 November 2014

by Tiana Feng

Natural Animal is Toronto’s Matt Hunter and Devon Wright and I am a currently my ears are a slave to this song because it’s so good.


[Watch] Sean Nicholas Savage- Empire

No Comments 14 October 2014

Sean Nicholas Savage’s “Empire” pairs well with this late night drag queen adventure.

Read my review of Bermuda Waterfall.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Uncategorized

[Watch] F&M- And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts

No Comments 13 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Edmonton’s F&M have a stunning video out for “And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts.

Tour Dates Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Listen] Blackpaw Society- Lessons in Leisure Vol. 2

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
Lo-fi indie rockers Blackpaw Society released Lessons in Leisure Vol.2. The tunes have a welcoming familiar warmth but yet there are eerie atmospheric tones throughout, a reflection of the turbulent times in which this album was written.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Uncategorized

[Watch] Octoberman- What More Do You Want?

No Comments 13 August 2014

Octoberman drops What More What More on August 19th. For now you can check out this fish-filled video for “What More Do You Want”?


[Closed]Win a Pair of SONY MDR10RBT Hi-Resolution Wireless Headphones

28 Comments 05 August 2014

by Tiana Feng


Hey Ride the Tempo readers? Need a new pair of headphones to listen to our posts? Well you’re in luck!


Thanks to Sony Canada, we’re giving one lucky reader a pair of SONY MDR10RBT Hi-Resolution Wireless Headphones. They feature Bluetooth wireless technology, a wide frequency range, Beat Response control for the bass, 17 hours rechargeable battery, sleek design, a carrying case and more!

Contest is now closed. A winner has been contacted.

Learn more about the Hi-Resolution line here.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Album Review] Prairie Cat- Who Knows Where To Begin?

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Label: Independent

The album ‘Who Knows Where to Begin?‘ starts with the sound of a child’s music box, which is quite appropriate given that there is a pervasive childlike theme at work here. The writing and arrangements, for example, are childlike in their simplicity. The songs are essentially just singer-songwriter Cary Pratt (a.k.a. Prairie Cat) tooling around on his electric piano, although he does recruit the help of several of his Vancouver musician friends to provide embellishment. And there is even a childlike innocence in Pratt’s earnest vocal delivery, right down to the deliberate rolling of his r‘s. In fact, you find yourself so caught up in the record’s innocence that by the time the singer drops an f-bomb in the fifth track you find yourself snickering like a 10-year old. Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Listen, Roots, Uncategorized, World Music


No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Like nothing you have ever heard. Tanya Tagaq combines Inuit throat singing with modern experimental and industrial electronica. “Uja” is from her current album ‘Animism’.


[Closed]Win A Begin Again Prize Pack!

No Comments 11 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine is out this tonight in theatres. The film, set in NYC, follows a producer and an artist as they create a record together. Knightley sings all her own songs and the soundtrack also features songs from Adam Levine.

Thanks to the lovely people at Entertainment One films we are giving away a Begin Again prize pack which features:
– Soundtrack
– 2 ROE (Monday-Thurs) passes to see the movie
– Special edition movie headphones, splitters, guitar picks and sunglasses

Here are the following ways you can enter:

Follow me on twitter @tianafeng and tweet the following: “Hey @tianafeng, I want to see #BeginAgain”

As always, newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry.

Good luck!

*passes work in all provinces except Quebec.

Concerts, Music, Uncategorized

Rich Aucoin, Boy & Bear, Ritual, Teenage Kicks, Arkells, Northcote and More at SCENE Fest 2014

No Comments 08 July 2014

by Ashley Smith

Finally, it was here: St. Catharines SCENE fest.  A now two-day party of non-stop music and beer flowing through Montebello park and the local clubs.  SCENE burst out of its seems this year with its highest attendance to date, much thanks to the new addition of Montebello park main stage that hosted Matthew Good, Arkells, Marianas Trench, Lights, Shad and many more over the two day span.  Locals and long-time festival goers were mixed in their feelings.  I heard everything from the idea that SCENE has sold out (which I strongly disagree with) and that it was absolutely awesome (hear, hear!)  But whatever your personal feelings on the festival are, you can’t deny that it’s exploded and grown into a whole new festival.  A friend I ran into at Montebello, Brandon Ross (BKR Entertainment) said it best: that this was a Toronto festival in Niagara, and locals were maybe a little confused and a lot hesitant. Continue Reading

Alternative, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Uncategorized, Watch

[Watch] Austra – Hulluu

No Comments 03 July 2014

Austra has released another video in support of their Habitat EP.  Track “Hulluu” features bouncing electro-beats you can’t help but move to and the video showcases just that with choreography and dancing from Emily Law, directed by Zeesy Powers.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Listen] The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

No Comments 25 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
It’s been a while since the New Pornographers released an album but soon that will change. On August 26th, they will be back with Brill Bruisers. Check out the happy new title track below.


[Listen] Alex Calder- Strange Dreams

No Comments 07 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Former Mac DeMarco/Makeout Videotape member Alex Calder recently dropped his album Strange Dreams on Bandcamp for $1 (minimum). There is a similar twangy tone to the guitars as DeMarco, but the tunes are dreamier and continues to explore the soundscapes Calder coined in his previous works, albeit more weird.

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