Tag: Alvvays

Weekend Showcase 3.36

Weekend Showcase 3.36

This was a sensational week for new music, and, as a result, we were extremely busy. We covered six LPs and one EP, featured three premieres, and had two photo essays. Daily picks for Ottawa’s annual CityFolk were also shared. And of course, we had our daily mini-playlist features. All this coverage has yielded a 59-song long Weekend Showcase 3.36 […]

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Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Antisocialites by Alvvays When Alvvays‘ eponymous debut album arrived in July 2014, it represented the ideal summer record. The shimmering dream-pop heightened the optimism and hope that filled the record, and its individual songs (notably “Archie, Marry Me” and “Adult Diversion”) would define memories still to be written. Their sophomore LP similarly arrives at the perfect time. As summer fades, […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.32

Weekend Showcase 3.32

Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we cannot escape from our surroundings. Music is and will always be the one thing that allows us to go somewhere far, far away or maybe that journey is an introspective one. To accompany you on your travels, we present the Weekend Showcase 3.32 edition. Once again, we have scoured the planet […]

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The Matinee August 18th

The Matinee August 18th

As usual, there is a bit of everything on our daily playlists, and The Matinee August 18th edition is no exception. One thing we always search for are songs that not only sound great but have a personal message or captivating story to tell. Substance over style as they say, but it’s great when a song has both. Well, all […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.30

Weekend Showcase 3.30

The dog days of summer are upon us, but we have the perfect cure. The Weekend Showcase 3.30 edition features 51 songs to get you moving, jumping, and, of course, contemplating what is to come and what has passed. Ten countries are represented, including: Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. The playlist […]

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The Matinee August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.22

Weekend Showcase 3.22

The Weekend Showcase 3.22 edition is a pretty special one. It features some of our favorite artists and bands of all-time plus several rising musicians with the potential to be massive stars. In addition, there are a number of politically-charged songs that will blow your mind. This isn’t the protest music of the ’60s and ’70s, but a new era […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, June 7th

Melodic Tonic ’17, June 7th

These five delicious new audio cocktails to get you through your Wednesday. Today’s mini playlist shines the spotlight solely on North American artists for a change. Let’s begin in the Emerald City with this dynamic tune. Zola Jesus – “Exhumed” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Agnes Obel, Phantogram The dramatic new single from goth-pop siren Zola Jesus will do one of three things: “Exhumed” will either […]

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Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part II

Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make […]

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50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 – Part 1

50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 – Part 1

2015 was a sensational year for music, and 2016 is shaping up to be another glorious 12 months of new music. The first quarter of 2016, for that matter, will hit music fans like a hurricane with some major names dropping new albums plus some smaller acts ready to drop records that will hopefully lead them to stardom. As the […]

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Dina’s Top Photos from 2015

As 2015 wraps up, a rough count suggests I’ve seen over 150 artists perform in intimate theatre venues, grungy hole-in-the-wall bars, and gigantic outdoor summer festivals. Though not always with camera in hand, where there was an opportunity to photograph, I snapped it. Here’s a glimpse of a few of my favourite photos taken at shows I’ve attended this year. See […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

There was another strong line-up of music on Day 2. When I first saw The Beaches at Osheaga in 2014 they played early in the day on the small stage but I knew there was something special there and have been following them since. When I saw them again this summer at Bluesfest I was thrilled to see how their […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

My day 2 continued with Alvvays. I had just seen them in Ottawa a couple weeks earlier but they were excellent so I was looking forward to a repeat helping. Speaking of repeat helping, I was also up for another repeat helping of Interpol‘s solid rock. I’ve been hearing so much about Patrick Watson in my circles that I decided […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off the first weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest. This year the festival started a bit later on the weekends and as a full festival pass holder I did not mind too much because I always had to be a little careful not to overdo it on the weekends. This Saturday had a lot of options available to the music lover. There […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

Well, the first five days of the RBC Bluesfest 2015 has come and gone. Today is mercifully an off day, where the festivalgoers get to recharge their batteries. It’s also been fairly hot and the past few days humid, so the reprieve is most welcome (thanks Mark Monahan and gang!). It’s also a good opportunity to reflect back on the […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks

In most years, Bluesfest would start at 1:00 on the weekends, but they’ve pushed the times back to 3:00. As such, festival goers can sleep in a bit, enjoy a nice brunch, and come fully charged for eight hours of solid music. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone today. Our RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks, though, stray […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/19

SXSW Picks – 3/19

We are nearing the tail end of the week for the SXSW Festival. The music continues through the weekend and we will highlight two of our favorite day shows today along with some suggestions for the evening. We have seen some great music the past few days and we can’t wait to share a nice recap with you all next […]

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SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

Today is where the daytime shows start becoming very competitive and overwhelming. We are highlighting only a few – it is very hard to decide where you want to spend most of your day. We are sharing 3 of our favorite day showcases that are definitely worth checking out and quite a few bands in the evenings, as the quality […]

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Mundo 20: SXSW 2015 Sneak Peek

Mundo 20: SXSW 2015 Sneak Peek

The South by Southwest Festival is right around the corner and if you have never attended, there really is nothing else currently like it. Unlike most other festivals where you have one location with multiple stages, thousands of bands, promoters, record labels, media outlets and sponsors who will descend upon Austin, TX and take over for about a week, playing […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker

We commence our countdown today of our 50 favourite albums of 2014. We’ll be listing five albums per day for the next week-and-a-half in order to give each album some well-deserved attention. We say “favourite albums” because we haven’t listened to every album produced (although collectively we’ve listened to probably close to 1000) and we don’t consider ourselves to be […]

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