Tag: Montreal

SXSW 2017 Memories – Forever

SXSW 2017 Memories – Forever

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Forever. The young singer-songwriter and producer […]

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Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor debuted her two-month North American tour at Metropolis as part of Montréal en Lumière, the city’s annual Winter Festival. In 2016, she released her 7th album, Remember Us To Life, and its tracks were featured almost in their entirety during her performance. Song from her deep discography, such as “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” from […]

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Leif Vollebekk – ‘Twin Solitude’

Leif Vollebekk – ‘Twin Solitude’

For a time, Leif Vollebekk was a drifter, constantly moving from city to city sharing his music. From dive bars to majestic concert halls to some of the biggest festivals in North America, the Montreal singer-songwriter only knew a life confined to asphalt and dodgy hotel rooms. Something changed inside him during this period, and Vollebekk embarked on a process […]

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Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy‘s main outfit, Ought, has already established a reputation as being one of Canadian music’s most adventurous bands. As a solo artist, would he expand upon his band’s experimentalism or pursue a more linear, sonic path? The answer lies somewhere in-between on his eye-opening debut album, Saturday Night. A more apt description of Saturday Night is that it is […]

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Elephant Stone – “Ship of Fools”

Elephant Stone – “Ship of Fools”

Since arriving in 2009, Elephant Stone has been synonymous with psychedelic rock in Canada. Through three albums, the Montreal-based trio were a modern-day George Harrison. Their music infused classical Indian influences and instruments – specifically the sitar, tabla, and esraj – to create their hallucinating sound. For their fourth album, Ship of Fools, the band explore vast new territory. Disco, […]

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Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Like Alvvays and Nap Eyes, Monomyth are redefining the music of Canada’s East Coast, which has long been associated with Celtic music, The Rankin Family, and Joel Plaskett-style folk rock. Since forming in 2012, the quartet infused a ’70s psychedelic sensibility into the Halifax scene with hheir self-titled, debut EP and their first full-length, Saturnalia Regalia!. Since then, the multi-fronted/multi-songwriters […]

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Jesse Mac Cormack – “After the Glow”

Jesse Mac Cormack – “After the Glow”

The term “chameleon” has often been applied to describing an artist who seamlessly moves between genres. This descriptor, though, doesn’t do Jesse Mac Cormack justice. The Montreal native is more like a master chef. Instead of fine herbs, fresh produce, and free-range products, Mac Cormack’s ingredients are indie rock, funk, soul, folk, and pop. His delectable concoctions are served on […]

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Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Montreal’s 3-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga, was held July 29th through 31st. With this year’s sold-out event showcasing over 100 international acts, there was ample opportunity to take in a favourite band or discover someone new. The festival showcased numerous musical genres including up-and-comers, of-the-moment musicians, and sought-after, top-tier talent, which included headliners  Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. […]

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Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

For over a decade, summer heralds the arrival of Montreal’s famed 3-day music and visual arts festival Osheaga. Now in its 11th installment, it brings music lovers from far and wide to Parc-Jean Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. Last year, over 135,000 people took part in the event. The festival includes six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Trees and Zone Picnik Electronik) […]

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Monika Cefis – “Aristocat” (single premiere)

Monika Cefis – “Aristocat” (single premiere)

When you were young, did you ever open a music box to see an elegant ballerina twirling around to a romantic sequence of notes? If so, the opening segment of Monica Cefis’ “Aristocat” is sure to transport you straight back to that moment. This is the first track from Cefis and her “band of misfit musicians’” forthcoming EP, Dreamed a […]

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Twin River – “Passing Shade”

Twin River – “Passing Shade”

New York City has GOASTT, Widowspeak, and Belle Mare. London has Big Deal. Charleston, South Carolina has Shovels & Rope. Famous indie duos or bands that were formed by the idea of two people. So who fits the bill in Vancouver, the burgeoning music city that is rivaling Montreal and Toronto as Canada’s hotbed for new music? One band that […]

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Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

This has been a performance I’ve been waiting excitedly on, having picked up tickets when it was originally announced some time ago. Most certainly the prospect of seeing Courtney Barnett live was worthy of enduring a groggy Monday that always manifests after shuttling myself to Montreal and back in an evening. I expect others were anticipating good things too as the venue […]

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Wolf Parade – “Wolf Parade EP 4”

Wolf Parade – “Wolf Parade EP 4”

For the tens of thousands of Wolf Parade fans, two dates will long be etched in their minds. November 5, 2010 was the day when the world stopped as Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Dante DeCaro, and Arlen Thompson share the two words every music fan detests – “indefinite hiatus”. They would play two festival shows in 2011, but nothing more. […]

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Cover Premiere : Bodywash: “All I Wanna Do” (The Beach Boys)

Cover Premiere : Bodywash: “All I Wanna Do” (The Beach Boys)

We receive many requests for premieres, and quite a few for cover songs as well. For us, the cover needs to be unique enough for us that we need to share it. Some of the best covers include keeping with the spirit of the original, but having the ability for the artist/band to shape it with their own, unique style […]

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Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

I stopped listening to radio several years ago preferring to choose an individualized soundtrack to accompany me throughout the day. The downside is this sort of behaviour could result in missing out on other new artists as they emerge, which would be unfortunate, as I absolutely love discovering new music. My methods to unearth new artists vary; sometimes I read […]

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Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

My music addiction is mostly satisfied in Ottawa but sometimes there is a band I want to see whose tour does not bring them to Ottawa, and for those cases Montreal is my next choice. It’s within a reasonable drive and many of the acts that skip Ottawa do go to Montreal. This was one of those times. I have […]

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Andrew Johnston ‘Take The Highway’ Premiere

Andrew Johnston ‘Take The Highway’ Premiere

Today, we have a single premiere, Take The Highway, from Andrew Johnston. Andrew has been releasing albums both under his ‘real’ name and his moniker, Andrew Vs. The Enabler, since 2006. He is an Ottawa native who lives in Montreal and has been forming a solid foundation for himself in the Montreal music scene for years.  His music resembles that […]

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The self-titled debut EP by Montreal’s Caveboy

The self-titled debut EP by Montreal’s Caveboy

An opening single could make all the difference in whether to continue to listening to an album or not. Of course, it could also mean missing out on some gems later in the album, but like with a movie or a book the opening track is essential to capturing one’s attention. So while Caveboy‘s self-titled, debut EP commences with a […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

My final evening at Osheaga started with The War on Drugs. Following that was another heart breaker for me. The last time Hot Chip played Osheaga it was perfect. They headlined the Green stage and the intimacy of the smaller stage and the dark evening suited them. This was another top 3 artists I regret missing. I instead went to Brand […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

On Day 3 I knew I wanted to get in early to check out SZA. Unfortunately I encountered a huge lineup at the gate and missed the first half of the set. The second half was excellent and I will try to catch them again on my next opportunity. After SZA I did not know artists in the next couple […]

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