Tag: Toronto

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

“It is the blessing of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson In their nearly 20 years of existence, Broken Social Scene have established the benchmark for indie rock in the 21st century. They have also become the ideal for what it means to be a super-collective, as each member has achieved […]

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Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

For many, Leslie Feist will always be one of the memorable associates of Broken Social Scene; for others she’s better known as a solo artist. Most likely, though, you remember how her infectious “1234” song from her breakthrough album, The Reminder, swarmed the airwaves in 2007. Jump ahead a decade, and Feist is back with her fifth solo record, Pleasure. The good news for […]

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Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 2 of 2

Canadian Music Week, the 6-night festival featuring music, comedy, film, along with both trade/award shows and a conference, is almost here! Now in it’s 35th year, April 18th through 23rd will see Toronto striking it rich with new music gold.  Held in about 60 venues in downtown, venture out to see some of the home grown and international talent. Get a […]

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Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

The Spring thaw ushers in the start of Canadian Music Week, a festival intent on entertaining, educating, and featuring music, comedy, film, along with both trade/award shows and a conference. This year brings the 35th installment, and music lovers have a plethora of options over the 6-day stretch to scratch their new music itch. The Music Festival is held in […]

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

We picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting. The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Wild Rivers

SXSW 2017 Memories – Wild Rivers

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 Wild Rivers. The Toronto-based quartet are […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Lydia Ainsworth

SXSW 2017 Memories – Lydia Ainsworth

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 Lydia Ainsworth. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter recently […]

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Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Alternative rock fans in Canada and the United States will recognize the name Betty Moon, who was one of the original rockers to come out from the grunge era of the early ’90s. Through seven albums spanning a quarter-of-a-century, Moon won the adoration of critics and listeners for her hard-driving sound and honest songwriting. She’s been nominated for four CASBY […]

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AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

Austra have come a long way since arriving in 2010 with their debut EP, Beat and the Pulse, followed their first albums, 2011’s Feel It Break and 2013’s Olympia. There was always a thoughtfulness in the quartet’s approach, but the records were always recognized more for their style than their substance. Bombastic house vibes, blazing electronica, and catchy synth-pop typified […]

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Basia Bulat – “Good Advice”

Basia Bulat – “Good Advice”

It’s a rarity to listen to an album where after each song you can hear the thunderous applause of the audience in your head. A crowd that is not simply entertained by the performance but completely enraptured by the songwriting and the music that aims to please and captivate. This is what Basia Bulat has created with Good Advice. For […]

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Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Over the holidays, a quick trip to Toronto included an excursion to see Platinum Blonde perform at Danforth Music Hall on Boxing Day.  The set spanned several decades of music, thick with memorable selections from albums past and balanced with several songs from their last release Now & Never (2012). As hinted at on the band’s Facebook page prior to the […]

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Video Premiere: The Auras, “I Don’t Wanna Know You”

Video Premiere: The Auras, “I Don’t Wanna Know You”

With an intergalactic, psychedelic sound, Toronto six-piece outfit The Auras are a band to watch. Zany, spacy, and immensely catchy, The Auras are Canada’s answer to Tame Impala and Pond. They’ve released three EPs that were all extremely well-received, setting up for something even bigger. But first, The Auras are releasing today their new video for “I Don’t Wanna Know […]

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Julian Taylor Band – “Desert Star” EP

Julian Taylor Band – “Desert Star” EP

We have espoused the exploits of Julian Taylor and his band, the Julian Taylor Band, since the early days of The Revue. He’s , considered by many within the Toronto music community as one of the hardest-working artists in the area, performing with countless number of other musicians and bands in addition to his own work. He’s also one of […]

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For Esmé – “Sugar”

For Esmé – “Sugar”

For nearly the past year, For Esmé has been teasing listeners by releasing new songs and remixes every few months. It started with “Just Yet”, a lush and gorgeous synth-pop song. It reminded us of the soaring and emotive responses a song could elicit in a person. While the song pulses with a slight electronic beat, the band adopted a […]

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Q&A with Amy Helm: Stepping forward to centre stage

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Helm. Perhaps better known as the daughter of musical icon Levon Helm, Amy Helm has become an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician in her own right, first as member of the country-alt collective Ollabelle and later working alongside her dad in The Band. But even with more than three decades of performances under her belt, it is only recently that Helm felt the […]

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Twitter Tuesday – The Luke Austin Band

Twitter Tuesday – The Luke Austin Band

The Luke Austin Band is a quartet out of Toronto. They are creating some endearing alternative indie rock and just recently released their debut EP, For No One In Particular. The EP has five solid tracks which bring in familiarity from The Killers or Kings of Leon yet with their own style. Two solid tracks from the EP are “Old […]

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Bravestation – “Actors”

Bravestation – “Actors”

Toronto based Bravestation have been creating some pretty awesome new wave dream pop lately. Brothers Devin (vocals, bass, keyboards) and Derek Wilson (guitar, keyboards) formed Bravestation with childhood friend Jeremy Rossetti (drums, percussion) back in 2008. The name is merged from the titles of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World and Robert J. Hasting’s inspirational essay The Station. Their […]

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Grounders – “Drawing Space”

Grounders – “Drawing Space”

Grounders are a Toronto based quartet that are creating an awesome mix of 60s psych which reminds of current rockers Tame Impala and melodic 60s legends The Zombies. Their new track Drawing Space has that feel good dreamy and harmonious vibe with just the right amount of lo-fi reverb. Grounders is comprised of Andrew Davis (vocals and guitar), Daniel Busheikin (keyboards), Mike Searle (bass), […]

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Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Can an artist be considered a Hidden Gem if the likes of George Stroumboulopoulos features her music on his show? Even with coverage by a well-known radio personality, success doesn’t always follows an artist, no matter how talented s/he may be. Case in point Annie Sumi, a 21-year old musician from Whitby, Ontario, whose songwriter exceeds her youth and who, […]

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For Esmé, Toronto – “You”

For Esmé, Toronto – “You”

  A band that we’ve become slightly infatuated with is Toronto’s For Esmé. The trio of Martha Meredith (vocal, drum machine, synth), Dave Thiel (bass, electronic soundscapes), and Nathan Crook (guitar, vox) have a great knack for creating expansive and mesmerizing music, as evidenced by their initial single “Just Yet”. The band has returned with another brilliant song, “You”, which […]

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