Concerts

Date Night With Other Lives

Other Lives
Other Lives

The Drake Underground
February 14, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings

Other Lives spent a night shaming cheesy cards and wilting roses.

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The Juno Concert Series Returns for 2012

Juno Concert Series at The Horseshoe Tavern
The Juno Concert Series

The Horseshoe Tavern
February 4, 2012

Review and photos by: Amanda Macchia

The JUNO Awards team up with Exclaim! and NXNE to bring some great Canadian talent back to the stage. 

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Dinosaur Bones Back At The Horseshoe

Dinosaur Bones at The Horseshoe Tavern
Dinosaur Bones
Tiny Danza
The Horseshoe Tavern
February 2, 2012

Review and photos by: Amanda Macchia

Dinosaur Bones put on a performance showing how they've withstood the millennia.

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Discovering How to Talk In Blue

Talk In Blue at Rancho Relaxo
Talk In Blue
Julian Harris Brown, The Lad Classic
Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, ON
February 3, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

The Rancho Relaxo has to be my favourite dive in the city. It's been ages since I've stopped by, but it's good to see that the music community there continues to thrive, and that the venue still features new bands on the narrow stage, often with some raw talent.

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Revelstoke and LOOM Play Live Near Bellwoods

Revelstoke at Czehoski
Revelstoke
LOOM
Czehoski in Toronto, ON
January 30, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Amanda Macchia

Last week, the team behind the Live In Bellwoods series gathered an audience for another installment of their off-season answer for those yearnings for sunny afternoon performances in the park.

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Musical Chairs with Hands and Teeth

Hands and Teeth at Horseshoe Tavern
Hands and Teeth
Army Girls, Honheehonhee
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 17, 2011

Photos and Review by: Amanda Macchia

Hands and Teeth are revelling in their own version of musical chairs.

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Los Campesinos! At Lee's Palace

Los Campesinos! at Lee's Palace
Los Campesinos!

Lee's Palace
January 22, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

A great performance from the Welsh act that somehow makes us dance while making us depressed.

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Dwayne Gretzky at the Horseshoe

Dwayne Gretzky at Horseshoe Tavern
Dwayne Gretzky

Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 14, 2012

Review by: Alex Zenkovich, Sara Donnelly
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

Despite our looming reservations to embrace anywhere but The Dakota Tavern as a host for Dwayne Gretzky banging out hit after hit, we're sold.

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MUSI Launch Party

Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose at Horseshoe Tavern
MUSI Launch Party
Sound of Lions, Jane's Party, Brett Caswell and the Marque Rose, Tiny Danza
Horseshoe Tavern
Friday, January 13, 2012

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Pete Nema

MUSI Artist Development officially launched last Friday at the Horseshoe Tavern and with four amazing bands on the bill, it was definitely night to remember. Founded by the gorgeous and passionate Heather Kelly, MUSI's mission is to help musicians achieve their artistic goals through a three-phase model. The year 2012 looks to be very ambitious for MUSI, and with such a packed house at the 'Shoe, us music aficionados are all excited for what's to come.

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Caveman and Hospitality at the Horseshoe Tavern

Caveman at The Horseshoe
Caveman
Hospitality
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 11, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The two New York acts step up to help shake the city out of its holiday slumber.

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The Prowess of Donna Grantis

Donna Grantis at The Rex
Donna Grantis Electric Band
The Rex Hotel in Toronto, ON
January 14, 2012

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Donna Grantis Electric Band unleash their debut album, Suites, at The Rex Hotel.

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Celebrating the Season With a Not-So-Silent Night

The Coppertone at The Garrison
Young Rival
The Coppertone, Sandman Viper Command
The Garrison
December 15, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

New Noise Live helps Toronto usher in the holidays.

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Toronto's Austra; Just the Beginning

Austra at The Phoenix
Austra
Young Galaxy, Tasseomancy
The Phoenix in Toronto, ON
December 1, 2011

Review by: Katie Christensen
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

A year ago, almost to the day, Toronto band Austra played the Bovine Sex Club. With one incredibly successful album, which landed them on Polaris shortlist, it was no wonder why the Phoenix was packed to the brim on this chilly late December night.    

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Arkells Put On Polished, Fun Show

Arkells - Michigan Left
Arkells
We Barbarians
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
December 3, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser

Arkells played a packed Sound Academy and put on a show that could have us saying, “We were there!” a decade from now.

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Little Foot Long Foot Is Going To Hell

Little Foot Long Foot at The Silver Dollar
Little Foot Long Foot, Bella Clava
The Silver Dollar in Toronto, ON
December 1, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Produced by Ian Blurton (C'mon, Change Of Heart), the latest full-length from Little Foot Long Foot entitled Oh, Hell has grown on me immensely since being released in June.

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The Darcys Bring It All Together

The Darcys at Horseshoe Tavern
The Darcys
Amos The Transparent, Grounders
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
November 18, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

The Horseshoe Tavern was made for nights like this — The Darcys CD release brought together musicians, the music industry, existing fans, and new fans who all packed the venue to capacity to celebrate the success of this great local band.

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Mister Heavenly at The Great Hall

Mister Heavely at The Great Hall
Mister Heavenly
The Great Hall
November 17, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The all-star trio introduces Toronto to indie rock's newest sound.

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Halifax Pop Explosion 2011: Thursday

Dan Mangan at St Matthews United
Halifax Pop Explosion 2011: Thursday
The Daredevil Christopher Wright, The Crackling, Dan Mangan, Titus Andronicus, The Thermals
Halifax, NS
October 20, 2011

Review by: Max Mertens
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

One of the best things about Pop Explosion is that the majority of the venues are close together, which makes it easy to go from show to show.

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A Surprisingly Normal Night with Chad VanGaalen

Chad Vangaalen at The Mod Club
Chad VanGaalen
The Mod Club
October 28, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The experimental indie rocker helps Toronto usher in the strangest time of the year.

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Another Banner Night with Library Voices

Library Voices at Horseshoe Tavern
Library Voices, Graham Wright
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
October 28, 2011

Reviews by: Lee Fraser, Pete Nema
Photos by: Pete Nema

Library Voices prove yet again that unbelievable energy does not sacrifice sound.

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Halifax Pop Explosion 2011: Wednesday

Rich Aucoin at St Matthews United
Halifax Pop Explosion 2011: Wednesday
Rich Aucoin, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Halifax, NS
October 19, 2011

Review by: Max Mertens
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

For those of you who aren't familiar with Halifax Pop Explosion, it's one of the largest annual music festivals in Atlantic Canada, featuring approximately 150 local, Canadian and international bands playing 18 venues over five days.

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The Show Must Go On: Nurses at The Drake

Nurses at The Drake
Nurses
Dominant Legs
The Drake Underground
October 19, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Battling wild weather and power failures, Nurses make their way to the Drake stage.

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Braids Go Big at the Horseshoe

Braids at Horseshoe Tavern
Braids
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
October 14, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

A full house finds out that the art-rock four-piece deserves the hype.

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Viva Brother Are What They Are

Viva Brother at Horseshoe Tavern
Viva Brother
Motopony
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
October 13, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

English band Viva Brother is no stranger to criticism; they've received some harsh reviews for their debut album Famous First Words, partly due to the fact that their influences are brazenly apparent, but also as a reaction to the confident and heady comments the members have sometimes made during interviews and on stage.

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Shining Despite the Rain: Suuns at The Garrison

Suuns at The Garrison
Suuns
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
October 2, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Allison Jansen

Returning for the first time since a double header at NXNE, Suuns brought their signature sound back around to Toronto fans.

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