Concerts

NXNE 2011: Fucked Up Thursday

Fucked Up at Yonge-Dundas Square
NXNE 2011: Fucked Up Thursday
Metz, Fucked Up, OFF!, Crocodiles, Dirty Beaches
Toronto, ON
June 16, 2011

Review by: Max Mertens
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

After last year's free Iggy Pop performance at Yonge Dundas Square, which closed Yonge Street and had the police on standby for any potential rioting, the bar had been set pretty high for punk shows at NXNE.

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NXNE 2011: Wednesday at The Bellvue

Brett Caswell at Bellevue
NXNE 2011: Wednesday
Charlotte Cornfield, Brett Caswell
The Bellvue in Toronto, ON
June 15, 2011

Review by: Max Mertens
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

After learning my lesson about working a 9-5 restaurant job while covering NXNE last year, and being exhausted after only the second night, I was determined not to make that same mistake again.

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NXNE 2011: Welcoming the Weekend

Elephant Stone at The Garrison
NXNE 2011: Friday Night
Library Voices, The Most Serene Republic, Art Brut, Elephant Stone, Braids, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Bialystoker
Toronto, ON
June 17, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

North By North East 2011 might be all wrapped up, but with 650 bands all crammed into 5 days, Sticky still has plenty to report about the highs (and lows) that your favourite artists had to offer.

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NXNE 2011: A Revival of Sorts at the Rivoli

Bruce Peninsula at Rivoli
NXNE 2011: Thursday
Imaginary Cities, Sweet Thing, Bruce Peninsula
Rivoli, Toronto, ON
June 16, 2011

Review and photos by: Natalia Buia

 

While there were an abundance of great shows playing throughout the city, Sticky Magazine writer and self-proclaimed amateur photographer Natalia Buia parked it at the Rivoli. The second night of the festival proved to be a fascinating one; with these three bands of such high caliber playing, how could you go home feeling empty handed?

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Kicking Off NXNE 2011 Courtesy of The Verge

Hollerado at Skybar Lounge
NXNE 2011: The Verge XM Rooftop Party
Hollerado, Zeus, Dinosaur Bones, Washington
Skybar in Toronto, ON
June 16, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

XM Satellite Radio's The Verge hosted a rooftop party to kick off NXNE 2011, featuring a good cross-section of live music on offer.

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Aching Eardrums and Sultry Sets: Kicking Off NXNE 2011

The Dodos at The Phoenix
NXNE 2011: Wednesday and Thursday
Megan Bonnell, Gauntlet Hair, The Dodos, Royal Bangs, PS I Love You, Suuns
Toronto, ON
June 15 and 16, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Hoping to squeeze out every ounce of goodness from NXNE 2011, Sticky Magazine sent three teams of writers and photographers around the city for five straight days to take in every sight and sound that the event had to offer.

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NXNE 2011: Secret Broadcast Reveal New Songs

Secret Broadcast at The Painted Lady
Secret Broadcast
The Painted Lady in Toronto, ON
June 16, 2011

Photos and Review by: Natalia Buia

The Georgia Straight once hailed Secret Broadcast as "the best thing to come out of Calgary since, well, ever".

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Okkervil River Is Not So Far After All

Okkervil River at the Phoenix
Okkervil River
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
June 10, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Playing Toronto again after an absence of over two and a half years, Okkervil River takes the audience on a tour through new and old.

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Sondre Lerche's Intimate Audience

Sondre Lerche at The Mod Club
Sondre Lerche
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
May 31, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

To promote his new self-titled album, Sondre Lerche jump-started his latest North American tour this past week by setting his feet down first in Toronto.

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Sam Roberts Band Charms Massey Hall Crowd

Sam Roberts Band at Massey Hall
Sam Roberts Band
Zeus
Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
June 3, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

Always known as a charmer, Sam Roberts and his newly dubbed Sam Roberts Band did not disappoint during their headlining debut at Massey Hall.

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Portugal. The Man Lays It On Heavy

Portugal. The Man at Lee's Palace
Portugal. The Man
Telekinesis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
May 27, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

This past week, the Portland psych-rock group brought some extra weight to their Toronto show.

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Maria Taylor Steals the Show

Maria Taylor at The Horseshoe Tavern
Maria Taylor
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
May 22, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Maria Taylor found her way back to Toronto last week and, despite her slot as opening act for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, she brought a show that had the audience wishing she would never step off the stage. 

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Manchester Orchestra Is Not The Hardcore Band You're Looking For

Manchester Orchestra at The Mod Club
Manchester Orchestra
An Horse, O'Brother
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
May 16, 2011

Review by: Pete Nema
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

With their latest album, Simple Math, being released only six days prior, Manchester Orchestra returned to Toronto to promote their new music, as well as reinforce the quality of the songs from previous albums.

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Hanging Out In The Deep Dark Woods

The Deep Dark Woods
The Deep Dark Woods
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
May 5, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser

Imagine hanging out in your best friend's basement. A fantastic band is playing and having the time of their lives on stage and you’re surrounded by their enthusiastic friends and family.

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Teenage Kicks Rational Anthems EP Release At The Horseshoe

Teenage Kicks at the Horseshoe Tavern
Teenage Kicks
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
April 29th, 2011

Review by: Whitney Pineault
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

What does it take to stand out amongst the multitude of bands within Toronto's local talent pool?

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Did The Appleseed Cast Stink Up the Joint?

Appleseed Cast at The Horseshoe
The Appleseed Cast
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
The Horseshoe Tavern
April 25, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

This week, I finally had the chance to speak with one of my rock and roll heroes. I was greeted eloquently with, "Does it smell like something died in here?"

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Jane's Party Hoots and Hollers

Jane\'s Party at the Cameron House
Jane's Party
The Cameron House in Toronto, ON
April 20, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

To raise money to record their next EP, Jane's Party called out to a few of their best band friends and a party ensued at The Cameron House on April 20th.

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Pina's Birthday Bash with Hollerado

Hollerado at Sound Academy
Hollerado
The Sheepdogs, Free Energy
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
Friday April 15, 2011

Photos by: Pete Nema

When Pina The Inside Edge Chick from 102.1 throws her own birthday party, she really knows how to do it right.

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Oh No Forest Fires! Reunites

Oh No Forest Fires at Sneaky Dee's
Oh No Forest Fires
Indian Handcrafts
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
April 1, 2011

Review by: Max Mertens
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

What started as an Oh No Forest Fires reunion show at Sneaky Dee's turned into what felt more like a family reunion (minus the awkwardness, bad feelings, and drama).

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Lusting After The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes at The Phoenix
The Raveonettes
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
April 2, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Greg Abramowitz

The Raveonettes were the silver lining to what started as a dull Saturday night by California's Tamaryn. The Danish duo were driven to please the full-to-the-gills Phoenix venue with their fuzzy rock sound.

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Guster Doesn't Just Blow Through Toronto

Guster at Phoenix Concert Theatre
Guster
Jukebox The Ghost
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
March 31, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

I can't even remember how I discovered Guster back in the late '90s, but since then they have been a regular part of my listening patterns.

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Dancing Dirty With DeVotchKa

DeVotchKa at The Mod Club
DeVotchKa
The Mod Club
March 30, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Stephen McGill

The Mod Club was packed on Wednesday as Toronto was given the kind of show that nobody expected.

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JunoFest 2011: Saturday Night

Basia Bulat at The Great Hall
Junofest 2011 - Saturday Night
Meaghan Smith, Gramercy Riffs, Basia Bulat, Elliott Brood, Hollerado
Toronto, ON
March 26, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Canada's best bands bring a party to the stage for the last night of JunoFest 2011.

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What a Fine Life We Are Living, Said the Whale

Said The Whale at Horseshoe Tavern
Said The Whale
catl, D-Sisive
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 25, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

Did someone tell Said The Whale a day early that they won the Juno for New Group of the Year? On a night showcasing three Juno nominees, Said The Whale played as if they were celebrating a win. The votes are in, and this was one of the best shows ever at the Horseshoe.

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JunoFest 2011: Friday Night

Sweet Thing at The Mod Club
Junofest 2011 - Friday Night
The Balconies, Sweet Thing, Bravestation, Emm Gryner, Royal Wood, Dala, Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose
Toronto, ON
March 25, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The country's finest new stars beam on-stage in Toronto for the first night of Junofest 2011.

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