Concerts

The Jeff Tweedy Experience

Jeff Tweedy at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jeff Tweedy
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 23, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Greg Abramowitz

On March 23rd, Sticky Magazine joined an awed audience to see an alt-rock legend take the stage.

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CMF 2011: The Golden Dogs, We Are The City

The Golden Dogs at Rivoli
CMF 2011: The Golden Dogs, We Are The City
Toronto, ON
March 12, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Pete Nema


Saturday night with We Are The City at The Garrison and The Golden Dogs at the Rivoli.

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Civil Twilight Were Made For This

Civil Twilight at El Mocambo
Civil Twilight
El Mocambo in Toronto, ON
March 21, 2011

Photos and Review by: Stephen McGill

South Africa's Civil Twilight played a fantastic set to a devoted crowd at the El Mocambo the other night, and gave a great preview of what's to come from their next album.

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CMF 2011: The (Musical) Best Friends Club

Bravestation at Sneaky Dee's
CMF 2011: The (Musical) Best Friends Club
Bravestation, Dora Alexander
Toronto, ON
March 11, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

I was only able to catch two shows on Friday, March 11, but I’m glad they were these two. Bravestation and Dora Alexander—who are friends in real life!—put on two different but equally good performances.

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CMF 2011: Friday Night Frenzy

The Liptonians at The Garrison
CMF 2011: Friday Night Frenzy
The Sheepdogs, The Liptonians, Paper Lions, Cuff The Duke
Toronto, ON
March 11, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

Moving from venue to venue to catch a few bands from out-of-town can be a little hectic, but in this case it was well worth it.

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CMF 2011: Middle Brother Brings Their Family

Middle Brother at Opera House
Middle Brother
Dawes, Deer Tick
The Opera House in Toronto, ON
March 11, 2011

Review by: Lucas Samuels
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

The prospect of seeing Dawes, Deer Tick and the band new alt-country group Middle Brother all in one night had me dreaming of CMW before I had even heard the Middle Brother album.

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CMF 2011: A Folky-Hopping-Rocking Good Thursday

Hollerado at The Opera House
The Wilderness Of Manitoba, Hollerado, Land Of Talk
Lee's Palace, The Opera House in Toronto, ON
March 10, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Amanda Fotes, Greg Abramowitz

Lee's Palace was transformed into a warm and cozy venue as The Wilderness of Manitoba eased us into Thursday of CMF, while Hollerado and Land of Talk wrapped up the Sirius Satellite Showcase at the Opera House.

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CMF 2011: From Amos to Xylos - A Musical Adventure

Amos The Transparent at El Mocambo
CMF 2011: From Amos to Xylos - A Musical Adventure
Amos The Transparent, The Darcys, Kalle Mattson, Xylos
Toronto, ON
March 10, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Pete Nema

The second night of Canadian Music Fest took us from the heart of downtown to darkest of Queen West and back again, all in the hunt for good music and solid performers. Here’s what we found in our cross-city adventure.

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CMF 2011: Two Shows With The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers at Czehoksi
The Barr Brothers
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 10, 2011
Czehoski in Toronto, ON
March 12, 2011

Review by: Lucas Samuels
Photos by: Greg Abramowitz

It didn't take too long for The Dakota Tavern to become one of my favourite places to see music in Toronto.

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CMF 2011: Rain and Danes at Rancho Relaxo

Alcoholic Faith Mission at Rancho Relaxo
CMF 2011: Rain and Danes at Rancho Relaxo
Lordy Lordy, Go For The Eyes, Ryan Warner, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Old Crowns
Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, ON
March 9, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Rancho Relaxo kicked off Canadian Music Fest with a mixed bag of performers that ranged from local to international. Overall the bands put on a commendable show, though the crowd was among the smallest the bar would see all the week (probably due to the rain.) Here's what you missed.

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Mother Mother Is Quite The Mother

Mother Mother at Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mother Mother
Birds Of Tokyo, Whale Tooth
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
March 11, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Kicking off Canadian Music Fest 2011, Mother Mother played to a sold out crowd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Wednesday, with support from Australian band Birds Of Tokyo and local outfit Whale Tooth.

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Juno Decades: Songs of the 00's

juno Decades
Juno Decades
Songs of the 00's
Horseshoe Tavern
March 5th, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi

With the Juno Awards close at hand, Sticky Magazine joined some of the country's finest talent to pay tribute to Canadian music from the past decade.

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Plants and Animals, Karkwa bring Montreal Showmanship to Toronto

Plants and Animals at Lee's Palace
Plants and Animals
Karkwa
Lee's Palace in Toronto, ON
March 5, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

Plants and Animals delight the crowd with both new material and old favourites, while Karkwa gains new fans.

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Tennis Proves To Be More Enjoyable Than The Sport

Tennis at the Horseshoe Tavern
Tennis
The Darcys
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 25, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Three bands, all unique in their own way, played the Horseshoe Tavern on February 25. The Darcys may seem like an unusual pairing with Tennis but it made for one stellar show.

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Hey Rosetta! Showcase New Album

Hey Rosetta! at Lee\'s Palace
Hey Rosetta!
Gramercy Riffs
Lee's Palace in Toronto, ON
February 23 and 24, 2011

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

Only a week after the release of their latest album, Hey Rosetta! played two sold-out shows at Lee's Palace. Add The Gramercy Riffs to the bill and Toronto was treated to some Newfoundland heat at the end of winter.

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Huron: Not Just a Great Lake

Huron at The Garrison
Huron
Rituals
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
February 18, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Huron is a yet another reason to be interested in the Hamilton music scene these days.

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Bad Luck Gets The Best of Wild Nothing and Abe Vigoda

Wild Nothing at Wrong Bar
Wild Nothing
Abe Vigoda
Wrongbar
February 17, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Beaten down by a bum van and bumbled audio, Wild Nothing spent Thursday night frowning for a crowded house, while Abe Vigoda stood strong through the mess.

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The Allie Hughes Experience

Allie Hughes at The Drake
Allie Hughes
Henri Fabergé and the Adorables, Dwayne Gretzky
The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
February 9, 2011

Review by: Katie Christensen
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

I was more than excited for Allie Hughes' first theatrical headlining show at The Drake Underground. The themed extravaganza was a nice change from your typical concert experience, which showed Allie as a creative, passionate and unusual performer (and I use "unusual" as a compliment of course).

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A Late Wednesday with Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyron at The Garrison
Biffy Clyro
Moving Mountains
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
February 16, 2011

Photos and Review by: Stephen McGill

It's strange how popularity translates across the Atlantic — a band can be huge on one side of the Atlantic while having a tiny audience on the other.

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Coming Out With Bands Blazing

Jane's Party at the Piston
Jane’s Party
Gramercy Riffs, The Rucksack Willies
The Piston in Toronto, ON
February 2, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Not even Snowtorious B.I.G. kept city slickers indoors on this night. The fabulous ladies of Buying Shots For Bands put on a cohesive show with a variety of our city’s finest up-and-coming music.

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A Piece of Brantford Shows Up in Kensington Market

The Ascot Royals at Bread & Circus
The Ascot Royals
Secret Broadcast, Spirits
Bread & Circus in Toronto, ON
January 26, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Pete Nema

Bread & Circus may not be the most prominent venue to showcase hot Canadian talent, but it did just fine for three rising Ontario bands. While temperatures outside were below freezing, inside, Spirits set the night’s mood while The Ascot Royals and Secret Broadcast helped define the phrase "turning up the heat".

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Eliza Doolittle Comes Home

Eliza Doolittle at The Drake Underground
Eliza Doolittle
Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
February 7, 2011

Review by: Lucas Samuels
Photos by: Greg Abramowitz

On Monday night at the Drake Underground, I had the real pleasure of checking out the UK’s latest pop export, Eliza Doolittle.

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Up All Night with Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans

Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans at Lee's Palace
Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans
Sunparlour Players, Daniel Ledwell
Lee's Palace in Toronto, ON
February 4, 2011

Photos and Review by: Stephen McGill

Over a year ago, Ottawa singer-songwriter Jim Bryson settled down in an isolated area of Manitoba named Falcon Lake, and with him were indie-rock band The Weakerthans.

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Commandeering Attention

Commandeers at The Dakota Tavern
Flash Lightnin'
Commandeers
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 2nd, 2011

Review and Photos by: Courtney Lee Yip

The Dakota Tavern is one of those tried, tested and true venues where even if you’re not completely up for going out, there will be some element of the basement bar that eventually picks you right up.

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Warming Up With Elvyn

Elvyn at The Dakota Tavern
Elvyn
Still Winter Hills
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 27, 2011

Review by: Lisa Truong
Photos by: Pete Nema

The Dakota Tavern was buzzing as Elvyn kicked off their "Three Bands, Three Towns" mini-tour with friends The Ethers and Still Winter Hills.

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