Concerts

Moist and The Beaches at Sound Academy

Moist at The Sound Academy
Moist
The Beaches
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
December 2, 2013

Review by: Rick Miller
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Moist makes their come-back appearance with old fans at Sound Academy.

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Half Moon Run at the Phoenix

Half Moon Run
The Phoenix in Toronto, ON
November 30, 2013
 
Review by: Melissa Adamson
 

The Phoenix was filled to capacity with excited fans eager to welcome Half Moon Run home for the last leg of their extensive tour.

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Hollerado at The Danforth Music Hall

Hollerado at Danforth Music Hall
Hollerado
The Zolas, PUP
The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
September 13, 2013
Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

This was one of Hollerado’s biggest, if not their actual biggest, headlining shows and they delivered one of the best sets we've seen to date with the help of props, confetti, wardrobe changes and of course plenty of Hollerado enthusiasm.

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Alt-J and Lord Huron at Echo Beach

Alt-J at Echo Beach
Alt-J
Lord Huron
Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
September 11, 2013

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Matt Klopot

For the few of us removed from the Mac world, the keyboard combination "alt-J" produces little more than a blinking cursor and befuddlement, but for the Leeds band (and obvious Apple men) Alt-J, or should I say ∆, the delta symbol has become synonymous with sweeping, intricate beats that can vibrate the roof on every car in a thirty-foot radius.

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Imagine Dragons at Echo Beach

Imagine Dragons at Echo Beach
Imagine Dragons
The Neighbourhood, X Ambassadors
TD Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
July 29, 2013

Review by: Laura Molinaro
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Imagine Dragons hit Toronto to headline a sold-out show at TD Echo Beach.

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Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day Four

Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Belle and Sebastian
The Wooden Sky, The Sadies, Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Yo La Tengo, Whitehourse, Cat Emprie, Xavier Rudd, Neko Case and Belle Sebastian
Fort York n Toronto, ON
July 7, 2013
 
  Review by: Melissa Adamson

Despite heavy rain, day four of TURF was as seamlessly executed as the previous three days and drew the largest crowd.

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Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day Three

Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Flogging Molly
Larry & His Flask, Hannah Georgas, The Felice Brothers, Skydiggers, Dawes, Matt Mays, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Lowest of the Low, The Hold Steady, Flogging Molly
Fort York in Toronto, ON
July 6, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson

The weather was beautiful for day three of TURF and the schedule was filled with a unique variety of punk, folk and rock music.

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Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day Two

Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Arkells
Fitz & the Tantrums, Justin Townes Earle, JD McPherson
Fort York in Toronto, ON
July 5, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson

The second day of TURF started with some showers in the early evening but ended with clear skies and Motown music. 

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Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Day One

Toronto Urban Roots Fest
She & Him
Joel Plaskett, Camera Obscura, The Barr Brothers
Fort York in Toronto, ON
July 4, 2013
 
Review by: Melissa Adamson
 

The rain mercifully held off for the first evening of TURF and the warm summer evening helped create the perfect start for the four day music festival.

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Rogue Wave at The Drake

Rogue Wave at The Drake Underground
Rogue Wave
Caveman
The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
June 25, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

Rogue Wave, currently touring in support of their current album Nightingale Floors, performed at The Drake Underground with support from New York-based Cavemen.

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NXNE 2013: Beliefs, Dusted, and Tangiers at The Garrison

Tangiers at The Garrison, NXNE
Tangiers
Beliefs, Dusted
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
June 25, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle 

Three great acts helped make the season's sweatiest show worth seeing

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NXNE 2013: Pete's Saturday Night Blowout

The Ascot Royals at The Hideout
NXNE 2013: Saturday Night Blowout
Boxer The Horse, PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots), Quiet Company, The Ascot Royals
Toronto, ON
June 15, 2012

Photos and Words by: Pete Nema

The majority of my NXNE time was spent on Thursday and Friday, but although I couldn't be out Saturday during the day, I did have a few bands lined up for Saturday night. I had sort of planned on a calm night, but it ended up to be quite the opposite.

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NXNE 2013: Falling In Love With July Talk

July Talk at The Mod Club
July Talk
Imaginary Cities
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
June 14, 2013

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

I saw a lot of excellent performances during NXNE 2013, but without question, the best performance of the week was that of July Talk at The Mod Club.

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NXNE 2013: Calexico at The Mod Club

Calexico at Mod Club, for NXNE
Calexico
Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON
June 12, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

On the first strong night of NXNE's 2013 music schedule, one of the year's most seasoned acts stood both as headliner at the Mod Club and as this writer's most anticipated performance of the festival.

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NXNE 2013: We Are Scientists and The Roseville Band

We Are Scientists at Lee's Palace
We Are Scientists, The Roseville Band
Toronto, ON
June 14, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

High energy sets from We Are Scientists and The Roseville Band kept us going into the early morning hours. 

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NXNE 2013: Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones and Wintersleep

Wintersleep at Danforth Music Hall
Wintersleep
Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones
Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
June 15, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Saturday night at The Danforth Music Hall was one of the must see shows of NXNE, offering a perfect collection of Canadian rock.

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Sticky Hits the Road for S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival 2013

The Balconies at Market Square
S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival 2013

Multiple venues in St. Catharines, ON
June 9, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson, Chad Hutchings, and Pete Nema
Photos by: Pete Nema

Sticky Magazine's staff strikes out for St. Catharines biggest one-day music festical. 

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NXNE 2013: DIANA and The Lighthouse and the Whaler

The Lighthouse and The Whaler at Cameron House
Diana, The Lighthouse and the Whaler
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and The Cameron House in Toronto, ON
June 13, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Synth-infused pop melodies and charming stage presence was the theme of our Thursday night. 

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NXNE 2013: The Maladies of Adam Stokes and Bailiff at The Horseshoe

The Maladies of Adam Stokes at Horseshoe Tavern
The Maladies of Adam Stokes, Bailiff
The Legendary Horshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
June 12, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

The Maladies of Adam Stokes and Bailiff got us warmed up and excited for a week full of great music and discovering new favourite bands.  

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Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Music & Arts Festival at Fort York

Broken Social Scene at Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival

Fort York in Toronto, ON
June 8, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Grade school day trips were never quite like this.

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Kicking off Festival Season With CBC Music at Echo Beach

Of Monsters and Men at CBC Music Festival
CBCMusic.ca Festival

Echo Beach in Toronto, ON
May 25, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

A couple of weekends ago, Echo Beach played host to the inaugural CBCMusic.ca Festival, a clumsy-titled, day-long celebration of the spirit of modern Canadian music.

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Dreamgirl Whatever

Dreamgirl Whatever at Detour Bar
Dreamgirl Whatever
Detour Bar in Toronto, ON
May 30, 2013

Photos by: Pete Nema

Dreamgirl Whatever is really Nicole Simone and friends, who work together on indie-pop music with a little bit of alternative influences thrown in here and there.

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The Retrievers Reach Another Milestone

The Retrievers at Horseshoe Tavern
The Retrievers
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
May 24, 2013

Review by: Lee Fraser
Photos by: Pete Nema

The Retrievers return to the Horseshoe to release their first album.

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Bravestation Presents IV at The Drake Underground

Bravestation at The Drake Underground
Bravestation
The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
May 15, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

The Toronto indie act offered their latest EP to a basement full of fans, with a little help from Jack Daniels and company.

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Acres Of Lions at Hard Luck Bar

Acres of Lions at Hard Luck Bar
Acres Of Lions
Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, ON
May 3, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The west-coast act brought solid indie rock to their latest Toronto visit, no frills and no gimmicks.

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