Concerts

On Tardy Articles and a Band's Beautiful Predictability - Sigur Rós at The ACC

Sigur Rós at The Air Canada Centre
Sigur Rós
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
March 30, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

So it's been a while since Sigur Rós passed through Toronto on the band's latest visit, but can’t we just chalk up the tardiness of this article to the timelessness of the music itself?

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Muse's Extra-Terrestrial Love Affair

Muse at Air Canada Centre
Muse
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
April 9, 2013

Review by: Colton Eddy
Photos by: Pete Nema

"Geddy Lee!" shouted Matt Bellamy, the front man of Muse, name-checking our beloved Canadian trio midway through the Devonshire trio’s first of two sold-out sets at the Air Canada on Tuesday night.

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Alt-J Is About Change

alt-J at the Sound Academy
∆ (alt-J)
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
March 27, 2013

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

When I first set out to photograph and review the alt-J show, I thought I would have to start this review explaining who this band is, but a sold-out crowd at the Sound Academy clearly indicated that they have already made a name for themselves in Toronto.

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CMF 2013: Saturday Night at Lee's Palace

Savages at Lee's Palace
The Buzz Factor Series Showcase
Decades, Valleys, Lioness, Savages, Suuns
Lee's Palace in Toronto, ON
March 23, 2013

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Lee's Palace hosted some great talent at The Buzz Factor Series Showcase on CMF Saturday.

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CMF 2013: Music From Ireland Showcase

Delorentos at The Drake Hotel
Music From Ireland Showcase
Frank Ryan, Kool Thing, Heritage Centre, Delorentos, Funeral Suits
The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
March 21, 2013

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Allison Janzen

The Drake Underground proved a perfectly suited venue for CMW’s Music From Ireland Showcase.

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CMF 2013: Friday Night at The Horseshoe

Young Rival  at The Horseshoe Tavern
The Zolas, Dustin Bentall, Young Rival

The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 22, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

The blend of soft pop melodies from The Zolas, country charm from Dustin Bentall, and simple guitar rock from Young Rival had us swaying, foot stomping and rocking through the first few sets at The Horseshoe on Friday.

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CMF 2013: The Strumbellas and Poor Young Things

Strumbellas at The Horseshoe Tavern
Poor Young Things, The Strumbellas

The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 21, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

The Strumbellas and Poor Young Things delivered high-energy performances to their local crowd, for a night packed with plenty of other well-known Toronto bands including Great Bloomers and Teenage Kicks.

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CMF 2013: Chvrches and DIANA at Mod Club

Chvrches at Mod Club
Chvrches
DIANA
Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON
March 20, 2013

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Pleasant was the word of the night as Chvrches and DIANA took the Mod Club’s CMW stage on Wednesday.

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CMF 2013: Looking Back at the Sticky Magazine Showcase

Leif Vollebekk at Rivoli
The Official Sticky Magazine Showcase
artist, artist
The Rivoli in Toronto, ON
March 20, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

This is an article for everyone who joined us in making our first official showcase a success.

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Imagine Dragons at Sound Academy

Imagine Dragons at Sound Academy
Imagine Dragons
Atlas Genius
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
February 27, 2012

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Pete Nema

A long way from their desert home of Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons stepped into the Sound Academy spotlights for a packed Wednesday show that also featured the likes of Atlas Genius and Nico Vega.

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Hollerado's White Paint CD Release at The Rivoli

Hollerado at Rivoli
Hollerado
Fred Penner
The Rivoli in Toronto, ON
February 26, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

Hollerado celebrated the release of White Paint with friends, family, fans, and special guest Fred Penner.

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Toronto Hosts Folk Alliance 2013

Folk Alliance
Folk Alliance
Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, ON
February 20-24, 2013

Review by: Lee Fraser

The 25th Annual Folk Alliance Conference took over a downtown hotel for four days and nights with all variations of folk music.

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The 13th Annual Wavelength Music Festival

Do Make Say Think at The Great Hall
Wavelength Music Festival
Various venues in Toronto, ON
February, 2013

Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Photo highlights from the 13th annual Wavelength Music Festival.

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Newsmen Report From The Horseshoe

Newsmen at Horseshoe Tavern
Newsmen
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 12, 2013

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself — a determination about my course of action, but with a firmness of purpose, a sort of formal expression of my intentions, made on the eve of the new year (there should be a word for this) — to get out and see more young talent than I did in 2012. Anyone who has made a decision to do this will invariaby find themselves at the Horseshoe Tavern on a Tuesday night for Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night.

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The Maccabees Make Their Canadian Debut

The Maccabees
The Maccabees
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
February 11, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson

The Mod Club was nearly sold out for The Maccabees' Canadian debut and the crowd’s pent-up anticipation could have filled the room. 

 

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The Dirty Nil Aren't Nothing

The Dirty Nil at Horseshoe Tavern
The Dirty Nil, The Archives
Mad Ones
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 1, 2013

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

After experiencing the performance The Dirty Nil dispensed on Feb. 1st at the Horseshoe, I'm expecting a growing population to be pulled into fandom by their rock 'n' roll gravitational field.

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Lindi Ortega at The Rivoli

Lindi Ortega at The Garrison
Lindi Ortega
The Rivoli in Toronto, ON
January 24, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson

As part of the first leg of her Canadian tour, Lindi Ortega paid her hometown a visit with a sold out show at the Rivoli.

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Freelance Whales at The Mod Club

Freelance Whales at Mod Club
Freelance Whales
Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON
January 17, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Big crowds greeted the New York five-piece on their recent Toronto visit.

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Passenger at The Phoenix

Passenger at The Phoenix
Passenger
The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
December 10, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Standing on the vacant stage with only a microphone and his one guitar, Passenger shared stories of love, loss and passion to the sold out Phoenix crowd.

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Joel Plaskett Emergency Celebrates the Horseshoe's 65th

Joel Plaskett at Horseshoe Tavern
Joel Plaskett Emergency
Horseshoe Tavern 65th Anniversary
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
December 12, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema
Additional Review by: Lee Fraser

The Joel Plaskett Emergency took up residency at the Horseshoe Tavern for an epic five night house party in celebration of the venue's 65th anniversary.

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Peace, Love, and Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd at The Phoenix
Xavier Rudd
Good Old War
The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
November 28, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Lisa Kruchak

Xavier Rudd filled The Phoenix with a haze of good vibes and messages of peace and respect for the earth.

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The Sheepdogs and Yukon Blonde at The Horseshoe


The Sheepdogs at Horseshoe Tavern
The Sheepdogs
Yukon Blonde
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
December 4, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

 

The Sheepdogs and Yukon Blonde transported the packed Horseshoe Tavern crowd back into the 70's with their groovy rock-and-roll sets.

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Great Bloomers at The Horseshoe Tavern

Great Bloomers at Horseshoe Tavern
Great Bloomers
Wool On Wolves
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
Nov 30, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

Celebrating the release of their new CD and music video for “I Wanna Die Young”, Great Bloomers helped to end the work week with a charming mellow set.

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Sloan's Twice Removed Tour at The Phoenix

Sloan at The Phoenix

Sloan
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario
November 22, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Sloan is celebrating over two decades of music with the second release of Twice Removed.

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Metric With Stars at The ACC

Metric at Air Canada Centre
Metric
Stars
The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON
November 24, 2012

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Allison Janzen

The all-Canadian line-up fills one of Canada's largest venues.

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