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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: The Importance of Building Music Communities

The Importance of Building Music Communities
Audio Blood's Sound Advice: The Importance of Building Music Communities
Article by: Jonathan Pappo

The music industry has a tendency to breed competition.

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Massey Hall's Five Greatest Performances

Wilco at Massey Hall
Massey Hall
Article by: Colton Eddy

It's no secret that those famous red doors have welcomed audiences to countless musical and cultural experiences. Everyone from Oscar Peterson and Neil Young to Winston Churchill and Justin Bieber have graced the Massey Hall stage.

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Audioblood's Sound Advice: How File Sharing is Changing the Industry

How File Sharing is Changing the Industry
Audio Blood's Sound Advice - How File Sharing is Changing the Industry
Article by: Taylor Reynolds

In today’s day and age, it’s hard for music fans to make it our to support their favourite artists at live events.

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: The Importance of Music Videos

Building Fan Relationships
Audio Blood's Sound Advice - The Importance of Music Videos
Article by: Jonathan Pappo

Although many of our fondest memories of music videos come out from the 1980s, the term “Music Video” was actually established way back in 1959.

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Sticky's Last-Minute Musical Gift Guide

Sticky's Last Minute Gift Guide
Sticky's Last-Minute Musical Gift Guide

So there's only one week left until the big day and, if you're anything like us, your stomach just went into knots as you're only now realizing that you're completely and hopelessly screwed.

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Building Fan Relationships

Building Fan Relationships
Audio Blood's Sound Advice - Building Fan Relationships
Article by: Brandon Keen

Word-of-mouth is one of the absolute best ways for people to hear about you. Having an arsenal of followers that are ready and willing to enthusiastically spread your music throughout the world is better than most things you can do to market yourself.

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Street Team

STreet Team
The Reciprocal Relationship of a Street Team
Article by: Chelsea Dunstall

You've probably heard of it before…a street team. But what does it do and how can it help your band?

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Artist Resources

Artist Resources
Artist Resources
Article by: Kaitlyn Davies

So, you're in a band. You’ve got the look, you’ve got the sound, but now what? It can seem impossible to get a start in the music industry but, thankfully, there are tons of resources to help out independent artists like you.

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An Open Love Letter to NXNE

Jägermeister Party
An Open Love Letter to NXNE
Toronto, ON
June 10-16, 2013

Letter and Photos by: Pete Nema

My dearest NXNE,

My feet hurt, my legs hurt, my throat hurts, my arms hurt, and worst of all, my head hurts, but I wouldn't change a thing because I just had one of my best weeks of my year.

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Getting The Most Out Of Instagram

Audio Blood - Instagram
Getting The Most Out Of Instagram
Article by: Katie Woods

Just last February Instagram announced that they had 100 million active users a month. Your sister has it, your best friend has it, your local boutique has it. So does your favourite band. Theres no debate that Instagram is one of the most important social platforms out there. The real question is: how do you (and your fans) get the most out of Instagram?

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Why A Fashion Statement Is Important

Audio Blood - Fashion
Why A Fashion Statement Is Important
Article by: Emily Laing

So you've got a band, a new album, and a lineup of gigs. What now? Of course music should be the number one priority of musicians, but you should also learn how to market your band effectively. And one of the best ways to do this is by creating a signature look for your band. Creating a fashion statement can help generate new fans, shape your identity, and improve your brand.

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Making New History at the El Mocambo

El Mocambo revival photo gallery
Article by: Amanda Macchia

If you’ve spent any time in Toronto, you’ve probably come across a generously-sized neon palm tree blaring its glow across Chinatown.

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Audio Blood's Sound Advice: Why Vinyl is Important

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Why Vinyl is Important
Article by: Katie Woods

Vinyl records are no longer just a dusty collection of your Dad's youth he can't bare to part with.

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Sticky's Six Days of Giveaways!

Six Days of Giveaways
Six Days of Giveaways
Article by: Chad Hutchings

We're stepping in with your end of summer pick-me-up.

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Sticky's NXNE 2012 Playlist

NXNE 2012
NXNE 2012 Playlist
Article by: Natalia Buia

It's June 11th and you know what that means: Get ready for the North by North BEAST.

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Top 10 Albums of 2011

Top 10 Albums of 2011
Top 10 Albums of 2011
Article by: Pete Nema

Near the end of every year there is a flurry of Top 10 lists that start showing up as early as the first week in December.

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Artist Mixtape: Mookie Morris of Mookie & The Loyalists

Mookie and The Loyalists
Artist Mixtape: Mookie Morris
Mookie & The Loyalists

Article by: Lucas Samuels

Mookie Morris is the charismatic front-man of one of Toronto's most promising up-and-coming bands, Mookie & The Loyalists.

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Artist Mixtape: Yellowbirds

Yellowbirds
Artist Mixtape: Yellowbirds
Article by: Lucas Samuels

Yellowbirds is the latest project from Sam Cohen, formerly of Apollo Sunshine fame.  

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The 2011 Indie Awards

Hollerado at The Indies
The 2011 Indie Awards
Hannah Georgas, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hollerado
Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON
March 12, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Pete Nema

Every year during Canadian Music Week, industry and fans get together to vote on and reward their favourite Canadian artists during The Indie Awards.

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The JUNO Awards Allow Indie Artists To Shine

Hollerado
The JUNO Awards Allow Indie Artists To Shine
Feature by: Colleen Hale-Hodgson

Award shows are tricky. Depending on who's name gets called out at the podium, you, as a music or movie fan, will either be flooded with feelings of vindication, or slouch on your couch, deflated and bitter.

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The Third Annual Verge Music Awards

verge Music Awards - Gord Downie
The Verge Music Awards
Mod Club in Toronto, ON
March 1, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi

The third annual Verge Music Awards provided stellar performances by three amazing acts and some surprising, albeit well deserved winners. XM Canada really knows how to throw a party. Musicians, writers, photographers, friends, family and fans filled The Mod Club to its capacity.

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CBC Radio 3 Searchlight

CBC Radio 3 Searchlight
CBC Radio 3 Searchlight
Canada's Best Music Website
Article by: Pete Nema

CBC Radio 3 has held a number of Searchlight contests where their listeners vote to identify what they believe to be the best of Canada.

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Ten Great Songs From 2010, Two More From 2011

The Parlour Steps
Ten Great Songs From 2010, Two More From 2011
Article by: Pete Nema

As I listen through some of my playlists that I created over the past year, I realize there's a whole set of songs that haven't been getting enough attention.

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Top 10 Concerts of 2010

Top 10 Concerts of 2010
Top 10 Concerts of 2010
Forward by: Pete Nema

Sticky contributors collectively attended 195 concerts, including over 420 bands, this past year. Looking through these lists, and the photos/reviews that are linked to the items, it's clear we witnessed an amazing set of shows.

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Top 10 Albums of 2010

Top 10 Albums of 2010

We did it, we made it to 2011. And although just about everyone else out there has already published their "Best Of 2010" lists, I prefer to wait until 2010 actually finishes. What if over the holidays I was to discover some great 2010 music hiding in my collection? As a team, we are last to the party, I know, but as I once said (and received a detention for) "Better late than early."

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