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Whitehorse pay tribute to Massey Hall with new EP

Posted by Adam Brady / March 2, 2013

WhitehorseThere are few venues more revered in Toronto than Massey Hall. Since it opened in 1894, it's been host to some of the most seminal performances in the city's musical history. To put it bluntly, Massey Hall is the big time.

And tonight, Whitehorse (comprised of husband-and-wife team Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland) are headlining their first show there. Last year, Whitehorse's innovative take on Canadian folk & rock brought the house down around the corner at the Winter Garden, but tonight, they try in the rarefied air of Massey Hall.

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Wavelength 13 Night Two: Doldrums, Cadence Weapon, Blue Hawaii, Blonde Elvis & Thighs

Posted by Adam Brady / February 16, 2013

Wavelength Music FestivalThe Wavelength Festival and series has always made a point of showcasing the best and most innovative upcoming artists that can be found, and the acts at last night's Festival showcase proved that still holds true. I headed to The Great Hall last night to check out the second night of Wavelength, now in its 13th year.

Opening the show were Toronto pre-supergroup Thighs. I know, dear reader &mdash: who are they? — but how could members of Odonis Odonis, Pants & Tie, and Danger Bay be anything less than a supergroup, with a gut-punch of noise and punk from their self-titled EP.

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Album Review: Hayden, Us Alone

Posted by Adam Brady / February 13, 2013

hayden us alone albumToronto's Hayden rose to prominence in the 1990s with a string of critically acclaimed records and lots of industry buzz. Since then, he's turned into a bit of a recluse; he didn't actually tour or do any press for his last record, 2009's The Place Where We Lived. We got a chance to check out some of this material back in December at Jason Collett's Basement Revue, but needless to say, while it may have only been four years, it's felt like a lifetime to many Hayden fans. The release of Us Alone marks his return, and what a return it is.

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Arts & Crafts founder talks 10-year anniversary plans

Posted by Adam Brady / January 26, 2013

jeffrey remediesIt's been a decade since the release of Broken Social Scene's landmark You Forgot It In People launched the careers of artists like Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Leslie Feist. But more than a milestone for BSS (who have semi-officially disbanded), this year also marks the anniversary of the record label born from their success. Arts & Crafts Records have been steadily releasing albums to critical and commercial acclaim since 2003, and last week they announced a series of events and releases (dubbed AC10) to celebrate ten years in the music business.

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Yamantaka//Sonic Titan tame a dragon at the Garrison

Posted by Adam Brady / January 21, 2013

Yamantaka // Sonic TitanThough they've been performing since 2007, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan were largely unknown outside of Montreal until their debut full-length album YT//ST was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize. But following a high-profile string of gigs - including a remarkable performance at the Polaris gala and arguably one of the best secret shows at NXNE last year - Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have quickly gained a reputation as a must-see act.

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Jason Collett's Basement Revue rises up at the Great Hall

Posted by Adam Brady / December 22, 2012

Jason Collet Basement RevueWhen you think about it, it's really quite amazing what The Basement Revue has become. With just one really cool idea and a few (admittedly very accomplished) friends, it's blossomed into one of Toronto's most interesting live residencies. Secret performers, sometimes-bizarre song choices and, of course, poetry readings all make an appearance.

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