Summer music festivals are so 2012 (as are heat waves, beachwear, and, thankfully, sweat stains). Rather than bemoan our seasonal state, it's high time to embrace winter. Those Fucked Up folks have already caught on, and a few others are helping out with programming to round out the underrated winter music festival experience in this city. So here are 5 upcoming festivals to help us survive the winter of our discontent.
Happy New Year's Day, you guys! Does your head hurt? Is your "resolution" to "never drink again?" Classic everybody. As usual this month sees old favourites come through town as well as some potential new faves! But to be honest, this month is slim pickins! So let's hope February is better for both concert selection and decisions. Don't tell me what your resolutions are in the comments, but instead feel free to spout off about any shows that you think are worth adding.
My personal favourite holiday listening is Hanson's Snowed In. I've been listening to it every Christmas since 1997 — so that is disturbing (let's attribute it to egg nog, ok?).
Below you'll find 10 Christmas songs by Toronto artists/bands — guaranteed to be just as infectious as Hanson and a lot less horrible. Happy holidays to all!
At the risk of making a grand statement about "the state of the Toronto music scene," it's safe to say that the material being produced by local bands is as strong as it's ever been. And while there's some familiar names on this year-end list, it'd be pretty easy to argue that the bands who released their first LPs this year deserve the highest praise (I'm thinking of METZ and Dusted in particular). On the other side of the spectrum, I'm disappointed to report that Rush's Clockwork Angels — their 19th LP — didn't make the final cut. Sorry Dad!
Below are our picks for the top Toronto albums of the year, but as always, please share your suggestions in the comments section.