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How the Darcys went from catastrophe to indie stardom

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / March 21, 2013

The DarcysWhile you won't find them listed anywhere on the Canadian Music Week schedule, there's a good chance that one of Toronto's most promising up-and-coming bands, The Darcys, will play a show tonight (hint: "The Great Hall" would be a good place to look for them). When the band takes the stage, they'll do so with a catalogue of excellent songs, the support of one of the country's most prestigious independent labels, and an upcoming album that promises to bring them even more attention.

So the Darcys find themselves in a good place, though it wasn't so long ago that the band's future was cloudy. Here's the story of how the Darcys went from near collapse to being the toast of Toronto's indie music scene in three short years.

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Get to know a DJ: Greg Dawson, Jr Flo of Keys N Krates

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / September 6, 2012

Jr FloThe first time I saw Keys N Krates, I was immediately captivated by the band's DJ, Jr Flo. Lacking adequate vocabulary and imagination, I settled on describing Dawson's contribution to the band as "obscenely skilled."

Regrettably, my vocabulary has yet to improve, and despite catching the band multiple times since, I still have trouble describing to my friends exactly what makes Flo and the rest of the band so engaging. So, when the opportunity came up to sit down and talk to Dawson, I jumped at the chance. Despite describing himself as "a simple dude," there's a lot to the Toronto via Markham DJ. Read on to find about Dawson's love of documentaries, his commendable drive to be a well-rounded person, and check out the mix he was kind enough to put together for us.

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Get to know a DJ: The Mailman (Joel Waznicky) of DeadlyVanity

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / August 16, 2012

Joel WaznickyThe King St. basement where Toronto goes to play ping pong seems like an unlikely place to find one of Toronto's up-and-coming deep house DJs. However, that's exactly where Joel Waznicky, one-half of DeadlyVanity, spends each Friday night fine-tuning his craft from 10:00pm to 2:30am. Dodging more than one errant ping pong ball, I braved the perils of SPiN to sit down with Joel and talk to him about his deejaying, his day job as a post office worker, and what the future holds for him.

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Highlights from Skratch Bastid's second annual BBQ

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / August 13, 2012

Skratch Bastid BBQOn Saturday evening, Skratch Bastid — real name Paul Murphy — hosted his annual summer BBQ at the Steam Whistle Brewery. For the Nova Scotia native, Saturday marked his second BBQ in Toronto and eighth overall — in the past, Murphy has hosted similar events in his hometown of Halifax and Melbourne, Australia. Despite the constant threat of rain, a significant crowd braved the indecisive weather, and enjoyed an eclectic mix of music and food. Here are highlights from three acts: Skratch Bastid, Big Toe's Hifi, and BBNG.

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The Tune-Yards tune up the Phoenix

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / August 3, 2012

tune yards torontoAs Tune-Yards mastermind Merrill Garbus took to The Phoenix stage on Wedesnday night, she started off by leading the audience in a Where the Wild Things Are-like moment. She yelled at the the crowd, goading them into unleashing their terrible inner monster by asking them to repeatedly yell "rawr!" It was a weird and cheerful sight, to be sure, but more importantly, the New England native already had the audience firmly in the palm of her hand — a grasp that would only be relinquished at the end of the night.

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Get to know a DJ: Skratch Bastid (Paul Murphy)

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / July 26, 2012

Skratch BastidFollowing the cities where hip hop blew up — New York, L.A., etc. — the late nineties saw a flourishing of the genre in a perhaps unlikely place: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along the way, one of the main beneficiaries of Halifax's scene became Toronto. Turn on the radio to CBC Radio 2 and you might hear the smooth voice of Buck 65, or, in the case of this week's subject, visit Revival this Friday and you're bound to find one of Nova Scotia's favourite sons shredding the turntables. Paul Murphy — aka Skratch Bastid — is one of Canada's premier DJs, and as benefits that distinction, Murphy has a lot of stories to share. Here we talk about some of Murphy's signature routines, how he played to thousands of Vietnamese teenagers from the inside of a railroad crate, and more.

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