With festival season quickly approaching the first on our radar is the always great Sound Of Music Festival which takes place in Burlington, Ontario. It is Canada’s largest free music festival and never fails to disappoint! This years festivities will be taking place from June 13th – June 16th. The official line-up release will be this Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 pm. However they have given a few details already to get all their fans excited. 1st announcement was the appearance of April Wine on the concluding day of the festival!! The most recent announcement which occurred a little over an hour ago was Canadian Pop/Alt Rock sensation LIGHTS. To stay up to date with festival announcements be sure to check their Facebook page for updates! You can also check their website for the latest news and press releases.
There are also still tickets available for the line-up release party which is taking place this Friday, May 10th at the DeGroote School of Business / Ron Joyce Center. Click the link below to get your ticket today!!
We’ll leave you with a few of our favorites from the already announced artists!!
With the last night of what has been an incredible week everyone is getting the Canadian Music Week Fever!! Here is our latest recruit!!
He plans to take the online world by storm!!
But in all seriousness, everyone needs to get to the Horseshoe tonight to cap off an amazing week!!
See you there!
With a little bit of bar hopping we sure got our fair share of bands in last night!! First off were The Strumbellas at the Horseshoe Tavern! From start to finish they absolutely killed it, a performance that I will not be forgetting anytime soon. Lets break this one down for you guys:
- The energy was relentless!! Truly a party from the opening moment
- Great interaction with the crowd!!
- Amazing harmonies between all the band members
The Bad and The Ugly:
Absolutely nothing the show rocked!!!
All in all The Strumbellas entertained a packed Horseshoe and displayed why they are up for their first Juno, which they are certainly proud of as lead singer joked, “If ’Juno’ what I mean”. It sounded a lot funnier then it reads but the points there!
Next we strolled over to The Rivoli once we found out that the secret guests were one of our favorites, Treble Charger!!! But before we got to flash back to the late 90′s and early 2000′s, we had to go through some more bands! First up were Vancouver natives, The Zolas.
In what seemed to be a shortened set, The Zolas used every second of their time to tear the roof off the Rivoli! Playing to a completely packed house The Zolas gave an amazing performance and an interesting story about the unusual travels of their synth board!
Finally our main event had arrived! As Treble Charger took the stage they reminded us that, “We’re from the 90′s”. But from start to finish they played all their hits and had everyone’s full attention!! The Rivoli was definitely the place to be as it became a star studded affair. Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench was right in the middle of the crowd jumping and singing along to the forever classic hit, “American Pyscho”.
It was a great night at Canadian Music Week and tonight’s shaping up to be just as good so for now we’ll leave you with the one and only Treble Charger!!
A quiet start for us with just one band on our radar for the opening day, however we made sure we picked a show that rocked!! The C’mons definitely delivered on that front. The C’mons are a Toronto based band who have come together over the years in what seems to be like carefully placed puzzle pieces. Immediate impressions of the band were intriguing, 5 piece band with a female lead singer and a female violinist! We had never heard this bands music prior so the punk rock that emerged took us by surprise but had us thoroughly entertained throughout their 9 song set list. In general we thought lead singer, Steph Bosch did an awesome job on vocals throughout the night. Instrumentally, the band had no obvious flaws however could do more to make the live experience a bit better.
So lets break it down for you:
- Steph’s vocals were awesome all night!! Definitely a highlight
- We were big fans of the lyrics, very interesting and catchy!!
- Their new song (no name was given) was awesome, it had a very early years of No Doubt feel which was cool!
- We’re suckers for stage presence and interaction with the crowd. Not that it was ‘bad’ but it was lacking and we wish there would have been some more.
All in all The C’mons kicked off the week in a great way for us!! Their show was high energy and driving. Whether you’re a toe tapper, head bobber or body shaker, The C’mons had a lot of their audience moving! We definitely recommend you get out to see this band because it will be a great time!
With an insane amount of festivals, events and concerts hitting T.O and the surrounding areas this summer, which one has your name on it?!
To point out a few, you have;
-Bud Lights ‘Sensation’
-Boots and Hearts
-Sound of Music
-City and Colour with Metric, Serena Ryder, Jimmy Eat World and Yukon Blonde
-The Grove Music Festival
The list can go on an on!!! Which one are you guys excited for?! All I can say for sure is that if you are as much of a music lover as I am then this summer will be one to remember!!
We provided you guys with some must see shows for the first few days of the festival, no we’re gonna give you some top choices for the weekend portion!!
Friday March 22nd:
- Protest The Hero 10:00 Pm/ The Hoxton
- You Vs Me 3:00 Am/ The Hideout
- Zedd 10:00 Pm/ Sound Academy
- Sirius XM Indie Awards 7:00 Pm/ Kool Haus
- Blackdog Ballroom 11:00 Pm/ Hard Rock Bar
Saturday March 23rd:
- Frank Ryan 10:00 Pm/ C’est What
- Papermaps 11:00 Pm/ Rancho Relaxo
- Matt Dusk 9:45 Pm/ Randolph Theatre
- Jessie Giddings 7:10 Pm/ Tattoo Rock Parlour
- The Treasures 8:00 Pm/ Dakota Tavern
- Mad June 12:00 Am/ The Garrison
Sunday March 24th:
* The whole showcase at Horshoe Tavern!!!!*
Keep checking in with us as we’ll be constantly posting some of the must see shows that week!!! Here are some to get us started!!!
Wednesday March 20th:
- Stars & Yukon Blonde 8pm/Danforth Music Hall
- Abandon All Ships 7:30pm/@ the Phoenix
Thursday March 21st:
- Midnight Romeo 12am/ Annex Wreckroom
- In My Coma 10pm/ Cherry Cola’s RocknRolla Cabaret
- Frank Ryan 8pm/ Drake Underground
- Teenage Kicks 12:10am/ Horshoe Tavern
- Strumbellas 9:20pm/ Horshoe Tavern
- Heart 8pm/ Massey Hall
- Coheed & Cambria 9:45pm/ Sound Academy
- Harvest Breed 8:30pm/ The Garrison
This should kick start your week off just right!!!! We’ll be posting a weekend guide of shows soon as well as adding to this list!!!
Three weeks left everybody, it is time to get fired up!!!!
If you haven’t purchased tickets or wristbands yet you can do so here:
Tonight was the Toronto stop for Carrie Underwood’s blown away tour and she brought a show designed to blow people away!! With essentially a full crowd on hand, the three and half hour show had you entertained from start to finish!!
First up on the bill was Canada’s own Kira Isabella!! Hailing from Ottawa, Kira kicked off the night with a bang. She took her brief set time and made sure that she left the stage with the audience wanting more. Her vocals had stunned me personally, as she delivered a clear and powerful set. From the second she walked on stage, Kira made sure that the audience was with her and had them interacting throughout her set!! Which many will tell you is not an easy task for the first of three artists in a night. If you have the chance to see Kira in any local bars or on tour somewhere you must go, she is well worth it!
Next up was one of country music’s rising stars, Hunter Hayes!! Hunter delivered a very high energy performance. Right from the get go he had his guitar in hand, was jumping around stage, getting the audience into it and letting his strong vocals lead the way! Hunter really surprised me with his guitar playing abilities which led to a few minute solo at one point. Some fans weren’t to enthused, however I thought it was awesome!! It had a very Brad paisley feel to it which made it that much more enjoyable for me! Hunter switched over to the piano as he belted out his hit ‘Wanted’ which was nothing short of brilliant. He concluded his set with a thank you an awesome performance of ‘Storm Warning’ and was on his way.
Lastly, the main attraction. The lights went dim, the screen lit up to a field where the weather appeared to be getting continuously windier. Eventually a running Carrie Underwood came onto the screen as she was trying to reach a house where she could take cover from the approaching twister. The stage transformed, a door opened, and their she was, slowly rising. She strutted out to the screaming fans belting out ‘Good Girl’. From this point on it was just hit after hit. Carrie’s voice as expected was absolutely amazing and she made sure everyone knew it as she extended some notes to let the audience know her full vocal range and power. Her visuals were very unique, always changing to the theme of the song. The stage was also another big focal point due to the many changes and transformations. Most notably a piece that breaks off and floats into the crowd for roughly four songs!! Carrie explains to the crowd that the only logical idea was to, “create a flying stage, and before I could think they said let’s do it”. And sure enough she was flying from one end of the Air Canada Center to the next. Arguably my favorite part was the Brad Paisley hologram but that’s because I am his biggest fan! However his false presence made ‘Remind Me’ my personal favorite of the night! Carrie punched out a few more hits from her latest number one album and encored with her latest hit ‘Blown Away’. If I had a second favorite on the night it would be this. Probably one of the best songs I have ever heard live, as cheesy as it may be Carrie truly blew me away!!
All in all it was an amazing night!! One thing I have to mention because it is pretty cool and it is awesome to see artists giving back!! Every ticket sold had a dollar donation to the Red Cross, however every Canadian tour date the money went to the Canadian Red Cross!! As Carrie said, “We’re all here why not spread the Christmas cheer”. If Blown Away is rolling through your town and you have yet to buy tickets make sure you grab a pair as it well be a guaranteed fun evening!
Our next confirmed act is Blackdog Ballroom!!!!
You can check them out here on our post we did a few months back!!
Well It has been confirmed!! February 8th at Hard Luck Bar! You can hit the MarchOn Fest tab to see the latest news and releases about the show. Ticket info and Lineup info will be released soon!! This is a charity show with proceeds going to LASA Abroad. Here’s a little about the initiative from the Team to learn a bit more about where the proceeds will be going!
LASA Abroad is a student initiative led by the Latin American Student Association at the University of Toronto Scarborough. This year will be the second chapter, with 7 students traveling to the Dominican Republic over reading week. These students will be performing manual labor, community service and informal research to supplement their studies. The students will be working in the batey communities, the most impoverished communities of the Dominican Republic, which have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. LASA Abroad is not about trying to completely alleviate this poverty within 10 days. Through a long-time relationship established by partner organization, Doxa Journeys, the team will strengthen and build new bonds and serve the community. This trip will provide students with invaluable learning opportunities and life lessons that will truly reshape how they perceive the world, and in doing so, serve as inspiration to work towards a better tomorrow!