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The Mosh Pit Mentality: Who Said Punks Don't Love

The Mosh Pit Mentality: Who Said Punks Don't Love

Anyone who says that music has become heartless has lost touch with their punk and or independent music scene, plain and simple. Independent musicians, those on the edge, know that they need love and support at their shows in order to survive. On just a basic level any band that is just starting up needs to network, so you need to be nice, because nobody likes to work with irritable drunken prima donnas who... read more

Exploring the non-life with Lee Henderson

Exploring the non-life with Lee Henderson

“The dead animal’s head as an archival trophy echoes photography’s denial of time.”

Mixing the primitive with the present – gallerywest’s latest exhibit, ‘Still Life With Thanatotic Animals’ by Lee Henderson focuses on a picture of a picture in a picture with an inner picture of a prescribed picture.

Confused? Good.

As part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival, which runs all month long in Toronto, Lee Henderson’s exhibit demystifies the view of animal trophy heads. read more

TORONTO FREEDOM FESTIVAL & INDIE LOVE RADIO Team-Up Again

TORONTO FREEDOM FESTIVAL & INDIE LOVE RADIO Team-Up Again

After numerous meetings with City of Toronto and Park officials, the Toronto Freedom Festival ‘s organizers were elated today to receive their permit to use Queen’s Park North on Saturday May 7th. The City tried to stop it but The TFF organizers pushed on and we are all good to go.

Indie Love will be on Site again this year, but we will be broadcasting the Main Stage with roving cameras and djs in the field... read more

NXNE announces artists

NXNE announces artists

NXNE has announced a selection of artists to be included in this year's festival.

DEERHOOF, DODOS, BOUNCING SOULS, ANTI-FLAG, THE FLATLINERS and TURBOGEIST will rock The Phoenix Concert Theatre while HOT WATER MUSIC, A WILHELM SCREAM, MOCKINGBIRD WISH ME LUCK, and SHARKS will hit the Opera House stage as a bonus part of the 2011 edition of NXNE, taking place in Toronto from June 13-19.

More information:

www.nxne.com/tickets

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nxnefestival

Source: NXNE read more

gallerywest Presents: The Metropolis Self

gallerywest Presents: The Metropolis Self

“I am interested in romanticized portrayals of big cities as well as the aesthetics, social behavior and conversations, which occupy frenetic environments.”

–Evan Tyler

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 3rd / 7PM - 11PM / 1332 Queen St. West

(excerpts from release)

Depicting an existence far beyond our social proximity is a challenge, but an artful one. Bridging the realism of modernity with the idealism of past relationships, “You might just make it after all…/ I am a... read more

Hot Docs Review: The Arbor

Hot Docs Review: The Arbor

Written by playwright Andrea Dunbar, The Arbor is a dark piece of commentary that invites audiences into a battleground of emotions and addictions.

Depicting a life that is so drenched in turmoil yet prolific in production can become seemingly beautiful, if the story is told with such context in mind. Character rich and powerful, The Arbor presents a story full of shape-shifting identities.

Set in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the 90-minute film delves into the happenings of Andrea... read more

One-on-One: SHAD

One-on-One: SHAD

Canadian Music Week housed a crop of talented musicians, artists, filmmakers and industry folk alike. Luckily one of the treats was a sit-down interview with Canada's hip-hop troubadour, Shad. Tucked in the upstairs of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, I was fortunate enough to speak with the brilliant musician about the Canadian music scene, the comeback of key shows like RapCity and his take on awards and recognition.

Here are some excerpts.

Q: A... read more

Hey Rosetta!

Hey Rosetta!

A new album-a new tour - a lot of old school charm.

Check out some of the comments from the recent Hey Rosetta! show at Lee's Palace in Toronto. (February 23rd, 2011)

(excerpts)

-Watching Tim Baker (guitar/piano/vocals) switch up instruments is a show in itself. The multi-instrumentalist creates harmonized emotions through his eyes, beseeching a crowd to participate, and obviously they listen.-

-Mixing rich violins and jarring vocals—here played a roster of real musicians, completing their sounds... read more

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve

REVIEW:

(excerpts)

-A mesh between hot fuzz electrics and contagious melodic riffs seems to be the framework, but that doesn’t mean the recipe remains constant—this is why you really listen. -

-Having hints of Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and in all honesty, Hamilton’s Electroluminescent—Delicate Steve worked a style that had specs of familiarity with a heaping serving of fresh packed meat.-

-The meticulously distorted and handmade instrumentals are handsomely formed with elements of folk, Mogwai-styled trip outs and thick... read more

ILR Broadcasts CD Release for Toronto's EDM Maestro HIBERNATE Sat. Jan 29th

ILR Broadcasts CD Release for Toronto's EDM Maestro HIBERNATE Sat. Jan 29th

Toronto native HIbernate has many musical talents, but his musical passions are what we are broadcasting.

That passion comes 4 on the floor. Having received international airplay as well as accolades from superstar DJs like

Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Buuren, we are proud to bring his newest effort "TORONTO THE CREEPY" to the airwaves. Hibernate will play the album LIVE IN PERSON with special guest Dj's Saturday January 29th 2011 @ OUR HOUSE 214 Ossington... read more

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