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Virgin Festival, Day 2

Sunday called for some pretty heavy thunderstorms, and the weather didn’t disappoint. Early in the afternoon, at the Toronto Virgin Festival, the crowds were poncho-equipped and umbrella-bearing.
One of the impressive things about the Toronto Virgin Festival is their focus towards not harming the environment. Throughout the island, “Green Angels” were on hand to help festival-goers [...]

7 September 2008 | Music | No Comments

Virgin Festival, Day 1: Part 2

Separating the main Virgin Mobile stage from the other stages at the Toronto Virgin Festival was a small footbridge, just wide enough for perhaps four people to walk abreast. Starting at about five o’clock this bridge was absolutely packed, with people streaming towards the main stage on Olympic Island, undoubtedly staking out good spots for [...]

6 September 2008 | Music | No Comments

Virgin Festival, Day 1: Part 1

Two days, four stages, and fifty-six performances. Center Island rocked on September 6th and September 7th as the Virgin Festival came to Toronto. Headlined by the Foo Fighters and Oasis, and backed by fifty-four other bands ranging from punk-rock ska to house dj sets, the festival offered music for a wide range of aural palettes. [...]

6 September 2008 | Music | No Comments

John Tayles at the Horseshoe Tavern

(see all 6 photos of John Tayles)

Performing over 150 live acoustic shows over three years has honed the musical talents of John Tayles, a young artist from Mississauga, Ontario. These shows — mostly in London, Ontario while attending university, and a few in Uganda while volunteering there — prepared the singer-songerwriter well for his first [...]

20 August 2008 | Music | 1 Comment

Isle of Thieves, WhosArmy at The Reverb

(see all 7 photos of Isle of Thieves)

Toronto band Isle of Thieves got their break in January 2008, with George Stroumboulopoulos (of The Strombo Show) playing on national radio a track off their brand new, two-day old CD. Their debut album, Mostly Human is well produced, featuring angst-filled songwriting from frontman-vocalist Japeth, as well as [...]

4 July 2008 | Music | No Comments

The Framework at the Mod Club

(see all 9 photos of The Framework)

I go to more than my fair share of The Framework shows, but I can’t help it: they’re good, addictingly good. I’m not sure what it is about the band that I like the best. Is it the music, catchy hooks and power riffs, set amongst dazzling synths? Or [...]

21 June 2008 | Music | No Comments

NXNE Friday

Friday at NXNE featured:

Lindi Ortega
We Are The Take
The Creepshow
FRIDA
Beth in Battle Mode
The Framework

13 June 2008 | Music | No Comments

NXNE Thursday

You gotta love North by Northeast, the annual four-day music festival that hits Toronto in June. The weather was mostly good on Thursday, so venues were packed with lots of people having fun, and the streets outside were vibrant and alive.
Tonight, I saw:

Your Favorite Enemies
Adrienne Pierce
Cancel Winter
Dr. Draw
People in Planes
Alex Cuba
Flash Lightnin

12 June 2008 | Music | No Comments

Million Dollar Youth Concert at The Opera House

In his travels around the world, Jeremie Poirier witnessed appalling conditions in many countries. Shocked that the world’s youth were largely disadvantaged, he founded the non-profit organization Million Dollar Youth. The organization raises awareness and funds; the funds are used for learning opportunities for youths aged 16 through 30 to make a positive change in [...]

31 May 2008 | Music | No Comments

Birds of Wales at Tattoo Rock Parlour

(see all 6 photos of Birds of Wales)

If you’re looking to meet women, find a Birds of Wales show. “Women love to look at lead singer, Morgan Ross,” as was written in the National Post. And love to look at him they do — they showed up in droves — I’d estimate 9 out of [...]

28 May 2008 | Music | No Comments

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