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Lost and Found: An Unexpected Note

11-Oct-2008 06:00 PM Contributed by: pete Music News


Last night, while on my way home from the Oh No Forest Fires CD Release party at Supermarket (photos coming in the next few days), I was waiting at Queen & Spadina for the streetcar. I think it was about 2:15am. I see the streetcar is arriving, and as I look down to step off the curb, I see a note that says "Awesome briefcase! (except for Bullet)". It's sort of funny because I'm not really sure what it means. Did the briefcase have a bullet hole? Is it a sarcastic threat to a some businessman? I decided to pick it up and stick it in my camera bag to bring home with me. I have no idea why, I'm not in the habit of picking up random garbage to bring home. Now the freaky part. read more (92 words)

Concert Review: Joshua Bartholomew, The Painted Birds, Public

09-Oct-2008 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Joshua Bartholomew

Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Joshua Bartholomew
The Painted Birds
Public
October 2, 2008
Full Photo Set (20 photos)

Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Tattoo Rock Parlour are turning out to be great nights just because that venue has been booking lots of decent local talent. They seem to be broadening the scope over the past few months by booking more out-of-town acts, including People In Planes (Wales) and Skybombers (Australia) on the same night. For last Thursday, The Painted Birds from Vancouver got the 11pm slot, and were surrounded by two local acts that I've seen before and wanted to see again: Joshua Bartholomew and Public. read more (347 words)

War Child: Busking For Change - Our Lady Peace, Die Mannequin

06-Oct-2008 01:00 PM Contributed by: pete Music News
Our Lady Peace Our Lady Peace

The Streets of Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema
War Child: Busking For Change
Our Lady Peace
Die Mannequin
October 2, 2008
Full Photo Set (8 photos)

In 2007, Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace set out to the streets with two goals: To raise $30,000 for War Child by busking on the streets of Toronto, and at the same time make a music video for his latest solo hit song Yellow Brick Road. Amazingly, he managed to raise over $22,000 that one day for War Child, with many thousands more coming in after-the-fact, once people learned about what he did. This year, the event grew to be much larger, with 34 bands and over 50 musicians participating throughout the day, even in the rain. read more (465 words)

Concert Review: Wintersleep

05-Oct-2008 02:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Wintersleep
Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Wintersleep
The Wooden Sky
October 1, 2008
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

In January of this year, Wintersleep turned me from a casual listener into a fan with just one show. It wasn't a jaw-dropping performance, but it was amazingly solid and the style in which they played was unexpected to someone like me who only really knew them for Weighty Ghost. I also saw them perform at Virgin Festival recently, and now here they are again, playing to what looked like a sold-out crowd at the Phoenix. The thing is, sometimes it can be difficult to write something new about a band you've already seen a couple of times, so instead I'm going to ramble on about something I was thinking at the Wintersleep concert, which I suppose can be considered a review of sorts. (Not really, but just play along, okay?) read more (556 words)

Concert Review: Cake, Paper Lions

01-Oct-2008 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Paper Lions

Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Cake
Paper Lions
September 25, 2008
Full Photo Set (8 photos)

For me, Paper Lions were the big surprise of Virgin Festival this year. I realize it's not even a month later, but I wanted to get out and see them again. And since they were paired with Cake, one of my favourite bands from the 90's, it just seemed right. read more (552 words)

Concert Review: Broken Social Scene, The Stills, Sebastien Grainger @ The Verge Music Awards

28-Sep-2008 05:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Sebastien Grainger

Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Verge Music Awards 2008
Broken Social Scene
Sebastien Grainger
The Stills
September 24, 2008
Full Photo Set (25 photos)

For the first annual Verge Music Awards, presented by XM Satellite Radio, $50,000 was split between two Canadian artists for two separate awards: Artist Of The Year and and Album Of The Year. With only two awards to give away, the night was light on ceremony and big on music. The two awards were framed by performances from Sebastien Grainger, The Stills, and headliners Broken Social Scene. Not a bad line-up of Canadian talent for the relatively intimate Tattoo Rock Parlour. read more (690 words)

Concert Review: Plants and Animals, Ruby Coast

23-Sep-2008 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Plants and Animals

The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Plants and Animals
Ruby Coast
September 18, 2008
Full Photo Set (17 photos)

Last Thursday night with Plants and Animals and Ruby Coast was one of the best shows I've been to this year so far. Plants and Animals calls Montreal home, but kicked off their North American tour playing to a sold-out crowd at The Horseshoe in Toronto. They are a group of three amazingly skilled musicians that genuinely enjoy being on stage and that translates to a group of fans that genuinely enjoy being in the audience. And with Ruby Coast opening the night, it all fell into place just right. read more (411 words)

Dinosaur Bones, Amos The Transparent

20-Sep-2008 07:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Dinosaur Bones

Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Dinosaur Bones
Amos The Transparent
Matt Duffin
September 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

I've seen Dinosaur Bones a few times, and I like watching the progress they are making, so when they were added to the bill with Amos The Transparent, the two of them together seemed like a good reason to get out to the Tattoo Rock Parlour one more time. read more (327 words)

Bedouin Soundclash

17-Sep-2008 06:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Bedouin Soundclash

Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Bedouin Soundclash
Arkells
September 12, 2008
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

I made an attempt to see Bedouin Soundclash upstairs at the El Mocambo during NXNE, and even managed to get myself close to the stage. But the place was packed beyond belief, the air was thick with sweat, and some of the stage lights weren't working. I didn't even bother to mention this in my NXNE 2008 Friday article because I didn't take any photos and only stuck around for the first song. I left deciding that I would get out to see Bedouin Soundclash under different conditions. It took a little longer than I had planned, but last Friday at the Sound Academy was it. read more (312 words)

Virgin Festival 2008, Sunday Evening

15-Sep-2008 04:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Silversun Pickups

Toronto Island Park
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Virgin Festival 2008, Sunday Evening
Oasis, The Pigeon Detectives
Moby, Stereophonics
Silversun Pickups
September 7, 2008
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

A two day festival, in four parts. This is part four: Sunday Evening.

After the Arkells and a small amount of socializing, I headed back to the main stage. Although I didn't realize it at the time, the rest of the day was going to be more about having a good time than musically invigorating. I was looking forward to The Pigeon Detectives despite not really knowing much about them and I hadn't seen Silversun Pickups since 2007. So there were a few things I wanted to get to, but I wasn't really excited by the main stage headliners, so my plan was just take it easy and let the evening take me where it wanted. read more (1,016 words)