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Virgin Festival 2008, Sunday Afternoon

13-Sep-2008 04:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Weakerthans

Toronto Island Park
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Virgin Festival 2008, Sunday Afternoon
The Weakerthans, Arkells
Paper Lions, Spiral Beach
September 7, 2008
Full Photo Set (30 photos)

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

When I woke up Sunday morning it was raining. Not pouring, just raining at a consistent pace. I could've let it delay me again, and it did slightly, but only because I had to gather together some rain/mud appropriate attire. I still managed to get over to the island well before the music started. I'm glad I worked it out because the rain didn't last all that long, and had I not got there early I would've missed Paper Lions, a band that turned out to be the big surprise of V-Fest for me. read more (490 words)

Virgin Festival 2008, Saturday Evening

12-Sep-2008 05:15 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Kooks
Toronto Island Park
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Virgin Festival 2008, Saturday Evening
The Kooks
Wintersleep, Against Me!
MGMT, Constantines
September 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (29 photos)

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

After photographing three songs of Shudder To Think and then standing in the audience listening to a few songs, I realized I better head over to the main stage for the Constantines photo call. Just as I broke free of the TD Music Stage sound barrier, I could hear the thunder of bass coming across the island indicating that the Constantines were already on stage. Ahead of schedule. So I picked up the pace, and managed to get there before the first song ended. read more (827 words)

Virgin Festival 2008, Saturday Afternoon

11-Sep-2008 12:40 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Shudder To Think
Toronto Island Park
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Virgin Festival 2008, Saturday Afternoon
Shudder To Think
The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Midway State
We Are The Take, Mardeen
September 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (27 photos)

A two day festival, in four parts. This is part one: Saturday Afternoon.

Virgin Festival in Toronto takes place on Toronto Island Park, which is really two separate islands, with the main Virgin Mobile Stage setup on Olympic Island and the two other stages, the TD Music Stage and the Oh Henry! Stage on Centre Island.

This was the third Virgin Festival in Toronto, and my third time attending, although each year I've attended in a different capacity. In 2006, I was a ticket-holding fan-boy that went with friends, took a few photos with my point and shoot, and had a great time. In 2007, I sold my son out for an all-access pass, saw very few bands, but had a great time. This year, I went as media, effectively alone but ran into lots of people I knew, photographed 19 bands, was treated brilliantly by Virgin, and... absolutely had a great time. read more (752 words)

Ra Ra Riot

09-Sep-2008 12:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Ra Ra Riot

The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Ra Ra Riot September 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

I downloaded the latest Ra Ra Riot album, The Rhumb Line, from eMusic.com a few weeks ago, but only got around to listening to it two days before their show in Toronto – after a Facebook friend reminded me they were going to be playing The Horseshoe. Although the album didn't completely blow me away on the first listen, it definitely made enough of an impression on me to get me out to their show. And on a night when there were many other options: Crystal Castles headlined the Vice Festival Ball, Edwin (formerly of I Mother Earth) rocked the Tattoo, Revival Dear were playing with new drummer Robbie Butcher at the El Mocambo, the No Shame showcase at Rancho Relaxo, and even The Kids In The Hall were doing a 25th anniversary show at The Rivoli. read more (331 words)

Modernboys Moderngirls

28-Aug-2008 03:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Modernboys Moderngirls
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Modernboys Moderngirls
Dinosaur Bones, Oh No Forest Fires
Everything All The Time
August 21, 2008
Full Photo Set (26 photos)

It was Akira Alemany (vocals, guitar) from Modernboys Moderngirls who let me know they were putting together a night at The Horseshoe and were going to be playing with Oh No Forest Fires and Dinosaur Bones, two bands that I've seen before and will very happily see again (even more so now, see below). Also on the bill was Everything All The Time, a band which I knew nothing about, except that I liked their name. read more (367 words)

CraveFest 2008 Music Video Awards

27-Aug-2008 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Semi Precious Weapons
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
CraveFest
Semi Precious Weapons, The Flatliners
Hexes & Ohs, Webster Death
Amos The Transparent
August 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (34 photos)

When I found out Semi Precious Weapons were playing an event called CraveFest, the first thing I did was Google the term and discovered that CraveFest is actually an online international videos awards festival. The whole thing culminates in an awards ceremony that appears to be held mid-August every year. This year was the 2nd awards ceremony and was hosted by Korey Schaefer and Tanya Blake, and included performances by Amos The Transparent, Webster Death, Hexes & Ohs, The Flatliners, and Semi Precious Weapons. read more (571 words)

Sausage Fest

22-Aug-2008 09:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Die Mannequin
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Sausage Fest
The Flatliners, Die Mannequin
The Saint Alvia Cartel, The Salads
August 15, 2008
Full Photo Set (35 photos)

To celebrate 8 years on 102.1, Dean Blundell and the morning crew decided to throw a party featuring four great Canadian punk bands: The Flatliners, Die Mannequin, The Saint Alvia Cartel, and The Salads. It went exactly as advertised with plenty of sausage, both on and off the BBQ. When I arrived, the crowd was outside enjoying beers and sausages in the sun, but it wasn't long before the skies turned dark and the rain came pouring down. Fortunately, the Sound Academy was well prepared and was able to easily move everyone inside a little earlier than planned, to the area where the bands were scheduled to play. Each band was interviewed by Martin Streek for air on 102.1 and two songs from each set went live-to-air (see the full set of photos for some interview pictures). read more (377 words)

People In Planes

20-Aug-2008 04:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
People In Planes
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
People In Planes
Skybombers, The Beautiful Unknown
August 13, 2008
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

People In Planes is once again on another small tour ahead of their upcoming CD release, bringing along with them an Australian band Skybombers and with The Beautiful Unknown getting the evening started. read more (463 words)

Pete's Pick: Vacuity

19-Aug-2008 03:10 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Vacuity / At The Command Of The Blanket Sky

13 Track CD
© 2008 Vacuity

This article contains free downloads.

Since the release of At The Command Of The Blanket Sky in March by Kitchener-based Vacuity, I've been listening to it with steadily increasing frequency, causing it to be in my top 10 weekly listening charts more than a few times over the past couple of months. Like any great album, there are some songs that caught me right away (e.g. Beckoning), but it was the more complex songs (e.g. Tamer Than Anything) that grew to be my favourites after repeated listens. Only time will tell, but I suspect this album will be part of my listening playlists for many years to come. read more (315 words)

Public

13-Aug-2008 02:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Public
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Public
Whisky Foxes, Iain Nabil
August 7, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

I'm not sure if I had heard of Public before learning about the show last Thursday. It's a band name that sounded generic to me and so it's possible I had just forgotten the name. But now that I've seen them live, the name has changed meaning... less like the noun, as in ordinary people, and more like the adjective, as in something that is available to all people. Also on the bill, Whisky Foxes, and a singer-songwriter Iain Nabil. read more (387 words)