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Down With Webster release Time To Win Vol. 1 at the Phoenix, Toronto (Photos and Review)

15-Oct-2009 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Down With Webster
Down With Webster
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario on October 8, 2009
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

Having recently signed with Universal Motown, Down With Webster didn't waste much time getting a recording completed. The release of Time To Win Vol. 1 marks a pretty big step in for this young hip-hop/rock band from the Beaches area of Toronto, and it also was as good a reason as any to hold another hometown show. The album contains only 7 songs, but I think the inclusion of "Vol. 1"in the title hints pretty strongly toward a follow-up, very possibly to be sold as a set or as one full-length CD. read more (225 words)

Built To Spill at Lee's Palace, Toronto (Photos and Review)

12-Oct-2009 02:45 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Built To Spill
Built To Spill
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on October 6, 2009
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

Since I was lucky enough to see Built To Spill perform in Toronto back in 2007, their first visit to this city, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for their recent two night sold-out stint at Lee's Palace: Loud, mind-bending guitar solos, great songs, and extended versions, but performed with a reasonably stationary stage show. What we got was pretty much exactly that, but one unknown aspect of any Built To Spill concert is which songs they will choose to play from their 16 years of albums. read more (543 words)

illScarlett Celebrate the Release of 1UP! at The Opera House

08-Oct-2009 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
illScarlett
illScarlett
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario on September 29, 2009
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

To celebrate the release of their sophomore album, 1UP!, illScarlett held CD release party at The Opera House, the very same venue they used to celebrate the release of their debut album, All Day With It. Although it doesn't feel like it to me, the releases were separated by 15 months, and during those months I've seen them perform countless times (well, actually, it can be counted: eleven). Relative to the other shows, this one had a fuller set list, with 14 high energy songs in the proper set, followed by 6 sweat-filled songs in the encore. read more (281 words)

Metric, The Weakerthans, and Hey Rosetta! at The Verge Music Awards

01-Oct-2009 04:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Metric
Metric, The Weakerthans, Hey Rosetta!
The Verge Music Awards
The MOD Club in Toronto, Ontario on September 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

The Verge Music Awards consists of just two awards, but each is worth $25,000, which means a total of $50,000 gets injected into the Canadian music ecosystem. It's a significant contribution, but the way XM goes about awarding the prizes is the best part. The award ceremony is more like an awesome three set concert, with two awards quickly announced in between the sets. This year the show consisted of the two 2008 winners, Hey Rosetta! and The Weakerthans, as well as a headlining set by Metric. Where else are you going to find a line-up like that? read more (612 words)

We Are The Take, Jets Overhead @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)

23-Sep-2009 11:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Jets Overhead
We Are The Take, Jets Overhead
Great Diviners
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on September 17, 2009
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

I've been running into members of We Are The Take every now and then, like I did back on the Thursday night of NXNE '09. These chance meetings have been small reminders that it has been too long since I've seen them perform, especially given how much I like their stuff. So I was already planning on being at the Horseshoe Tavern for We Are The Take on September 17th, but then when I found out Jets Overhead were were on the same bill, it just doubled the must-see-ness of the night. Despite the fact that U2 was playing just down the street (at a little known venue called the Rogers Centre), the Horseshoe Tavern still managed to fill in nicely for the night. read more (520 words)

Young Galaxy Celebrate Release of "Invisible Republic" at The Drake Underground, Toronto

17-Sep-2009 04:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Young Galaxy
Young Galaxy
Treasure Hunt
The Drake Underground in Toronto, Ontario on September 10, 2009
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

In my Best Of 2007 article, I included Young Galaxy in both my Top 10 Concerts and Top 10 Albums lists. It's now 2½ years since I first encountered the band, and I still listen to their 2007 self-titled album regularly. Although I haven't grown attached to their sophomore album, Invisible Republic, in the same way, keep in mind that I've only had it in my collection for about a week now. Like their first album, there are two or three songs that keep bringing me back for additional plays, but only time will tell if they grow on me in the same way as songs like Lazy Religion and Swing Your Heartache. Either way, I wanted to be there for their Toronto CD release party at The Drake Underground. Opening the night were Cancel Winter, who I sadly missed, and Treasure Hunt, a bit of an odd consortium of musicians. read more (448 words)

Still Life Still Celebrate Release of "Girls Come Too" at the Horseshoe Tavern

14-Sep-2009 02:40 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Still Life Still
Still Life Still
The Paint Movement, Dinosaur Bones
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on August 28, 2009
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

The night before I found myself at V-Fest for the weekend of August 29th-30th, I went out to the Horseshoe Tavern to help Still Life Still celebrate the release of their debug full-length CD Girls Come Too. Opening the night were two bands I've seen and enjoyed a few times over: The Paint Movement, and Dinosaur Bones. read more (453 words)

Virgin Festival '09 Ontario - Sunday (Photos and Reviews)

10-Sep-2009 04:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews

The Sunday of V-Fest Ontario turned out to be a fairly cool day that turned into a cold evening, but you had to know that there was no way the weather was going to keep away the masses for the last Nine Inch Nails show in Canada. I arrived a little later than I did on Saturday, and given the fullness of the parking lot and bike count outside the gates, I was surprised to find the same level of sparseness to the crowd that I had seen the day before. Honestly, I had expected it to fill in early, but I guess with the designated seating, fans who bought tickets just to see NIN didn't think there was enough incentive to arrive early. They were wrong. read more (1,490 words)

Virgin Festival '09 Ontario - Saturday (Photos and Reviews)

04-Sep-2009 12:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews

When Virgin Festival first announced it was moving to Orillia, basically requiring an overnight stay in the form of camping, I was disappointed since it was going to be the first year since the festival's inception that I wouldn't be attending. For the past three years, Virgin Festival has been a mixture of different kinds of good experiences: In 2006 I went as an attendee, in 2007 I had an excellent, but mostly irresponsible, time with an All-Access wristband, and in 2008 I finally attended as media for the first time, which resulted in having a great time and four articles worth of stuff (one, two, three, and four). So when I learned that V-Fest Ontario was being moved to Toronto, I jumped on it as quick as I could, and despite the threat of bad weather, was really happy I was going to be there again. read more (1,108 words)

Brendan Benson @ The MOD Club, Toronto (Photos and Review)

01-Sep-2009 03:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Brendan Benson
Brendan Benson
The MOD Club in Toronto, Ontario on August 24, 2009
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

Although Brendan Benson may more commonly be associated with Jack White and their band The Raconteurs, he has had a solo career since 1996, releasing four solo albums interspersed with his work with The Mood Elevator and The Raconteurs. His 2005 album, Alternative To Love, hit the charts in the U.K. and is the album that is responsible for making me a fan. read more (378 words)