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XM Holiday Party with Moneen, Arkells, and Hollerado

15-Dec-2008 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Moneen
XM Holiday Party
Moneen, Arkells, Hollerado
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on December 10, 2008
Full Photo Set (23 photos)

The Verge is a station on XM Satellite Radio that focuses on Canadian emerging artists, and is quickly becoming the reason I'm might be interested in owning a satellite radio (provided the thing is portable). They've been running cool events at the Tattoo Rock Parlour, like The Verge Music Awards back in September, and this month they packed the house with a free holiday party that included a headlining performance by Moneen, and two amazing opening spots by the Arkells and Hollerado. read more (636 words)

Concert Review: Thornley

12-Dec-2008 01:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Thornley
Thornley
The Ending
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on December 5, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

The Horseshoe turned 61 years-old last week, and not a year goes by without some sort of anniversary party. Unlike last year's 60th anniversary bash, this year was much closer to business-as-usual, but the venue did mark the occasion with a two night stay of Thornley as the headlining act, and The Ending, a band that includes Sergio Galli (yes, from Platinum Blonde), opening the night. read more (435 words)

Concert Review: Hey Rosetta!

09-Dec-2008 12:30 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Hey Rosetta!
Hey Rosetta!
Dinosaur Bones
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario on December 3, 2008
Full Photo Set (16 photos)

After seeing Hey Rosetta! put on one of the best shows I've seen this year at The Horseshoe on November 19th, I was looking forward to seeing another show sometime, but with their schedule taking them to Australia in January, I didn't expect to see them performing in Toronto again until maybe February at the earliest. However, the Third Estate, a music merchandising company, decided to host a holiday party last week, with both Dinosaur Bones and Hey Rosetta! playing for the attendees, providing me with one more opportunity to see Hey Rosetta! perform before year end. read more (453 words)

Concert Review: The Midway State

28-Nov-2008 06:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Midway State
The Midway State
Thriving Ivory, Crowned King
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on November 20, 2008
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

Although I run into the guys from The Midway State every now and then, I've really only seen them perform once before, on the Saturday Afternoon of Virgin Festival this year. It was memorable, even among all the seriously great sets that were played that weekend, and last week seemed like a good time to get out and see them again. If I was forced to sum up their show in four words or less, I think I would have to go with: Big hair, earnest music. read more (196 words)

Concert Review: Hey Rosetta!

24-Nov-2008 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Hey Rosetta!
Hey Rosetta!
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on November 19, 2008
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

It's not often that absolutely everything comes together in a band: Brilliant musicianship, excellent vocals, interesting compositions, strong stage presence, and a set of songs that clearly demonstrates it all. But Hey Rosetta! has all of that. It's bands like this that keep me going out to the shows, that keep my camera in my hand, and confirm that the Canadian music industry is something that the world should care about. read more (564 words)

Concert Review: THe WitHouts

22-Nov-2008 01:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
THe WitHouts THe WitHouts
THe WitHouts
Sleeps Six
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario on November 13, 2008
Full Photo Set (11 photos)

It's been just a few weeks short of a year since I last saw the local independent band THe WitHouts, and in that time they've written and recorded an EP's worth of tunes. I was told that the EP was recorded in only a single weekend, but it was produced by Ian Blurton (of C'Mon) and mastered by Noah Mintz, so there were some quality people behind the scenes. I've been digging Over The Border, track four of five on the EP, mostly because of the super-catchy chorus... and so I decided to join them at Sneaky Dee's to celebrate the release of the EP. read more (129 words)

Concert Review: Spiral Beach, The Golden Hands Before God

20-Nov-2008 03:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Spiral Beach
Spiral Beach
The Golden Hands Before God
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on November 11, 2008
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

Even though I couldn't stay to see the full set by Sam Roberts, the night worked out well because it meant I was able to make it down to The Horseshoe to catch sets by The Golden Hands Before God and Spiral Beach. read more (304 words)

Concert Photos: Sam Roberts

17-Nov-2008 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts
The Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario on November 11, 2008
Full Photo Set (12 photos)

As far as Canadian rock goes, Sam Roberts is certainly one of the leaders. The band has been nominated for numerous Juno awards and has ended up winning a few, the most recent being for Video Of The Year in 2007. I became a fan the first time I heard Brother Down, and continued to be a fan through their three full-length album releases. This past week, the band played four shows in five days at The Music Hall, a very cool thing to do as compared to booking just one show at a larger venue. I was there for the first show of the four nights, on Tuesday. read more (275 words)

Concert Review: Kings Of Leon

14-Nov-2008 02:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Kings Of Leon
Kings Of Leon
Koolhaus in Toronto on November 7, 2008
Full Photo Set (9 photos)

Since the beginning of this century, Kings Of Leon have been creating music, but they've been together much longer than that simply because the band is comprised of three brothers and a first cousin. They released their first album in 2003, but when I look back, it was actually April 2005 that I first added their music to my collection, not too long after the release of their second album Aha Shake Heartbreak, their album that remained my favourite until this September when they released Only By The Night. read more (332 words)

Concert Review: Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Arkells

12-Nov-2008 02:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Arkells
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario on November 6, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

There are few concerts I've been to, if any, that included more musician-based support in the audience than I noticed at the Matt Mays & El Torpedo show last week. Everywhere I turned, there were people I knew that were either musicians themselves, or in the music business. This is important because gaining that much respect in the music industry just can't come easily, yet Matt Mays seems to have achieved exactly that. read more (696 words)