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Fight! Red Carpet Rumble for Unison Benevolent Fund

On Thursday night in Toronto, 20 tough as nails music industry professionals stepped into the ring to square off in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Red Carpet Rumble (hosted by Fearless Fred of 102.1 The Edge), saw music industry men and women, (trained, taught and ready to rumble), came to The Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple and put on a show that helped raise money for the industry charity, and awareness for the need of its services.

With industry professionals, friends and fight fans in attendance, the fighters gave it their all when their names were called, throwing punches, protecting their heads, and showing all of the sportsmanship that Canadians are known for in gracious victory and unfortunate defeat.

The entire evening was a success, not only because of the fights, but because the monies raised through ticket sales, donations, and participant fundraising all went to the Unison Benevolent Fund to support the important work they do.

“The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. There are two distinct types of support available through the fund, Financial Assistance and Counselling & Health Solutions.” – unisonfund.ca

Related: The Unison Jam at CMW 2015!

As supporters and fans of the Canadian music industry and the people involved (from centre stage to the behind-the-scenes heroes) we are proud that we have had the chance to support the Unison Benevolent Fund over the last few years – and we hope that we will continue to have those opportunities in the future.

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The physical and mental health needs of people working in the music industry are the same as any one of us working outside of it, however, nearly half of these professionals do not have any form of health insurance, and the reality of the industry can be found in one famous saying… “the show must go on”.

And while we applaud every artist, manager, roadie, stage manager, etc. that has worked through any kind of pain – we must all recognize that they need to have access and support when needed.

To help support the Unison Benevolent Fund, CLICK HERE and make a donation, or share the page to your friends and family to spread the word of their mission.

Red Carpet Rumble, Music Edition – Fight Card

🥊 Cole Smith vs. Nadia Elkharadly

🥊 Kat Burns vs. Terra Lynn-Snape

🥊 Nalae Yang vs. Nicole Brewer

🥊 Jim Cressman vs. Brian Hoyland

🥊 Mark Russell vs. Mark Prospero

🥊 Jason Furman vs. Taiwo Bah

🥊 Paola Palazzo vs. Penny Leimbrock

🥊 Michael Quach vs. Bryon Roby

🥊 Zaheer Bhinder vs. Marlon Pacheco

🥊 Kofi Saprong vs. Fabio Gallo

Red Carpet Rumble, Music Edition – Photos!

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Steve Fest 2017: NLP, Zebra And The Bandit, Johnny Nocash and More

On Sunday night I attended my first Steve Fest. This year’s edition was held at Toronto’s Hard Luck Bar and included NLP, Zebra And The Bandit, Johnny Nocash & The Celtic Outlaws, Dawn Valley, Her Majesty the King, and The Curse Within.

Additional bands which hit the stage before we arrived included This Is A Crisis,  Words Like Wildfire, Hashmarks, Jen Marks, Cole Hermer, Part Nerd and Microfierce.  Now as I alluded to above, this wasn’t the first Steve Fest. Originally held in Steve Prince’s backyard, Steve Fest brought together live performances in Steve’s backyard in the name of celebrating Steve’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Steve.

You might be wondering who is this Steve Prince? Well, he’s a family friend, an Edge 102.1 intern and a guy who knows a few people in the Toronto music scene.

Steve definitely took it up a notch this year and we’re happy that we were there to see it happen. Bands took to the stage some time after 5:00 pm and went well past midnight, not bad for a Sunday night. A great mix of music and the first time we’d seen any metal music live in a long time. It’s been too long. The music was all over the map and included metal, rock, country, punk and more.

We’ve included links above to the band’s pages, check ’em out and check out our super dark photos from the dark depths of Hard Luck Bar.

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Lights Out: Royal Blood at WayHome 2017

Saturday at WayHome was packed with dynamic rock and roll duos… and Royal Blood were part of that action on the WayBright stage!

The twosome from Brighton in the UK were at home and on fire in front of the Canadian fans, pumping out a ton of sound out of the speakers – more sound than you might think two dudes could rock out with in the summer sun.

Related: Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Big ups to Mike and Ben for their rock and roll show, and for giving the WayHome fans a chance and a reason to dance, sing, and cheer with tracks including, Lights Out, Come On Over, and I Only Lie When I Love You.

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USS Take Over Toronto for #GreaterTorontoDay

Late Thursday afternoon we headed to the Mill Street Brew Pub to check out USS [UBIQUITOUS SYNERGY SEEKER]. Stripped right down, the guys looked happy and super comfortable in this environment. Human Kebab announced at the start of set that they’d be buying everyone a round which was met with a round of applause and cheers.

The Brew Pub was the last stop of the day for Ash “Boo-Schultz” Buchholz and Human Kebab, aka Jason Parsons, who were hanging out in Toronto, doing their part for #GreaterTorontoDay. Also in attendance was Global News anchor Cheryl Hickey who had the honour of doing “the throw” for the live TV audience. It was a great surprise for the all in attendance who enjoyed the performance, the free beer and the company of the band after their songs.

We were treated to acoustic (no speakers, no mic, no amps) versions of Who’s With Me and Work Shoes, and the songs off the new album felt like old favourites. Great energy, great beer and a final act of kindness by the band.

We had a chance to ask USS about their day, the music and lots of other things. Check out their answers below.

Q. New World Alphabet was released in January (the 13th), you toured for a month and now you’ve got a handful of dates in Ontario, how is the music being received live?
Related – New World Alphabet: USS Album Review

USS: People are responding to our new music in a way that we have never quite seen before. They are singing and dancing and connecting with us from the crowd to our stage like they’ve known New World Alphabet their whole lives. It gives our band an immense sense of accomplishment going back to the early days of writing the music in California.

Q. What made you want to get involved with #GreaterTorontoDay?

USS: Toronto is the city where it all began for USS. We are forever indebted to this city and its residents that have embraced our band from our humble beginnings to now. We feel that it is our civic duty to try to give back to the very place that rewards us all everyday.

Q. Tell us about your stops on Greater Toronto Day?

USS: We made two incredible visits to well known USS fans with two completely separate lives; a gentlemen in insurance and a female lifeguard. We made stealth visits to their workplaces and COMPLETELY surprised them both. You should have seen their faces. As we started to perform songs for both of these people, we really shared a moment with them and in their personal lives. From downtown Toronto to Scarborough, it was truly a Greater Toronto experience!

Q. I understand that you do your own social media, that’s very cool. What’s your favourite thing about the social connection?

USS: Social media is extremely rewarding to do ourselves because you really get to understand and appreciate the people that support your music. You see their faces and their posts and learn a little bit about their lives and how they relate to your lyrics and moments live and in person. Being active on social media is the very reason why we know our fellow Torontonian’s face-to-face and thus had a successful experience seeing them once again on Greater Toronto Day.


Q.
Do you give a lot of thought to wardrobe? Comfort, style etc?

USS: Wardrobe is the key to driving home the message in our music. Be yourself and don’t take things too seriously. That’s how we wear our respective styles everyday when we walk out the door and also during performances and appearances. Ash currently prefers a lighter fashion sense that parallels his physically active and zen-like lifestyle whereas I delved deep into entertainment mode with dark Gotstyle suits and winged orange Adidas shoes.

Q. What’s the biggest difference between 2007 and 2017 USS?

USS: We are both very comfortable and confident in our music, performances and ourselves in 2017. We both know all of our strengths and apply those to every single aspect of USS. Starting a band is an arduous and tricky endeavor that involves a lot of early good feelings: seeing it through for over ten years is living it.

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Q.
You were announced as one of the early headliners for the CNE this summer, are you excited to get back on the Bandshell stage for the all-ages crowd?

USS: Four years ago when we first played the CNE we had never witnessed the true feeling of coming home and playing the city that started it all for us. To look out onto that sea of people during the summer at one of our most cherished Toronto events was truly a once in a lifetime experience. To do it again and after having grown as a band and learned so much since 2013 we are grateful, ecstatic and as hyped up as the Toronto Maple Leafs most recent playoff run.

Q. Last question – what are you listening to?

USS: Chillstep. Oasis. Enya. Wavedash. System Of A Down. Mother Mother. Muzzy.

Thanks to 102.1 The Edge and Global TV for having us out and congrats to the team for their awesome work on #GreaterTorontoDay.

You can find USS at these fine internet locations.

Facebook: USSMusic
Twitter: USSMusic
Instagram: USSMusic
BandsinTown: USSMusic
Spotify: USSMusic
Google Play: USSMusic
iTunes: USS

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Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Take one Friday night, add some friends from 102.1 The Edge, throw in a little Mill Street beer, add the face melting UK duo, Royal Blood, mix it together at The Velvet Underground, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for kicking off your weekend.

There’s a sweet anticipation that comes from knowing you’re going to a show, knowing it’s going to be a kick ass band but not knowing who that band will be. It’s fantastic! The only thing better is finding out who that band is and getting even more excited.

Tonight that’s exactly what happened. The UK duo out of Brighton came to Toronto to sing and play and get us all involved in the madness. Mike Kerr on vocals and Ben Thatcher on drums are a pair of guys who sound like a whole band on their own. They’re loud and energetic, they’re fun to watch, and they filled The Velvet Underground with bone-crushing sound.
Royal Blood - The Edge Secret ShowWe got a full set which included Figure It Out, Little Monster, Where Are You Now and their newest track Lights Out and so many more. If you weren’t lucky enough to win your way into tonight’s show, you can check out Royal Blood this summer at WayHome.

Side note – I couldn’t help but think of Crown Lands tonight. They’re another one of my favourite, very loud, very talented duos.

This was our first 102.1 The Edge Secret Show and we sure hope it’s not our last. 
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Hollerado at 102.1 The Edge – Sugar Beach Sessions

What’s the best thing to brighten up a grey, gloomy day? Why watching Hollerado doing a 102.1 The Edge’s Sugar Beach Session of course! There’s nothing like live music to cheer up a rainy day.Hollerado - Adam Ricard - Sugar Beach SessionEdge DJ Adam, took no time in letting us know that the new Hollerado record, Born Yesterday, comes out next week. He asked the guys if they felt nervous leading up to releasing a record and if that feeling gets better when the record comes out, or does the nervousness go away when they finish the album. Menno answered that the nervousness left when they finished it. He said, “We didn’t finish it until we knew it was awesome…  and we’re really happy with it”.

The guys were quick to let everyone know that a) there would be missing work/school notes for anyone who needed them and b) there would be pizza when the set was over. Could this day get any better?Hollerado will be hitting the road to promote Born Yesterday starting April 19th here in Toronto at Canadian Music Week’s James Beam Indies at The Phoenix. They’ll finish up in Regina on June 17th. You can get your tickets here: http://www.bandsintown.com/Hollerado.

This April marks the 10-year milestone for the band and with no line-up changes that’s a pretty big deal. They were joined for the Sugar Beach Session by Everett of Everett Bird who will be supporting Hollerado on this tour.

It was a quick set and while people may have been requesting old favourites we got all new songs. The set was energetic and fun, it’s classic Hollerado with fresh new songs. When the guys finished up they took the time to chat, snap photos and, of course, share in some pizza!

You can check out the title track below. If that’s not enough for you, you can check out the full performance on The Edge’s Facebook page via a Facebook Live Post.

And you can Pre-Order the new album Born Yesterday here: https://dubleplus.com/collections/hollerado/products/hollerado?variant=36386445582

This is the part where Nixon calls the pizza delivery guy back.

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Always For You: JJ Shiplett and Johnson Crook Hit Toronto and Oshawa!

On back-to-back nights in Toronto and Oshawa, ON – JJ Shiplett and Johnson Crook took the stage and put on the kinds of shows that make music fans want to hear more, see more, and do it all over again.

Friday night’s show saw the 2 acts play early sets at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern and Saturday saw them travel down the 401 to Oshawa’s Moustache Club to wrap up their weekend. We were there on both nights to grab photos, videos, and on Saturday we had a chance to sit down with JJ to talk about his new album, the holidays, what’s coming up in 2017 and more.

Johnson Crook opened both shows, bringing their personal brand of country harmonies to the stage playing songs that we’ve heard them hit at previous shows, and showing us that they are more and more ready for bigger things each time. During the set lead singer Noel Johnson told the crowd that the band’s debut EP will be available in February 2017, which is exciting for us to hear. And exciting for the boys too.

AND, without spoiling any surprises, we are telling you now that you should be on the lookout for a very special appearance on one of the tracks from a Canadian legend!

You can download or stream Johnson Crook’s lead single Minnedosa now, and with their EP release be ready for tracks like Canada To Heartbreak, Hardwired, and Mr. Nobody.

Johnson Crook at The Dakota Tavern

After the brief break between bands, JJ Shiplett and his accompanying musicians hit the stage to put on their show… and ain’t nobody disappointed that they were there to see it on either night.

JJ has been putting in work, from coast-to-coast, sharing his music, exposing people to the tracks they know, and ones that they’ll hear on his upcoming record – release date: Late January 2017.

I asked JJ about the album on Saturday when we sat down and in his responses it was clear to see that he’s ready for everyone to hear it and dig in. In fact, the album has been ready for a bit now, the design elements have been finished up, and now all that’s left to do is the waiting… and Mr. Shiplett is ready for that part to be over.

It’s kinda hard, he said, to see people digging the songs that he’s playing on stage, but knowing that they can’t yet go home and listen to them again. Soon, that will change.

On stage in Toronto and Oshawa we heard the songs we have been able to listen to at home in Higher Ground, Always For You, and Something To Believe In (all featured on JJ’s 2016 EP, The EP) and they truly are songs to listen to over and over again.

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As JJ sipped our pre-show beers I also asked him about his recent stop at the House of Strombo to play for cameras, Facebook Live, and the man himself who has been Canada’s Boyfriend, and a beacon for music for Canadians since his early days at Much Music and The Edge 102.1.

JJ told me that going to Stroumboulopoulos’ house was the first time they’d met – and that he sat down to hang out and play two songs, one cover and one original… and while I didn’t ask which original he played at the house (I’m sure it will show up on The Strombo Show YouTube channel), I did watch the video of his Tom Waits’ Hold On cover, and I dug it. As a music fan it’s cool to watch those videos, as a performer it sounds like it’s a cool experience as well. And I like that.

And before we finished our beers and JJ headed upstairs to get ready for his Saturday set at The Moustache Club, I asked him to look into the future a little bit and tell me what’s coming next.

Starting with the holidays, JJ told me that things will get a little quieter. He’ll head home to Calgary and spend time with this family (who are apparently really great debaters), and with his new (used) piano that he just got tuned and can’t wait to play. So if you’re JJ’s neighbour and you start hearing keys and Christmas carols in the next few weeks, that’s exactly what’s going on!

I also poked a little bit, asking about 2017 and touring and what’s going to happen. And while there weren’t a lot of details, it’s clear that JJ wants to be out on the road, playing the new album and introducing people to the songs they’ll be able to go home and listen to. He knows that he’s got to put in the work, and he’s all for it.

And having seen the man do his thing on a few occasions in 2016, we can tell you that he’s more than up to the challenge of getting out there, hitting the road and showing each and every one of you what he’s got to give.

Before JJ Shiplett wrapped his sets this weekend with Something To Believe In, he gave us something that we’ve seen and loved from Canadian musicians in 2016… a tribute to The Tragically Hip. JJ and his boys played Grace, Too – and while it wasn’t quite as emotional as Gord was in Kingston (or Calgary, where JJ saw two shows), it was special and appreciated. And you can watch it right here.

JJ Shiplett at The Dakota

Keep your eyes and ears open for more from both Johnson Crook and JJ Shiplett – these are names that are ready to be on the tip of your tongue when you’re talking about music with your friends and fellow fans.

And keep your eyes on this space for more, because we aren’t done with these guys yet!

More photos of JJ Shiplett at The Dakota Tavern, Toronto.

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More photos of Johnson Crook at The Dakota Tavern, Toronto.

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WayHome For The Holidays At The Phoenix!

On a Wednesday night in Toronto, the holiday season started with a bang with special thanks to WayHome.

A full house packed The Phoenix to see Darcys, Bear Mountain, and The Beaches… and to check out the Christmas market, take photos with The Edge 102.1’s Santa, drink, sing, dance, and make donations to MusiCounts in exchange for mystery presents.

Note: The fish tacos from Rancho Relaxo – To Go (with a little Frank’s Red Hot) were a fantastic treat sometime after 10pm when I really needed them!

The first shout out needs to go to W.R. Best Memorial Public School from Oro-Medonte who came all the way to Toronto to take the stage to start the show with their ukuleles and leis. They played their little hearts out and were amazing playing one of my favourite all-time Christmas carols – Silver Bells!

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After the choir left the stage, the volume got turned up and The Beaches gave everyone a reason to start a party on a Wednesday night. Jordan, Kylie, Eliza, and Leandra were dripping with cool on stage. There was no holding back. No lack of joy. No messing around.
The Beaches were all in on their fem-rock vibe, and the assembled crowd were all in too.

As they played through their set the talent was clear. The energy was fantastic. And as much as I loved Leandra’s Clark Griswold tee, it was Eliza’s GRL BAND swag that grabbed my attention. With the music these women are making, and the hook of their single, Give It Up, be prepared for a very significant 2017 from The Beaches!

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Second on bill, the filling in our holiday party Oreo, all the way from Vancouver, was Triangle dance band from the future – Bear Mountain.

We saw Bear Mountain in 2015 at WayHome in the woods on the WayAway stage and they impressed us then, in the middle of the afternoon. At WayHome for the Holidays the boys got to plug in at night, which is great because this band makes music you should be dancing to. For real.

Also, Ian’s voice is freaking awesome and I really, really want to hear him play Prince songs at a party. But no matter what Bear Mountain is playing, I mostly just want to hear it in a great crowd, with space to dance and clap my hands, and slip away into the electronic beats and guitar work and drums and sound.

If you’re lucky enough to find a show with Bear Mountain playing a little bit later at night and you’re in the mood for a good time – see the show.

Actually… here’s us suggesting to WayHome that the band hits one of the stages for a late night set in 2017.

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Last, but not least (as they say), came the night’s headliners/highlights/main event… Darcys.

With a new record on shelves, Darcys are hot right now – and with their 80s inspired everything, they are more than just hot – they’re on fire. Dressed in sweet vintage denim and on a stage packed with palms and neon, Darcys gave the WayHomies everything they could have asked for.

If you haven’t taken the time to listen to Centerfold yet, I highly suggest it. And hearing Jason and Wes make it all come to life, live and in living colour put an exclamation mark on the whole thing.

This is a Toronto band that is making noise, and if they’re going to continue to pour the kind of energy we saw Wednesday night into what they do on tour in 2017, Darcys are going to continue to play to bigger and louder crowds from city to city and coast to coast.

Bring your dancing shoes. And wear your acid washed jeans. It’s going to be a good time no matter where you find them.

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AND for 12 hours only, from midnight til noon on Monday, November 28, WayHome 2017 tickets will be available at wayhome.com!!!

More photos of The Beaches from WayHome for the Holidays!

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More photos of Bear Mountain from WayHome for the Holidays!

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More photos of Darcys from WayHome for the Holidays!

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102.1 the Edge Presents The 2016 CASBY Awards

With Performances from Modern Space, Darcys, Banners, Finger Eleven and Sam Roberts Band

Where to even start… what an amazing night at The Phoenix! From the first note of the first band, I was all in. Yeah, there were awards, and they were cool, very cool but the performances, they were incredible!

First on the stage was Modern Space, they were up for the New Artist award and I’m not sure anyone in the audience would have thought this band could lose. They were great! Amazing energy, fun musical hooks, technically tight and super fun to watch.
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And then it was time for the first award, New Artist! Vying for the win were Attica Riots, Banners, The Dirty Nil and Modern Space. And the winner was… Banners!
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Gracious and humble, Banners’ Michael Nelson accepted the award with a big smile on his face and if that isn’t the best way to start off an evening, and get an artist hyped for their performance, I don’t know what is. And yes, that is a #HotDogMel making an appearance beside Michael. Turns out Mel had a baby last week and this was her first time missing the award show, so her coworkers wanted to make sure that Mel was representing. Nice job guys!

I loved the way the show moved, great organization, quick changes between, great banter from the on-air personalities and Molson Canadian girls throwing t-shirts at the crowd whenever they got a chance.

Next, we were treated to a performance by Darcys. It was a fun, solid set which left us pumped for the next band but also looking forward to their next Toronto show, WayHome For The Holidays, featuring Darcys & Guests on November 23rd.
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And then it was on to the next award, Favourite New Song! And what a tough category, nominated for the award were Wintersleep – Amerika, Arkells – Private School, July Talk – Push + Pull, Banners – Shine A Light and The Strumbellas – Spirits. And the winner was… July Talk for Push + Pull, sadly for us they were not on hand to accept their award  but they’ll be in town October 28th and 29th at The Danforth Music Hall. July Talk - The Edge Sugar Beach Session

The third act of the night was Banners. Dressed all in white with a win under his belt he put on a great set and charmed us all.
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The next award was for Favourite Sugar Beach Session, now if you’ve never seen a Sugar Beach Session, you should! They’re amazing, small, intimate and like nothing else. Nominees in this category were Arkells, Darcys, July Talk, The Strumbellas, USS, and Wintersleep. And the award went to… Arkells!!! I was thrilled, this was definitely one of my favourites. The boys were not there but they did send a video to say funny stuff and thank you.
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Fourth on the bill, Finger Eleven and my only question was, how had I never seen this band live before? Scott Anderson looked like he was having the time of his life and the rest of the band were 100% invested. Watching James Black and Rick Jackett kill it on guitar was amazing.  We caught up with these guys during the CCMA Music Week when we talked with them about their side project, Blackie Jackett Jr. My favourite moment was the mashup of Paralyzer with Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two, complete with full audience sing along. It was spectacular.

 

The final award was for Favourite New Record and the nominees were… Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights, Wintersleep – The Great Detachment, City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You Go, The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem, and The Zolas – Swooner. Now with no disrespect to any of the other nominees, I really didn’t think anyone could beat The Tragically Hip but the winner of this award was Billy Talent – The Great Detachment, nicely done boys! Billy Talent are out on an International tour and were not there to receive their award.

Next, in a surprise move,  Josie Dye took a few moments to talk about The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie. She’s a fan and a friend and her words were eloquent and well-received. Earlier in the year, 102.1 the Edge had asked fans to come in and share their thoughts with Gord and the rest of the band.  They had put together an amazing print which they presented to Sam Roberts, who will be passing it on to the band. I’m sure they’ll be touched.

102.1 The Edge 2016 Casby Awards - Gord Downie - Sam Roberts, Josie Dye

And then it was on to our headliner, Sam Roberts Band! With a mixture of a little old and a little new, the Montreal band brought positive energy and ridiculous musical talent to the stage. It was a privilege to see them in such a small venue.
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A quick thank you to the Edge for inviting us, it was an amazing evening and an apology to all of the drummers at the show, who never made it into a single shot (except for the one above). I’m sorry!
102.1 The Edge 2016 Casby Award Winners

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Catfish and the Bottlemen at 102.1 The Edge – Sugar Beach Sessions

We love a last-minute addition to the schedule and that’s just what we got from The Edge yesterday. Catfish and the Bottlemen would be doing a Sugar Beach Session and we were thrilled to be able to make it.
Catfish and the Bottlemen The Edge Sugar Beach SessionRyan Evan McCann, known to fans as “Van”, founded Catfish and the Bottlemen in 2007. Formed in Llandudno, Wales they started out promoting themselves by playing in parking lots after other bands’ shows. Their debut album, The Balcony, was released in 2007 and reached number 10 on the UK Albums chart. “Bondy”, Johnny Bond, who accompanied Van today, joined the band in 2014.
Catfish and the Bottlemen The Edge Sugar Beach SessionThey’re out to support their new album The Ride and they’ve got a bunch of US dates coming up but they’ll be back in Toronto on October 14th at the Danforth Music Hall. Then the band heads home to the UK and after that on to Australia. Check out tour dates here!

I thought it was awesome that once they finished up their set the boys headed outside to chat with fans. Nice!
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The Trews at 102.1 The Edge – Sugar Beach Sessions

Milking the last drops out of summer I headed to Sugar Beach today for an afternoon Sugar Beach Session at The Edge featuring The Trews. It was a gorgeous afternoon and what could make it better, live music of course?

The Toronto-based band, originally out of Antigonish, Nova Scotia have been putting out records for almost 20 years and in that time they’ve had some amazing success . They’ve got a brand new album coming September 9th and it’s called Time Capsule. It’s going to be a compilation album with their best -known songs, some fan favourites, deep cuts and four brand new tracks.
The Trews - Sugar Beach Session - The EdgeThe Trews are on tour and will be hitting The CNE Saturday, September 3rd and opening up for them will be one of our favourites, The Lazys. We’ll be sitting down with both The Trews and The Lazys on Saturday so stay tuned for those interviews. We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, head back here for all the photos, answers, video and who knows what else!

Thanks to The Edge for having us, we really like this venue!
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