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New Music Spotlight: Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson, and St. Vincent

Festival Season has been amazing and all encompassing. Because of that, It’s been a while since our last New Music Spotlight. We’re very happy to be back and this time we’re bringing you new music from Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson and St. Vincent.

Give them a listen and let us know what you think.

Let’s do this!

Artist: Chris Lane
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
Genre: Country Rock/Pop
Related Artists: Chase RiceTucker BeathardChase Bryant
Album: Girl Problems (Acoustic)
Notes: We’re loving the idea of a full album acoustic release.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Freedom Baby
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Ork Pop
Related Artists: IndulgeFresh Air
Single: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Notes: – Soothing pop songs from a Toronto boyfriend/girlfriend duo.

Links: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / SoundCloud

Artist: The Jessica Stuart Few
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: folk jazz
Related Artists: Katie WildeClaire Fowler
Single: Same Girl

Notes: The stop-motion music video was shot all over Toronto, featuring over 400 urban art pieces by local artists.
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Spidey Jackson
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rap / Hip Hop
Inspired by: Tupac, ScHoolboy Q, Flatbush Zombies with a unique sound blending old school and new.
Single: They Say

Notes: Toronto views, interesting lyrics and storytelling, great hooks, tempo and rhythm.
Links: Facebook / Instagram / SoundCloud

Artist: St. Vincent
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Indie Rock
Related Artists:Fiona Apple, Broken Social Scene
Single: New York
Notes: St. Vincent is always interesting. New York features Annie Clark up front and a little surreal.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

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CMW 2017 Interview: The Honest Heart Collective

Early in the week, we had a chance to chat with The Honest Heart Collective before their Canadian Music Week opening night showcase. Thanks to Kevin Heerema and Ryan MacDonald for taking time between sound checks and all that other stuff bands do before a show, to talk to us.

It was a busy time and we were briefly and happily interrupted by the arrival of 3/4 of Silver Love Club, hugs and hand shaking commenced. Next, sound check proved too loud for us to hear over so we headed outside into the sunshine to continue. Let me just say, I love this stuff.
The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017We started out with an icebreaker question, pulled straight from their bio which claims they guys have an affinity for Irish Whiskey. Let’s get started!

Q1: What’s your favourite whiskey?

KH: Highland Park
RM: Select Reserve Jameson

Q2: What artist/band would you most love to have on a dream bill with you?

RM: Silver Love Club
KH: Catfish and the Bottleman
RM: The Killers
KH: Against Me, this almost happened, and City and Colour.

There are definitely some great choices here. And the guys kinda gushed about Silver Love Club. We get it, we love them too. We’re definitely going to have to follow up on this, almost happened, story!

At this point, the conversation went totally off the rails and the guys went to …Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, of course. 

Q3: What’s your favourite thing about CMW?

RM: 4:00 am last call and Sneaky Dee’s after the show.

What’s not to love about late night Sneaky Dee’s nachos?

Q4: What are you listening to right now?

KH: The Maine‘s New Record
RM: The New Flatliners

We talked about finding new music and playing it on repeat. These albums fit in this category. You can check out Lovely Little Lonely by The Maines and Inviting Light by The Flatliners by following the links.The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q5: What Artist/band do you think we should be paying more attention to?

RM: Texas King
KH: I was just going to say
RM: Someone local, Emily Kohne . “She has a great voice, she’s a great songwriter, and she plays better guitar than me.”

Texas King has been on our radar for about a year and we have to agree that they’re one you should pay attention to. Emily Kohne is new to us so we looked her up, listened to some songs, and we love her voice and her guitar skills.

Q6: Have you had one of those breakthrough or aha moments?

RM: No
KH: Not Yet

The long answer, they’ve had a few things happen where it’s starting to feel like something. A show last year at Rivoli sprang to mind but they’re still waiting for that big “moment” to happen. They talked about how hard and convoluted the process is for bands.

They talked about how hard and convoluted the process is for bands. “There’s so many bands out there trying to do this. You have to work really hard. I kinda feel like us being from Thunder Bay means we have to work harder. I mean we live 17 hours away from here. We haven’t had an aha moment but we’ve been grinding the whole time.”

Q7: What’s the first concert you remember going to?

RH: “Great Big Sea, they played at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. My dad took me and it was, it pretty much changed my life. It was sold out, there were 1,500 people singing along. But that wasn’t the one that changed my life. It was the second concert I ever went to. It was Colin James and watching that guy play guitar, made me wanna play guitar. I mean, I Just Came Back to Say Goodbye.”

Kevin prefaced his answer with a “My answer sucks.” We disagree, we think his answer is awesome!

KH: “My first actual, big production concert was N’Sync. It sucked! I got dragged at 7 years old. I was already into punk and rock music and everything but I had to. And then the next shows, I got my mom to take me to Sam Roberts. I was probably like 10. He played on my birthday. That really got me into, that looks really cool up there, that would be fun. And my very first show at a bar in the music scene, listening to hardcore punk was Protest The Hero and a couple of other metal bands and that got me thinking, this is where I want to be.”The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q8: What’s up next for the rest of 2017?

They’re working on a new record. There’s no working title, that they can tell us yet. They’re in the demo stage, with two more demos to cut and then they’re ready to move forward. The guys are hoping to get into the studio in the early summer and get a new release out by fall.

Additionally, they’ll be finishing up this tour, then it’s home to work on the album. There will be lots of time tracking in the studio. They’ve also got some smaller festival shows coming up. So watch for those!

Thanks to Kevin and Ryan for the chat. We’re anticipating that “aha moment” is coming soon!

Find the Honest Heart Collective online at the following locations!

The Honest Heart Collective
Twitter || Facebook || Instagram || YouTube
Bandcamp || iTunes || SoundCloud

The Honest Heart Collective

 

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5 Quick Questions with Silver Love Club

In our latest 5 Quick Questions, we talk to Michael Votano of Silver Love Club about changes, new music, food and more!

Silver Love Club have lots of shows during Canadian Music Week including opening night at the Honest Heart Collective Showcase and The Aussie Night Out ShowcaseCheck here for dates, places and times!

Q1: It’s been a year since we saw you last, and a lot has changed… Can you tell us about your new name, new drummer, and whatever else might be new with you?

MV: A whole year already?!? Feels like only yesterday we were sitting out the front of The Horseshoe chatting music with some beers. New year, new name, new drummer!! Unfortunately, we ran into another artist with our previous name, who was quite a bit more established than we, so we thought it best to make the change. Also ‘Silver Love Club’ is way more fun!! As for the new drummer, our best mate Neel who we’ve been friends with since forever was able to make the commitment necessary to take on the role this year, which was perfect! He’s a killer drummer & killer dude so couldn’t have found a better brother if we tried!!

Q2: You’ve also got brand new music to share, how excited are you for that?

MV: Super pumped to play almost an entirely new set at CMW this year. Really happy with the development of the new tunes. They’re a little dirtier & filthier but still a goddamn party! The tunes also all say something. I feel as though I’ve gotten a lot of my chest through the new tracks.


Q3: You’re going to be super busy during CMW with 4 scheduled shows, but are there things you want to do/places you want to visit while you’re in Toronto?

MV: YES!! We want to eat!! Point me towards to tastiest wings, poutine, burritos, dumplings, pizza & I’ll be there!!

Q3: What is your favourite thing about Canadian Music Week?

MV: The vibe is killer! So many bands, so many music lovers, you’re continually surrounded by people who share your greatest passion. The week is a great way to feed your musical soul. Also, it’s one massive party!!

Q4: What does the rest of 2017 look like for Silver Love Club?

MV: New tracks! Lots of new tracks! One every couple of months is the plan. Also touring there’s nothing better than playing your tunes for a room full of people who want to feel something.


Q5: In 50 words or so, can you tell everyone what to expect from your music and your live show?

MV: A dirty, sweaty, loud party! Fuzzed out guitars, thumping bass, stomping drums & screaming soulful vocals. Probably a few swear words too. We are Australian!

Thanks to Michael for taking the time to answer our questions.

You can find Silver Love Club at these fine internet locations. 

Facebook: SilverLoveClub
Instagram: silverloveclub
Twitter: silverloveclub
Youtube: SilverLoveClub

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Canadian Music Week 2017 – Round 2 Artist Announcement

On January 19th we gave you the first wave of artists announced for Canadian Music Week 2017 and today we’ve got the next wave. Get ready, the list jumps from 120 to 367 bands from 24 countries.

Big names added to the list include Wolf Parade, Earl Sweatshirt, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Allie X, Danko Jones, The Beaches, Repartee and so many more! Here’s the updated list!CMW Announce February 17
It’s “Canadian” Music Week so you can expect lots of Canadian bands but we’re also given the opportunity to see bands from all over the world. This year CMW’s international spotlight is on France. With a population of 66.7 million France is ranked the 5th largest music market. This spotlight is an amazing opportunity for all of the bands to promote their music to music buyers from France.

When you have some time to kill, head on over to the artists listing page, it’s amazing and a little bit overwhelming. My first perusal of the page had me adding Josh Halverson to my list. Josh has a cool, clear voice that pulled me in instantly and made me want to see what he brings to the table live. I hope when the schedule is released that I’m able to get to see him perform. Also on my list, Honey Beard, the Irish-Canadian Dark Synth-Pop duo from Toronto. The music is interesting and I want to know more about “Toronto’s best kept secret in electronic pop”.

There are lots of familiar bands on this list and the challenge will be to find a balance between making sure I see some of my favourites and checking out new and possibly once in a lifetime performances.

This is one of my favourite times of the year to live in Toronto. The city explodes with music, music industry people and musicians. I can hardly wait for April!

CMW wristbands are one sale now and are priced at $75 for the Explorer pass and $150 for the Explorer +Pass which includes priority access to all club series venues and Access Concert Series shows, click here for wristbands and all the details!

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Black: Dierks Bentley Video Release

Have you seen it yet? Dierks Bentley has just released a video for the title track Black. This is the third single off the album Black and it’s very different. Somewhere on a Beach was fun, upbeat with a hip-hop feel and Different for Girls offers up an understanding, kind feeling, featuring uber talented Elle King. Both hit the number one spot and I’d be surprised if Black didn’t climb right up the chart too.

Dark and sultry the video was shot in Iceland and it features his wife Cassidy. Married for over 10 years this is the first time Dierks’ wife has appeared on screen and once you see her, you’ll wonder why it took so long. Turns out she’s shy and we’re glad Dierks managed to coax her into the video. Cassidy Bentley was born Cassidy Black and she’s been the inspiration for many of Dierks’ songs.

Check it out!

Dierks is on tour now, check out the dates here!

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Mobile: Tomorrow Starts Today 10th Year Anniversary Show

There have been some great 10 year Anniversary tours this past year and while this isn’t a tour but a single show, we’re very excited that it’s happening. In case you haven’t heard Mobile is coming together for one night in Montreal to play “Tomorrow Starts Today” from start to finish.

The show is coming up quickly, this Saturday, September 17th, and  you can still get tickets, click here! I mean who wouldn’t want to spend the last weekend of the summer in Montreal listening to amazing live music? We’ll be there covering the show and would love to see you!

I know I’ve been wondering what they guys have been up to so we got in touch. We asked the Juno Award-winning band some questions and we hope they’re the questions you’ve been wondering about too.
Mobile the Band

Q. This isn’t the first show we’ve attended where an entire album is played, we love this idea. What made you decide to put together this show?

A. We’ve been thinking about playing a show together for quite some time. Our busy schedules prevented us from doing so. As the 10th anniversary of our album “Tomorrow Starts Today” approached, Mat (the singer) came up with the idea of playing a show to celebrate this album. We were all pumped about the idea and finally got together to get this going. We’ll be playing the entire album, plus a couple of cover songs that we played in the past. We’ve also got a couple of surprises planned for the show.

Q. Is it weird to be back in rehearsals, playing this music or does it feel like coming home?

A. Before the first rehearsal, we were all pretty nervous. We were wondering about how we would sound and we were anxious to see if the chemistry was still there. Right after we hit the first notes, we all looked at each other as we realized that the chemistry between us was still alive. That feeling was pretty amazing. We all had chills and we knew that it wouldn’t take too long before we got back into shape, just like we were 8 years ago.

Q. What have you all been up to since the release of your last album?

A. We pretty much all changed careers except Mat who is still working on his solo project, Polista. Criq is now a social worker and started his master’s degree in psychotherapy. Frank is a real estate evaluator. Pierre is a lawyer. Dom is an actuary and he’s finishing his master’s degree in actuarial science.

Q. What can we expect from Mobile’s live performance today vs 2006 Mobile?

A. We think that our performance will be at least as good as it was in the past. We’re even more mature now, so this might play in our favour. We think that people can expect the same level of energy as we had in the past. It should a blast for everybody!!!

Q. What are you listening to and how are you listening (CD, Spotify, etc)?

A. We’re listening to a bunch of different stuff that we either buy through iTunes or listen through streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify. You’ll find anything with true emotions on our playlists. We still listen to bands we liked in the past, such as Led Zeppelin, The Police, U2 or The Who, just to name a few. But more recent stuff is also part of our playlists, such as M83, Phantogram or Future Islands. And there are also the R&B, jazz and blues classics.

Q. Will there be more music from Mobile in the future?

A. For now, this is only a show to celebrate our first record. We’re open to the idea of creating music for fun in the future, but our busy schedules are getting in the way of that right now. We’ll see. We’ll probably get together a couple of times a year for a little jam. We’ll see where that leads us.
Mobile the band

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2016 CCMA Awards Green Carpet Photo Review

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Molly Johnson at Toronto Jazz Fest 2016

Thursday night saw us a week into the 2016 Toronto Jazz Festival and we were blessed with the legendary presence of Molly Johnson.

The nearly sold out tent at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square was transformed into a sultry, sweet jazz club and Molly had us eating out of her hands. Joined on stage by Colleen Allen, the pair carried us through a wonderful set of classics including Billie Holiday’s Don’t Explain, Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe and her wonderful original Rain plus many, many more.

Joined on stage by some amazing jazz musicians this set was magical and I’m so happy I was able to witness it. Molly moved about the stage and her joy was obvious to all. She bantered with the crowd, telling jokes and talking about her life here in Toronto. She took the time to acknowledge the crowd outside the tent with a “Shout out to the cheap seats, I see you!”Molly Johnson Toronto Jazz Festival 2016 -6112The Juno Award winner has been performing since she was a child, she attended the National Ballet School and performed in Porgy and Bess at The Royal Alexandra Theatre. Music was a strong pull for Molly and by the time she was 17 she was fronting a disco band. She sang lead for Alta Moda and The Infidels in the ’80s and she’s worked with Big Sugar, Tom Cochrane and Breeding Ground. She’s always dabbled in the jazz world but didn’t release her first jazz album until 2000. Molly’s latest release is Because of Billie and it’s available everywhere you can buy music.
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CMT Music Fest Day-to-Day Schedule and Set Times

Set times are now up for CMT Music Fest and it’s looking like there shouldn’t be too much overlap and that’s good news for all of us.

If you’re looking for more details you can hop on over to the CMT Music Fest page using THIS LINK. They’ve got some great artist profiles up if you’re looking for more details.

Friday, July 8

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Eric Ethridge: 4:30
Ben Hudson: 5:15
James Barker Band: 6:00
Andrew Hyatt: 7:00
Lindi Ortega: 8:00

Main Stage

Kansas Stone: 4:40
Meghan Patrick: 5:35
Brothers Osborne: 6:35
Kip Moore: 7:55
Eric Church: 9:15

Saturday, July 9

Zac Brown Band CMT Music Fest 2016Maple Leaf Stage

Them Dang Rattlers: 3:00
Leah Daniels: 4:00
The Washboard Union: 5:15
Cold Creek County: 6:40

Main Stage

Drake White and The Big Fire: 2:50
Kira Isabella: 4:10
The Road Hammers: 5:30
Tom Cochrane with Red Rider: 6:50
Zac Brown Band: 8:35

A few quicks facts you might want to know:

Where is Bingemans located?
Bingemans, located at
425 Bingemans Centre Drive,
Kitchener, ON
N2B 3X7

What are the festival hours?
Friday, July 8 – 4:00pm until 11:00pm
Saturday, July 9 – 2:00pm until 11:00pm

Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both the venue and activities are wheelchair accessible.

Is there parking on site?
There is no parking available onsite at Bingemans. There will be a drop-off zone and there is an offsite parking lot with shuttle services check out this link for all the details!

Is there camping?
There is camping for campers who are 19+, check out the camping link for all the details.

Is the event family friendly?
Children are welcome at the festival but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Note camping is only available for 19+.

The CMT Music Fest has a complete FAQ if we haven’t answered your question yet!

We’re getting very, very excited and can’t wait to see you there!

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3,2,1 Let Go: Lisa Loeb is Coming to Vinyl and Toronto Q&A

You all know Lisa Loeb… in fact, I’m going to give you a minute to sing Stay (I Missed You) to yourself. Do it out loud, don’t be ashamed!

What you might not have known is that the 90s indie pop darling is still going strong, still super busy, and finally bringing vinyl to her vast resume in the entertainment industry.

The history: Lisa Loeb burst onto the scene in 1994 with her breakout #1 hit Stay (I Missed You) from the Reality Bites soundtrack, becoming the first artist to take the number 1 spot without a recording contract. She followed that up with I Do and Let’s Forget About It and Do You Sleep? and more and more.

The now: There are children’s books and CDs, fashion, acting, touring, etc. As we’ll get to in the Q&A, Lisa Loeb is so busy it makes us tired.

Lisa Loeb 3,2,1, Let GoLisa also talked to us about that vinyl release of 3,2,1 Let Go and The Disappointing Pancake, about what to expect at her live shows, making kids music, being Mary Jane Watson, and more.

If you love Lisa Loeb and want to see her in Toronto on July 13 at Adelaide Hall, CLICK HERE and buy yourself a ticket.

To be honest, I’m not sure what more I can say about Lisa Loeb. She’s a known quantity, an artist we’ve loved for 2 decades, an indie pioneer, a mother, a creator, an entertainer, and we’re thankful to have had the chance to hook up with her to bring you this Q&A.

Find @lisaloeb on Twitter to learn more about her day-to-day, the music, life, and hit her with your requests for her shows. Seriously.

Now, without any further ado or fawning, please enjoy message from Lisa and our Q&A!

Q. Some people still listen to CDs in the car, streaming is taking over day-to-day play, and then vinyl is there with this vintage resurgence… what made you want to put this new music out on vinyl now?

Lisa Loeb PBJA. The two songs that are pressed on this single are songs you just might want to listen to over and over, just like singles some of us used to buy when we were kids. Vinyl makes listening a more engaging experience; it’s really hard to skip or fast forward when you listen to this. Also, “The Disappointing Pancake” is a very visual song with a lot of word play, and so this will give people a chance to focus on the song without wondering what’s next. It’s a song I wrote for a kids’ album, “Camp Lisa”, but grownups really seem to enjoy it.

Q. Looking at your list of credits made us feel both tired and extremely under-accomplished. How do you manage to stay so busy, and what makes you want to try all of these different kinds of work?

A. I follow the work that I love to do and that I feel like I can do. Also, people bring me into collaborations too. I love creating, connecting with people through song and story, and also not feeling limited by anything really. At the end of the year, it all adds up!

Note: Lisa Loeb also has her own line of super adorable eye wear that we’re pretty sure would look amazing on you or someone like you. Check that out too… www.lisaloebeyewear.com

Q. One of your TV credits stands out to us, because we love comic books… what was it like to step into the role of Mary Jane Watson in 2003’s Spider-Man cartoon?

A. This was my foray into voice over work. It was amazing working in the room with Neil Patrick Harris, Ian Ziering, and other actors to create a version of the classic Spider-Man. With such great actors, it was fun coming up with our version of the characters, which I think represent the Spider-Man well. We did a lot of the recording like a radio play, which is unusual for many of the shows these days.

Lisa Loeb Big SmileQ. Ok, back to music again. You were indie before indie had the cool/hipster love that it does right now. What is it like to look back on the 90’s and the success you had in that position?

A. It’s interesting to see that being indie is the way to go again. I think it’s always been really important to make your music and find and grow your audience in a grassroots way, and now with the internet, it’s easier to have that close connection. It’s unfortunate that the music industry is on its way to collapse when it comes to supporting musicians, but hopefully with the ability to make and communicate music to others, we’ll be able to make up for some of the shortfalls of the classic music industry.

Q. You have 2 kids of your own at home now, has that shifted your focus or goals when you’re picking projects or working on new music? Did it lead directly to the children’s books and music?

A. The kids music came before the kids. Funny, having kids has reminded me that kids really like to listen to grownup “regular” music mostly. I have a great time telling stories imaginatively about different things I would normally sing about, things like Pancakes and monsters and what to do when it rains. It’s made my grownup music more free and imaginative, which is cool.

I started doing kids music when I had opportunity to put out a record that was different than my regular records and came up with the idea of doing a kids record. I had been so inspired by “Free To Be You and Me” by Marlo Thomas and Carole King’s “Really Rosie”, both albums for kids when I was a kid, but that sounded like grownup records in their production and quality of music and lyrics. I made that first record, “Catch the Moon”, with my collaborator from college, Elizabeth Mitchell, who had made some beautiful records for kids.

I continued making kids music because I really enjoyed it, and I wanted to share my summer camp songs and write some new ones, which led to making a kids’ musical, “Camp Kappawanna,” and two illustrated kids’ books with CD’s. 
Most recently I was finally really inspired by my kids when I recorded the “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” , an album of classic nursery rhymes in a very intimate way to help parents and other caregivers and teachers really connect with the kids in their lives. I realized once I had kids, that even though I like writing originals, kids really enjoy hearing songs that they know, recorded by real people and real voices. Also, a lot of us have forgotten how the melodies to these rhymes go.

Q. And back to the vinyl, “3,2,1 Let Go” and “The Disappointing Pancake” will be featured on the 7-inch, how excited are you to have those tracks coming out to the fans that have been there since day 1, and the fans that have joined you along the way?

A. I’m super excited. As I mentioned, these songs can really stand alone and represent the kind of music I love making. And, the artwork is awesome too. So even if you don’t have a turntable, it’s cool to look at.

Lisa Loeb ChairQ. Last question, we know a lot of people that are excited to see you when you come to Toronto on tour. In 50 words or so, can you tell them what they can expect when they show up at Adelaide Hall for your show?

A. You’ll hear the songs you know from my entire career so far, some new songs that you’ll like, a couple of kids songs, and then you control the rest. Make requests at the show or via social media and there’s a good chance I’ll play them: sometimes it’s a bunch of newer songs, sometimes it ends up being almost the entire “Firecracker” album, or just a lot of stories. It’ll be an intimate acoustic show.

Q. Sorry, we lied, 1 more question. We love asking this one. If we got a look at your playlist right now, what artists would we find in your top 3?

A. Top three now are, other than me. (geez… I’m working on a new album, so I’m listening to the music a lot now to get it right), David Bowie, and Purity Ring- my daughter loves their album, so we listen to it a lot in the car and Haim.

Lisa Loeb Cloudsall photos via Facebook.

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WayHome 2016 VIP Preview Party at The Drake Hotel!

There’s no doubt that VIP is the good life.

WayHome X Drake W-4894On Tuesday night at the Drake Hotel on Queen Street West in Toronto we hit the WayHome VIP Preview party and got a small taste of some of the awesome things that are waiting for ticket holders this summer at Burl’s Creek.

The Drake did an excellent job hosting the event – with cocktails (tasty and refreshing) and food: Pork Tacos, Korean Fried Chicken, Salmon Fried Rice (yummy) available to sample and enjoy + djs upstairs and on the main floor, massages available for VIPs who’d been at work all day, and a really great vibe all night long.

At 10ish we got a live solo performance from River Tiber (who promised to bring the full band with him to WayHome this July) and the crowd gathered around the stage at the front of the room and swayed and danced and grooved along with the music. We caught some of it on Facebook Live, you can check that out a little further down in this post!

We know from being at WayHome last year that the VIP is worth the upgrade. The space is gorgeous, with the famous barn providing refuge from the sun – and a bar. The Drake does an awesome job with food options. And hell, even the porta potties are closer to the action and the lines are much shorter. And if you happen to forget your sunscreen or need a little bug spray, they had that available too.

Check out some more of Trish’s pics from the night. That video of River Tiber I mentioned, and stay tuned for more as we lead up to WayHome 2016!

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CMW 2016: Tommy Stinson Showcase with Frankie Lee at The Horseshoe

With Canadian Music Week in full swing on Thursday night, we headed to The Horseshoe for the Tommy Stinson Showcase.

On stage when we arrived was Frankie Lee. Accompanied by drums and a bass player Frankie’s sound drew me to the back of the Horseshoe. He brings a kind of Neil Young alternative country vibe – which we love.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016One of the things we love about CMW is finding amazing artists we’ve never heard of, Frankie falls in this category. Unassuming on stage, he sings with a smooth, quiet intensity. Originally from Mississippi, his family later moved to Minnesota. Losing his father at the age of 12, Frankie threw himself into music and was given the protection and nurturing of fellow artists.

Dropping out of college at 20 he headed to Nashville where he met the legendary Merle Haggard. Moving on to Austin, TX and then LA he’s picked up a few things along the road. Moving back home to Minnesota to be close to family Lee has put down some roots.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016In 2013, he put out a studio EP, Middle West and caught the attention of influential local radio station KCMP/The Current. Lee has been working on a new full-length album, American Dreamer and it’s set to be released on July 8th. You can download the first single Where Do We Belong and the album is now available for pre-order.

For us, it felt like Frankie Lee had come home, The Horseshoe was the perfect spot for this set and it sounded to us like he could have played this set, here, anytime in the past 40 years.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Next up was our Showcase Headliner, Tommy Stinson. With the 11PM time slot, and the energy coming from a big Raptors win, the crowd was up for this! The audience wasn’t shy, and Tommy didn’t need to encourage people to get up close and personal.

Decked out in an awesome black and grey striped suit, the guitar playing Stinson was a force to be reckoned with. Years of experience haven’t gone to waste, he started playing bass at the age of 11 and has played with Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, Perfect, Bash & Pop, and The Replacements. It’s safe to say he’s picked up a few things along the way.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Pulling songs from both Perfect and Bash & Pop, Tommy worked up the crowd, and a few songs in had to stop and take off his jacket, saying “We’re gonna slow down the pace, before I have a fucking heart attack”. We thought Tommy’s idea of slowed down was still a pretty quick pace and he’d keep up with any of the other bands we’d seen that night. At 49 years of age, Tommy shows no signs of slowly down, and we’re pretty happy about that.

We were also treated to a sweet acoustic mini set, sans amps and it was amazing how fast the crowd went quiet so they could hear. Tommy, an acoustic guitar, and a little red lighting set the mood very nicely. Great set to end out our Thursday night.

Tommy Stinson CMW 2016 Set List

Not This Time
Makes Me Happy (Perfect Cover)
It’s a Drag
Never Wanted to Know
Bad News
Anything Could Happen
Making Of An Asshole (Perfect Cover)
Jesus Loves You
Don’t Deserve You
Moment Too Soon
Breathing Room
Anybody Else
Zero to Stupid
Come What May
On The Rocks
Unfuck You

Nothin’
Light Of Day
Come To Hide
Alternative Monkey (Perfect Cover)
Motivation
Never Aim To Please (Bash & Pop song)
Friday Night Is Killing Me (Bash & Pop song)

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CMW 2016: Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase – Photo Review

On Tuesday, May 3 at The Phoenix, Boots & Hearts brought a country music party to Toronto!

In partnership with KX96 and KX94.7, the Canadian Music Week Hot Shots Showcase featured Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Eric Ethridge, the James Barker Band, Dani Strong, and Kansas Stone in a 5 hour concert that had the crowd singing, dancing, and stomping along from start to finish.

We were there to shoot the show, and have a ton of photos we want to share with you.

Thanks to Ray Williams for shooting with us, you can find him on Twitter at @aperfectpixel  and he’ll have more photos from more shows coming up soon on thereviewsarein.com!

Enjoy the shots, and click here to check out our full review of the Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase!

Blackjack Billy

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Meghan Patrick

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Eric Ethridge

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Dani Strong

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James Barker Band

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Kansas Stone

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WayHome Preview 2016: Third Eye Blind Top 5

Formed in San Francisco in 1993 Third Eye Blind became the background of our lives. The one remaining original member is Stephan Jenkins, lead vocalist. The debut self-titled album spent 104 weeks on the Billboard music chart and gave the band three charting singles. Those three are on this list and they cemented a place in our subconscious for this band.

The latest album, Dopamine, was released mid 2015 and was a project that took 5 years to complete. Writers block, lawsuits and changes in the band lineup all played a part in the delay of this album. Dopamine gives us some great hooks, fun metaphors and a fun poppy/dance beat to move to.

I didn’t get a chance to see the band live in the ’90’s and I’m looking forward to this opportunity. Third Eye Blind is currently on tour in the United States.

How’s It Going To Be

Semi-Charmed Life

Never Let You Go

Jumper

Something In You

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Lee DeWyze, Wakey Wakey and Leslie DiNicola at Lee’s Palace

Thursday night found me at Lee’s Palace to check out Lee DeWyze. Now that name might seem a little familiar to some of you. Can’t quite put your finger on it? I’ll give you a hint. He may have won one of those tv show music competitions.

Yep, that’s right, American Idol Season 9 in 2010. I’ve been following Lee since his American Idol appearances and I definitely thought the best man won that year. I was super excited when I saw he’d be playing in Toronto, it’s been four years. I have to mention that I was chatting with some other fans and he has some hardcore fans. One of the lovely ladies that I spoke to said it was her 22nd time seeing Lee live. That’s commitment!

Lee has a brand new album, Oil & Water and he’s currently touring with the very talented Leslie DiNicola and Wakey Wakey!

Leslie DiNicola opened the show, playing songs from her Wake Up EP. Accompanied by Billy Libby her voice was strong and sweet, and she won the crowd over quickly. The pop/rock/folk sound was exactly what I needed.

Wake Up is Leslie’s fourth album and this NYC singer/songwriter has definitely has a new fan in me. Leslie DiNicola

Next up was Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Wakey Wakey. I have nothing but amazing things to say about this guy. I may have tweeted halfway through his set that I thought I was in love. Funny, talented, engaging. A great voice, touching thoughtful lyrics did I say he was funny. He’s really funny. He’s got a brand new album coming out on the 26th of February titled, OverreactivistYou can pre-order here!
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If you’re thinking he looks familiar too, you might know him from One Tree Hill. Between 2009 and 2010 Michael Grubbs had a role as a musician on the very popular tv series and I might just be in the process of watching the entire series. Thanks for the inspiration Michael.

Our headliner took the stage just after 10:00pm and it was everything I hoped for. If I had to pick one word to describe Lee, I’d choose “real”. He shared with us how he’d been joking with his tour mates about how cool it was to be playing a venue called Lee’s Palace.

Lee DeWyze at Lee's Palace

He sings with heart, conviction and soul. Lee finished up his set with the song Stone and let us know there’s a new video coming out next month. I’ll be watching for it. Passing me in the venue, he spoke to me. Asking me how I was. Nice, really nice. Heading back to the merch table Lee joined Michael and Leslie. They all took the time to chat, sign and be awesome with everyone.

I’m not sure why his music isn’t all over our radio but, it should be. I may need to start travelling to see more Lee DeWyze.

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