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Goodnight, Sunrise at The Bovine Photo Review

On Friday night Goodnight, Sunrise played the opening slot at Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club. It was everything I imagined and so much more.

It was warm inside and crowded for 9:15. The full room was pushing up against the front of the stage and the energy was palpable. There were plenty of friends and fans up front making it feel super familiar and comfortable.

I was expecting the band to be good, but what I got was great. There was way more intensity in the set than I’d anticipated and I guess the lesson here is to forget expectations and to go into shows with an open mind.

My favourite moment had to be when Goodnight, Sunrise started playing Remember Now. I love the official video but this was a performance at a completely other level.

Thanks so much to the band for the invite, it was truly a pleasure.

Related: Remember Now: Goodnight, Sunrise Video Release

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5 Quick Questions with Uforia: DRIVEWIRE Edition

Uforia are set to take the stage on December 9th as part of SounDrive Records DRIVEWIRE Day 2. The Alt-hard rock Toronto-based band is made up of Michael Ursini on lead vocals and guitar, Adam Brik on lead guitar and vocals, Daniel Salij on bass and vocals and Dylan Piercey on drums.

For the purpose of helping us to hone in on what you can expect, they list Royal Blood, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hendrix, The Mars Volta, Sum 41, Green Day, Rush, Incubus, Floyd, Zeppelin, Boston, The Foo Fighters as influences on their Facebook page and after listening to their music, I can definitely hear those influences and more.

UFORIA is: Songs you wake up the next day humming. Howling guitar duets echoing a lost era. New noises that tear your face off. Killer vocals, killer harmonies. Happy words, sad words. Wild young musicians pounding out a heavy, sometimes-simple, sometimes-complex orchestration of power-rhythms, riffs, beautiful chord changes and melodies – and it feels like a party. (Uforia Facebook)

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this performance. Let’s get to the Q&A!

Questions and Answers with Uforia

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

A. Songs you wake up the next day humming. New noises that tear your face off. Killer vocals, killer harmonies. Happy words, sad words. Wild young musicians pounding out a heavy, sometimes-simple, sometimes-complex orchestration of power-rhythms, riffs, beautiful chord changes and melodies – and it feels like a party.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. Our influences come from a variety of heavy, melodic rock, punk & alternative. Bands like Billy Talent, Incubus, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Sum 41, Green Day, System of a Down… just to name a few. We all love classic rock as well.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Before every show, we like to get into a huddle and mouth the first song of our set. Dylan (drummer) will beatbox, Mike (vocals) will sing the lyrics, Dan & Adam will sing their guitar parts.

Each of us have a series of stretches and physical warm-ups as well. Mike likes to take a swig of honey before he sings.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Keep practicing & don’t let egos get in the way.

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. Drivewire found us

 

You can find Uforia all over the internet.

Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Spotify

1 month ago

5 Quick Questions with Break the Trend: DRIVEWIRE Edition

As we get closer to SounDrive‘s DRIVEWIRE day 2, at Brampton’s gorgeous Rose Theatre, we wanted to help you get to know the bands. In this edition, we bring you 5 Quick Questions with Break the Trend.

If the name looks familiar, it might be because we recently reviewed their album Casualties recently, you can check out that post for even more details about the band.

Most importantly, we’re pleased to share a little more about the band with you!

Questions and Answers with Break the Trend

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

A. You can expect a genuine rock and roll experience with tons of feeling. Nothing electronic, all raw and powerful emotion straight from our hearts to yours.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. Our influences vary quite wildly…. Billy Talent to the Eagles to Stevie Wonder to Guns N Roses to Paramore.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Before every show we do an ” energy circle” to get pumped up. It sounds exciting, but in reality it’s four dudes standing in a circle humming at first then crescendoing into profanity.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. “Continue to perfect your craft, and stay humble.”

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. We heard about Drivewire because our record label, SounDrive Records is putting it on…… we’d love to give a more exciting answer, but the facts are the facts!

You can find Break the Trend all over the internet.

Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Spotify

5 Quick Questions with Last Bullet: DRIVEWIRE Edition

It’s almost time for round two of SounDrive Records DRIVEWIRE and we’re happy to present to you, 5 Quick Questions with Last Bullet!

Last Bullet are a Toronto-based five-piece hard rock band made up of Bryan Fontez – frontman, Brenden Armstrong – guitar, Michael Silva – rhythm guitar, Will Shannon – bass, and Chris Galaz on drums. They’ve got a stellar reputation in Toronto as the hardest rocking band around and we’re looking forward to seeing their legendary live show.

We’ll be up front on Saturday night when they take the stage at Brampton’s beautiful Rose Theatre.

Questions and Answers with Last Bullet

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

A. Heavy, aggressive, sexual, intense, high energy, filthy, nasty, dark, passionate, ass-shaking, fist-pumping, leather wearing, beer drinking, badass rock n roll music.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. We’re influenced by Rock bands and artists from all over the spectrum, but our music predominantly takes cues from bands like Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath among many others.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Warming up and drinking water lol. We don’t really have any weird or crazy rituals beyond whipping out our instruments and voices to get the fingers, body and heart going before we hit the stage so that we’re prepared to put on the best show we can for our fans.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. 50% of success is just showing up.

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. We discovered DRIVEWIRE upon being booked for our Brampton show this December 9th!

You can find the Last Bullet all over the internet and you can get tickets for DRIVEWIRE here!

Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Spotify

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!

The Music

The Music

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

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. “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

 

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

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!

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!

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

2016 CCMA Awards Green Carpet Photo Review

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1 year ago

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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2 years ago

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

eric church fb cmtMaple Leaf Stage

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!

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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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2 years ago
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