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Late Show: The Beaches Album Review

Toronto rock and roll quartet, The Beaches, have released their much anticipated full-length debut album, Late Show, and fans of the band have reason to rejoice.

Named for their neighbourhood in the east end of the city, the band has been putting in work on stage for the last four years, building their GRL BND brand, and earning new fans from their hometown and beyond. The WayHome and Canadian Music Week alumni have wowed us at The Phoenix and The Horseshoe, and haven’t slowed down or let up since they started this ball rolling.

With Late Show, Jordan, Kylie, Eliza, and Leandra have shown that they are ready for the late night spotlight, mixing their enthusiasm for what they do with experience-honed writing and musicianship that leads them from track to track.

While I was listening to the album I found myself thinking about Haim and The Darcys, and when the last song finished, Spotify immediately rolled into the Arkells, and that worked too. This is a collection of songs that fans will be able to slide into playlists seamlessly, and with ease.

Songs like Money, Gold, Turn Me On, the title track all lend themselves to a party if you want it – and will translate from the album to the stage as these rocking women plug in and turn up the volume. Which leads me to this recommendation, when you press play on The Beaches record, turn it up.

The youth, attitude, energy and ability that The Beaches combine on this album should be celebrated. There is no jaded rock star shit here. There’s no “been there done that” drag. This is a rock and roll album that puts forth everything that we want from rock and roll. We can feel the drums and guitar. The bass holds the rhythm we need. And on vocals, the 12 songs on the album all pull their weight and earn their plays.

Note: For what it’s worth, my early favourite track (based on repeated listens) is Walk Like That. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I keep coming back for… but trust me, I keep coming back for more.

These four rockers come together to form a tight band, with an authentic sound. They play for themselves, they are themselves, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Find tickets to a show when The Beaches are near you… and be ready for a good time.

The Beaches, Late Show Tracklist

1. Back Of My Heart
2. Money
3. Moment
4. Let Me Touch
5. T-Shirt
6. Turn Me On
7. Gold
8. Highway 6
9. Late Show
10. Keeper
11. Walk Like That
12. Sweet Life

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CMW Preview: 19 Songs You Need to Hear at Canadian Music Week 2017!

The schedule is crazy. There are bands all over the city from all over the world. So here we are to try and give you some guidance.

Even if you can’t make it to every concert and showcase, you can start finding new music, and singing along to the tracks you know, with these 19 songs. Click any of the song titles to watch a video… or press play on the playlist at the bottom of the post and get your groove on!

Enjoy – and leave a comment telling us which songs you already loved, and which ones you’re happy you found…

Bleeker – Highway
Canada/Rock
Bleecker Julian Taylor Showcase CMW 2016

High Valley – She’s With Me
Canada/Country

Silver Love Club – Rachel
Australia/Rock
Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

Jess Moskaluke – Drive Me Away
Canada/Country
Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The Phoenix

The Dead Love – Summer
Australia/Rock
The Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

Madeline Merlo – Whatcha Wanna Do About It
Canada/Country
Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

The New Electric – T-Shirt
Canada/Pop

Alee – Moonshine
Canada/Country

The Beaches – Give It Up
Canada/Rock

Drake White – Livin’ The Dream
United States/Country
CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

The Honest Heart Collective – Liar’s Club
Canada/Rock

James Barker Band – Chills
Canada/Country
James Barker Band SiriusXM Fan Stage BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

Texas King – Come Find Me
Canada/Rock
Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

Andrew Hyatt – MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio)
Canada/Country
CMT Music Fest - Andrew Hyatt

Courage My Love – Stereo
Canada/Rock

Dani Strong – Wild One
Canada/Country
Dani Strong Boots and Hearts KX Hot Shots Showcase CMW 2016

Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One
United States/Rock

The Rifle & The Writer – Gig & Colour
Canada/Country

Repartee – Dukes
Canada/Pop
REPARTEE at Adelaide Hall - TORONTO WOMEN IN MUSIC

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CMW 2017: Joshua’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, The Beaches, High Valley

Canadian Music Week 2017 is coming faster than you might be ready for… and that’s freaking exciting. It means there’s a week of music coming that will mix what you know, what you don’t know, what you already love and what you’re going to fall in love with.

And to get you started with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017!

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Bad River – all on stage to put on a show… and if the Facebook event is to be believed, The Danger Bees and our Aussie boys, Silver Love Club (formerly Mabel) will be there too!

If there ever was a time to go out and see live music on a Tuesday night, it’s during CMW… and if you’re looking for the show you want to be at – this is the one.

Last year Trish hooked up with The Honest Heart Collective for a CMW preview which was awesome, and we’ve seen Texas King on the Adelaide Hall stage before – add together all of the previous experience and I’m sure that this is a Tuesday night concert that you do not want to miss out on.

Get ready to have some fun and kick off your week.

The Beaches – The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Beaches / The Brains / shy kids / The Dead Love

1) Who doesn’t want to hang at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on a Friday night?
2) You should want to see The Beaches be the bad ass women they are on stage during CMW!
3) Aussie rockers, The Dead Love are on the bill – and we certainly don’t want to miss that!

For real, this is going to be a Friday night concert that goes loud and hard and punches you right in the face – in the best way.

We’ve seen and hung out a little bit with The Dead Love, and we can’t wait to do that again. AND we saw The Beaches in all of their GRL BAND glory at the WayHome Xmas party in 2016… and we liked it a lot. Add in some new to us music from The Brains and shy kids and this is going to be a Friday night worth talking about on Saturday morning.

SiriusXM House w/ High Valley – The Great Hall

Saturday, April 22, 2017

High Valley / Madeline Merlo/ Jess Moskaluke

As far as country music shows go, this is going to be a good one! With three Canadian acts lined up to take over The Great Hall stage, we know what we’re going to get. Or at least we think we do.

UPDATE: 3-Time CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 2017 Juno winner for Country Album of the Year, Jess Moskaluke has been added to this show!

We’ve seen all of these performers more than once, and have had the chance to talk to each of them as well. They’re all doing what they love. They’re all good at what they do. And they’re all good to their fans.

There may be a few surprises on this Saturday night full of music… and that’s fine with us. We’ll be ready!

Now… check out some pics of the acts we’ve seen before, and get ready for more this April during Canadian Music Week 2017!

Texas King

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Silver Love Club

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

The Beaches

The Dead Love

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High Valley

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015High Valley CNE 2016 Bandshell

Madeline Merlo

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River Town Saints

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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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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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Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto 2016 #MoChaKaTO

On Thursday, November 17 we are proud to help host Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto with The Moustache Growers Union Local 416647.

Since 2010, in support of Movember and men’s health initiatives, Movember Challenge Karaoke Toronto has been a super fun event that has raised thousands of dollars for a great cause. And this year isn’t going to be any different.

pennys-bar-to-logoAt Penny’s (1306 Bloor Street West, Toronto) from 9pm to 2am there will be singing and drinking and prizes and surprises.

If you don’t know how Challenge Karaoke works, it’s like this.

A one-time donation of $5 enters you into the karaoke rotation to sing!

A $20 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform the song of your choice!

A $30 donation can be made by a singer to reject a challenge!

A $50 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform a song from Jason Rolland’s banned list. The same $50 donation can be made by a singer to perform a banned song without a challenge.

A $100 donation can be made to challenge a singer to perform a song by Celine Dion. The same $100 donation can be made by a singer to perform Celine without a challenge.

Raffle tickets will also be sold, and random donations of any denomination are welcome!

Prizes to be won at Movember Challenge Karaoke include…

wayhome-for-the-holidays-2016 2 tickets to WayHome for the Holidays (Wednesday, November 23 at The Phoenix, Toronto) featuring performances by Darcys, Bear Mountain, and The Beaches. PLUS, some Darcys vinyl, all donated by our friends at Republic Live.

2 autographed CD prize packs from Warner Music Canada featuring Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, and Jess Glynne.

A 1yr jam subscription from Penny Candy Jam and our friends at Penelope PR.

A music swag prize pack from our pals at MDM Recordings.

2 tickets to see the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Collesium, donated by Mo Bro and event co-host Sean Boulton.

The chance to join Moustache Growers Union Local 416647 members and friends in a private box to watch the Toronto Marlies

left-field-brewery-logo A Left Field Brewery prize basket

Gift Certificates from Mazz Salon

A sweet cooler with built in radio

As well as assorted other prizes including karaoke jumper cards, moustache themed goodies, and more.

There will also be online auction items available, including…

boots-and-hearts-2017-plaid-thumb 2 tickets to Boots & Hearts 2017, donated by our friends at Republic Live.

An autographed print of The Road Hammers created by Scotty Kipfer, donated by our friends at Penelope PR.

And more!

NOW, if you have anything that you would like to donate for raffle prizes or online auction, please feel free to let me know!

And, if you can’t make it to Penny’s on Thursday, November 17th between 9pm and 2am – you can click right here to visit our Movember profile and make a donation for a great cause.

If you are planning to come and you want to sing, come early… it’s going to be busy and awesome!

Thank you to all of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas and our supporters all around the world for being part of such a great initiative.

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WayHome Announces Neil Young + Promise Of The Real and more…

It’s been a long time since the initial WayHome artist announcement. We knew there’d be additions but today’s announcement certainly surprised me, in the best possible way with Neil Young + Promise Of The Real. Quoting Shannon McNevan, Executive Director of Republic Live, “It’s a true honor to welcome a legend like Neil Young to the WayHome Music and Arts Festival”.Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Neil Young invited Promise of The Real to join him for his latest project and WayHome is thrilled to have been added as a tour stop.

In case you didn’t know, Promise of The Real is fronted by Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson and they’ve been playing together since 2008 and Lukas is a Neil Young fan. Pulling a quote from the Band’s website earlier this year…

“We have an incredible announcement to make. Neil Young has honored us by asking us to accompany him on his next recording project! Unfortunately, this means we have to reschedule all of our shows in January except the 17th, but we promise we will make it up to you and in the meantime we will be creating some beautiful music for you all to enjoy. Just as a fun fact, the band actually started when Anthony Logerfo and I met at a Neil Young concert…and the name “Promise of the Real” comes from the lines of a Neil Young song called “Walk On”

“Some get stoned, some get strange…
Sooner or later, it all gets real..
Walk on..”

Talk about full circle”

If the goal of the festival is to offer a wide range of music, to include emerging artists, as well as artists who have reached a legendary status, WayHome has succeeded.

Additional artists added today include:

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Brandon Flowers, Theophilus London, Manchester Orchestra, The Lone Bellow, Django Django, The Growlers, Rhiannon Giddens, Dwayne Gretzky, Tobias Jesso Jr., Chad YanGaalen, Broncho, Slow Magic, Highs, Brave Shores, Kevin Garrett, Weaves, The Ascot Royals, The Beaches, Tomi Swick, Zorch, Amos The Transparent, Teen Violence, The Huaraches, Cross Dog.

Will there be an Artist Announcement Round 3? Maybe! Stay Tuned.

Weekend passes for WayHome went on sale in early February and include camping and parking for the festival. They are currently priced at $229.99 exclusively at www.wayhome.com.

Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks about the WayHome Music and Art Experience, including details about late night spectacles and experiences, original art installations, special international and local food offerings, an on site farmers market and much, much more.

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