For future reference, The Dakota Tavern is an excellent place visit on a Friday night to start your long weekend. To kick off our May Long, we hit our favourite basement in Toronto to see The Middle Coast and Johnson Crook – two bands with deep Manitoba roots, making good music, and having good times. … Continue reading The Making Of: The Middle Coast and Johnson Crook take Toronto
Saturday, May 6 was a night of celebration at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto as Johnson Crook hit the stage for a monster set, showcasing their debut EP and more. Noel, Nathan, Trevor, and Jared make up the band Johnson Crook, a collection of dudes that we’ve had the chance to watch and listen to … Continue reading Call Me Home: Johnson Crook EP Release Party, Toronto
On a quiet Tuesday in Toronto, with much of the music community still hungover from Canadian Music Week, three dudes from Texas made their first visit to Canada and played a showcase at the Dakota Tavern. Midland, all the way from small town Dripping Springs, TX, hit the small stage in front of fans and … Continue reading Drinkin’ Problem: Midland Comes North to Toronto
On Friday evening we hit the Dakota Tavern to catch country up-and-comer Shae Dupuy – and we don’t regret it for a minute. We’ve had the chance to hang out with Shae, hear her sing, learn a little more about her and her music, but on Friday we finally got to see her stand up … Continue reading Brave: Shae Dupuy at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern
On back-to-back nights in Toronto and Oshawa, ON – JJ Shiplett and Johnson Crook took the stage and put on the kinds of shows that make music fans want to hear more, see more, and do it all over again. Friday night’s show saw the 2 acts play early sets at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern and … Continue reading Always For You: JJ Shiplett and Johnson Crook Hit Toronto and Oshawa!
Tuesday night, just after midnight, we walked down the stairs into The Dakota Tavern and were greeted by the start of a set from self proclaimed, “Canadiana roots rockin’ red head”. With his band on stage, JJ Shiplett dove into his set headfirst and never let up. His gravelly voice flows with a smoothness that … Continue reading CMW 2016 Spotlight: JJ Shiplett
CMW is coming… and I am excited! For an entire week Toronto is set to come alive and overflow with music, musicians, and fans. There are 58 official CMW venues, with more than 800 bands, in 7 nights – and while it is impossible to see everyone, and sometimes even everyone you want to see … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview – Joshua’s Top 5 Must-Sees
This afternoon we had the chance to chat with Ryan O’Shaugnessy from Dublin, Ireland. He’ll be playing Canadian Music Week‘s Music From Ireland Official Showcase as well as a couple of other gigs during the festival. A finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, Ryan’s genre is listed as “Acoustic, Blues, Singer-Songwriter”. Thanks to Ryan for taking the time … Continue reading CMW 2015: Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaugnessy [Interview]
Tuesday night we were back out in the city taking in the Canadian Music Week festivities… and we went exploring! We started at The Cameron House (408 Queen St W), moved on to The Hideout (484 Queen St W), then to Cherry Cola’s (200 Bathurst St), and finally to The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave) … Continue reading CMW 2015 Tuesday Round Up!
Canadian Music Week kicked off Friday night in Toronto, and we celebrated by checking out 5 bands at 2 venues, with a nice walk in the spring night air thrown in the middle. This is an awesome 10 day stretch in the city, with new bands, and main stage performers mixing to play for bars … Continue reading CMW Night 1: The Horseshoe & Dakota Taverns ft. Daniel Lanois