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Happy 70th Birthday Horseshoe Tavern!

Photos by Trish Cassling

As Toronto’s historic and legendary Horseshoe Tavern celebrates its 70th birthday with a series of concerts this December, we’re looking back at some of our favourite shows over the last few years.

We’ve been fortunate to see big names and up-and-comers take the stage at Queen Street West’s most iconic music venue, and we’re proud to have captured and shared the memories of those days and nights.

Look back with us at some of our favourite photos from The Horseshoe Tavern, and stay tuned for more coverage in the future as artists and fans continue to visit those checkerboard floors.

Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose Horseshoe CD Release

The Lazys

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The Dead Love

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Silver Love Club/ Mabel

Mabel at The Horseshoe Aussie BBQ CMW 2016

One Bad Son

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Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook The Horseshoe 2016

Tommy Stinson

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Kiefer Sutherland

Jessica Mitchell

Jessica MItchell at The Horseshoe Tavern

Birds of Bellwoods

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Midnight Shine

The Julian Taylor Band

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The Dead South

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The Anti-Queens

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Crown Lands

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NXNE 2017 Club Lands: The Lazys – NXNE Curator Series – Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent)

The Lazys are not a band for the faint-hearted and on June 22nd at the Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) Curator Series at The Horseshoe Tavern, The Lazys brought everything they had and left it on the stage.


Not to be outdone, their fans took it up a notch and matched the band with their energy and enthusiasm.


We’ve been telling you about The Lazys since late 2015 and this band of Aussies have continued to up their game along the way. They’ve just finished recording a brand new album and they’re touring Ontario playing new tunes and old favourites. You can find out everything you need to know about the summer tour here.


Things of note from Thursday’s show – there were great supporting acts, it was really hot, it was packed, Matty left the stage, there were many adult beverages consumed, there was an aggressive mosh pit, and Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy killed their set.


Here is our photo show review in case you needed some evidence?

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Recording “Rise Over Run”: Crown Lands Episode 4 Premiere

It was almost a year ago when we stumbled upon Crown Lands (Kevin Comeau and Cody Bowles) when they were opening a show we were covering at The Rivoli on Queen West in Toronto. And truth be told, we’ve been fans ever since.

It’s been a very busy, productive year for Crown Lands. They’ve been working hard, plugging away, creating new music, playing gigs, and winning contests!

Note: Congrats to the boys on their HUGE win in the 97.7 HTZ-FM Rock Search. That’s a big deal!

And along with all the rest, Crown Lands put in a ton of work recording a brand new album, Rise Over Run.

These are two up-and-coming artists that have a lot of fun doing what they do. Whether it’s opening for Aussies rockers, The Lazys, or getting in a van and driving across the country, Crown Lands are into the process and ready to see their name in lights.

NOW, we are thrilled to bring you Episode 4 of Crown Lands new documentary series following the recording of Rise Over Run!

Press play, follow the guys through another step in their journey, and be ready for more from Crown Lands, coming soon!

Recording “Rise Over Run” – Episode 4

NXNE 2017 – Where We’ll Be

North by Northeast has revealed the final pieces of their schedule and it includes the one-day Future Land conference. They’ve got some cool sessions on Wednesday, June 21st, the price is a very reasonable $29 and you can get them here.

Want to know all about the festival? Visit our previous post – NXNE 2017 – Round 1 Artist Announcement.

With all the pieces in place, we’re ready to let you know who we’ll be checking out. The Club Land Shows lead into the weekend Port Lands shows and we’re happy to be hitting up some of our favourite venues to see a couple of our favourites bands, The Lazys and Crown Lands, as some that are new to us, too.

To start with, let’s talk about our favourites. The Lazys have just started a tour of Ontario and not only are they playing on the 22nd at The Horseshoe, they’ve also announced a free listening party on June 21st at The Bovine, doors are at 5:00 pm. If you’re around, it’s a great chance to hear the new album. If you’re not going to be in Toronto next week head to their website for tour details.
The Lazys CNE 2016Not to be outdone, Crown Lands have been up to some pretty amazing stuff. They’ve been working on a new album which they recorded at the legendary Chalet Recording Studio and Friday night they competed in the finals of the 97.7 HTZ FM Rock Search Contest.

The guys are already winners in our books but on Friday night, they took home the big prize! $2,500 in cash from 97.7 HTZ-FM and the opportunity to play four 97.7 HTZ-FM events over the year. They’ve also won an in-person consultation session with the artist development team at Dine Alone Records, $1500 in custom merchandise from Presstime Design & Screenprint, a recording package from Iguana Studios,  and last, but not least, a $1500 gift card to spend at Long and McQuade Musical Instruments.

Congratulations to the guys! Previous winners of this competition include Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Standstills and The Glorious Sons, that’s a pretty great list. In addition to playing the Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent) Curated Showcase on Friday the 22nd, you can also see them at Cherry Cola’s on June 17th.

Now, let’s move on to our show/band choices!

 Date About the event venue
 June  19Rural Alberta Advantage Curated Showcase
The Northern Coast
Jordan Normal and the Wisdom Teeth
Alex Vissa
The Dakota Tavern
 June  20Nick Rose (Dwayne Gretzky, Teen Ravine
Curated Showcase
Vast Asleep
Twin Within
Evan James Redsky
 June  21The Dirty Nil
Curated Showcase

Dead Soft
Secret Satanists
Big School
New Love
 The Garrison
 June  22Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent)
Curated Showcase

The Lazys
Crown Lands
The Anti-Queens
Sweatshop Kids
Horseshoe Tavern
 June  23    4:45 FerraroPort Lands – Skyline Stage
 June  24    3:00 CaveboyPort Lands – Canal Stage
 June  25    6:45 Yukon BlondePort Lands – Canal Stage

We know there are no headliners on our Port Lands list. But we’ll see what the days bring, we might see some Post Malone, Kaytranada or Passion Pit.

We’re stoked to see Ferraro, Caveboy, and Yukon Blonde. Shockingly, we’ve never seen any of these bands live. What?! Yes, we need to fix that! Stay tuned for pictures, interviews and reviews from NXNE 2017!

Tickets are still available and you can get them here!

Summer Ontario Fun Tour: The Lazys Hit The Road!

If you believe that rock and roll should be played hard, fast, and loud… we’ve got a prescription for The Lazys that we think you should fill immediately during the Summer Ontario Fun Tour.

And if you’re in Ontario, your chance is coming quick to see these five Aussie rockandrollers get on stage, sweat, sing, scream, and put on the kind of club show that you leave with a smile on your face and ringing in your ears!

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With eight shows in 11 days, The Lazys will be ready, willing, and able to crank up the volume and energy from Oshawa to Waterloo, and at all stops in between. And we can tell you this because we’ve seen it live for ourselves at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and at the CNE’s bandshell stage. And in both settings (very different settings) the boys hit it hard, held nothing back, and made new fans out of the rock and roll diehards in the crowd.

We fully expect them to do the same on the Summer Ontario Fun Tour!

Note: Two of our favourite dudes on the way up will be joining The Lazys for two dates on the tour, when Crown Lands open in Oshawa and Toronto.

Summer Ontario Fun Tour Dates

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Oshawa Music Hall – Oshawa, ON
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – The John St. Pub – Arnprior, ON
Friday, June 16, 2017 – The Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Burlington Sound of Music Festival – Burlington, ON
Sunday June 18, 2017 – The Pavillion – Sault Ste Marie, ON
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – NXNE @ The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
Friday, June 23, 2017 – The Station Music Hall – Sarnia, ON
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Maxwell’s – Waterloo, ON

If you’ve seen The Lazys on stage before, we don’t need to sell you on the idea of seeing them again. If you haven’t… well, we really, truly, completely believe that you should be at any one (or more) of these shows to enjoy some Aussie rock and roll.

And if you are a fan, stay tuned for information about the brand new record from The Lazys that we’ve been told will be coming before the end of 2017.

Until then, you can find all 13 tracks from their self-titled 2015 album, including bangers like Shake It Like You Mean It, Howling Woman, Show Me What You’re Made Of and Black Rebel, online from your favourite source – including the Spotify stream in this post.

Hit play, look at some more pics, and get your tickets for The Lazys’ Summer Ontario Fun Tour show nearest you!

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Aussie Night Out: Marcelo Garibotto Q&A

For an Aussie, Marcelo Garibotto has a very Canadian nickname. The man they call Moose works hard in the music industry, as a manager, advocate, entrepreneur and more.

And during Canadian Music Week 2017, Garibotto acted as a show booker, putting together the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout when the traditional CMW Aussie BBQ wasn’t booked for the festival. We hung out with Moose that night, talking shop, talking music, and listening to some great talent from the other side of the world. And we realized that he had some insight to share that we weren’t going to find here at home.

So, with thanks to Marcelo, here’s a Q&A we put together that sheds some light on the Australian music scene, why bands keep coming to Toronto, who we should be listening to next, and more…

Here we go!

Q) Set the scene for us, what’s the music industry situation like in Australia right now? We’ve heard it’s rough for bands trying to play and make a go of it, is that true? (get political if you want. talk about venues closing, attitudes, etc., whatever you want)

MG) Well it’s kind of a tricky question to answer, YES it’s hard at the moment but I think it’s hard everywhere, the game has changed a lot over the past 10 years, labels have been on a downward spiral, economies collapsing and the whole music landscape changing. In saying that, I think it’s a good time to be in the game, we’ve had an increase for the first time in a decade, 6% up. It’s still down several billion dollars from what it was but up is always good right? In Australia and especially Sydney there have been venues being shut down left and right, but at the same time others have opened up! I think the biggest issue we have in Australia is that we are supersaturated with a lot of music all around the world and no real protection system to nurture Australian talent, not like in Canada… Anyway that’s my 5c worth, I could be wrong everyone has their own theory about it all.

Q) What do you think makes Toronto and Canadian Music Week so inviting or tempting to Australian bands?

MG) The fact that everyone here (Toronto) is very accommodating, it feels like people want to go out and watch music and there is a lot of camaraderie here for Aussies, I mean we are a pretty likeable bunch all over the world but it feels like what our home should be like when we visit here… Not sure what the rest of Canada is like, looking forward to exploring it as well… There is lots of love here and we certainly feel it!

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Q) We’ve seen bands like Silver Love Club, The Dead Love and The Lazys make the long trip to play their music – to the best of your knowledge, has it been worth it?

MG) I can only really comment on what Silver Love Club got out of it the 2nd time round (Formally MABEL), it was definitely worth it, the networking and fan base increased considerably, it always tests a band when they have to perform to a new crowd, scary and exciting at the same time. I know the boys from The Dead Love a bit and I think that they are doing very well, I know that those boys don’t muck around, they wouldn’t come back to Canada if it wasn’t working for them… As for the Lazy’s well the proof is in the pudding as they say, it looks like they are killing it, deservingly so!

Q) With no afternoon Aussie BBQ organized for CMW this year you stepped up and put together the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout, why was it important to you that the show came together and went on in 2017?

MG) Well I think it was super important to have an Aussie Showcase of some sort, to travel 20+ hours literally to the other side of the planet and not have a showcase for Australian acts would of been a real shame… When I was notified that it wasn’t going to happen (The Aussie BBQ) I was gutted, it was a pretty low point. But me being me, I thought to myself “Nah stuff that” (stuff being replaced with a word starting with F) I can do it, I can put something together and I know I can pull in all the Aussies I know to get it done, so I did! I might of been the instigator but there were a lot of people in the background that supported the event, Geoff Trio form Code One and Larry Heath from The AU Review supported the event as well… It was so important that we had to have 2 showcase in the same night!!! The Aussie Night Out @ The Hideout and The Aussie Breakfast @Rivoli, so the 20th of April 2017 was the day that the Aussies took over Toronto!!

Q) Success can be measured in many forms, in your own words and your own way, do you think the Aussie Night Out was a success?

MG) Absolutely, first of all to see the quality of the bands that played and how good the crowd was for the show, for a last minute put together showcase that very little advertising and marketing I think it was a great night! Most of the bands that could of played did and some of them had 2 shows on the same night so if you missed out on one you knew you could see them at the other venue.

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Q) And if there isn’t a BBQ in 2018 (or maybe even if there is) do you think you’ll put together a follow-up to this year’s show?

MG) I think that if there is an Aussie BBQ next year I will leave it to Sounds Australia to do it, they are the best at it. Sounds does an amazing job ALL around the world putting on Australian showcases at these kinds of events (Midem, SXSW, CMW, CMJ etc..). It’s not my core business, if I put on a showcase next year, its will probably have more of an international feel, I like to connect artists, industry, general fans from all over the world, it’s what I do. So if I was to do something I wouldn’t want to compete, I would like to compliment and add value.

Q) Help everyone find some new music to listen to… give us a list of 5 Australian artists we should all give a listen to.

MG) Oh ok, this is putting me on the spot… I will give you 5 other bands that were not at CMW.

1. Tenderfoot – Blues / Rock band John Mayer meets Ryan Adams with a Tom Petty / Bob Dylan sound to it:

2. L-Fresh The Lion – He is one of my favourites right now, he’s a Hip Hop artist and if anyone knows me that is sooooo NOT my genre, I think that’s why it makes it special. Produced by ARIA nominated producer Michael McGlynn:

3. MOZA – These guys are running HOT right now, great songwriters and producers to boot!

4. The Khanz – The Khanz are a nostalgic dose of the naughties with a contemporary edge… think Glass Animals meets The Pixies… Picasso on an acid trip.”

5. Anabelle Kay – Incredible voice and another fantastic songwriter.

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Marcelo Garibotto – photo credit: Ash King


Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016

When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 based on how much he’d already listened to said albums.

I thought, hmm let me start putting together my list and see if this is true for me. Turns out, yep it is. While I’m always open to new music and I’m hoping amazing albums come out between now and the end of the year, my list is pretty much set too.

So here, in the order that they came into my head, is my list of the 10 Most Listened to albums of 2016

aussie-flag Mabel: Rachel (2015)

Most played track: My Way

We first caught up with the boys from Mabel during Canadian Music Week. They were so much fun to chat with and their set was energetic and fresh. I love their sound which reminds me of late 50’s rock with catchy lyrics and when Mikey roars, oh, be still my heart.


aussie-flag Paul Cowderoy: Wet Hessian Bag (2015)

Most played track: Gimme That

If fate had a different plan I would have met Paul Cowderoy this summer. There was  a plan for the Australian country singer to do a club tour here in Canada and Toronto was on his list. There were other things in the cards for Paul. A car accident put this guy on pause for a time. But he’s back putting out new music and I’m hoping he’ll be coming to Canada soon. This album was in my car for the first six months of the year and I made everyone who got into the car listen to it.

american-flag-emoji Chris Lane : Girl Problems (2016)

Most played track: Maybe

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Chris Lane this summer and one of the things we do going into interviews is our research. I was happy to listen to Chris Lane’s Girl Problems over and over. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.

canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

This is the only album that appears on both of our lists. I love this album. It makes me want to sing and dance, it makes me feel happy. That’s a winner in my book, every day. I had the pleasure of seeing Arkells perform at both WayHome and at an awesome The Edge Sugar Beach Session.  These guys really know how to entertain a crowd.arkells-morning-report-album-cover
canadian-flag-emoji Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (2016)
Most played track: Mercy

This might surprise you but I love Shawn Mendes. True story. I first saw Shawn Mendes when he opened for Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour. This young Canadian singer/songwriter has blown up and I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve played this album every day since it came out. 
canadian-flag-emojiJuly Talk – Touch (2016)

Most played track: Picturing Love

I come to the July Talk party a little late. I didn’t know! I caught the band at one of The Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions and was blown away. This is an album that I put on and play front to back, no skips. It’s moody, it’s fun, it’s playful and it feels kinda dangerous. I love this album.
american-flag-emoji Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (2016)

Most played song: untitled 08 | 09.06.2014

I wasn’t expecting this and was thrilled when it came out. After seeing Kendrick Lamar at WayHome in 2015 I started listening to everything Kendrick. The music, the lyrics, it sucks me in and it’s perfect.kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-cover-art

canadian-flag-emoji Jessica Mitchell: Hold Onto The Light

Most played song: Grown Up Things

I’ve been to quite a few of Jessica Mitchell‘s shows and she never disappoints. This is another album that I listen to every day. The timbre of Jessica’s voice is exquisite, I feel everything she sings, I believe her and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. 

aussie-flag The Lazys: The Lazys (2015)

Most played song: Shake It Like You Mean It

The Lazys, in three words energetic, enthusiastic, and enchanting. This amazing band from Australia has put together the perfect storm of rock and roll and luckily for us they love Canada. The boys tour and record here regularly and I’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping for a move to Canada.

aussie-flag The Dead Love: So Whatever (2016)

Most played song: Wastelands

I first met The Dead Love during Canadian Music Week‘s  Aussie BBQ. They have a great energy, it’s rock and roll, it’s alternative and punky, it’s grungy, and they can slow things down and keep your attention. They bring together technically great musicianship and compelling vocals. They sing about love but not the sweet kind, summer and living in a wasteland. Check it out!

With the amount of music I listen to, ten is a tough number. I’m going to cheat a little, I’ve added an additional five here as honourable mentions. Four out of five are Canadian.

canadian-flag-emojiThe Dead South: Good Company
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Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth
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canadian-flag-emojiCrown Lands: Mantra
Crown Lands Mantra






england-flagPink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
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canadian-flag-emojiThe Tragically Hip: Fully Completely

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Beautiful and Tragic: The Trews at the CNE 2016

For more than a decade we’ve been listening to the rock and roll stylings of The Trews, and on Saturday night we took it all in up close and personal at the CNE in Toronto.

The Antigonish, Nova Scotia natives took the stage to an awesome reception of fans who knew exactly what they were getting themselves into, and couldn’t wait to hear the hits and sing along for the night. It’s those same fans (and you too) that need to be ready for Friday, September 9 when Time Capsule hits stores and online outlets.

The Trews CNE 2016Trish caught up with John Angus MacDonald backstage to chat before the show and asked him about the album’s greatest hits & new music combo and found out that it was essential to the band that the four new songs be part of the offering. They did not want to fall into the stigma that a best of or greatest hits album is signaling the beginning of the end – because the band feels like they’ve got a lot left in them to give.

And with a 19 song set in Toronto on Saturday, they showed us all that they aren’t ready to ride off into the sunset at all. With Colin on the microphone, leading the charge, The Trews held the crowd in the palms of their hands. And when it was time to sing, the Ex got loud and proud to support the band, and we loved it. The band did too, or so we expect…

Trish: In 5 words or less can you describe how it feels when the crowd sings your songs back to you?

John Angus: Fu – cking A – maz – ing… there’s 5 syllables.

As the set played on it became clear to me that I had forgotten how much I really loved the songs that The Trews have put out since 2002. And then I realized that I was really happy that we had a Canadian band headlining a Saturday night rock and roll show, with a bunch of fans really into it. Sometimes we take CanCon for granted, but Saturday night we were proud.

The Trews CNE 2016

Trish asked about the changes in the Canadian music scene since the band broke in, and it almost seemed like John Angus didn’t know where to start. He mentioned the scaling down on the industry side with fewer people working for labels and bands. He also talked about the advent of social media, streaming, and iTunes. It’s sometimes easy to forget that all of those things are so new, and a band with a 15 year career has been on both sides of the shift. John Angus also talked about the change in crowds over the years, and how they’ve seen their fans grow up from their early twenties to their thirties – with kids. But they still see the new 20 somethings that are into the music too. It’s a mix that keeps tickets sold and makes the shows a lot of fun.

Note: When Colin stood on stage alone with his guitar and strummed and sang Highway Of Heroes I got chills. You could have heard a pin drop. It was powerful and beautiful. And when it ended I was almost surprised that the crowd didn’t burst out into Oh Canada.

Related: The Trews at 102.1 The Edge – Sugar Beach Sessions

Before Trish let John Angus get ready for the show she got to ask him about Canadian music, and got him to pick 1 band that we should be listening to right now, AND 1 band from the east coast that he thinks should be more popular across the country.

New Band: Towers. There’s new music coming, and John Angus has been in the studio to work on a couple songs with them already, so be ready.

East Coast Band: The Novaks. From St. John’s, NFLD, they started coming up about the same time as The Trews and John Angus thinks that they def. could have gotten a bigger chance. Give ‘em a listen.

The Trews are Juno nominees, East Coast and Independent Music award winners, and Canadian favourites in the genre. They’ve worked hard, and often over the last decade and a half, and by all indications, they’re ready to keep pushing.

the_TREWS_time_capsule_FINAL_Album+Cover+smColin, John Angus, Jack, Gavin, and Jeff put on a show for us at the CNE. From Lotta Work Little Love, through hits like Not Ready To Go, Hope & Ruin, and Tired Of Waiting, and the encore that included a nod to The Hip with Putting Down, and then a collaboration with Leon and Matty of The Lazys on Hold Me In Your Arms and Highway To Hell to close the show – we were all given what we were hoping for, what we expected, and what The Trews have been doing since the start.

We can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings!

The Trews Set List, CNE Toronto 2016

Lotta Work Little Love
Beautiful and Tragic
Not Ready to Go
So She’s Leaving
Paranoid Freak
Hope & Ruin
65 Roses
Power of Positive Drinking
Love Is the Real Thing
Tired of Waiting
Highway of Heroes
Dark Highway
What’s Fair Is Fair
Sing Your Heart Out
I Can’t Stop Laughing
Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me
Putting Down (Hip cover)
Hold Me In Your Arms
Highway to Hell

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Howling Woman: The Lazys, Live at the CNE 2016

Rock and roll fans, listen to us, if you’re not already in on The Lazys, it’s time. Right now.

On Saturday night at the CNE in Toronto, the stage took an Australian beating when Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy took over and rocked their hearts out as the opening act for Canadian vets, The Trews.

We’ve had a chance to meet and chat with the boys before, and see them on stage, so we thought we were prepared for the show – but the difference between the size of the stage at the Ex and the Horseshoe is significant, and the boys took full advantage.

The Lazys CNE 2016-8631And they knew they would… Trish caught up with Leon and Matty backstage before the show and when she asked them about getting up on the big stage they were instantly excited and told her they were born for this shit!

She also asked them how their current Canadian tour has been going so far with their western shows done, and the band seemed quite happy with things. The crowds have grown since their last time through, the clubs are full, and the response has been awesome.

Here’s the thing about The Lazys when they play live – it’s a show. A real live, full blast, top volume, over the top rock and roll show. The guys put it all out there with their energy and movement and attitude from the minute they step on stage to the minute they step off. They sing and scream and dance and spew water and do everything they can to get every single person in the crowd into the party. It’s a huge piece of why we’re into the band really, the live experience is A+ top notch.

Since the boys have started spending more and more time in Canada every year we decided we wanted to ask them a couple questions that would give us some insight into the Aussie experience in the great white north.

First, we asked what 1 Canadian thing they would take home to Australia – and at almost the exact same time Leon and Matty said Caesars and Tim Hortons… which we can’t really argue with,  both are very Canadian!

Next, Trish asked the reverse, and Leon told her that he’d love to bring the Australian weather to Canada so we could all enjoy some sun and warmth all year long. And as much as we love a good snowball fight, it’s really tempting to agree with him on that!

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We also asked The Lazys about the bands they’re into. But before we get to that, here are some more points that we took away from the CNE show…

⭐ Matty has some of the best guitar faces and showmanship we’ve seen in a long long time.
⭐ The band is tight, which we don’t want people to overlook when they’re busy watching and listening to Matty’s solos.
⭐ Leon looks, probably 5 times per show, like he’s ready to jump straight into the crowd. And while we haven’t seen it happen yet, we’re not counting out the possibility of it happening one day.
⭐ When Matty, Glenn, and Liam sing with Leon, or around him, it fills out the sound perfectly.
⭐ Andy did one of our favourite things: Singing along at the drum kit even though he doesn’t have a mic. It’s a sure sign for us that a drummer is all in and loving what he’s part of.

Ok, so we asked the guys to tell us who their top 3 Canadian bands are, but they had some trouble with the math, so we doubled it and let Leon and Matty have 6 bands combined.

🍁 Billy Talent
🍁 The Trews
🍁 One Bad Son
🍁 The Wild
🍁 Whale and the Wolf
🍁 The Glorious Sons

Then Trish asked if there was an Australian band that we should be listening to and Leon told us that The Dead Love were the ones. Which is great for us because we saw and chatted with at CMW 2016 and already in. And we 100% agree with the boys that you should check them out and start getting as excited for new music from the Aussie rockers as we are!

The last thing we asked before the let The Lazys get ready for the stage was what they’re up to after the tour wraps. And we loved the answer, because they’re going to Vancouver to record a new record!

The Lazys CNE 2016-9042The boys have 6 weeks booked with Garth “GGGarth” Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Red Hot Chili Peppers) to record. And if the new tracks sound as good as Shake It Like You Mean It, which Richardson did with the guys, then we’re pretty sure we’re going to have a full record worth yelling and dancing and singing along to.

But, before they get to that there are still a bunch of tour dates left including September 15 in Oshawa and September 16 in Toronto at the Rivoli. And we would like to strongly recommend that you get to one of those shows to see The Lazys play Howling Woman, Shake It Like You Mean It, Black Rebel, Love Your Gun, Show Me What You’re Made Of and all kinds of other high intensity bangers.

See you there!

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1 year ago

Howling Woman Tour: The Lazys

We’ve got a soft spot for Australian bands, I don’t know what it is, but we do. One of our favourite Aussie bands is headed back to Canada with a couple of stops in Toronto. The Lazys kick off their Howling Woman Tour in Vancouver at The Roxy on August 25th and head east across Canada with 18 dates in all.

Why should you see The Lazys? They’re super high energy. They’re really fun dudes. You’ll hear amazing guitar licks.They have some of the best rock and roll hair. They’ve got great relatable lyrics, you’ll definitely hear something that seems like it was written just for you. And last but not least, a party, these boys are a party on stage.

We’ll be there and we think you should be too!The Lazys

Tour Dates

08/25/16 – Vancouver, BC  – The Roxy
08/26/16 – Kamloops, BC – CJ’s Nightclub
08/27/16 – Calgary, AB – The Marquee Beer Market & Stage
08/29/16 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar & Grill
08/30/16 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
08/31/16 – Edmonton, AB – The Brixx Bar & Grill
09/01/16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
09/03/16 – Toronto, ON – Canadian National Exhibition – Bandshell Park
09/05/16 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
09/07/16 – London, ON – London Music Hall – Rum Runners
09/08/16 – Niagara Falls, ON – Taps Brewery – Outdoors
09/09/16 – Kingston, ON – Merchant Taphouse
09/10/16 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
09/12/16 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
09/14/16 – Arnprior, ON – The John Street Pub
09/15/16 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall
09/16/16 – Toronto, ON – Rivoli
09/17/16 – Sarnia, ON – The Station Music Hall

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1 year ago

CMW 2016 Preview – Trish’s Top 5 Must-Sees

Canadian Music Week is just around the corner, and I’m in love.

I was a CMW attendee long before I started writing about and shooting shows. I love this festival so much, I’d book vacation time so I could take in as many bands as possible. I love the way it makes our city feel, filling the streets and clubs with musicians, and I love covering this festival. My only regret is that there’s no possible way to see all of the bands that I’d really like to see. It’s just not possible!

CMW 2016 will feature over 800 bands, appearing in 58 venues, over 7 days, with the lion’s share happening Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Trust me, you’ve gotta plan and pace yourself kids!

If you’re a regular reader you won’t find anyone absolutely new on my list, all of my picks are bands I’ve written about before. I’ve either seen them before or I’ve interviewed them, and I can’t wait to see them live. In chronological order, here are my top 5 picks.

Meghan Patrick at Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 3rd – 10:00 PM
The Hot Shots CMW Showcase
Presented by: KX Country and Boots & Hearts

Meghan Patrick CMW 2016I have a special spot for Meghan Patrick in my heart. She was the lead singer in the first band I ever shot. Let me just say, she set the bar very, very high and she continues to raise that bar every single time I see her. She’s warm, sweet, charming and real when you talk to her, and then there’s her talent. When she sings soft and low it gives me goosebumps and when she lets it rip, her voice is rich and strong. In three short years she’s come a long way, and I like to say I knew from the second she opened her mouth that she was destined for big things. Meghan is an absolute must-see!

Poor Young Things at Lee’s Palace on May 4th – 10:00 PM
The Julian Taylor Band Showcase
Presented by: 94.9 The Rock

Poor Young Things CMW 2016Originally from Thunder Bay, Poor Young Things now call Toronto home. The five-piece rock band is made up of lead singer and guitarist Matt Fratpietro, Michael Kondakow on guitar and vocals, Dave Grant on guitar and vocals, Scott Burke on bass and Konrad Commisso on drums. You can expect great musicianship, intense energy, amazing harmonies, laughs, and feeling the need to jump up and down, seriously!

I’m sneaking this one in here, I’ll definitely be sticking around to check out The Julian Taylor Band!

Ivory Hours at The Horseshoe on May 5th – 1:30 AM
Tommy Stinson w/ Special Guests Showcase

Ivory Hours

The London-based band features Luke Roes on vocals and guitar, Chris Levesque on bass, and Thomas Perquin on drums. I’ve fallen hard and fast for this band. Their version of pop-rock is catchy, sassy, with lyrics that make you think. I love the tone of Luke’s voice, and I can’t wait to see them live. Ivory Hours have lots of great videos on their YouTube channel, you should check it out and maybe I’ll see you at The Shoe.

Petric at Boots and Bourbon on May 6th – 8:00 PM
Cold Creek County w/ Special Guests Showcase
Presented by: KX Country

PetricJason and Tom Petric hail from Transcona, just outside of Winnipeg, and this handsome country duo are steaming up Canadian country radio. Their current single All She Wrote is full of sweet guitar and banjo, seamless harmonies, and a great story. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason and Tom and they’re smart, funny, talented and super likable. I’ll be riding east to Boots and Bourbon to see Petric, and I’m sure they’ll be worth the trip.

The Lazys at The Cameron House (back room) on May 6th – Midnight

The Lazys CMWThe Lazys will be performing an acoustic set at The Cameron House in the back room Friday, May 6th. They’ll be hitting the stage at midnight. When they were here last they blew up The Horseshoe with their balls out, no holds barred, ridiculously energetic rock and roll show. The Lazys have come all the way from New South Wales, Australia for this showcase and while I’m not quite sure what an acoustic set from this band will sound like, I can’t wait. The Lazys are Leon Harrison on vocals, Matty Morris on guitar, Glenn Williams on bass, Liam Shearer on guitar, and Andy Neilsen on drums.

It was a real challenge narrowing my must-see list down to  5 bands. I have to mention that my CMW schedule also includes spending my Saturday afternoon at the Aussie BBQ. There’s nothing like live music on a Saturday afternoon!

Get your CMW 2016 wristbands here, and start building your must-see list.

We’ll have coverage throughout the festival. Stay tuned!

2 years ago

Favourites Of 2015: A Year In Review!

2015 has been an awesome year for us at We’ve had the chance to see more shows, cover more festivals, talk to more artists, have more fun, and share more content with all of you.

And now, as we get closer to the end of the year, Trish and I are looking back at 2015 and trying our best (it’s not easy) to pick our favourite things.

We cover a lot of country… but that’s not all, so we’ve got country and non-country categories to share, and a few runners-up, because sometimes picking 1 clear favourite in a category wasn’t even a little bit easy.

Here’s hoping that 2016 is just as awesome – and that you’ve enjoyed all the music you’ve found and seen and listened to in 2015.

Keep being awesome!

Favourite Live Performance of the Year: Country

Eric Church Boots and Hearts 2015Josh… Eric Church: On Saturday night at Boots & Hearts I got to see Eric Church up on stage for the first time. It wasn’t a set full of small talk. It was a set full of hits. From start to finish it was guitars and singing and everything that I wanted to see. The highlight of the night was These Boots, when dozens of cowboy boots flew up on the catwalk and Church picked each one of them up, signed them with a Sharpie and tossed them back into the crowd so the owner could get it back. It was a highlight for a lot of people that weekend. Would definitely see this dude again.

Dean Brody Boots and Bourbon Toronto 2015Trish… Dean Brody at Boots and Bourbon (club show): I’m the worst at picking just one. Dean Brody at Boots and Bourbon was an invite only, up close and personal show and I was so close I could have reached out and touched Dean. His energy was palpable and the packed club barely knew the words to his brand new CD. Did I mention how sweet, adorable and handsome this man is?

Thomas Rhett Boots and Hearts 2015Thomas Rhett (big stage): Up on the big stage Thomas Rhett was the big winner for me. Bright flowery shirt, drink in his hand, smile on his face with the sun shining down, winner. Engaging, entertaining, super fun to watch. Thomas moves likes he can’t stop and those dance moves, the audience loves them! This was my favourite performance at Boots & Hearts and that’s a tough spot to win.

Favourite Live Performance of the Year: Non-Country

Neil Young WayHome 2015Josh… Neil Young: WayHome 2015 It was the first, and likely the last, time that I saw Neil Young on stage. It was 3 hours that I’ll never get back, and wouldn’t want to. Because for all of the anti-GMO speeches and weird on stage activities, he’s still Neil Young. He’s still Rockin’ In The Free World. He’s still Heart Of Gold. He’s still a legend. And with an average song length of somewhere around 7 and a half minutes, there were plenty of extended guitar solos and jam sessions that brought smiles to old Uncle Neil’s face.

Runner-Up… Kendrick Lamar headlining on Saturday night at WayHome. He killed it for his entire set. And, I have to give a nod to Walk The Moon for their performance of Shut Up And Dance, they nearly blew the tent off the stage.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernTrish… The Lazys (club show): It might be because it’s so fresh in my memory but the energy The Lazys put out at The Horseshoe was ridiculous! I could have watched this show over and over, night after night. Non-stop, insanely talented, catchy, make you wanna get up and dance, scream and jump up and down, loud experience. I can’t stop listening to them and you can’t make me. I hope when they return to Canada we get the chance to sit down again for ribs and a brownie.

Kendrick Lamar WayHome Art and Music Festival-9262-2Kendrick Lamar/Taylor Swift (big stage): Sorry I can’t choose between Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift, so I won’t. Kendrick’s performance at WayHome this past summer left me feeling changed. He touched me and the rest of the 35,000 who showed up. Powerful stuff. But I have to include Taylor. So amazingly put together, this sold out show made me so happy I cried, and I wasn’t alone. Keith Urban showing up as the special guest was the icing on the cake.

Favourite Award Show/TV Performance of the Year

Josh… Stapleton/Timberlake: Tennessee Whiskey/Drink You Away There are a lot of people that would pick this performance as the best of the year. For 8 minutes, through 2 songs, these 2 super talented dudes tore it up. The country industry has long loved Stapleton, and the entire world loves Timberlake, and when they got together on that stage it was damn near magic.

Favourite Album of the Year: Country

Dean Brody Gypsy Road Album CoverTrish… Dean Brody: Gypsy Road Put it this way, I put this CD in my car on April 21st and it’s still in the CD player. I played nothing but this album for weeks, never turning on the radio. It’s on both of my phones and in my iTunes library. The first track, first single Upside Down with its catchy opening whistle was the perfect thing to get things started. But the real question for me was, how many times did I hit the restart button for track 4 – Burning Down the House to hear Dean say ‘Banjo’. Too many times to count! A solid album from beginning to end with three radio singles including the newest one, Love Would Be Enough and who’s to say there won’t be more.

Brett Kissel PICK ME UP album coverJosh… Brett Kissel: Pick Me Up Celebrated by iTunes, CBC Music, and fans all across Canada, Kissel’s Pick Me Up is a great album that I played on repeat as soon as I got my grubby little hands on it. And it’s a bonus that it sounds great live. From the 1st single, Airwaves, to my personal favourite, Pick Me Up, and even the 2 tracks that get me a little chocked up – Feet Back On The Ground & I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair, this is a great album that I’m happy to have in my rotation.

Runner-Up… 2014 releases Montevallo (Sam Hunt) & Lifted (Dallas Smith) spent a lot of time on my playlists this year, and Cam’s debut album, Untamed is well on its way to doing the same. A lot of great country music out there!

Favourite Album of the Year: Non-Country

Taylor Swift 1989 Album CoverTrish… Taylor Swift: 1989 / Hozier: Hozier Who wasn’t listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989 this year? In an elevator on my way up to work I ran into 4 colleagues. To be polite we remove our headphones and I ask, “so what are you listening to?” Taylor, Taylor, Taylor, Taylor… yeah me too! Not a single song to skip on this album. Technically released in 2014 I’m including it because she did just wrap this tour!

A close second though is Hozier so many plays, so many great songs. Another late 2014 release this album garnered platinum and gold status all over the world. With five singles to date this album was a big part of my music history this past year.

Ryan Adams 1989 Cover ArtJosh… Ryan Adams: 1989 Is this cheating a little bit? Maybe.

But Adams’ covers of Taylor Swift’s songs were perfect for me. I loved the way he changed them just enough to make them something different – and turned Welcome To New York & All You Had To Do Was Stay into favourite cuts for me. I wrote about the album when it came out and said, As a 33 year old dude, I feel like Ryan Adams’ version of Taylor Swift’s 1989 was recorded specifically for me.”. It still feels that way 3 months later.

Favourite EP of the Year: Country

Jess_Moskaluke Kiss Me Quiet EPJosh… Jess Moskaluke: Kiss Me Quiet Yes, I would rather have had a a full length album, but I’m not here to look a gift horse in the mouth. I don’t have a “skip” song the 6 track EP and the added acoustic versions of Kiss Me Quiet and Lightning Bolt are great too. And yes, I hope that next time we get a new album from Jess there are 12 songs on it. But for now, I’ll keep playing the Kiss Me Quiet collection as often as I please.

Runner-Up… Cam: Welcome To Cam Country This was our true introduction to one of Country’s newest stars. With a 4 song EP (My Mistake, Runaway Train, Half Broke Heart, Burning House) she got folks ready for the full length Untamed.

Favourite EP of the Year: Non-Country

Poor Young Things Force of NatureTrish… Poor Young Things: Force of Nature Six songs, all great with a slightly different feel. I’m hooked. From the beginning Like An Animal to the last note of Hurricane, catchy, interesting, great lyrics and hooks. I find myself wondering if in person meetings and live performances are impacting my choices. I think yes!

Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth A big fan of this band since coming across them in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists list their EP The Fifth is quiet, dark and haunting. Great lyrics, amazing voices and super talented musicians, this one stayed with me.

Favourite Photoshoot of the Year

St. Vincent WayHome Art and Music Festival-Trish… St. Vincent: I’d never heard of her. I know! I’m sorry. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. From the second she hit the stage I was mesmerized. Gorgeous, interesting, striking angles, that smile and those eyes! I took so many shots of her and there were so many good ones, it was very hard to narrow it down for the actual post.

Favourite Surprise of the Year

Rick Springfield-8898Trish… I started listening the week before the CNE show. I was surprised how much back catalog there was. I had an amazing time at the show and when I checked Spotify, my most played artist… Rick Springfield. And not what you’d think, it wasn’t Jessie’s Girl but Our Ship’s Sinking off the latest album – Songs for the End of the World, that got the most song plays. Who knew?

Favourite Interview of the Year

Small Town Pistols Boots and Hearts 2015Josh… Small Town Pistols We sat down with Amanda and Tyler at Boots & Hearts and had an awesome time. They had just come from the main stage, drinks in hand, and we all got comfortable while we talked about the music, their dad, the new record, and even the fact that my brother used to share a school bus seat with Tyler way back in the day. I’ve been listening to The Wilkinsons since the mid-90s, and to be able to interview these 2 was a good memory for the year.

Poor Young Things HMV TorontoTrish… Poor Young Things Shout out goes to Strut Entertainment for thinking this one up. Meet the band at HMV, chat about music, buy stuff with gift cards and then give away an album and a gift card to our readers! Favourite interview of the year.

Favourite Festival of the Year

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015Josh & Trish… Boots & Hearts Between the 2 of us we saw a bunch of festivals this year, but Boots & Hearts is at the top of both of our lists.

The opportunity to see 4 days of awesome country music + the chance to sit down with The Stellas, Small Town Pistols, High Valley, The Road Hammers, Jess Moskaluke, The Reklaws… it was a great weekend, and continues to build on a “family” feeling every year for us.

Favourite Memory of the Year

Scott Weiland Meet and Greet Toronto, CMW 2015Josh… Scott Weiland Meet & Greet It was the end of the night, everyone had left the Mod Club, and I got a tap on my shoulder. Just minutes later I was standing side by side with Scott Weiland, arms over each other’s shoulders, ridiculous smile on my face, and caught on camera forever.

It was an awesome way to end a night when the now passed rock and roller brought his A game to the stage in Toronto.

Jason McCoy Red Carpet CMAO Awards 2015-3739Trish… Jason McCoy at the CMAOs An already amazing night had a cherry put on top. 

I’m sitting in the hallway of The Flato Markham Theatre, trying to get some juice in my battery for the next round of performances and awards, and someone comes and sits beside me and picks up their phone, which was already hanging out of the socket. Oh, it’s only Jason McCoy, the host. We chatted about technology and better batteries.

Thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 so great for us, and so hard to pick our favourites. And thank you to everyone who Liked and Shared and Retweeted their favourite posts from during the year.

We love you all.

Happy Holidays & An Awesome New Year!

2 years ago

Ones to Watch in 2016!

2015 is wrapping up, and I promised a Ones to Watch in 2016 list, so here it is.

If you’ve got an artist that you think we should be watching for next year, please leave a comment and tell us so we can add them to our list!

Cam Untamed Feature BannerCam With a brand new album dropping this December, Cam is prepping for a big 2016. We’re already in love with Burning House and My Mistake, and with 8 new tracks coming on the Untamed album, we’re betting that we’re going to have more to love in the coming year. She’s bubbly and sweet and easy to crush on… let’s see where this goes.

Dylan Scott Boots and Hearts 2015 2Dylan Scott 2015 was a big year for Dylan as he built his fanbase with some great work on social media, and cracked the Top 40 country charts with Crazy Over Me. After catching young Mr. Scott on stage at Boots & Hearts this summer we’re hoping for big things and another trip to play for Canadian crowds.

Meghan Patrick at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015Meghan Patrick Meghan’s been down in Nashville killing it in the studio recording music after signing with Warner Music Canada and The Agency Group earlier this year. I can’t wait to hear what the writing sessions and studio work produce from a Durham County local girl that we’ve been watching hone her craft for the last few years.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernThe Lazys The Aussie rockers are loud and obnoxious in the very best of ways. After hanging out for a beer, talking music, and watching them up on stage, we know these boys are ready for more. With writing and recording pencilled into their 2016 schedule, including another trip back to North America, our fingers are crossed that we’ll see The Lazys headline with new material to go with the stuff we already dig.

Sam Hunt with guitar Wheels Up Tour Toronto June 2015Sam Hunt Yes, everyone already knows Sam Hunt and he’s hella popular, but we also hear that he’s working on some new music to follow up Montevallo. It might be hard to avoid a sophomore slump after such huge early success, and that’s why we’re watching… we want to see him knock another one out of the park.

Johnson Crook Boots and Hearts 2015Johnson Crook These 4 dudes are a bucket of fun and their talent shines through in the early work they’ve done together. We know they’ve been in studio, and can’t wait to see what tracks make it to the final product.

River Town Saints CMW 2015River Town Saints These boys know how to have fun on stage, and that’s been a key in starting to make a name for themselves on the Canadian country music scene. There’s a lot more to come from River Town Saints and 2016 is going to be the start of that story.

Cory Marquardt CNE 2015Cory Marquardt He parties hard and works harder, and that’s going to result in more and more opportunity and face time for this former hockey player. We know there’s a new video (with a cameo by his dog Emma) and single on the way, and with any luck that’ll be the start of a big year.

Mieke 3Mieke I really dug the early release work from Mieke this summer, and we’re hoping that there’s more coming in 2016. If you still haven’t heard Sleeping Alone, give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Livy Jeanne CNE 2015 Northern Comfort SaloonLivy Jeanne In 2015 she worked the stage and the backstage microphone, and she made friends everywhere she went. If 2016 is anything like that, we’ll be happy. We’ll also be happy when more people know her name – and we’ve still got “hang out with Livy and Jordan McIntosh” on our To Do List.

Boots and Hearts 2016 BannerBoots & Hearts OK, it’s weird to put a festival on this list, but as we all get ready for the B&H 5th Anniversary it’s impossible not to think about the weekend we’re going to have at Burl’s Creek and who else is going to be added to a lineup that already includes Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley.

2 years ago

Friday Night Rock and Roll with The Lazys & One Bad Son!

If you didn’t already know, Friday night is a good night for rock and roll in Toronto!

On a chilly November night on Queen Street, three rock and roll bands took their turns on the legendary Horseshoe Tavern stage and did everything in their power to turn up the heat and the volume. Spoiler: They succeeded.

Note: Thanks to the Horseshoe for turning on the AC because it got real hot, real fast when the music started and the crowd pushed up to the front of the stage.

Big love to The Lazys, One Bad Son, and The Ballroom Babies for coming out on a Friday night and entertaining a crowd that was hungry for rock and roll.

The Ballroom Babies Toronto Horseshoe TavernFirst on stage, making the most of their 9:30 time slot, was The Ballroom Babies. 3 dudes from Mississauga who made a good impression on the local audience, and got everyone ready for the rest of the music still to come.

Clear in their UK rock influences, easy to tell from their catchy guitar riffs and their covers of The Beatles and Queen – their Tie Your Mother Down was awesome – these 3 dudes remind us of the band in your high school talent show you kept playing and grew up to be actually be good.

High five to brothers Mike, Steve, and Nathan… The Ballroom Babies!

Before we get to our highlight of the night we need to feature Saskatoon 4 piece rockers, One Bad Son.

One Bad Son Toronto Horseshoe Tavern -9495These prarie boys have been playing together since 2004, and 11 years later they’re having the biggest rock and roll year of their lives. Opening for both Def Leppard and Judas Priest – and adding headling the ‘Shoe on a weekend, which they told us all, was a big deal.

With no shortage of energy, One Bad Son took the stage to headline the night and did not disappoint the fans that danced and sang and shouted along with the music. Their increasing popularity on rock radio and online has clearly earned them fans across the country – and we can’t argue with any of them.

One Bad Son Toronto Horseshoe TavernThis is a tight rock and roll outfit, loud, fun, coordinated and exciting. We don’t know this to be fact, but the band reminded us of the original I Mother Earth tracks from the 90s, and perhaps there’s some influence there.

Applause to Shane, Adam, Adam, and Kurt… One Bad Son!

Sandwiched between The Ballroom Babies and One Bad Son were Australian rockers – and all around good dudes – The Lazys.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernHere’s the 1st thing you need to know about The Lazys on stage at The Horseshoe – it’s a SHOW. That’s not yelling, we just really wanted to emphasize it. These 5 boys are entertainers. Dancing, jumping, singing, playing, smiling fools for rock and roll. There wasn’t a minute that slowed down the energy, and there wasn’t a time in the show that I wasn’t convinced that lead singer Leon Harrison was 3 seconds from diving off the stage and into the crowd.

Here’s the second thing… The Lazys have more black clothing, hair, and ink on stage than any regular sampling of 5 guys you’d find on the street – even with Glenn very confidently rocking the bald head.

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe TavernThe Lazys put on a hot, sweaty, loud, aggressive, and highly entertaining show. They whip their hair. They drench themselves in water. They take pictures of the crowd. Matty finds a bar to stand on to play solos that much closer to the crowd.

The combined showmanship of Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy mixed perfectly with the uptempo, high volume rock and roll that they bring to the stage. Rock and roll fans are lucky to have The Lazys in Canada on this tour and we’ll be lucky to have them back again… hopefully sooner rather than later.

Don’t miss them when you get the chance.

Big love to Leon, Matty, Glenn, Liam, and Andy… The Lazys!

Photos of The Lazys – The Horseshoe Tavern, November 20 2015

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The Lazys Set List – The Horseshoe Tavern, November 20 2015

⚡ Ready Ready
⚡ Show Me What You’re Made Of
⚡ Fight For The People
⚡ Punk Come ‘N Get Me
⚡ Howling Woman
⚡ All Fired Up
⚡ Love Your Gun
⚡ Black Rebel
⚡ Shake It Like You Mean It

2 years ago

Black Rebel Tour: The Lazys Come Back to Canada

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover. BUT, when you look at the boys from The Lazys with their long hair, healthy beards, ink, and beers in their hands – it’s hard not to see rock and roll.

The Lazys 4395This week we sat down with lead singer Leon Harrison and guitarist Matty Morris at Lou Dawgs on King St. West in Toronto to talk about the transition from Australia to Canada, the rock scene back home, condos, venues, chicken wings, what’s coming next, and more.

Big thanks to the boys for meeting up with us before a hectic 5 week schedule – we’re pretty sure every interview from now on should include beer and BBQ.

Just over 24 hours after they landed in Toronto (via LAX), The Lazys were already gearing up to hit the 401 east for a Kingston show before playing 22 more shows on the ‘Black Rebel’ Tour (in support of their new single, Black Rebel) between November 14th in Arnprior, ON and December 19th in Saskatoon, SK. With a total of 23 shows in 37 days, covering well over 3,000kmincluding a stop at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, November 20th – these Australian rockers know that they need to walk the line between preserving some energy and enjoying the hell out of the experience.

The Lazys 4393 editThis isn’t the first trip that The Lazys have come to play for Canadian crowds. In fact, they were just here for Canadian Music Week, playing shows at The Horseshoe and The Rivoli and loving every minute of it. It’s why they’re back. Matty and Leon love the fact that rock and roll is alive and well in Toronto and across Canada (they’ve hit the prairies before and been to the east coast), and sad that it’s not the same at home in Australia. The scene has all but disappeared according to the boys, with the local venues they went to as young music fans being sold, torn down, and the land used to build condos.

When we talked about the same thing happening here (with the Guvernment as one example) Leon started to wonder out loud if there wasn’t a song in there somewhere.

Note: Maybe we’ll get a little love in the liner notes if anything comes from that idea.

And speaking of new music, The Lazys have some writing, recording, producing time written in pencil on their 2016 calendar. It would be another trip to North America (frequent flyer miles are piling up) with some time spent in Canada and the US, with Nashville as a hopeful maybe on Matty’s agenda.

The Lazys 4390Producer GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Nickelback, Mötley Crüe) has told the boys to have songs in mind, to get the writing process going when they have it in them, and be ready to make a record. It’s something that they’re excited about judging by the way they talk about Richardson and writing.

As we sat and talked and ate (Leon loved the dry rub chicken wings, and the guys are all about poutine as a late night party snack) it felt a whole lot more like hanging out than an interview – and we’re totally okay with that. Matty and Leon both got comfortable and showed who they are… 2 dudes that play in a rock and roll band, that love to make loud music, and can’t wait to get on stage to show everyone what they’ve got 23 times before they fly home to Australia for Christmas.

Thanks again to the guys for hanging out, to Lou Dawgs for treating us well and giving Leon a new pint glass to take home – and we’ll see you all at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, December 20!

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