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The Hype: Hoodie Allen, Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher

At Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

On a rainy, but warm November Saturday night, Hoodie Allen came to Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre and the crowd went wild!

Hoodie Allen, aka  Steven Markowitz, brought along a few friends for good measure, and Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher were the perfect warm-up for the Long Island, New York alt-hip-hop singer.

The first performer up was Myles Parrish who showed up with his DJ and immediately got the crowd jumping, waving their hands and singing along.

The 25-year-old is a seasoned performer and I marvelled at his ability to pull the audience in from the outset. The music comes across as fun and bouncy and Myles stepped it up when he asked the crowd how they felt about 1956 and then proceeded to twist and do a little hand shuffle. It was fun well received. And make no mistake there were definitely Myles Parrish fans in the crowd, everyone up front was singing along.

Myles Parrish - The Phoenix - Toronto Myles Parrish - The Phoenix - Toronto
Luke Christopher took the stage at 8:40 and won me over. He’s got the best dimples and his tone is deep and rich and when he sang his hit Lot to Learn everyone in the place agreed that if he was the question, they’d be the answer.

The 24-year-old from LA kept up a dizzying pace and covered the stage and engaged with the crowd making everyone happy. He was charming and his lyrics were inviting and entertaining.

Luke Christopher - The Phoenix - Toronto Luke Christopher - The Phoenix - Toronto

There was a small gap in the scheduled performances and audience waited patiently for the headliner. The second Hoodie Allen stepped foot on stage, his fans went wild. There was singing, screaming, ladies throwing their undergarments at the rapper and he ate it up.

Note: I have to admit that I was asked, with a gesture from the singer, to pass him a bra which hadn’t quite made it to the stage. That’s a first for me.

Hoodie Allen - The Phoenix - Toronto Hoodie Allen - The Phoenix - Toronto
Hoodie Allen talked about his return to Toronto and promised the fans that he’d be singing more songs than any other show and who doesn’t love that!

Hip-hop-pop is alive and well in Toronto.

We’ve got more photos for you, of all of the rappers below

Hoodie Allen

Luke Christopher


Myles Parrish

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18 Ends: Petric EP Review

Petric’s brand new EP, 18 Ends, will be released on November 17th. We’ve had the pleasure of listening to it this week, what can we tell you? Simply that we love it and we think you will too.

We’ve been fans of the SteelHead Music band from day one and we’re going to break it down and let you know what to expect from this EP and we’re also going to include all the links including the pre-order link at the bottom.

Transcona, Manitoba brothers, Tom and Jason Petric have been in and out of the studio for most the past year and their six-track EP gets a top grade in our books.

There are a couple of familiar tracks including Play It Safe which was released as a single on April 17th, 2017 and the title track, 18 Ends, which was released on September 13th, 2017. Both tracks are terrific indicators of what to expect from the rest of the EP. We’ll tell you, that you can expect great stories, catchy choruses, beautiful harmonies, and amazing musicianship.

Let’s get to it and talk about the four brand-spanking new tracks!

Sometimes we see things differently and everything isn’t always obvious. On track two, Love And Rust gives us some great examples of this like, “Maybe you see a dashboard full of dust, I see love and rust”. This song has a great beat and helps me to think things from someone else’s point of view. I have to say, I hope we get a video for this track, I’m picturing a very old truck and a pretty girl riding shotgun.

Slowing things down with track three, It Should Be Me, the guys show us their tender side. This story is one we all know, falling for someone who isn’t yours, someone you can’t have, trying to get them out of your head and failing miserably. It’s completely relatable and we really like this one.

Track five, Never Met You, tells the story of randomness, serendipity, destiny or fate and it tells it in a sweet way that makes us think about meeting that special person and all the things that go into making that happen. It left me feeling hopeful and positive.

The last track on the EP is Can’t Say No, and it does a great job convincing me that the guys have found some pretty special love in their lives and that we’re all benefiting from awesome songs like this one.

Note: Congratulations to Petric on their recent MCMA Award win for Group or Duo of the Year and to go along with that, they’ve also passed the 3 million impressions mark on Spotify!

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Jason and Tom you’ll know that they’re the nicest, kindest, most polite country boys you could hope for. They’re super active on social media and they truly appreciate their fans. Got something to ask or something nice to say, send them a message!

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube

Petric, 18 Ends Tracklist

1. 18 Ends
2. Love and Rust
3. It Should Be Me
4. Play It Safe
5. Never Met You
6. Can’t Say No

You can pre-order on iTunes today using this link!

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New Music Spotlight: Few Miles South, Emily Kohne, NO LIARS, Band of Rascals and Keith Urban

We’re all over the map with our latest New Music Spotlight, figuratively and genre-wise. This time we’ve got country, folk, punk, and rock from artists from the southern states, Northern Ontario, Western Canada and Nashville by way of Australia.

Take a listen and if you’re feeling the music, click through the links and show our New Music Spotlight artists some love.

Let’s do this!

The Music

Artist: Few Miles South
Hometown: Southern Georgia / Los Angeles, USA
Genre: Country
Related: (influenced by) Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, The Allman Brothers, and Sturgill Simpson.
Single: On Down The Road
Notes: Upbeat, old-school country feel, lots of steel guitar
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Emily Kohne
Hometown: Thunder Bay
Genre: Folk / Jazz influenced Indie Pop
Related Artists: Fiest, Phoebe Bridges
Single: Open Road
Notes: Gorgeous piano and guitar mixed with a deep rich voice creating the perfect combination. Emily is a multi-instrumentalist whose voice gets in your head and sticks there.
Links: Web / Facebook / YouTube / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Emily Kohne cover art + spotify link

Artist: NO LIARS
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Genre: Punk
Related Artists: Midwest, Farewell Letter, Our Darkest Day
Single: Animal
Notes: I may or may not have listened to this song on repeat for an hour. I totally did.
From their bio – “Fusing elements of post punk, emo, and melodic hardcore, the songs erupt with raw emotion, featuring dynamic vocals, blistering tempos, and unrelenting grooves. They draw influence from other edgy, melodically driven bands such as Alexisonfire, Refused, At The Drive In, and A Wilhelm Scream.”
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Band of Rascals
Hometown: Vancouver Island
Genre: Rock
Related: The Graveltones, Reignwolf, Charlie Patton’s War
Single: Holler
Notes: Sam Trainor’s vocals are spot on, the music is driving, the video is fun to watch. What more could you ask for?
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Keith Urban
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Genre: Country
Related: Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw
Single: Female
Notes: Debuted at the 2017 CMA Awards, this song is a message to all of us. In his classic style, Keith Urban delivers the message we all need to hear.
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

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Superman: Peter Donegan Q&A

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to Peter Donegan‘s Superman EP. My first thought was, I really wish there were more songs, that’s a good thing. Peter is a great storyteller and the music is warm and inviting. He sings about family, friends, love and life, all of the things that matter to us. On the title track, Superman, I hear a little Thomas Rhett, and I have to think when listening to I’m Yours, that we would all be lucky if someone were writing this song about us.

Donegan grew up in a musical family. His dad was legendary skiffle singer, songwriter and musician, Lonnie Donegan, the King of Skiffle. You may be wondering, what’s skiffle? Think jazz, blues, and folk played with homemade or improvised instruments like washboards and jugs and then go check out his Spotify link, it’s super cool.

Growing up side stage, Peter Donegan always knew music was his path. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, banjo, keyboards, mandolin, and harmonica and his years of experience have all come together to bring us a pretty special recording.

Thanks to Donegan for taking the time to answer our questions about his life, his music and his new EP.

Peter Donegan Q&A

Q: What are your earliest musical memories?

PD: To be honest I have so many. I could point to dad (Lonnie Donegan) playing Willie Nelson’s “Willie and The Family” album and I becoming totally obsessed with “May the Circle Be Unbroken”, in particular, the piano being played by Willie’s sister Bobbie. You see the album was recorded in Lake Tahoe where we were living back then so it had a lot of relevance for us. I was around 4 or 5 years old. That I can safely say is one of the first times I decided I was going to play piano and I wanted it to sound like that. Dad didn’t think I was seriously interested in tinkling the ivories and to my grateful dismay bought me my first acoustic guitar. I tried to play it but I couldn’t pass a piano while we were out so dad eventually signed me up for piano lessons. My mom reminds me of me sitting in a stroller on the side of the stage at my father’s concerts adamantly not going to sleep as I was fixated on the music. You see I was born on tour in the UK in 1983 and I got the nickname “Trunk Baby” for spending my time asleep in the back of my dad’s old Ford.

Q: Do you split your time between London and the US?

PD: Yeah I do! I’m a permanent resident in the USA and this is home. I never got my citizenship as it was easier coming on tour with a British passport and coming back home to Florida. Britain has a great place in my heart, I was born there but also with dad being originally from Glasgow we get such a warm reception it’s sometimes overwhelming, but in a totally great way.

Q: Can you tell us about the country music scene in London?

PD: Sure thing. I am still learning it myself but from what I have seen it is growing at an extraordinary rate. I frequently test new songs out at open mic nights where no one knows who you are and just react according to what they hear. Most of the people turning up now are turning up in western boots, flannel shirts and tagging a pedal steel and mandolin with them. They are getting back into Country Music and Americana in a big way which is awesome. For the longest time the CM scene in the UK, in general, consisted of people of a certain age dressing up in cheap cowboy and western gear, 6 shooters and Stetsons and creeping up to the venue in a camper van attached to large Confederate flags still listening to Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline. Today’s youth are inspired by Little Big Town, early Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum and more recently by their very own The Shires. Bob Harris, a DJ and former TV presenter in London is largely responsible as he has the largest Americana show on BBC Radio 2 and has been backing some of the UK’s biggest Americana festivals and taking upcoming artists between London and Nashville. I had the pleasure of recording three songs for his “Under the Apple Tree Sessions” which gets aired on YouTube, BBC Radio 2 and the new Chris Country Radio. It’s an exciting time to be into Country Music in the UK.

Peter Donegan FB studioQ: Could you talk to us about the writing and recording process for the Superman EP?

PD: This was one of the best experiences of my life. I am always writing songs so I have a catalogue of songs to choose from at any given time but once I knew I was finally going to fulfil my dream of going and recording in Nashville, TN I actually sat and composed a couple of songs specifically for this occasion. Most of the songs were already written like Ode to a Friend, I’m Yours and Little Man. These songs were inspired by events in my life.

Ode to a Friend was written after I’d spent a great night hanging out with two of my best friends in West Palm Beach and I was on the plane to London and just thought of how important it is that we all have friends like this.

I’m Yours is inspired by the time I met my wife, whom I met on a visit to Bucharest, Romania. I had always wanted to write a song which could be used as a first dance at your wedding and drew from my own personal experience for it.

Little Man is the oldest of the songs on this E.P. This is obviously written about my little man who at the time of writing this is 2 and half years old. Having a child is such a magical experience and I couldn’t not write about this. Every parent I’ve played this for really relates to it. The other two songs Superman and Shakin’ are pure imagination and fantasy. Especially Shakin’. While I have to say I took a little bit of imagery from the way I viewed my wife the first time she visited a small town I was staying in for a tour in the UK. There she was! This angel from a Hollywood-esque movie set dropped into this run down, backwoods town. She stuck out like the most beautiful sore thumb you’d ever seen. Once I had created the demos for these on my iPad, sent them off to a friend of mine, Pete Young at Ultra Audio Productions in Nashville and spoke in depth about the ideas I had for each song so when I drove into the famous Studio 19, everything and everyone was ready to go. These guys were awesome, they literally listened to my demos, heard my ideas, stepped into the studio like a live session and showed me my dreams in one take. Within three days we were recorded, mixed and ready for the mastering to be done which was the final piece and the only part I wasn’t present for. Basically, I can’t wait to do it all over again.

 Q: Who are you listening to that our readers should be listening to?

PD: My inspirations come from so many sources and I listen to so many artists. I like to listen to pioneers in Country Music as well as some of the top artists who occupy the Billboard charts today. I will always listen to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings specifically. Whether individually or as part of The Highwaymen. The first song I learned growing up was Waylon’s version of Dreaming My Dreams. Dad covered that too in the late 70’s early 80’s. Dad (Lonnie Donegan) is a must listen for performers too. I know I’m biased but he performed each song with so much energy and emotion. He did this all his life until the day he died on our last tour when I was his piano player. He took me with for the experience and so he could finally perform the hit song he wrote which was a top 10 hit for Tom Jones – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. Also covered by Elvis on his penultimate album: From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee. Out of today’s artists, I listen to, my top two would be Chris Stapleton and The Zac Brown Band. I know not necessarily similar but that’s kind of the point. Stapleton is rawer and leans toward an older and often more blues/rock style while The Zac Brown Band tends to combine reggae undertones and have songs which range from out and out fun like Sick em on a Chicken to the downright beautiful Tomorrow Never Comes.

Q: Is there anything you want to share with our readers that we haven’t asked?

PD: Something a lot of people often inquire about is “what it’s like having an influential father? Is it a help or a hindrance.“ This is a difficult question to answer as the whole situation is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I am immensely proud of everything dad achieved and when I go out I will always do some of Dad’s songs because they mean a lot to me and to the audience. Plus I had the luxury of my dad being my best friend. But on the other hand, when I gig in the UK, people more often than not are coming to see me but actually looking for dad. I can blow the lid off the venue and the response is “Wasn’t your dad great!” I know what they mean and I know they’ve had a great night but to them, it’s like I’ve been channelling my dad all night. That’s kind of what this album is about. Me, just being me and hoping you’ll appreciate me for me.

You can find Peter Donegan all over the internet!

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Bloodthirsty: Mikey Manville Video Release

In the spirit of Hallowe’en, we’re bringing you Mikey Manville’s freshly released video for Bloodthirsty from his brand new LP, Nocturne Only.

The video is an interesting journey where Mikey plays himself and the devil. We’re big fans of the video treatment. Check it out!

The haunting melodies play perfectly into the campy 70’s horror feel and filmmaker Brett Pedersen has done a great job of capturing the essence of Bloodthirsty.

Shot in a recently excavated quarry and a cabin deserted in the woods of Northern Ontario the video is spooky and yet fun to watch and lays out the perfect story.

The video for Bloodthirsty was filmed over 2 days and nights in Temagami and it helps us to explore the theme of good and evil. We’re fans and we hope you like it too!

A little background for you, in case you didn’t know. Mikey Manville is the frontman for rock trio The Manvils and we’re pretty excited that he’s branched out with this side project.

“Recorded in Chicago at Akred’s Clodock Recording Parlour, and completed in an 1870’s hunting lodge-converted studio in Redwood City, California with producer John Akred, Manville’s tunes hold compelling stories mixed with care. The helping hands of drummer Scott Moore (Mezodigm), Ryan Dahle (Mounties/Limblifter), Megan Bradfield (Limblifter), and Pat Steward (Odds/Bryan Adams) have helped shape the melody-driven sonic landscape of Nocturne Only.”

Tickets are available at the door for Mikey Manville’s video and vinyl release show at The Cadillac Lounge – 1296 Queen St. West, in Toronto on October 31. Doors are at 8:00 pm with the opening band taking the stage at 9:00 pm. Mikey will be joined by Joan Smith (Little Foot Long Foot) & The Manvils so don’t miss it.

Note: A limited run of 45 RPM, 180g vinyl of Nocturne Only will be released on October 31 via Fab Distribution.

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Colter Wall Ticket Giveaway: The Horseshoe

On November 2nd Colter Wall is playing a sold-out show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

Colter is a young artist who sounds like he’s been around 100 years. Born in Saskatchewan his style is described as Americana, Folk, Country, Old Tyme, Blues, Bluegrass, and lastly traditional. He’s touring to support his debut self-titled album and to help you get ready for the show, you can hear it here.  Wanna see what you’re in for, check out Colter’s CBC First Play Live below.

Joining Colter is Blake Berglund, from rural Kennedy, Saskatchewan. What can you expect? Old style country music in an amazing venue. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page –  Colter Wall at The Horseshoe Tavern.

Here’s how the contest is going to work …

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Good luck!


Note:
 This is a 19+ event and the winner and guest must be of Ontario legal drinking age to claim the prize and attend the show.

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Something Like a Storm: Matthew Good Album Review

Coquitlam born solo artist, Matthew Good has released his eighth studio album, Something Like a Storm. Technically, if you count the albums released with The Matthew Good Band, it’s sixteen, but who’s counting. The singer/songwriter debuted much of the album live on YouTube on the night before the official release. Joined by Alan Cross, Matthew sang and talked about his history, the album, the songs, the writing process and more. Check out the video below, it’s pretty awesome.

It seems like the process of releasing albums has changed and we were given a video for Bad Guys Win in April of 2017, followed by a video for Decades in July, with two additional tracks on Spotify, Days Come Down and the title track Something Like a Storm. There’s a lot of tease and I was thrilled to be able to see Matthew performing some of the new tunes this summer at the Budweiser Stage. 
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017

Something Like a Storm is honest and pure Matthew Good. And I’m just going to say it, it’s not fun or lighthearted. I’m completely okay with that. The world is a scary place right now and that’s reflected in the songs.

These are not negatives, I really like this album. I like the songs, and I like the messages. I like the strings at the start of the title track, they’re dramatic and enticing, and the drums in Bad Guys Win are so good!

Matthew has been making records for over 20 years and while the process may have changed, the end result is still something Matthew Good fans can look forward to.

The album is out now, go buy one!
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017Note: I have to say that I love the way Matthew Good is able to joke about and talk about mental health issues.
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017

Matthew Good: Something Like A Storm Tracklist

1. Bad Guys Win
2. Decades
3. Men at the Door
4. There The First Time
5. Days Come Down
6. Something Like a Storm
7. She’s Got You Where She Wants You
8. This Is Night
9. Bullets in a Briefcase



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New Music Spotlight: Runaway Angel, Johnson Crook, ColinResponse, Birds of Bellwoods, and Danielle Bradbery

In our latest edition of the New Music Spotlight, we’ve got an almost exclusively Toronto list for your listening pleasure.

We have three bands plus one solo artist, who call Toronto home and one non-Toronto entry for your viewing pleasure.

Check out some new videos from Runaway Angel, Johnson Crook, Birds of Bellwoods, ColinResponse and Danielle Bradbery. Have a listen and feel free to check in with us, letting us know if you loved hem as much as we do.

The Music

Artist: Runaway Angel
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Meghan Patrick, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith
Single: Witness
Notes: This song is off their upcoming album ZERO which drops on October 27th and you can attend their CD Release launch party at Boots and Bourbon on November 4th for free!
Check out their event details here!


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Johnson Crook
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Alternative Country
Related Artists: Joey Landreth, JJ Shiplett, Andrew Hyatt
Single: Minnedosa
Notes: One of our favourite Johnson Crook tracks, the video takes the story of Minnedosa to a whole other level. Great visual storytelling, awesome live shots, and of course beautiful harmonies from Johnson Crook.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Birds of Bellwoods
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Alt-Folk
Related Artists: The Northern Empty, Duncan Fellows, My Brothers and I
Single: Let You Go
Notes: The newest video release from Birds of Bellwoods has radio single written all over it for me. It’s fresh and relatable, and it’s also the third single from their upcoming 2018 release Victoria, which is set to drop on January 19th.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: ColinResponse
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Pop/Soul
Related Artists: Ivory Hours, Long Range Hustle, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings
Single: Something About Your Love
Notes: We came across this video on Bunz and had to share it. Colin reached out to the Bunz community asking to borrow their children. This is what he did with them. The music is sweet, upbeat and sultry and the video is adorable!


Links: Web / Facebook /  Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Danielle Bradbery
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Cassadee Pope, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini
Single: Sway
Notes: Sway is the lead single from Danielle’s upcoming release I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. The 21-year-old singer has matured since her The Voice win at the age of 16 and she’s telling us her stories, in her own voice. The singer has writing credits on seven out of ten tracks on the new album. The release date for I Don’t Believe We’ve Met is December 1st.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

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The Drifter and the Preacher: Barney Bentall at The Dakota Tavern

On a beautiful October Thursday night, friends, family, and fans filled The Dakota Tavern for a sold-out show to hear Barney Bentall play songs from his newly released album The Drifter & The Preacher, with some old favourites thrown in for good measure.

It’s been thirty years since the Something to Live For video propelled Barney and his band into our living rooms. Throughout those thirty years, we’ve had the pleasure of six Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts albums, six solo albums and three albums released as Brandon Wolf.

Live, on stage, it didn’t feel like thirty years, it felt like yesterday. Smiling and looking very comfortable Bentall remarked how many familiar faces there were in the crowd.

“It’s very nice. There are a lot of familiar faces out there, wherever I turn. I think as an entertainer,  well it can do one of two things. It can make you kinda nervous, that’s not a bad thing but it can also make you feel very secure, so thank you for being here.”

Sipping a large glass of water between songs, Barney spun many stories for us. He gave us a real glimpse into the stories behind the songs, and it left me feeling privileged, and lucky.

Barney Bentall at Toronto's Dakota Tavern

Throughout the night we were treated to six of eleven songs from the freshly released album. The new music was well received and continues to highlight Bentall’s songwriting gift. He sings about real life, about love, and about sorrow. We’re very glad Jim Cuddy suggested Barney make another record and it’s a nice little bonus that we get to hear Jim sing on Won’t Change the World.

The Drifter & The Preacher feels like a Barney Bentall album and that’s pretty close to perfect. Barney is joined on the opening track, The Miner by his son Dustin, and during the show, he told a story about being nervous about the track. We think they’re spectacular together and I can only hope there are more collaborations in store.

It’s been five years since we’ve heard new music from Bentall, but he hasn’t been sitting on a beach somewhere, he’s been busy. When he’s not making music or otherwise enmeshed with the arts, he’s a cattle rancher. A profession which is very hard work and he’s the first to admit, it may have taught him to complain just a little bit less about the life of a musician.

I’ve been listening to the album for a little while now and to be honest, I still haven’t picked a favourite song.

The Drifter & The Preacher is available everywhere. You can get it on Apple Music here, on Amazon here and you can listen on Spotify here.

The Drifter and the Preacher Album Art

Barney Bentall Setlist: The Dakota Tavern

※ Hold My Heart
※ A Man IsThe Miner
※ Sending Out a Message
※ The Drifter
※ Dream of a Day
※ Life Could Be Worse
※ In The Morning
※ Come Back to Me
※ The Preacher
※ Long Lovely Love Affair
※ The Balad of Old Tom Jones
※ Something to Live For
※ Don’t Wait For Marie
※ Say Goodbye to Albert Comfort

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SounDrive Records Presents: Drivewire

Drivewire is a new live showcase presented by SounDrive Records. It’s a two-day event featuring six local bands who are poised to make it big. The showcases take place at the beautiful Rose Theatre Brampton on October 21st and December 9th.

Day 1 Bands

The first showcase includes Mississauga based Alt-Rock band Polarity. This five-piece band have been making music since 2008 and list Tool, Deftones and A Perfect Circle as influences and we can definitely hear that when we listen. Polarity is fronted by Jasmine, with Matt Hamilton on guitar, Mike Sitana on guitar, Adrian DeSousa on bass, and Eric Zimmermann on drums and percussion.

Polarity Soundrive
The Ocean Cure is an Oakville-based band features Pauline Taylor on vocals, Casius Wray-Muto – bass and Unclean Vocals, Mike Di Monte on guitar and vocals, Nicola Sudano on drums and programming. Featuring a post-hardcore/rock sound, they’re definitely a band to watch.

The Ocean Cure
Also appearing on  Day 1 is Words Like Wildfire, a pop punk, hardcore, emo band who are a GTA fixture. Think New Found Glory meets Alexis on Fire, this five-piece is high energy and a band to watch.

Words Like Wildfire
Stayed tuned to thereviewsarein.com for more details and Day 2 band profiles.

You can get tickets here and you can check out the Day 1 bands via their Facebook links below.

Polarity – Facebook: PolarityMusic

The Ocean Cure – Facebook: TheOceanCure

Words Like Wildfire – Facebook: wordslikewildfire

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Be You: Rory Gardiner Q&A

Ottawa-based Rory Gardiner is a successful music publisher, reality tv contestant, comedian and singer/songwriter. You may have heard his work playing in the background of your favourite tv show or television commercial or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to catch him playing a live show.

Rory’s had several singles on the radio, he has recorded three full-length albums out of Nashville, he’s even got a couple of co-writers that we’re super familiar with including Tim Hicks and River Town Saints, and he keeps a very busy touring schedule across Canada, the US and Australia.

We’ve been listening to his new record, Be You which was released on September 18th and we wanted to know more about him. So we asked a few questions and Rory kindly responded.

Rory Gardiner - Be You Album Cover Art

Q&A

Q) Tell us about yourself, where you were born, where you lived as a kid, what you do when you’re not making music and anything else you think our readers would like to know.

RG) Born in PEI, but grew up in Ottawa. When not making music I perform stand-up comedy. A few years ago I needed a break from writing songs, so I started writing jokes and turned out I was funnier than I thought. I still do stand-up weekly, but I’ll never stop writing and performing music.

Q) Let’s talk about the new album Be Youcan you tell us about the writing and recording process?

RG) The album Be You came out of years of trying to write songs that I thought would be popular at radio. I don’t own a pickup truck, so found it hard to relate with what is current. I decided to write an entire album of country music that I would want to hear. I found that when I wrote songs relate to my own real life, it would often resonate with other people in similar situations. “Be You”! This album is my first country album since 2013. Since then I have released a children’s album (We’re all Rockstars-2016) and Americana record(Roots-2015). It’s the direction my creativity took me, so I just rolled with it!

Q) Will you be touring through the fall to support the album?

RG) The tour will begin this winter, starting in Tampa Florida, then headed north.

Rory Gardiner on White backgroundQ)  What can fans expect from your live show?

RG) These days I can’t play a live show, without my comedic side sneaking into the mix….

Q) Tell us something about you that would couldn’t find with a Google search.

RG) I secretly avoid eating bread and other gluten because I’m afraid of getting a “yeast” infection…

Q)     Who are you listening to?

RG) I love anything with a good hook or clever lyrics. I am consumed so much by country music every day that, when I work out or drive around, I prefer listening to podcasts.

Q)   What’s the best advice you were ever given and what advice would you give to someone just starting out?

RG) Best advice I ever received was “make money while you sleep, so you can do what you want while you’re awake”. It encouraged me to start pushing my music into TV shows and commercials, which isn’t what I originally set out to do with my music, but as a result, turned out great. Something I’ve learned over the years is that if you try to be something or someone you’re not, it will cause frustration, disappointment, and you will never be truly satisfied. Sort of like the movie “Rockstar” with Mark Wahlberg. Just “Be You” and the rest will come organically.

Thanks to Rory for taking the time to answer our questions and if you want to know more about Rory, check out his website and socials.

Web: rorygardiner.com
Facebook: RoryGardinerMusic
Twitter: @rorygardiner
Instagram: @rorygardinermusic

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Tyler Childers Ticket Giveaway: The Drake Hotel – October 25, 2017

We’ve got another contest for you!!!

On October 25th Tyler Childers will be playing a sold-out show at The Drake in Toronto. Didn’t get your tickets in time? Well, you’re in luck, Collective Concerts have given us a pair of tickets to give away and they could be yours.

Tyler Childers is a Kentucky based singer/songwriter who is taking the country music world by storm. Taking his time to put together his first album, Tyler has created an amazing story that rings true infused with the sound of the deep south. Working with Grammy award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, Tyler has crafted a musical masterpiece.

We’re thrilled that he’s bringing his Purgatory tour to Toronto and did we mention this is a sold out show?

Joining Tyler will be William Matheny. William is a West Virginia storyteller with a brand new solo album. Constellations is an alt-country/rock album with a story to tell and we’re interested in hearing how the story ends.

So if you’re looking for amazing country music in the heart of the city, this could be your show.  Here’s a link to the Facebook event page – Tyler Childers at The Drake Hotel.

And now, contest details.

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Tyler Childers shot by David McClister Promo Photo

Photo by David McClister

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The Party: Max Webster Box Set Release Q&A

Max Webster. The late 70’s. A high school gym with low lighting. There may have been some shenanigans. At this point, I’m not 100% sure this memory is even real… but I’m pretty sure Max Webster played my high school dance. And of course the memory is awesome.

Fast forward to today and ole Label Group has released Max Webster’s – The Party. A Canadian box set to rival all box sets. The Party is being released on both vinyl and CD.  The set contains 8 albums or CDs and it has newly re-mastered albums, exclusive unreleased live and studio songs, plus the long-out-of-print Kim Mitchell self-titled EP and a comprehensive booklet packed with rare photos and memorabilia. All the Max Webster you could possibly want and more.

In anticipation of the release, we chatted with Mike Tilka, Max Webster’s original bassist about the box set, memories, and who he’s listening to right now. Thanks again to Mike, he’s a funny and talented guy.

Q&A

Q) We’re really excited about the upcoming The Party release on September 29, 2017, we’re wondering, why now?

MT) I assume it had to do with Anthem selling off their label masters to ole Media a while ago and the new label deciding they needed a plan to get their new investments working for them. Good timing, because if they had waited any longer we would have to go to our gigs & interviews with walkers (or not at all!). Also, our original audience would all be needing hearing aids just to enjoy the product.

Q) Do you have a favourite Max Webster track?

MT) “Gravity” — great tune. It was challenging to perform live — just try playing & singing that chorus at the same time. A fun deal all around!

Q) Would you mind sharing a tour memory with our readers?

MT) Of course not, but remember “what happens on the road stays on the road” or is that Vegas? When you are young and have a purpose as exciting as playing new music, touring is fantastic! Just walking into the Fillmore in San Francisco, knowing you are going to play there that evening is an amazing buzz. Lots of those moments when on tour.

Q) What differences will we hear on the newly remastered versions?

MT) Louder – more bottom! Mastering techniques have changed in the last ten years so things should sound better.

Q) Can you share with us anything about the previously unreleased tracks?

MT) Ten years ago, Q107 had a 30th birthday party at the Docks and Max did a reunion gig to help celebrate. A great night with lots of crazy fans. Kim and I mixed “Let Go The Line” from that show. It is one of the bootleg tracks for the Box Set.

Q) Name 3 bands that you’re currently listening to?

MT) I have been listening to Left a new CD by Monkey House, Don Breithaupt’s fabulous ode to Steely Dan – great tunes, amazing players, etc. One of my favourite guitar players, Kim Mitchell, is featured on one of the tracks. He does a great job but you will never be able to convince him of that. I got into Ryan Adams recently. His songwriting is wonderfully simple and understated. Nice voice as well. I am going through all his solo and band CD’s.

The new self-titled Odd Cue CD is also on my current playlist. It is my new project with guitarist Shane Cloutier, a fabulous singer/songwriter. We plan to release it this October so watch for it. Exciting stuff. In addition to these, lately I have been listening to: Jeff Beck’s LIVE+, Hamilton, Drug Plan, Avishai Cohen’s CD Continuo – the list never ends!

Q) For me, as a fan from day one (and owner of the original vinyls), I’m thrilled to see the vinyl box set included in the re-release, tell us about the extras that come along with the vinyl set.

MT) There are a bunch of new/old photos and great cover-art. Also, there is a “Bootleg” record with some live tracks and demos never released before. Not sure if the used drum-sticks and guitar picks made it to the package.

Q) Is there any chance we’ll see a live reunion performance?

MT) I’m in, but I really don’t know if there is a chance of another live reunion gig. Kim would be the one to ask.

Thanks to Mike for taking the time to answer our questions and we’re definitely hoping for that reunion gig. You can get your copy of The Party here: Vinyl or CD

Web: www.majorlyindie.com
Twitter: @olemajorlyindie
Instagram: @olemajorlyindie
Facebook: @oleismajorlyindie

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I’ll Never Know: Ty Baynton Video Premiere

Ty Baynton has been on our radar since we first came across him during the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Competition in 2014. And now he’s got a new single at country radio and we’ve got the world premiere of his brand new video for I’ll Never Know!

The Waterdown, Ontario native has a great country voice, he’s got a great attitude and he’s been spending some time honing his craft with some of the biggest names and festivals in country music.

Ty has performed with Blake Shelton, Chad Brownlee, Gord Bamford, High ValleyHunter Hayes and Tim Hicks to name a few as well as taking the stage at Boots and Hearts, Manitoulin Country Fest and he’s played the stage at multiple RAM Rodeos.

We got a chance to ask Ty about the new video and here’s how it went.

Q. Can you tell us about the song? A bit about the story and the writing process?

TB:  I co-wrote this song with a good friend of mine, Jordan Honsinger, from Cold Creek County. It’s about those relationships that end but you’re never given closure, are left wondering if they’re still thinking about you, if they miss you, etc., but know you’ll never know the answers to those questions.

Ty Baynton Photo Credit Mike Highfield

Q. What was it like making the video?

TB: Shooting the music video was a lot of fun. We recorded it live at Dallas Nightclub in Kitchener and just went out and put on a show like we always do. It’s not the record version on the video, it was recorded that day as we played it, which for me is really cool. My band and I have spent years perfecting our live show and I wanted the fans to get a glimpse of that with this video.

Q. The song’s been available to fans for almost a month, how excited are you to have a new single out to radio?

TB: It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work so I am thrilled to finally be able to start sharing new music with everyone. There will be no shortage of it from me for years to come!

You can find Ty Banyton at these fine internet outlets:

Web: tybaynton.com
Facebook: tybaynton
Twitter: @TyBanyton
Instagram: @TyBayntonMusic
YouTube: TyBaynton
iTunes: Ty Baynton

Ty Baynton

photo credit Mike Highfield

Ty Baynton

photo credit Scott Burns

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Blood Alley Youth Remix: The Matinée Video Premiere

Vancouver-based roots rock band The Matinée has just released a very cool remix of their song Blood Alley. If you take the original track, mix in some psychedelic beats, sprinkle in a little trance vibe, add a great video director and you get the updated version of the song and it’s magnificent.

The psychedelic, trance component comes from the legendary Martin “Youth” Glover, London, England based producer/remix master who has major credits in his catalogue including his work with Killing Joke, Guns and Roses, Paul McCartney, U2, and The Verve’s classic Bitter Sweet Symphony.

The video is directed by Johnny Jansen and it has a very cool Stranger Things feel. It’s very different from the original but it’s awesome!

Related: Stranger Things season 2 launches on October 27, 2017

When you’re done, check out the original.

You can find The Matinée’s music here and if you want to stream Dancing On Your Grave here you go.

 

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