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Goodnight, Sunrise at The Bovine Photo Review

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

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

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

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

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

Related: Remember Now: Goodnight, Sunrise Video Release

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Remember Now: Goodnight, Sunrise Video Release

Goodnight, Sunrise, the Toronto indie-rock trio, has just released a new video and we really like it.

The band was founded in 2011 by Vanessa Vakharia and David Kochberg who both played in the Toronto-based band The Big Deal. They’ve released 3 EPs (Fragments, D/V 1: Deaf Ears and D/V 2: Bridgeburner) and 2 albums (Create/Destroy/Create and Falling Awake), had a few lineup changes along the way, but the two of them has been a constant. Add Paul Weaver on drums to the mix and you’ve got today’s current Goodnight, Sunrise.

A little background for those of you who don’t know. Dave and Vanessa started out as friends, became a couple about 2 years into the band and recently (this summer) broke up. The song Remember Now pays homage to the friendship while remembering the pain and sadness that comes with a breakup. What they’ve been able to do is put the band, the music and the love first, to move through it and create something new. Something whole.

The video, directed by Ryan Brough, is a compilation of live performances and candid behind the scenes shots. And like the music, it’s energetic and engaging. I love the way their voices fit together, I like the driving feel and really like how well it tells the story.

Goodnight, Sunrise enlisted the help of producer Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners) with aim of giving the song a “joyful optimistic energy”. Mission accomplished.

If you like what you hear you can see them live soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Nov 24 – Guelph @ DSTRCT
Dec 1 – Windsor @ Phog Lounge
Dec 2 – Uxbridge @ Wixan’s Bridge
Dec 8 – Toronto @ Bovine Sex Club
Dec 9 – Montreal @ L’Escogriffe 

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Press play and watch the video for Remember Now.

Indie Week 2017 Launch Party: The Hideout, presented by M88 Entertainment Group

Presented by M88 Entertainment Group

Indie Week 2017 has kicked off in Toronto, and it’s going to be a big one.

With nearly 30 venues across the city ready to host live music between November 7 and 12, Indie Week will put fans up close and personal with emerging talent that can’t wait to get out and show everyone what they’ve got.

We started our Indie Week adventure at The Hideout (423 College St.) for the official launch party and enjoyed a couple beverages (thanks Hop City Brewery and Jack Daniels) while the music flowed through the speakers and into the busy crowd.

With an extended 4am last call this week, music will be ringing out late into the night, which means everyone will have a lot of chances to soak it in and enjoy. We highly recommend checking out the Indie Week schedule to find a show or three – CLICK HERE to get started.

Tuesday night at The Hideout we caught four acts, Poor Nameless Boy, Pat Robitaille, Scalene, and The Empty Page on stage, and all four were ready for action.

Indie Week 2017 - Tuesday - Poor Nameless Boy

Poor Nameless Boy started the show with his singer/songwriter style flowing strong. Both solo with his acoustic guitar, and accompanied by an electric guitar and violin, Joel Henderson worked through his set and started his week strong.

Songs like Second Floor Balcony and I’m Not Going Anywhere showcased his indie folk vibe, and gave us a little JJ Shiplett feeling as he sang and played. And when Poor Nameless Boy exclaimed, “if you like a good country jam, here ya go” before he closed his set with 30 Photographs, we took notice and took it in.

Toronto is a long way from Regina, but we’re glad he made the trip and started Indie Week off right.

Indie Week 2017 - Tuesday - Pat Robitaille

Pat Robitaille was next on the stage, going solo and playing for the growing Tuesday night crowd.

With loops and pedals, Robitaille got to work with an eclectic set that included the first reggae song of his career, The Weed Song, and covers of Daniel Caesar and Radiohead.

For more than a decade, the Windsor, ON native has been putting in work on his music, and as an indie artist, a spot on stage at the Indie Week 2017 launch party was a perfect fit.

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Scalene, a five piece Brazilian rock and roll outfit were the third act of the evening… and they took things to a whole new level.

With ringing guitar work, a tight sound, and energy that transferred freely to the crowd on the floor in front of them, Scalene owned the room in Toronto. And we’re willing to be they’ll do it again throughout the week at their upcoming shows (Wednesday @ Coalition, Thursday @ The Mod Club, Saturday @ The Garrison).

Scalene also proved that rock and roll is a universal language as they sang in Portuguese and the Toronto crowd didn’t blink, they just rocked right along with the band. Music is for all of us – and we’re glad these guys made the long flight in to play Indie Week in Toronto.

Indie Week 2017 - Tuesday - The Empty Page

All the way from Manchester, UK – The Empty Page kept the party going at The Hideout.

Winners of Indie Week UK 2017, The Empty Page are in Toronto with four shows this week, looking to share their brand of Alternative Fuzz with Canadian music fans.

On Tuesday night, the trio plugged in and went at it, proving that they belong. The band has only been together since 2015, but you’d never know it. They were tight, on time, in rhythm, and ready to rock from their opening notes.

You’ve got three more chances to catch The Empty Page at Indie Week 2017 – Thursday @ Baby G, Friday @ The Paddock Tavern, and Saturday @ Cherry Cola’s. Don’t miss ’em.

There’s more music and Indie Week coverage coming. For now, check out more pics from Tuesday night at The Hideout, and get ready for great music.

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1 month ago

Young Offenders: Constantines at WayHome 2017

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Constantines album, and to be honest we were thrilled that they were included in this year’s WayHome lineup.  And based on the WayHome crowd’s response, we were not alone.

Checking out their social media accounts it’s hard to get a feel for what’s going on but watching the band up on stage, there’s little doubt that the guys still have that “thing” that we fell in love with.

We could talk about nostalgia but instead, we’re going to talk about great energy levels, strong vocals and technically tight musicianship. Constantines took the WayBright stage on Friday at 6:30 PM and the crowd continued to build throughout the set. Fans gathered up near the stage and littered the lawn. They sang along and danced to some fan favourites including Arizona, Shower of Stones and Young Offenders.

We got a full out rock and roll smoke show, complete with overhead guitar playing and intensity and we loved it. The guys all looked pretty happy and comfortable up there. We can only hope that this means there’s new music coming.

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Mobile: Tomorrow Starts Today 10th Year Anniversary Show

There have been some great 10 year Anniversary tours this past year and while this isn’t a tour but a single show, we’re very excited that it’s happening. In case you haven’t heard Mobile is coming together for one night in Montreal to play “Tomorrow Starts Today” from start to finish.

The show is coming up quickly, this Saturday, September 17th, and  you can still get tickets, click here! I mean who wouldn’t want to spend the last weekend of the summer in Montreal listening to amazing live music? We’ll be there covering the show and would love to see you!

I know I’ve been wondering what they guys have been up to so we got in touch. We asked the Juno Award-winning band some questions and we hope they’re the questions you’ve been wondering about too.
Mobile the Band

Q. This isn’t the first show we’ve attended where an entire album is played, we love this idea. What made you decide to put together this show?

A. We’ve been thinking about playing a show together for quite some time. Our busy schedules prevented us from doing so. As the 10th anniversary of our album “Tomorrow Starts Today” approached, Mat (the singer) came up with the idea of playing a show to celebrate this album. We were all pumped about the idea and finally got together to get this going. We’ll be playing the entire album, plus a couple of cover songs that we played in the past. We’ve also got a couple of surprises planned for the show.

Q. Is it weird to be back in rehearsals, playing this music or does it feel like coming home?

A. Before the first rehearsal, we were all pretty nervous. We were wondering about how we would sound and we were anxious to see if the chemistry was still there. Right after we hit the first notes, we all looked at each other as we realized that the chemistry between us was still alive. That feeling was pretty amazing. We all had chills and we knew that it wouldn’t take too long before we got back into shape, just like we were 8 years ago.

Q. What have you all been up to since the release of your last album?

A. We pretty much all changed careers except Mat who is still working on his solo project, Polista. Criq is now a social worker and started his master’s degree in psychotherapy. Frank is a real estate evaluator. Pierre is a lawyer. Dom is an actuary and he’s finishing his master’s degree in actuarial science.

Q. What can we expect from Mobile’s live performance today vs 2006 Mobile?

A. We think that our performance will be at least as good as it was in the past. We’re even more mature now, so this might play in our favour. We think that people can expect the same level of energy as we had in the past. It should a blast for everybody!!!

Q. What are you listening to and how are you listening (CD, Spotify, etc)?

A. We’re listening to a bunch of different stuff that we either buy through iTunes or listen through streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify. You’ll find anything with true emotions on our playlists. We still listen to bands we liked in the past, such as Led Zeppelin, The Police, U2 or The Who, just to name a few. But more recent stuff is also part of our playlists, such as M83, Phantogram or Future Islands. And there are also the R&B, jazz and blues classics.

Q. Will there be more music from Mobile in the future?

A. For now, this is only a show to celebrate our first record. We’re open to the idea of creating music for fun in the future, but our busy schedules are getting in the way of that right now. We’ll see. We’ll probably get together a couple of times a year for a little jam. We’ll see where that leads us.
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1 year ago

They’re Back! Wolf Parade at WayHome 2016!

Some acts, even on a side stage, are so anticipated at a festival that you’re worried the set will be anticlimactic. That could have been the case with Wolf Parade… but it wasn’t.

From the second the band walked out onto the stage, to the final note of the final song, the assembled crowd at the WayBright stage was all in on what Wolf Parade had to offer. The energy and bouncing and jumping and dancing and singing were all at super high levels, in an hour plus that a lot of people were really looking forward to.

With their 5 year hiatus behind them, the indie rockers looked well prepared to turn things back up again. They were tight with their set, they were engaged with their fans, and they knew exactly what they were doing at WayHome. And while none of that should be surprising given their history and track record – it was really, really great to see with our own eyes.

The boys played through a mix of old favourites and new songs, as a couple thousand very sweaty people had a very good time.

Sometimes the things we look forward to the most are nothing but memories… but sometimes, like Friday at WayHome, the things you look forward to the most meet all of your expectations and remind you what you loved and why you loved it in the first place.

If and when you get the chance to Wolf Parade in the near future, take it. Not only do they still have it, they’ve got it in spades.

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1 year ago

CMW 2015 Friday Night ft. The Dead South, Shore Thing & Midday Swim

Friday night, on the west side of town, we mixed things up with a little indie pop rock, some folk indie soul and a side of Americana folk roots.

CMW Friday Indie Lineup

Midday Swim
Shore Thing
The Dead South

Midday Swim

First we hit The Mod Club for a little Midday Swim. We’d had someone recommend that we check out this band and the timing and location were just right. There was a good sized crowd for an 8:00pm show and the energy was positive. The band formed less than a year ago were tight and professional.

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Shore Thing

We moved to the Smiling Buddha and Shore Thing was setting up just as we arrived. The four piece from Ontario were charming and told us the story of having their van towed during load in, sorry guys. Great lyrics, nice sound, we’d go see them again.

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The Dead South

Next up was The Dead South. They were the reason we were here. We’d seen them before at the eOne/Gibson Juno Party and they’d made an impression. It was great to see them in such an intimate venue. They didn’t disappoint. They played a fairly long set and finished up with one of our favourites, “Honey You“.

The Dead South CMW2015 Smiling Buddha

From the moment they started playing, the crowd moved forward. Feet started tapping and then started stomping. The four member band dress alike, move together, their voices blend beautifully together.  If you get a chance to see them, take it!

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For more photos of all three bands you can visit Adventures of an Urban Girl.

3 years ago

199 Words About Elizabeth & the Catapult


Elizabeth and the Catapult The Drake Underground Toronto-8792Friday night a young woman from Brooklyn charmed the hell out of a Toronto crowd and made us want more.

Like right now we want more of Elizabeth & the Catapult.

Elizabeth Ziman spent two nights in early April opening for The Franklin Electric at the Drake Underground, and when we saw her on night two, laughing, smiling, entertaining and generally singing the hell out of her songs, we dug it.

Looking adorable in a grey dress and polkadotted cardigan, Elizabeth played songs with enthusiasm and exuberance – and the entire audience in the basement at The Drake appreciated her for it. With tracks like Happy Pop, Race You, More Than Enough, and Ry-ry (her ridiculously hilarious ode to Ryan Gosling) she had us.

Confession: We didn’t know Elizabeth & the Catapult before she got up on stage to sing for us. Maybe that makes us bad hipsters. Maybe it just means we need to be paying more attention, because it feels now like we’ve been missing out for years.

If singer/songwriter indie folk pop is something that you love, we would highly recommend that you check out Elizabeth & the Catapult.

Elizabeth and the Catapult The Drake Underground Toronto-8812Find her online, and enjoy.

Website: elizabethandthecatapult.com
Facebook: Elizabeth & the Catapult
Twitter: @thecatapult
Instagram: @thecatapult
YouTube: Elizabeth & the Catapult
iTunes: Elizabeth & the Catapult

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3 years ago
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