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Festival d’ete de Quebec 2013

Festival d’ete de Quebec 2013
We know Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Warped, the most talked about live music festivals around the world. There’s also Roskilde, Splendour in the Grass, Bumbershoot, Fuji Rock, Rock am Ring, Download, and in Canada, Edgefest and Osheaga, all highly regarded outdoor fun, but lesser known to the less music indulgent. Still even less known is Festival d’été de... Read More

The Contrast Between Darkness And Light – City And Colour

The Contrast Between Darkness And Light – City And Colour
Of all the lyrics on City And Colour’s fourth full-length, The Hurry And The Harm, the only line that was selected to be printed on the artwork is “I’ve always been dark with light somewhere in the distance.” It’s from the mercurial “Two Coins,” one of the album’s best tracks, and Dallas Green’s favourite this round. It sums him up.... Read More

Nelly Furtado in Toronto

Nelly Furtado in Toronto
January 24, 2013, Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto Outside, it was an extraordinarily cold Toronto evening but when Nelly Furtado took the stage at Toronto’s Sony Centre For Performing Arts, any thought of frozen fingers and features melted away. The soft-seater wasn’t the most ideal place for the BC-born pop singer; she needs to be in a place... Read More

Big Wreck Reassembled!

Big Wreck Reassembled!
It’s coming up to a year since Ian Thornley released his first Big Wreck album since disbanding the rock band a decade ago after two critically acclaimed albums, 1997’s platinum-plus In Loving Memory Of… and 2001’s The Pleasure and the Greed. Next month, Albatross — which features only two of the four original Big Wreck members, Thornley and guitarist Brian... Read More

Alanis Morissette in Toronto

Alanis Morissette in Toronto
Sound Academy, Toronto | October 15th, 2012 Alanis Morissette’s recent concert in Toronto wasn’t an outright nostalgia show, but the jam-packed crowd seemed to be feeling that way. Jagged Little Pill, the album that made the singer-songwriter an international superstar and today has sold some 33 million copies, is 17 years old. The Ottawa-born Morissette, now 38, and married with... Read More

Billy Talent – D’sa Takes Control

Billy Talent – D’sa Takes Control
After almost 20 years together — the first eight as the underground indie band Pezz — multi-platinum rock band Billy Talent lead guitarist Ian D’sa take charge as producer of their new album, Dead Silence. He hadn’t done that since he produced a four-track cassette of Pezz 19 years ago. He was always interested in producing a proper album for... Read More

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival
Loverboy is touring right through until December behind its latest album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, and what’s truly a revival is that the legendary Vancouver rock act is on the road with Journey — for the first time in three decades. The two bands linked up this summer for more than 60 dates all over North America, including some upcoming... Read More

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible
The first couple of songs the public got to hear from Nelly Furtado’s fourth English album, The Spirit Indestructible, are party tracks “Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)” and current single, “Parking Lot,” but it’s a deeper album than that. The title, named after one of her songs, is a strong statement, two words — “spirit,” “indestructible” — that even... Read More