STARS – live at Sugar Beach Studios, Toronto

Montreal’s STARS dropped by Sugar Beach studios to talk about their lengthy career making music for the times you don’t feel good. Their words not mine, and they have a point. Introspective, moody lyrics, simultaneously comforting and isolating, set to dreamy art-pop. The journey continues on There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, their latest release on one and only label Arts & Crafts. STarts have a few intimate shows coming up this fall (Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, Great Hall in Toronto) so if there are tickets available, you’d better act fast. FASTER!


Burton Cummings & His Band – CNE Bandshell, Toronto

Canadian rock legend Burton Cummings took the Bandshell stage on the opening night of the Ex, to a record-breaking crowd. No surprise there, as generations of fans crowded the grounds, singing along to dozens of solo and Guess Who classics as well as some choice golden oldie covers


July Talk – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto 10/28/2016

July Talk continue their live assault across North America in support of their second LP Touch (Sleepless Records), and the rooms are getting bigger and bigger, including two triumphant sold-out shows at The Danforth Music Hall this past weekend. There’s not much i can really say about July Talk I haven’t said before. Listen to their records. Look at these photos. GO SEE THEM LIVE!



The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem Tour, Hamilton, ON

There’s not much I can say about The Tragically Hip and their current tour that hasn’t already been stated everywhere else, probably much better than I could express.


So with that, here are photos of their Hamilton date, August 16th, 2016. Thanks Gord.

The Zolas – Live at 102.1 The Edge, Toronto

After a sold-out Lee’s Palace show, The Zolas came into The Edge studios to perform a few tracks of their brand-spankin’ new release “Swooner’ (Light Organ Records) for a small group of lucky fans. Stay tuned to for videos! And check out Swooner now where good records are sold

Finger Eleven with Head of The Herd, Hamilton

Head of the Herd

Vancouver blues rockers Head of The Herd brought their soul, swagger and sweat to Hamilton as the opening act for Finger Eleven as they have been doing for a few weeks now.

Their third LP Birds on the Roof, was recorded in the US, Canada and the UK in some fairly significant studio spaces. Fun fact: The piano that drives “I’m a Mother” was located in Wales. Oh, another fun fact: It was used by Freddie Mercury on a little song called “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Yeah, that one!

The recording process was an ambitious effort from a more than capable group of musicians. Any live show that can make a Hamilton club feel like an honest to goodness juke joint is one that cannot be missed!


Finger Eleven

It was an excited hometown crowd filing into the Molson Canadian Studio in Hamilton on a Tuesday night for Burlington boys Finger Eleven.

The club was filled with old friends and long-time fans who told me they’ve been following the band since their high school days as Rainbow Butt Monkeys.

From the start of the set frontman Scott Anderson was all smiles even as he got right down to business.

Running through their catalogue of hits as well as a few new numbers, the main set closed with “Paralyzer” undoubtedly their biggest single to date. During the encore, couples swayed, lighters were lit and the crowd sang along to “one Thing” the power ballad that launched the band’s success in North America.

Finger Eleven’s seventh album “Five Crooked Lines” was released earlier this year and the tour in support of the album has taken them across the country and wraps up at The Phoenix Concert theatre in Toronto, November 20th.