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

 

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Portugal. The Man – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto 08/17/17

Portugal. The Man continue their North American tour, which brought them to the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on August 17th. The Lords of Portland are on tour to promote their latest record Woodstock out now on Atlantic Records. Today (August 21st) at their Charlotteseville show, in response to the casualties of the innocent terror victims of the recent Neo Nazi (fuck you, there is NO alt-right) demonstration in that city, 100% of proceeds went to Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the show was dedicated to activist and victim Heather Heyer.

Portugal. The Man are one of the very few acts that put their money where their mouth is.

Sam Roberts Band performing live in Toronto

The Sam Roberts Band performing live at the Bandshell at the CNE in Toronto, in support of their latest record “Terraform”

The Pack a.d. w/ Ginger Ale & The Monowhales – Indie Fridays @ Yonge-Dundas Square

“Indie Fridays”, sponsored by, oddly enough, Indie 88, taking place on, conveniently, Fridays, brings amazing live Canadian music to the public. For free. At Yonge-Dundas Square under a blaze of neon. The July 21st edition of Indie Fridays brought out one of my favourite bands, The Pack a.d. from Vancouver. The swampy garage rock featuring Maya Miller on drums and Becky Black on lead vocals and guitar is loud and sweaty. yes, the music is sweaty. trust me, go check ’em out for yourselves. They’re amazing!

Also on the bill was a band that had eluded me in the last few years. Lots of buzz can be heard about Ginger Ale & The Monowhales, and it’s good buzz. Justified buzz. High energy, well crafted pop rock and even a megaphone makes an appearance! Toronto-based Monowhales (and Ginger Ale too) are touring Canada this summer, be sure to catch them while you can!

 

Ginger Ale and the Monowhales

 

The Pack a.d.

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!

 

 

BADBADNOTGOOD w/ Marvel Alexander- Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

BADBADNOTGOOD, newly minted as a quartet, brought their brand of funk and jazz to a sold-out Danforth Music Hall, with New Jersey hip-hop artist Marvel Alexander kicking off the night

 

Marvel Alexander

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