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.

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Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, 24 Karat Gold Tour, Toronto 11/29/16

Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold Tour to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night, with special guests The Pretenders. Stevie told the crowd they wouldn’t be hearing the same old songs they’ve heard on each of her go-rounds. She dusted off deep cuts and tracks that were left off many of her solo albums, re-worked with her current band. That doesn’t mean there were no hits though. Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde popped back on stage after her opening set, doing her best Tom Petty and joined Stevie on her breakout single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

 

The Pretenders were in fine form, kicking out the many new wave jams including “Don’t Get Me Wrong”, “Brass In Pocket”, and
“Back on the Chain Gang”

It was an incredible night with two of the most iconic musicians in classic rock joining forces.

Stevie Nicks

 

The Pretenders

Toronto Women In Music – featuring Hush Pup, Repartee, For Esmé & Etiquette – Adelaide Hall

Toronto Women In Music presented a great night of female-fronted music at Adelaide Hall, featuring local acts For Esmé, Hush Pup and Etiquette as well as East-coasters Repartee.

Hush Pup (https://hushpup.bandcamp.com/music)

Repartee (http://www.reparteemusic.ca/)

 

For Esmé (http://www.foresmemusic.com/)

 

Etiquette (http://handdrawndracula.com/artists/etiquette/)

 

Alessia Cara w/ Craig Stickland – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

It was a triumphant  homecoming for Brampton’s Alessia Cara at the Danforth Music Hall; the first of two sold-out shows at the 1,500-capacity Toronto venue. Cara effortlessly commanded the stage like a pro, confidently bouncing across the massive stage, mic in hand, smile on her face. Back in July of 2015, Alessia came into the Edge studios to promote her debut album Know-It-All and her then-soon-to-be smash single “Here.” Check out the photos and video from that session after the gallery below.

 

 

Alessia Cara live at 102.1 The Edge (photos)

 

Craig Stickland

Local singer songwriter Craig Stickland opened the night with a solo acoustic set, before returning to the stage to back Alessia Cara on guitar.

 

Emma-Lee at The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Canadian singer-songwriter Emma-Lee performs at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Valentine’s Day, giving a packed crowd a taste of her new sound. The sultry vocal powerhouse debuted a set of new songs. Set to more upbeat, pop arrangements, her rich, bluesy voice sounds right at home.

Check her website for updates and news on forthcoming music and until then visit iTunes to get her back catalogue