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!

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Hamilton Supercrawl – feat Sam Roberts Band, BROS., & Megative

Sam Roberts Band

 

Megative

 

BROS.

 

 

 

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

 

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”

Blondie with Deap Vally “Rage and Rapture Tour” 07/26/17 Toronto

The Sony Centre hosted a fantastic lineup showcasing the lineage of powerful women at the forefront of rock and roll.
Kicking the night off was California’s Deap Vally, a hard garage rock duo featuring Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy. Rooted in swampy blues Deap Valley, glammed out in sequins and big big hair, was last in Toronto opening for Wolfmother and we can’t wait to see them again!

Scroll down after the photos for a clip of “Smile More”

 

Next on the roster was Garbage.

 

Last but certainly not least was Blondie. There’s not much I can say about Debbie & Co. that hasn’t been said better for the last 40 years. Decked out in a bee costume (latest album: Pollinator) with a cape that read “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” Debbie Harry sounded absolutely amazing. Preening and posing for the crowd, shaking hands and commanding the stage in fine form. This one was definitely a bucket list for me. Also if you’re on Facebook (it’s on the internet) make sure to follow guitarist Chris Stein, a talented photographer who has documented the NYC scene from the band’s early days, right up until today

Blondie

 

Deap Vally