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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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 edge.ca 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.

 

Dear Rouge – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

The fantastic Dear Rouge perform at the Phoenix as part of 102.1 The Edge’s 2014 Jingle Bell concert series. They are currently finishing up their cross-country tour with Wildlife

Scroll below to see the video for the smash single “I Heard I Had” and be on the lookout for “Black to Gold” out early next year on Universal Records.

Head of the Herd – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

Vancouver’s Head of the Herd stormed back into town triumphantly in support of Theory of a Dead Man. From their last impressive performance, a daytime set on the main stage at Edgefest, they have become an even tighter well-oiled machine. They deliver gritty, soulful blues with a fine polish.

Check out their latest, “By This Time Tomorrow” (Universal)