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

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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.

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

Catfish and the Bottlemen – live at The Edge, Toronto

Catfish and the Bottlemen released their second LP Ride earlier this year and the Welsh rockers are currently on tour across North America, headlining some dates and supporting Mumford & Sons on a few others.

Van and Bondy stopped into 102.1 The Edge studios in Toronto to perform a few acoustic numbers for the crowd.

 

Stay tuned to edge.ca for exclusive video of the performance and be sure to check out the boys when they come rippin’ through your town (Toronto: October 14th!)

 

Frazey Ford – Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Frazey Ford brought her incredibly beautiful vocals and folk pop songs to The Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Opening the night with the wonderful “You’re Not Free” from her latest album Indian Ocean (Nettwerk).

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