Recorded in a single live-off-the-floor session on Jan. 8, 2014 — as their hometown of Toronto was still recovering from a paralyzing winter blast — Ice Storm’s five tracks showcase the band’s raw power and set the stage for the release of the full-length LP, animal instincts, this June.
Not to give them any more ammunition, but the next time your dad or your loudmouthed brother-in-law or that one dickhead friend you have who refuses to acknowledge anything that exceeds the bounds of the local “classic”-rock radio playlist as “real music” starts running on at the mouth about why he never listens to an album made after 1978, give him a polite nudge in Young Rival’s direction.
Ahead of the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday, Canadian band Magic! took to the MMVA stage for rehearsals on Friday night, and photographers were on-hand to grab a few shots from the preview.
Elliott Brood are a band drawn to history. Their most recent album Days into Years was inspired by a visit to a military cemetery in France where Canadian veterans are buried. The album before that, Mountain Meadows, despite the deceptively peaceful title, was named after a massacre.
Evening Hymns’ music is filled with the sounds of nature. The band’s second album, Spectral Dusk, was recorded in a log cabin near Perth, Ontario. It is mostly calm acoustic guitar layered with an assortment of other instruments. I spoke with Jonas Bonetta, the man at the heart of Evening Hymns, over the phone.
Erika Angell makes up half of the dynamic duo that are at the forefront of Thus:Owls and their experimental folk pop sound, alongside her husband Simon Angell. I spoke with her by phone on a warm day from her apartment in Montreal.
He has Jack Johnson’s easy optimism, a maritime feel that is reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, and the cronning voice of classic folk music. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is fond of wearing suits. He has won five East Coast Music Awards. He recently won the Juno for rap recording of the year for Inner Ninja.
Joel Plaskett has been a fixture in the Canadian music industry since he was a teenager. In that time he built a successful solo career and a distinctive sound. When he’s not touring or recording, he is helping to produce the music of other artists.
The Young Benjamins are one of the latest bands to come out of Saskatoon’s vibrant music scene of late. They recently released their first album, Less Argue, which combines energetic indie pop with song writing that reflects their Simon & Garfunkel inspired roots.