Over 500 bands are descending on Toronto’s hallowed music halls between June 17 and 21 for the 2009 North by Northeast music festival, and to help you decide who you need to check out we’ve gathered together music from a number of bands and performers.
Andrea fronted the London, ON, band The Weekend for a decade, then decamped for L.A. 3 years ago. The Californian sun mellowed her soul and she fell in love with her acoustic guitar… and not having to shout over Marshall stacks.
In just a few days there will be 500 bands across the city of Toronto taking part in this year’s NXNE. That, my friends, is a lot of music, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always have a hard time deciding who to check out. There really is only so much time in a night, that’s why I’m putting out an open call to all NXNE bands and artists to show The GATE’s readers what they’ve got and why they need to check you out.
Nominations for the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards are in, and love them or not, Nickelback topped the list with five nods, tied with R&B singer Danny Fernandes.
On Thursday, March 12, Newfoundland’s The Novaks, and Winnipeg’s Waking Eyes played Lee’s Palace in Toronto for the 2009 Canadian Musicfest, and The GATE was there to snap a few photos.
Canadian Music Week kicked off in Toronto on Wednesday, March 11 with a handful of shows across the city, including a special invite-only party at Tattoo Rock Parlour.
The night is still far from over, but it’s official: I’m done with my ninth Canadian Music Week, and it was one of the best to date. Hardly my usual marathon of venues, but I feel like I saw just enough this year, without overloading on acts I’ll never remember.
From nominees (Kate Winslet, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mickey Rourke), to celebrities (Alicia Keys and Heidi Klum), the stars came out to shine for a few hours as the red carpet rolled out for the 2009 Academy Awards.
A few years back I had the good fortune of sitting down with Warren Beatty for an interview – during the conversation we spoke of awards and what he thought of them having won a few himself and having been nominated for many more – he smiled and said, “the Golden Globes are fun… the Oscars are business.”
One of Toronto’s biggest celebrity events took over the corner of Queen and John as the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards brought fans and stars together for a night of music. And rain.
The red carpet was a bit of a wash-out as a torrential downpouring of rain soaked the fans, celebs, and even the assembled media-types trying to get their sound bites and photos.