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    Arts & Craft's Field Trip 2016

    I have to applaud Field Trip for roping in such diverse a prolific acts, beyond the National. Charles Bradley, Robyn, Holy Fuck, Of Montreal, July Talk, Basia Bulat and DIIV were some big names played the festival. It's often forgotten that Field Trip was dreamed up by Arts & Crafts founder...
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    Riot Fest Toronto rev up

    Canada is just a bit larger than the USA and is comprised of ten provinces and three territories. If we're very lucky touring bands and festivals visit three or four of these major cities. Living in Toronto means that all bands that are touring North America will make a stop here. Famous live...
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    The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF); Friday July 4-Sunday July 6, 2014 at Fort York

    The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) title is misleading, as inserting the word “urban” into any festival title gives it an odd connotation. Festival founder Jeff Cohen said they considered using the more fitting word “indie” in the title, but felt the name would be too close to another...
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    The Detroit Party Marching Band Queen West Takeover; Friday April 18, 2014

    The Detroit Party Marching Band is a guerrilla-style marching band comprised of 30 members from the Detroit-area playing every instrument you can recall from high school band. For the very first time, the band brought their eclectic, unstoppable music to Toronto. In support of the Lemon Bucket...
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    Tycho at the Hoxton; Saturday April 12, 2014

    Three years ago I went to the Hoxton’s opening night event, which showcased Brazilian duo the Twelves. I had seen them play two months prior at Coachella based on a tip that they were the Brazilian Daft Punk. With a few gal pals in tow, I unknowingly dragged them to opening night gig at the...
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    Glasvegas at the Mod Club; Saturday February 22, 2014

    Scottish rock band Glasvegas played a full Mod Club on Saturday night, which meant it was to be an early gig. As I get older, I realize what a gem it is to not be stuck at a concert venue for all hours of the evening, it also allows one to hop to another show... Say, Malkmus and the Jicks up the...
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    Phosphorescent and Caveman at the Mod Club; Saturday February 1, 2014

    My sweet friend Natalie got me a ticket to this gig for my birthday. I was sweating its approach because a 2013 favourite band called Night Beds was to play with Lord Huron that night as well. Thankfully after Natalie had bought me a ticket for Phosphorescent, the Lord Huron show sold out and...
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    Poliça with Marijuana Deathsquads at the Mod Club; Friday November 1, 2013

    Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, in early 2012 declared Poliça as the best band he's ever heard. Poliça played Sasquatch! 2012, which I was privy to attending, however had yet to hear the band. My comment on a quick listen of the band was that they were Vernon's favourite band, clearly that...
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    Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Lee's Palace; Wednesday October 16, 2013

    Looking back, it seems that I saw these guys play in March at the Wrongbar. It feels longer ago than that, but that could be a whole number of factors. I have to say, Lee’s Palace is my very favourite venue in Toronto. It has the best sight lines no matter where you stand (or sit), the...
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    Okkervil River at the Phoenix; Saturday September 28, 2013

    Silver Gymnasium is Okkervil River’s seventh album over eleven years. It’s pretty amazing to think that the very good Don’t Fall in Love With Everyone You See was Okkervil’s very first album as a band back in 2002. Originally from Austin, Texas, their frontman and heart of the band is actually...
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    Riot Fest Day 2 at Fort York; Sunday August 25

    This entire day has been to the Replacements tune “Alex Chilton,” the deceased frontman of Big Star. An homage made by a band that received big praise from fans that have been deprived of their stage show for twenty-two years. Toronto was fortunate to be the first of a string of three Riot Fest...
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    Toronto Urban Roots Festival Day 4; Sunday July 7, 2013

    The fourth and final day of the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) was wet. Now anything seems better than the Monday Toronto endured, but to stand outside for an entire day with Sunday's weather was no treat. Fortunately, the people and bands stuck through and ended the night with a relatively...
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    Toronto Urban Roots Festival Day 1 at Fort York; Thursday July 4, 2013

    Attending just two days of this delightful festival made me feel incredibly grateful to have lived in Toronto. I use the word lived because for the last two years I have been a resident of the bustling city of Guelph, living the life of a transplanted Toronto concert goer. With that being...
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    The Walkmen with Father John Misty at the Danforth Music Hall; Wednesday January 16,

    It’s funny to live in (or near) a major city where concerts are in high demand. A few years back I was talking to a pal who lives in Michigan who said that the one of the things she really liked about Mid-Western living is that she never has to buy tickets as soon as they go on-sale. I guess...
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    The Antlers at the Great Hall; Tuesday September 25, 2012

    This was my second time seeing the Antlers, but for some odd reason it felt like the first. I am always amazed by people who enjoy going to shows of artists that they have no knowledge of. I go to a lot of shows, but I usually make sure I know some of the artists’ work before I make the...
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    Sharon Van Etten with Tennis at the Phoenix; Tuesday July 31, 2012

    I noticed last fall that an artist by the name Sharon Van Etten was playing Lee’s Palace with Shearwater, a band year after year “I’ve been meaning to see”. A pal in New York posted something online of her great affection for Van Etten, I immediately asked for a few tracks from her. Not an...
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    Andrew Bird at Echo Beach; Thursday July 19, 2012

    The first time I saw Andrew Bird it was fall of 2007, just shortly after his lush album Armchair Apocrypha was released earlier that year. It was one of my first solo jaunts as a true resident of Toronto, I was in the good company of Plato’s Republic, for which I was reading for a political...
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    Best Coast at the Phoenix; Saturday July 21, 2012

    Half way into the show, Best Coast sported, in my opinion, their very finest tune “Our Deal.” I have the loveliest memories blaring this song on a mid-sized car that I rented in California just over a year ago, hanging on to every word. A few months later, the tune had a music video made...
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    Alexi Murdoch at the Great Hall; Saturday June 30, 2012

    I recently watched Toronto-based Writer/Director Sarah Polley’s new film Take This Waltz in theatres this past weekend. The film had a very obvious Toronto-themed undertone as it brilliantly showcased some of my favourite places frequent around the city. Less obvious but just as relevant was her...
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    Destroyer at the Opera House; Saturday June 23, 2012

    Meet Destroyer, the creation of frontman Dan Bejar. You may know Bejar from his contributions in the New Pornographers as a sometimes member. He also teamed up with Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade and Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes to create the band Swan Lake. Dancing between many different acts and...
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