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Roxodus Music Festival announces sale of single-day passes

Roxodus, the massive four-day (July 11-14) music festival that will debut at Edenvale Airport northwest of Barrie, Ontario, has just announced the availability of single-day passes starting at $99. Can’t make it for the full weekend? Then just pick the day(s) you’d like to go. Day 1 (Thursday, July 11): Nickelback, Collective Soul, Big Wreck, [&hellip.. more

#CMW2019 Is Almost Here

We are now less than three weeks out from Canadian Music Week, the 37th edition of our country’s largest festival and industry conference. Running May 6-12, CMW will see hundreds of artists spread themselves over more than 40 Toronto venues including the famed Horseshoe Tavern, Danforth Music Hall, and Phoenix Concert Theatre. No matter what [&hellip.. more

Wax Trax! Screening and Ministry in Toronto Review

A few weeks ago, I posted up an interview that I did with Julia Nash, daughter of Wax Trax! Records co-founder, Jim Nash, about the documentary she directed on her father’s record store and label called Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary is very good and Julia is incredibly fun to [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, April 19, 2019

It was on this day in 1987 that a short-form animated feature called The Simpsons first appeared as an interstitial feature on The Tracy Ullman Show. Now let’s talk about music news for April 19, 2019. Bill Drummond is on the Irish border today to make a statement on Brexit. Naturally, it’s a bit weird. [&hellip.. more

Poll: Which Artists Got Better with Age?

The above photo, if you can’t tell, is of The Strokes. Or the best band that never was, as I like to call them. It’s an admittedly love-hate relationship; I was all in when they first came on the scene as part of the early-2000s garage rock revival, but haven’t been able to easily forgive [&hellip.. more

Is the concept of musical genres dying? Maybe.

Humans naturally try to bring order to the world by putting things into neat little piles. Take music, for example. As of the end of last year, Spotify has divided its music universe into 2,424 different genres. If you want to see a visual representation of that, check out the map at Every Noise at [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, April 18, 2019

It’s almost Easter. Take down the damn Christmas lights. Meanwhile, the rest of us will investigate music news for April 18, 2019. How’s this for a metal Game of Thrones jam session? And what about these special Game of Thrones guitars? For this price, they’d better contain both Valerian steel and dragon glass. (Via Tom) [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats, episode 225: Game of Thrones Dubset

Under the law, we had to discuss the season eight of Game of Thrones (it’s a podcast rule). We also discuss restaurant ratings for your ears and we talk to the founder of Dubset, a clearinghouse for music licensing that makes DJ mixes legal for everyone. More here. Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | Learn More By the way, we’re.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 63: Jason Collett

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC] Jason Collett is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. He has released eight solo albums and is a member of [&hellip.. more

A graphic novel about punk rock and mental health? Yes, please.

Punk rock has always intersected with issues of mental health. Think about it: all those recurrent themes of rage, anxiety, fear, and confusion that have been at the foundation of much of this music for the last 40 years. Reid Chancellor has been studying the situation. The result is a graphic novel entitled Hardcore Anxiety: [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It was a big day in space history on this date in 1970 when Apollo 13 made it back to Earth. Moving on to music news for April 17, 2019, we have this. There are people who believe that podcasts could be bigger than music streaming. The fire brigade captain who ran into Notre Dame [&hellip.. more

City Council officially declares Montreal to be a metal city

If you’ve ever been to a concert in Montreal, you’ll know that audiences tend to really get into the show. The city (and much of the surrounding province, actually) also appreciates its hard rock and metal. One of the great festival events on the calendar his Heavy Montreal. I mean, just look at this year’s [&hellip.. more

What is the future of rock concerts?

Few things beat the communal experience of being in a crowd where everyone is losing their mind to a live music performance. That’s something you can’t download. But going to a gig can be onerous and expensive. The price of tickets, parking, maybe a babysitter, a couple of drinks, possibly some merch–it can be tough [&hellip.. more

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Get yer wallets out: One more Gord Downie fundraiser

It was a friend of a friend who introduced Izzy Camilleri to Gord Downie. Downie had decided, for the first time ever, to have a custom-made suit for the 2015 Fully and Completely 25th anniversary tour. But the tour was set to launch in few weeks and he wasn’t sure the suits he liked, made [&hellip.. more

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