This year’s CityFolk festival kicked off yesterday evening at Ottawa’s beautiful Lansdowne Park, featuring acts including JUNO Award winner Ruth B (breakout artist of the year) and Post Malone. Many festivals have very clearly suffered due to budget cuts, attempting to appeal to far too many audiences at the same time, and so on, but City Folk has always … Continue reading CITY FOLK TIME ONCE AGAIN
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TD Echo Beach was lucky enough to be the kick off venue for the Fat Wrecked for 25 years tour, with the first show hitting the stage Thursday. NOFX is accompanied by Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, Flatliners, Masked Intruder, ToyGuitar and for some of the later shows, Bad Cop/Bad Cop to celebrate the 25th anniversary of … Continue reading Fat Wrecked for 25 years at TD Echo Beach review
On a day that tornadoes filled the skies in cities just hours away, Toronto could not have been more lucky to receive such beautiful conditions and an equally tremendous Rise Against concert at TD Echo Beach. Not only would the roof have blown off if there was one, Killswitch Engage and Letlivegot the crowd more excited than they … Continue reading Rise Against at TD Echo Beach Review
Amnesia Rockfest is celebrating its 10th year and does not disappoint, with another can’t miss line-up. It all kicks off tonight in Montebello, Québec. Rockfest has made some remarkable progress since it began in 2005, with unbelievable headliners and remarkable influences. At the beginning, it was just a young music lover’s dream, to bring … Continue reading Amnesia Rockfest Preview – Montebello festival turns 10… my how you’ve grown!
Neil Young will headline Wayhome bringing the message from his new album The Monsanto Years Summer is almost here and for music lovers, that means the best season of all – festival season! Long live indie is our motto and Way Home brings that to life from July 24-26, with some of the biggest independent artists … Continue reading WayHome festival preview – Neil Young to headline the biggest festival in Ontario this summer
A small crowd doesn’t always mean a disappointing show. Headliners Friday Night Trend brought a small but adequate crowd to the Hard Luck and still got everyone dancing. The all-ages show brought in a perfect crowd to relate to their hit “Wasted Youth”. Despite the small attendance, the bands were just as excited to be there … Continue reading Friday Night Trend, Curses at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]
The Black Fever is a punk band based out of Toronto, making jokes against the sports teams here acceptable to the audience. About halfway into their set they dedicated their song “Never Really Had A Chance” to all Toronto sports teams, which got a good laugh out of the crowd, as did when they said … Continue reading Summering and The Black Fever at Bovine Sex Club, CMW
Music festivals should be expected to stay true to their roots, just as much as bands are expected to stick to their originality and sound over what their label wants them to do.
Live shows are what is keeping the music business alive and festivals have been an enormous part of that for decades. But they don’t always “stay true” to their roots, as many of us expect they should.