By Winnie Surya. The four-piece, Toronto-based, indie rock band, Born Ruffians, was nominated for “Group of the Year” and “Must-Follow Artist of the Year” at the IndiesXM Awards during Canadian Music Week 2014. Vocalist Luke Lalonde and bassist Mitch DeRosier chatted with us about their expanded deluxe edition of Birthmarks, recording a new album, twitter, karaoke and much more.
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Where: House of Blues, Boston, MA
When: July 8th, 2014
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When: July 3rd, 2014
Where: Molson Amphitheater, Toronto, ON
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Where: St. Catherines, ON
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Where: St. Catherines, ON
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By Erin Holdbeck
Over the Canada Day long weekend, Toronto played host to four stages and nearly 80,000 ravers in what has turned into the premier electronic music festival in Canada. Digital Dreams Music Festival, while only its third year, has managed to once again provide a line-up more diverse and coveted than any other in the nation. Whether you prefer big room house, heavy techno, dubstep, or trance the line-up never failed to deliver.
Saturday kicked off with the likes of Carnage, Keys N Krates, and Arnej on the various stages. For techno fans, however, Echo Beach was the place to be. Nicole Moudaber defended her title as “The Queen of Techno” and laid down some of the heaviest techno and easily one of the best sets of the weekend. She then passed off the decks to yet another legend, Danny Tenaglia, who kept people dancing until the headliners took over.
To say deciding between headliners on Saturday was difficult would be an understatement. With the four stages hosting the likes of the Justice, Deep Dish, Flux Pavilion, and Simon Patterson at the same time, not having a teleporter was probably the biggest downside of the night. I sprinted (literally) to the Dreams stage to catch the opening of Justice, which was just as glorious as I had always imagined as a massive white cross illuminated the stage. The French duo did not disappoint mixing in their own tracks including favourites PYT and Stress with remixes of Michael Jackson classics. There aren’t many DJs who can mix in the disco classic “Rasputin” and still have the entire crowd losing their minds but this is why these guys are legends.
I departed from main stage with just enough time to catch the end of what had been the first Deep Dish set in 5 years. The duo, made up of Dubfire and Sharam, were one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, and from the looks of the crowd they did not disappoint. While throwing down a more minimal set compared to the previous Echo Beach artists, Deep Dish managed to mesmerize the crowd and left everyone craving more on Sunday.
Due to what seemed like a two-fold increase in attendance on Sunday I unfortunately only managed to catch the end of Destructo’s set. The producer/DJ/HARD Fest manager/Holy Ship captain extraordinaire threw down the groove and had me dancing from the second I got to Echo Beach.
Sunday saw the waterfront stage transform into “No.19 Social Experiment” hosting the likes of the legendary Green Velvet. The unique set, enhanced by his distorted vocals and stand-out appearance, was made all the more memorable by a flash rainstorm. Big ups to Green Velvet for laughing and continuing his entire set under plastic-covered decks despite getting completely drenched with the rest of us.
As I approached the Dreams stage to catch Eric Prydz I could already hear his new progressive track “Liberate” in the distance. I expected a typical main stage set but I should have known better than to expect mediocrity from one of the best producers in the world. Prydz might have been trolling the main stage ravers awaiting Tiesto as he took form of his techno-heavy alter ego, Cirez D. As the stage was illuminated with some of the best production of the weekend the speakers throbbed with a mix of unreleased Pryda and Cirez D tracks teaching the big room fans a much needed lesson in techno.
I spent the last hour racing between headliners. Art Department, the Canadian house legends headlined No.19 Social Experiment throwing down a groovy mix of tech house. Andy C had the entire House of Boom shuffling to his devastating D’n’B set while Luciano shut down Echo Beach with the heaviest techno mix of the weekend. And, oh yeah, Tiesto was there too.
Aside from such a mind-blowing line-up of talent, Digital Dreams was managed flawlessly. Due to the abundance of water-stations, food trucks, and washrooms there were never long lines, which meant you never had to miss your favourite acts. The addition of the fourth stage this year also helped to thin out the crowds at each show making getting up close easier and more stress-free than any event I have ever attended. Major kudos to everyone who made Digital Dreams 2014 possible and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.
Top 3 highlights: Eric Prydz, Destructo, Green Velvet
Check out more photos of the weekend belowFESTIVAL REVIEW: Digital Dreams - Toronto (June 28 & 29) By Erin Holdbeck Over the Canada Day long weekend, Toronto played host to four stages and nearly 80,000 ravers in what has turned into the premier electronic music festival in Canada.
If you’re in Toronto this weekend, be sure to catch TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival), which runs from July 4th to July 6th. The festival features well-known acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gaslight Anthem, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); up and coming bands such as Andrew Jackson Jihad, and many local acts like Hollerado, Born Ruffians, and July Talkas well. Taking place at the Garrison Commons…
By Karmin Yu. You’re ALL invited to Tyler Ward’s tour. When I say all, I mean it: from young prepubescent girls to middle aged fathers – this show can be enjoyed by anyone. Last Thursday night in Montreal, Tyler Ward made sure that everybody (even those who weren’t familiar with his original works) felt included in his musical world.
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Who: Wild Leaves (Brooklyn, NY)
Where: The Cameron House – Toronto, ON
When: June 21st, 2014
Photos by Tiffany Lam
Look for our interview with Wild Leaves in our July issue!PHOTOS: Wild Leaves @ NXNE - Toronto 21/06/14 #wildleaves #nxne2014 @wearewildleaves An NXNE highlight… Who: Wild Leaves (Brooklyn, NY) Where: The Cameron House - Toronto, ON When: June 21st, 2014…
By Karmin Yu. “Is there anybody out there” who can light up a room with their heart-warming smiles and upbeat music? Yes. Yes there is and that’d be New York duo, A Great Big World, who did exactly that on Tuesday night at Montreal’s Corona Theatre.
The show began by shining the spotlight on Greg Holden and his guitar. Although a one man show might not seem too appealing, all I have to say is not to underestimate his presence nor his folk sound. He managed to capture the room’s attention and brought us all on a roller coaster adventure, where his slower songs, such as “I Don’t Believe You,” made us understand his frustration and his faster ones like “Are We Wasted” had us all clapping along to the beat of the drum. His most intimate moment with the audience was when he sang “Home” – yes, the song popularized by Phillip Phillips, but actually co-written by Holden himself with Drew Pearson. Although the singer-songwriter only had his guitar and his powerful voice to accompany him on stage, his set was still captivating due to its simplicity.
Next, Jukebox the Ghost took over the stage. Comprised of Ben Thornewill (piano and vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar and vocals) and Jesse Kristin (drums), these three New York natives brought life and energy to the stage, really preparing us for A Great Big World. Even though the band has been together for ten years now, they still delivered us with some fresh indie music– after all, it is their first time performing in Montreal. Their setlist composed of songs from their past three albums, including “Hold It In,” “Schizophrenia” and “Adulthood”. However, Thornewill really showcased his strong vocal abilities in the band’s rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Not only was their music pleasing to the ears, but their stage presence also won the crowd’s likings, where Thornewill pretended to be a robot in “Hold It In” and Kristin multitasked by playing two percussion instruments at once. Although their set was a little too long for an opening band, the trio’s interactions with the crowd made up for it and even created a lasting first impression.
Finally, the long-awaited stars popped up on stage with “Rockstar” that made fans go wild. The crowd got louder when they then played “Land of Opportunity” and “Everyone is Gay.” Soon after, the room fell silent and sang in unison during “Already Home,” “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” and obviously, “Say Something,” the career-changing song that brought fame to Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. The duo then invited Jukebox the Ghost and Greg Holden to join them on stage to sing “Shorty Don’t Wait.” At the same time, they also filmed this performance and promised to include this segment in their 30 Videos in 30 Days playlist on YouTube. Playing some slower tunes in the second half of their set, the energy level didn’t quite match the first half nor did it compare to Jukebox the Ghost’s – despite the fact that A Great Big World was the main band of the night. Another reason that could explain the drop in fan enthusiasm is the lack of crowd interaction. But rest assured, their nerdy (in a good way) stage presence made up for those negative aspects.
All in all, I really recommend this show for those who are looking to expand their musical tastes and for those who are looking to know A Great Big World beyond “Say Something.” With a few adjustments to the main setlist, it would definitely be a night that fans would enjoy.CONCERT REVIEW: A Great Big Show Hosted by A Great Big World By Karmin Yu. “Is there anybody out there” who can light up a room with their heart-warming smiles and upbeat music?