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Acres of Lions

CMW Preview: Acres of Lions (Interview)

I had the pleasure of chatting with Dan Ball of Acres of Lions back in December. Acres of Lions had just finished playing their set at Audio Blood’s 4th anniversary and holiday party at Sneaky Dee’s. When we chatted, the band had just finished up day 4 of recording at Revolution Recording, a room that […]

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The Strain

CMW Preview: The Strain (Interview)

In January, I was able to sit down with The Strain before they played Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe Tavern. It was their first time playing the Horseshoe, though the band has played in Toronto a few times before, including Canadian Music Week and NXNE. You may have heard of The Strain before, as […]

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Tim Chaisson

Interview: Tim Chaisson

I had the privilege of sitting down with Tim Chaisson before playing a busy show at the Horseshoe Tavern with Toronto-by-way-of-Thunder Bay band Poor Young Things. Chaisson released his record The Other Side in September and he’s been touring the album hard, most recently on a stint with his label mates PYT that started out […]

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Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Interview: Alberta Cross

I chatted with Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross when they played at the El Mocambo earlier this month. He was pleased to return to Toronto after a 10-day touring break in London, but he told me he went up the CN Tower earlier that day, which wasn’t a great idea while feeling jetlagged. The […]

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Michael Rault

Interview: Michael Rault

I had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Rault at The Rivoli where he was opening up for Bombino. When we sat down, Rault told me that he was running late because his flight from Calgary had been delayed. While he certainly appeared to be tired and there were some details he had to work […]

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Young Guns

Interview: Young Guns

I sat down with 3/5 members of Young Guns earlier this month when the band made their Canadian debut at the Horseshoe Tavern. Gustav Wood (vocals) and brothers John and Fraser Taylor (both on guitar) were looking forward to their first show in Canada and hopefully seeing some sites for the first time on their […]

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Interview: Wildlife

When I sat down with Wildlife (4 of the 5 members), they were preparing for a packed show at the Horseshoe Tavern that involved dazzling (and maybe a little blinding) lights, smoke machines and flying sharks. While I had seen Wildlife a handful times already at this point, this was the first time I had […]

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Interview: Krief

When I had sat down with Krief, it was back in April. Patrick Krief and his band were in Toronto to celebrate the release of Hundred Thousand Pieces. Midway through our chat, the opening band hit the stage and Krief was yelling into the recorder, so I thought I’d spare his voice and keep the […]

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Gavin Slate

NXNE Preview: Gavin Slate (Interview)

If you aren’t familiar with Gavin Slate, this Toronto-based musician released a 4-song EP last year and describes his music as having a “cinematic sound,” which is to say that his music “can really portray emotions.” His music lends well to film and TV. He says, “It’s fairly easy listening in a lot of ways, […]

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Dry the River

Interview: Dry the River

Dry the River played their first show in Toronto on March 27th at The Garrison and I had a chance to sit down with frontman Peter Liddle and bassist Scott Miller beforehand. When we got together, their time in Canada hadn’t gone so smoothly. They were supposed to play a show in Montreal supporting Bowerbirds […]

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