Tag Archives: Toronto

New York’s A Go Go by SLAVE to the SQUAREwave

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bchangefrontsmall[1]A disco-like beat with a nice guitar-edge and theatrical vocals surprisingly work well in this song. This is from SLAVE to the SQUAREwave‘s  sixth album, Big Change.

With over 8 albums released this Toronto band has stayed under the radar. They were introduced to me by my late friend, Don Berns (aka Doctor Trance) and I’m glad he did. They have a very distinct sound and they definitely need more exposure.

I could only find a live version of this song that I could share. This is from the CBC’s Radio On The Go.

Lost in the Light by Bahamas

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A simple artistically shot stage video. Not really original, but at least it’s pretty.

Bahamas plays the perfect ditty for your “songs to make out with” playlist. This is off his second album, Barchords. A lovely song for a long Valentine’s Day weekend

This Toronto artist does just fine with his guitar and vocals. Most of his music is simple and mellow with a little hint of a country vibe. And if you’d like to hear a great live session from this guy, I recommend clicking on this link… www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHetqB6f14

Isobella Morris by Nick Teehan

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This local Toronto artist  reminds me a lot of Hawksley Workman. I’ll have to catch him live one day.

Nick Teehan has a great vibe, and his music is very bohemian. I could even picture Tom Waits singing some of his songs. Other than that, don’t know much about him.

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead by Stars

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An interesting video from the perspective of Johnny LaRue‘s crane shot of the band lying on some ice. Somewhat befitting a Canadian band.

Stars continue in the baroque pop style popularized by Arcade Fire with this ditty. This song is off of their 3rd album, Set Yourself on Fire.

This Toronto (now Montreal) band (whom are made up of former Broken Social Scene members) have been nominated for a Juno under best Alternative Album 2 years in a row in 2004-05. They’ve released many albums and EPs, with their latest in 2010.

Romantic Rights by Death From Above 1979

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A flashy stage video. Perfect for this style of music.

Death From Above 1979 send out invitations to the mosh pit with the opening distorted bass line. But this is no punk mosh pit. It’s the upgraded dance-punk pit.

From my hometown, this now defunct duo only have 1 studio album, but 3 EPs and 1 remix album. There is also an amazing remix on the Bloc Party album Silent Alarm Remixed album titled Luno (Bloc Party vs. Death from Above 1979), which combines their 2 styles.