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The strength of songwriter Adam Wendler is found in his uncanny ability to jump between genre borders to create something that is both refreshing and innovative. There are many points within “Deep Water” where you think you can describe his sound with terms like “folk” or “indie pop” but then the next verse immediately destroys any label you thought you knew. Adam Wendler is a passionate singer-songwriter from Goderich, Ontario. Blending catchy melodies with soulfelt lyrics and intricate guitar playing, he captures the hearts of listeners around the globe.


He is currently releasing singles off his new album Never Go Unknown and we are intrigued to hear more genre bending hits. Wendler has a firm grasp on how to write a catchy hit, but refuses to settle for only that, his layered sound reveals something of more depth than the expected radio hit.


Recorded at Beach Road Studios
Mastered by Troy Glessner

Piano/Keys/Strings – Zach Havens
Drums – Matt Varey
Bass – Anthony Strome
Banjo on tracks 5, 7 by Mike Reynolds
Backup vocals on track 9, 10 by Dean Reynolds
Additional vocals on ‘Follow Me Down’ by Morgan Landers

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After releasing their debut single, ‘Johnny’. Basement Revolver from Hamilton, Ontario created with this first song encountered an unstoppable wave of support; managing to establish themselves with grassroots endorsements from sites such as DIY Magazine, Indie Shuffle, CBC and Exclaim! Magazine to name only a handful. respected tastemakers hailing ‘Johnny’ a “‘favourite song of the year’ contender” and another said they had a sound that was hard to forget once it took hold. They had stumbled across a sound that is capable of stripping listeners of inhibition, heavy hitting enough to leave a lasting impression on your mind.


The Hamilton trio moved their eyes towards the release of their debut EP, eventually accepting a record deal from Memphis Industries’ UK sub-label Fear Of Missing Out. The EP proved to be a grand success, eventually racking up over 600,000+ plays on Spotify and nearly 100,000 plays on SoundCloud. ‘Johnny’ and their second single ‘Words’ reached the higher echelon of the Hype Machine chart .

bass/synth player Nimal Agalawatte, drummer Brandon Munro , vocals, guitars Chrisy Hurn

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Canadian collective Broken Social Scene will issue their long-awaited fifth LP,“Hug of Thunder”, on July 7th via City Slang/Arts & Crafts. The 12-track album, which follows 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, features the comeback single, “Halfway Home.” Hug of Thunder will reportedly feature many of the ever-rotating band’s most famous members, including Feist, Haines, Shaw, Millan and Cranley. The title track from the album has been released. It features lead vocals from Feist,

The first single from their upcoming LP, “Halfway Home” found the long-dormant band sticking pretty close to the script. Full-to-overflowing with big choruses and every instrument under the sun, the song didn’t hold much back. Yet it all felt a touch too familiar, the kind of rush-relent-repeat rock you can almost picture them doing in their sleep. Funny, then, that Hug of Thunder’s far-from-formulaic title track—and second single—came to be while ringleader Kevin Drew was sleeping . According to Leslie Feist, “Thunder” came together in a quiet moment, while Kevin Drew caught some z’s on a studio couch. With Drew otherwise indisposed, a restless Brendan Canning stumbled into a bassline, guitarist Andrew Whiteman found a rhythm, and Feist, notebook in hand, grabbed a mic. After a few days spent reshuffling her lyrics, the song’s form took shape, every piece of the song, from Feist’s discursive lyrics to the circuitous rhythm and flickers of U2-like guitar, all seem to contour around each other .

The Band Broken Social Scene opened up their U.K Tour the night after the Manchester Bombing at the Ariana Grande Arena show in Manchester with a simple message,

“Tonight, we play for the hearts of Manchester…” Hometown hero Johnny Marr joined the band onstage to open the show with “Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl,” with the band starting things off by proclaiming their support for Manchester:

Thank you for showing up. Thank you for coming out tonight. What’s most important is tonight we’re here together, all of us. That’s what we could do, and that’s what we’re doing, so thank you Manchester. We’re so happy. There’s no other place we’d rather be than here with you. To start this show, to show you how we love your town, there’s a man who I love dearly who’s come out to play for you. He is your city, he is your legend, please give it up for Mr. Johnny Marr.

The new album will feature contributions from all 15 of the collective’s original members – including Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Leslie Feist, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Milian and more – as well as new vocalist Ariel Engle. Many of those collaborators appear on the title track, which constantly evolves and blossoms over its five-minute run time.

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Band Members
Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, David Newfeld,Leslie Feist, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, Ohad Benchetrit, Marty Kinack,Torquil Campbell,Julie Penner,Sam Goldberg, Lisa Lobsinger

Single Mothers are releasing new album ‘Our Pleasure’ in June

The well welcomed sequel to the Single Mothers story. Listen to them as they continue their downward spiral of substance abuse, ego decay, and an emerging Canadian punk legacy.

It’s been three years since these Canadian punks Single Mothers released their debut album ‘Negative Qualities’ but after a bit of a wait, they’re back with a new LP!. ‘Our Pleasure’ is released through Big Scary Monsters on 16th June and comes after singer Drew Thomson spent about a year casually floating around Ontario doing a number of odd jobs. In the end though, trying to do the normal 9-5 was a bit of a grind, and he felt like he just had to get back into the studio, taking the group to Jukasa, located on the Ohsweken Native reserve about half an hour away from Hamilton.

Despite not having any songs (or even enough band members) at first though, they pieced ‘Our Pleasure’ together. Speaking of how he sees the band now, Thomson explained in a statement: “I look at Single Mothers now more as a vessel that I’m happy to be riding in, or an apartment that people come to visit and leave little things behind in […] A couple beers or a shirt, or a poster on the wall, and those things build up and either make a home or just a pile of junk. It’s up to us to decide.”

Single Mothers LP opener ‘Undercover.’ It’s less than three minutes of clashing drums, explosive riffs and Drew continuing to spit out lyrics that mash up an outsider’s perspective on society with religious banter.


Single Mothers on this recording are:
Drew Thomson
Justis Krar
Ross Miller
Brandon Jagersky


Toronto-based singer-songwriter Lindsay Foote first came to our attention last year with the release of her debut album, “From The Blue”. The album was a stripped back, coming of age record, showcasing Lindsay’s sublime vocals, backed only by two acoustic guitars. Next month, Lindsay will release the follow up, an EP Going Gone, which is the first release to feature her new backing band. Today we’re delighted to premiere the second single from that record, “Just Like That”.

“Going Gone” was recorded with producer Jon Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto, and features Lindsay backed by a bed of acoustic instrumentation, spectacularly complex vocal harmonies and swathes of rich chamber-pop inspired strings.” Just Like That” is a fine example of her musical progress; Lindsay’s rich, sweeping vocals accompanied by the gentle murmur of banjo, lightly strummed acoustics and rich, folk-tinged violins. It brings to mind Gemma Hayes or Easy Tiger era Ryan Adams. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Lindsay has suggested, “it’s about someone close to you dealing with mental health issues and realization that there’s only so far you can go to help them. Loving someone can’t solve all their problems and that’s a tough reality to come to terms with”. Just Like that is the sound of an artist expanding their musical horizons and fulfilling a very rich promise, and the future for Lindsay Foote looks very bright indeed.




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Though a bright and bouncy in melody, the song is a personal reflection on disenchantment in young adulthood.
Laughed the Boy began as an outlet for honest and unpretentious 90s nostalgia inspired songs. After having more songs written than he knew what to do with, Chris Panacci guitar, bass, vocals , brother Sean Panacci drums together brought their bedroom project to life when he went into the studio to record the EP “Out of the Blue.“

The two of us added our friend and bass player Brennan to the lineup and began playing the songs live. While rehearsing for shows,  we ended up with an album’s worth of fresh material and headed into the studio once again to record 9 new tracks that will make up our debut full length LP this new track from Toronto band, Laughed the Boy, is oozing with summer chill. This relaxed new single comes from the band’s new full-length album coming out late this year.


The Ontario band Dirty Nil’s Higher Power offers punk with high-end production values meant for big stadiums. However antisocial they may get, the music here is intended to be a communal experience.
As the name suggests, the Ontario band Dirty Nil are profoundly aware of their emptiness and impurity, and the only thing that rouses Luke Bentham and Dave Nardi out of their self-loathing is despising someone else even more. They’re professed classic rock fans and gear snobs and it shows, as Higher Power is an album that sounds like it expects to be paid for. However antisocial Dirty Nil get, the music is intended to be a communal experience.

Dirty Nil released a 7” on skate-punk stronghold Fat Wreck Chords and played the Warped Tour—both tend to be a point of no return for bands deciding between a captive pop-punk audience and critical credibility. But it’s all rock’n’roll to Dirty Nil: They boast equal facility with PUP-style beer bongin’ with the devil (“No Weaknesses”), Dilly Dally’s knee-buckling dynamics (“Zombie Eyed”), and the hectoring sing-speak of tourmates Single Mothers and Greys. Higher Power serves as proof that the boundaries separating “indie,” “pop punk” and “alt-rock” have collapsed as they’ve been drawn into closer quarters, and to send this point home, they do all of the above just within the first four tracks.

There isn’t really an original note here, but the massive hooks of “No Weaknesses” and “Zombie Eyed” are delivered with enough conviction that they end up sounding fresh anyway. As Higher Power progresses, Dirty Nil continue to expand their range, yet the sequencing makes it sound like a retreat. The satisfying brutality of “Fugue State” starts a run of three songs crammed into less than five minutes; the highs of Side A were bound to make Higher Power sound frontloaded anyway, but Side B practically vanishes before get-in-the-van anthem “Bury Me at the Rodeo Show” ends the record with the closest thing to a Dirty Nil love song.

Even when the music intentionally plays dumb, Bentham and Nardi are clever lyricists, and Higher Power could almost be a narrative concept record about salvation if you play it out of order. Throughout the album, Dirty Nil search for redemption in the usual places: sex (“Wrestle Yu to Husker Du”), drugs (“Zombie Eyed”) and rock’n’roll. But they have too much fun with it all to even pretend that hitting rock bottom is actually a bad thing. “Friends in the Sky” aligns Bentham with Satan against Jesus, and it’s as close as he gets to divinity

The Ontario Toronto-via-London, singer songwriter released his sophomore album,“Huntsville”, last week and with it came the first single, “Roll me on Home.” The track, which features guest vocals by Amanda Rheaume, is a perfectly crafted folk song about love as Yates sings, “I’ll be your rock, if you roll me on home.” This kind of alt-country song works perfectly with the weather getting colder and the leaves starting to change. He reminds me at times of Jackson Browne.


WEAVES – ” Coo Coo “

Posted: September 14, 2016 in MUSIC
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This quirky pop band from Toronto reminds me of Micachu or tUnE-yArDs but less weird. Their debut EP is really good but they are even better live where charismatic singer Jasmyn Burke’s personality shines through. They were the best new band I saw last year. Also check out their 2016 self-titled LP on Buzz/Kanine/Memphis

One of the best things about Weaves is the way their music seems to deconstruct and rebuild standard rock tropes on the spot — “bent pop,” they call it. So it’s especially exciting to hear the Toronto take on straightforward hits, like their cover of a true classic, the Beatles’ “Help!” It’s a similarly fractured collection of squelches and sighs, one that exudes a different sort of desperation than we’re accustomed to from the Fab Four. They are a must see live catch them at Nottingham Bodega this saturday


Weaves are:
Jasmyn Burke – vox
Morgan Waters – guitar
Spencer Cole – drums
Zach Bines – bass

The night before his Harvest Picnic headlining set, Ryan Adams gave some hints that he was working on “a set list so dark for tomorrow it makes Love Is Hell sound like a Nintendo commercial.” The man kept his word, but no amount of advanced warning could have fully steeled the southern Ontario crowd for the onslaught of feels that poured forth from stage on Friday night (August 26th).

Walking on stage and taking his seat between the two acoustic guitars that he would switch back and forth between all evening, Ryan Adams introduced himself to the audience by simply stating: “I’m as excited about sad music as you are.”
Proving his point, he opened with Heartbreaker songs “Oh My Sweet Carolina” and “My Winding Wheel,” before delving deeper and darker into a one-man rendition of his Cardinals cut “If I Am a Stranger.”
As heavy as some of Adams‘ extensive song catalogue is, there are still moments of levity when he performs. Quick to joke and improvise, he’s comfortable and charming when bantering on stage, whether dedicating “Gimme Something Good” to a Twitter troll or wondering “Why didn’t I just buy a mandolin?” out loud as he struggled to tune a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret for “Let it Ride” or simply praising Canadian weed and TV shows.

But his M.O. for the set was obvious the moment he lost himself in song, instantly transforming from a jovial stoner dude into the solemn singer-songwriter responsible for “Ashes and Fire,” “Why Do They Leave?,” “Tears of Gold” and “Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman that Rains),” which were each made all the more poignant by Adams‘ solo acoustic setup.

The stripped down nature of the show also served to showcase Adams‘ stunning vocals. Often buried beneath the buzz of a full-blown band, the simplicity of last night’s setup let his voice shine — rising, falling, breaking and twanging at precisely the right moments to pierce its way into the ears, then hearts of everyone in attendance.
Jacksonville City Nights highlight “The End” was particularly striking. From its introduction as a story Adams wrote about his “beer-amid”-building father at a time when the pair were estranged (“I suspect he fucking hates this song”), to the refrains of strangled wails directed at his North Carolina hometown, to the final echoing repetition of the title phrase, the song sent chills through the crowd that were completely unrelated to the rapidly cooling night-time air.
In addition to the classics that have been tugging at fans’ heartstrings for years, there were a few unexpected but welcome surprises, like a cover of Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” and a rarely — if ever (Adams couldn’t quite recall) — played “Sweet Illusions,” from the Cardinals’ Cold Roses, which was prefaced by what turned out to be a totally unnecessary “Sorry if I fuck it up.”

The show eventually ended on a familiar note for anyone who’s seen the guy live before — after curfew, and with “Come Pick Me Up” because, as Adams put it, we’re masochists.

It’s not our fault he makes pain sound so goddamn beautiful.

Ryan Adams performs as the opening night headliner of the 2016 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Hamilton, Ontario