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March 16th, 2014
The uniquely savvy Lorde rocked the Sound Academy last night in Toronto. With her hour long set, the New Zealand native played every song on her critically acclaimed album, Pure Heroine, to a truly captivated audience. After performing her smashing hits Royals and Team, Lorde had the crowd begging for more. With all the hype […]
March 14th, 2014
Arcade Fire were always meant to be a stadium act; a band that had a sense of power and control over a large audience be it clapping and singing along to a rock anthem or even getting thousands of people to leave their houses in costumes. Even in their earliest days, cramming their many bodies […]
July 22nd, 2013
Who run the world? Girls! But, more specifically, Beyonce. And, if the Sunday crowd at the Air Canada Centre was any indication, the pop star’s persuasion has most definitely built a nation of devoted fans ready to bow down at the feet of one of the world’s biggest stars. Bringing her Mrs. Carter Tour to […]
July 4th, 2013
In life, it’s a good rule to assume that if something looks easy and effortless, countless hours of work went into it. In the case of Bruno Mars, his talent has been years in the making. Starting off at the age of 5 in his family band in Hawaii, Mars has moved through the ranks […]
April 11th, 2013
Billy Talent proved last week in Toronto that their “Dead Silence” tour would be just the opposite – giving a loud, ravenous crowd an arena rock show to remember. Hits like River Below and Devil in a Midnight Mass sounded thunderous in the not-so-cozy confines of the Air Canada Centre, with the majority of fans […]
February 25th, 2013
A sea of fans filled the Rogers Centre for Swedish House Mafia’s huge back-to-back farewell parties on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Making Toronto one of its few coveted stops for their fittingly named One Last Tour, the trio of DJ/producers put on a show that not only satisfied every electronic dance music […]
April 26th, 2012
Last night New York indie band Cults played to a packed crowd at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Still touring for their debut self-titled album, the band certainly did not disappoint. Following an unexpected long intro, Cults emerged on stage to a roar of cheers and got a bigger ovation when they opened with […]
December 13th, 2011
Toronto got a healthy dose of holiday cheer last week with three fun-filled, festive nights of indie-rock from a trio of Canada’s hottest young acts. On a Phoenix Theatre stage adorned by trees and gift-wrapped amps, Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians proved that it is possible to rock out in Christmas sweaters, if […]
November 24th, 2011
If anyone can throw an arena-wide party and do it right, it’s Jay-Z and Kanye West. The highly anticipated Watch the Throne tour hit Toronto last night for the first of two shows, and to put it simply, IT WAS BONKERS. The 45-minute delay in performance was completely forgotten as soon as the show began. […]
November 21st, 2011
Friday night, Liz Trinnear and I had the luxury of seeing one of my all-time favorite musicians, M83, play at the legendary small, rundown, and ever so amazing Lee’s Palace in Toronto. This was actually my second time seeing them at this venue (my fifth time seeing them overall) and just their past gigs, Antony […]