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[2 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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The 7th edition of the music festival descends on Victoria.
The festival started in 2008 with 3 days, 7 stages, 65 artists. and 1500 people were there to witness it. Black Mountain was the headliner that year. This year the festival takes place all over the city in 3 days and nights, 17 stages in total (parks, clubs, galleries, a church?), some of them all ages and within walking distance in the city’s beautiful and historic downtown core. Rifflandia 2014 boosts over 170 artists. A myriad of talent will converge in …

CD Release, events, Live Video, shows, Tours, Vancouver, Video Release »

[19 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
T. NILE ANNOUNCES NEW DATES + OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “RUNNING”

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FULL ADVANCE ALBUM STREAM NOW UP ON EXCLAIM!
In anticipation of her Tingle & Spark LP coming out on Aug. 5th and national tour to follow, T. Nile is excited to release the official video for her first single, “Running”, as well as a homecoming album release show in Vancouver on September 6th at The Biltmore (full dates below).
T. Nile is a genre-disrupting sorceress of sound who has the uncanny ability to fuse traditional folk instrumentation and modern EDM technology via a unique brand of vibrant sass the likes of which …

Canadian Bands, Folk, Folk-Rock, Live Video, News, Toronto »

[4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Faye Blais

Sudbury’s Faye Blais is spreading her new material around the globe, on a series of International Tours. Detailed as “continuing the thread started by Joni, picked up by Ani and fashioned by Feist”, Faye’s songwriting, presence and personality are showcased beautifully through her impressive jazzy-bluesy folk style, on acoustic and electric guitars, and keys, with stunning, dynamic vocals. Faye has spent nearly half of the last decade overseas, recording and touring her albums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and USA. The rest of her time is spent touring in Canada, where she recorded her latest album, “On the Bright Side” (May 2012 release) at her family’s cottage in Northern Ontario.

British Columbia, Canadian Bands, CD Release, Vancouver, Video Release »

[20 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
John Welsh

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Over the last 10 years John Welsh has been performing his eclectic style of music for audiences around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
He got his start in the college house party scene playing songs everyone could sing along to. Welsh draws influences from artists such as Ben Harper, Manu Chao, Sam Roberts and Joel Plaskett. His songs are often inspired by his travel experiences and blend elements of folk, surf rock, reggae and latin.
Welsh has recorded and performed with various acts as the Welsh Brothers, Los Amigos and Rhythm & …

Alberta, Canadian Bands, Edmonton »

[12 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Royal Tusk

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You can’t stop a mammoth.
Especially a rock ‘n’ roll mammoth led by singer/guitarist Daniel Carriere and bassist Sandy MacKinnon.
Royal Tusk is the name of their beast — a shaggy, tenacious force with hints of Americana, soul, and a whole lotta heart. Their first six-song EP, Mountain, is due June 10 on Hidden Pony Records. You could say the title refers to the pair’s immovable friendship, but it’s also a cheeky nod to their persistence as musicians — not even a mountain can deter Royal Tusk.
“We’ve been pushing a cart uphill …

Festivals, Headline, Ska, Victoria »

[20 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

This year the festival is happy to featuire bands like Shaggy, Fishbone, The Expanders, Los Rastrillos from Mexico, Providencia from Colombia, The Aggrolites from California, Barrington Levy, Zvuloon Dub System from Israel plus local bands The Brass Action, Giraffe Aftermath, The Ponderosas, Dope Soda from Nanaimo, The Skinny from Montreal, Mad Bomber Society and from Victoria Sweet Leaf among other musicians that will make Victoria the ska capital of the world during the first week of July. For the complete schedule check here

British Columbia, Canadian Bands, Featured, Folk-Rock, shows, Vancouver »

[16 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Harmony

Harmony’s recordings are hypnotic. She mixes loops with a haunting voice which reminds me of trip hop masters Portishead but she can go to spoken word and more bluesy songs that are almost psychedelic.

Alberta, Calgary, Canadian Bands, Singer/Songwriter »

[24 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Trinity Bradshaw

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As a native of Summerside, Trinity Bradshaw became the youngest winner of the Summerside Festival Talent Search at age 14.
She performed twice at the East Coast Music awards before moving to Calgary in 2011.

In Dec 2011, she was declared winner of SUGAR CRISP ‘s “The first 15” Canadian national songwriting contest, and in January 2013, she won Calgary’s Amp Radio Rock Star receiving over 400 votes from attendees.
In March 2013 Trinity was chosen as SOCAN artist of the month performing on the Billy Block show at the MERCY Lounge in …

CD Reviews, Featured, Nanaimo, Reviews »

[23 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Review of Dope Soda’s album Carbonation

‘Tip back a cold one, tip back a bold one, tip back a Dope Soda and uplift your rocking, rolling soul. Skol!’ By Corina Pilay

Headline, Interview, United Kingdom, Where's Oswaldo »

[23 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Exclusive Interview with Robert Hampson from Loop

Robert Hampson in an exclusive interview with VanMusic told us about the origin of his music “I guess when we started the idea was to try to do something a little bit different, but we were very much influenced by regular stuff like The Velvets, MC5, The Stooges and by a lot of minimalist music like Steve Reich or what Glen Branca was doing, it was a way of making an amalgamation of that kind of sound but trying to make it a little bit different”

Canadian Bands, Rock, Vancouver »

[22 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Marty Zylstra

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Marty Zylstra has a unique Canadiana perspective.
Growing up as a preacher’s kid moving from northern British Columbia to the prairies, Northern Ontario and back set a scene for a future music path as wide is vast.  Marty learned to sing from old time gospel hymns and with influences in the myth and legend of John Lennon, 1970’s Tom Petty & the eclectic of David Bowie to modern Canadian icons Sam Roberts and Sloan and the pop rock British invasion of the 90’s and back again.
After grinding it out regionally in local …

Featured, International, Live Video »

[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
jizue

May 21 2014, NMFT Vol 6 brings another spectacular line-up headlined by the return of one of the most popular bands to date.

Featured, International, Live Video »

[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
宇宙コンビニ (Uchu Conbini)

宇宙コンビニ (Uchu Conbini) will be performing at The Biltmore Cabaret for the Next Music From Tokyo tour Vol. 6 on May 21st 2014.

experimental, Quebec, Show Reviews »

[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret) at York theatre April 2-6th

After their 2012 sold-out run of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres Performs Tom Waits they are back to the newly renovated York Theatre with a spectacular performance. Their intention was not to play a complete opera, they wanted to take us through a trip on Weill’s life, although not in chronological order, combining songs in German, French and English ranging from 1928 to 1949.

The orchestra put on an iconoclast concert; a theatre of the absurd; a dadaist concert with modern musical influences like Kraut rock or artists like The Residents with more traditional styles like jazz and cabaret music. At the end, we are immersed in a space with 8 mad multi-instrumentalists that parade brass, guitars, bass, accordions and various objects that serve as percussion (bells, glasses, tables, chairs and an almost not existent drum kit, electro-domestics, etc). The absurd come hand in hand with the comical aspects of the performance. Their use of props, clothes and interaction among themselves make it more theatrical than a regular gig. Its a very innovative show that cannot be missed.

Featured, International, shows »

[1 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Happy!Mari

Happy!Mari will be performing at The Biltmore Cabaret for the Next Music From Tokyo tour Vol. 6 on May 21st 2014.