San Sebastian, Paint, Michou @ The Horseshoe Tavern - 05.22.2010

Photos:  San Sebastian

I got a chance to meet up with San Sebastian before their show at the Horseshoe Tavern Saturday Night.
The guys were a lot of fun to chat with and even more fun to watch live.

Photos:  San Sebastian

Also playing were Paint and Michou. To check out more live photos and an interview with the guys from San Sebastian go to

Photos:  Paint
Photos: Michou

Concert Photos and Review: Band Of Skulls, The Whigs - 04.28.2010

Photos:  Band Of Skulls

Toronto has been spoiled by the repeated arrival of Band Of Skulls over the last few months. The band stopped by Mod Club to play a show with The Whigs.

Concert Photos and Review: 30 Seconds To Mars @ Sound Academy - 04.18.2010

Photos:  30 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds To Mars rocked the Sound Academy last night. Before coming out on stage the crowd was informed that the band would be filming the show and that by sticking around they would be giving their consent to appear in the resulting video.

Concert Photos and Review: Manchester Orchestra , Biffy Clyro @ Phoenix Concert Theatre - 03.27.2010

Photos:  Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra is a band I had been looking forward to seeing live for what seems like a short eternity. I first hear of the band when they appeared on EA Sports NHL 2008's awesome soundtrack which include the single "Wolves At Night".

Concert Photos: The Big Pink @ Mod Club - 03.24.2010

Photos:  The Big Pink

The Big Pink played their second show in a few of months In Toronto at the Mod Club.

Concert Photos and Review: Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) , Ascot Royals @ The Mansion Nightclub - 03.17.2010

Photos: Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker ( USS ) made yet another stop in Barrie @ The Mansion Nightclub. This was the first night of their Highway to Health tour across Western Canada. It's always fun to see USS play live and even better in a small venue. Along with them were The Ascot Royals on warm up duty.

Photos: The Ascot Royals

Canadian Music Week Indie Awards 2010 (Performances):

Constantines @ CMW Indies 2010

Great Lake Swimmers @ CMW Indies 2010

One of the Highlights of Canadian Music Week are the Indie Awards. The 2010 edition featured performances by Constantines , Great Lake Swimmers , The Rural Alberta Advantage , Plants and Animals , Desperate Union and Burnz N Hell.

Concert Photos and Review: Dinosaur Bones , Everything All The Time , Make Your Exit @ Steam Whistle Unsigned #13 - 03.05.2010

Dinosaur Bones @ Steam Whistle Unsigned #13

Everything All The Time @ Steam Whistle Unsigned #13

Make Your Exit @ Steam Whistle Unsigned #13

Steam Whistle held it's 13th Unsigned Event in the last two years. It was the most attended event they've had and featured Dinosaur Bones, Everything All The Time and Make Your Exit.

Concert Photos and Review: Editors , The Antlers @ Phoenix Concert Theatre - 02.16.2010

Editors @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

There has been much criticism for Editors for anything after the well received "The Back Room". There was another dismal review in pitchfork for "In This Light and on This Evening". Although "An End Has A Start" didn't quite do it for me "In This Light and On This Evening" has grown on me.

Concert Photos: Toronto Plays for Haiti - 02.02.2010

Toronto Plays For Haiti was held at the Sound Academy on Tuesday February 2nd, 2010. The artists involved were The Trews, Moneen, Die Mannequin, Maestro Fresh Wes, The Junction, Ill Scarlett, The Salads f. Choclair and Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. Many athletes also attended the event which raised over forty thousand dollars which the government matched. As a result over eighty thousand dollars was raised for the people of Haiti. The Sound Acadmey was packed and all had a good time. As for the entertainment… I have to say this is one of the best events I have ever attended. The Trews started it off with a great acoustic set. Everyone else just blew the crowd away with amazing energetic performances. Many thanks to all involved, to the Sound Academy and to Darrin Pfeiffer of The Edge and James Cybulski of TSN who started the ball rolling with the event.
Check out the video Toronto Plays For Haiti on YouTube.

Various @ Toronto Plays for Haiti

Concert Photos and Review: Guns N' Roses @ Copps Coliseum - 01.24.2010

Guns N' Roses @ Copps Coliseum

It has been a long wait but Guns N' Roses have finally made it back to Ontario. The band who now has a cast of eight made their way through Hamilton; the sixth stop on their thirteen date Canadian Tour.

Concert Photos and Review: The Darcy's , Songs From A Room , Arietta , Oh No Forest Fires @ The Horseshoe Tavern -- 01.23.2010

Oh No Forest Fires @ The Horseshoe Tavern

All good things come to an end. Thus is the harsh reality for Oh No Forest Fires and their fans. For the last couple of years this band has been tearing up the local stages with their intense and energetic live show.

Concert Photos and Review: The Creepshow @ The Mansion Night Club - 01.22.2010

The Creepshow @ The Mansion Night Club

Toronto's The Creepshow made their way up the 400HWY to play a show at the Mansion on Friday night. I'm not the only one in Barrie who was glad they did. They are a band I've been wanting to see for a long time but just hadn't been able to. The band comprised of Sarah "SIN" Blackwood (vocals/guitar), Sean "Sick Boy" McNab (stand-up base/vocals), The Reverend McGinty (organ,vocals) and Matt "Pomade" Gee on drums grabbed the Barrie audience's attention quickly with the fast paced energetically fun "Rue Morgue Radio" from their latest release "Run for Your Life".

Concert Photos and Review: Tegan and Sara @ Kool Haus - 01.20.2010

Tegan and Sarah @ Kool Haus

Time, good writing and great melodies have made all the difference for Tegan and Sara. The twins played the Kool Haus for their second sold out show in Toronto in as many nights. Twelve years and a much greater fan base than Tegan herself recalled explaining to the crowd that when they first played in Toronto it was at Holy Joe's to about eight people. The girls started off the night playing "Arrow","Don't Rush", and "The Ocean" from their latest release.

Tegan and Sarah @ Kool Haus

Tegan and Sarah @ Kool Haus

Concert Photos and Review: The Cribs , Adam Green @ Phoenix Concert Theatre - 01.15.2010

The Cribs @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

The British rock band of brothers, The Cribs, lit up the Phoenix Concert Theatre last Friday night. Along for the ride with Gary, Ryan and Ross Jarman was none other than the newest member of the band ex-Smiths and guitar legend Johnny Marr. I happened to miss Johnny when he came to town last with Modest Mouse so attending this show was a no brainer. The Cribs have been critized for being too much like other British bands, mainly "The Libertines", however their last couple of albums have a few gems on them that I'd been listening to in preparation to the event.

The Cribs @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Concert Photos and Review: Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose @ The Horseshoe Tavern - 01.12.2010

Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose @ The Horseshoe Tavern

It's been a long time since I made the trek down to the Horseshoe Tavern for a show. On this night however I wasn't the only one making the trip down the 400. The second Nu Music Night of the year at the Horseshoe featured Barrie's Brett Caswell and his band The Marquee Rose. Brett (guitar, keys, and lead vocals) and the band consisting of Lincoln Hamyl (bass), Sarah Morano (fiddle), Dave Murray (guitar, keys), Brandyn Aikins (drums) and Carleigh Aikins (backup vocals) played a short set or songs from the upcoming release "A New Balance", Brett's first full length solo album.

Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Brett Caswell and The Marquee Rose @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Concert Photos and Review: Anvil @ Phoenix Concert Theatre - 01.08.2010

Anvil @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

"Hello, Toronto! What the f**k happened man?" were the first words from Steve "Lips" Kudlow to the frenzied crowd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre where just a few minutes earlier he had jumped in and immersed himself the crowd to start off the show with "March Of The Crabs". A loud roar was the response from the fans who were chanting "Anvil,Anvil,Anvil" prior to the start of the show and a few times during.