Humble Thoughts

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A Tale of Toronto’s Field Trip

There is a lot to love at Toronto’s Field Trip Music Festival. The atmosphere, the food and, of course, the tunes.

Unfortunately, my time at the two-day event is not to enjoy the eclectic line-up. No, I have somehow found myself working on location. Read On…

My Six Favourite Stops in Sydney

Take it from me. The city of Sydney, Australia is a joy to explore.

After one’s inevitable trip to the Opera House, you may find yourself asking: “What next? Where should I go? Where do I start?” Read On…

In Concert: Slowdive

Waves of melodic guitar, pedal boards, and ghostly vocals are signatures of Slowdive and its cherished “Shoegaze” genre.

For the British band, a 22-year hiatus of new material ends tonight with their sold-out engagement at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall. Read On…

In Concert: Foxygen

It can be hard work selling Foxygen as a real band rather than a gimmick.

Take the way both members (Jonathan Rado and Sam France) present themselves at Toronto’s Opera House: One positioned in the shadows, presiding as musical mastermind while the other struts and sings wildly. Read On…

Travelogue: Sydney Opera House

Can anything else be said about Australia’s iconic landmark?

Impressions such as otherworldly, tourist-swarming, and a hint of ocean air come to mind when I think back to the Opera House. Call it an addiction, or infatuation, but I made it my obligation to visit repeatedly. Read On…

In Concert: Cloud Nothings

They hail from Cleveland, the birthplace of rock and roll.

However, the story of Cloud Nothings doesn’t start with a bang. Rather, it began in a basement. Read On…

In Concert: The Lemon Twigs

The D’Addario brothers, two teenagers from Long Island, were born to boogie.

The story goes that both Brian and Michael (sons of a session musician) were raised on a strict diet of classic rock. The seeds were planted early, with every note absorbed. Read On…

One Last Trip to Honest Ed’s

The iconic red and yellow marquee on Toronto’s Bloor Street will soon be shutting off its 23,000 blinking lights for good.

Honest Ed’s, the city’s premier discount emporium, is set to close its doors on December 31. After nearly 70 years in business, the beloved landmark will make way for condos, boutiques, and something called a “woonerf.” Read On…

In Concert: Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright takes the stage with a wry grin. An audience member, perhaps inebriated, shouts from the floor of the Mod Club, asking the singer-songwriter about her rather peculiar frock.

“I’ve taken up a part-time job as a mechanic,” Wainwright gleefully remarks, referring to her grey one-piece. “Since the music industry is in such bad shape, I thought it couldn’t hurt.”
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In Concert: Angel Olsen

Many concerts start out strong but end in predictability.

Not so with Angel Olsen. Here is a voice with ability of rendering attendees motionless. Inside Toronto’s The Mod Club is no exception. Her divine, otherworldy gift has enraptured everyone. Read On…