FRIDAE TV’S TOP 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2012

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TOP 10 BEST ALBUMS

OF

2012

By: Fridae Mattas

#1: DEFTONES – KOI NO YOKAN – Watch a tune from their set at Heavy T.O, 2012 here.

#2: ENTER SHIKARI – A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR: Read the record review by FridaeTV contributor Anthony Dell’Orso here.

#3: THE CULT – CHOICE OF WEAPON: You can watch the interview with Ian Astbury here.

#4: KRS One – THE BDP ALBUM – Read the record review and the DJ Kenny Parker interview here.

#5: PINK – THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE

#6: LINKIN PARK – LIVING THINGS 

#7: EMELI SANDÉ – OUR VERSION OF EVENTS – Read the live review on Emeli here.

#8:  GREEN DAY – UNO

#9: SLASH FT. MILES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – APOCALYPTIC LOVE

#10: SOUNDGARDEN – KING ANIMAL

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

YELAWOLF AND TRAVIS BARKER – PSYCHO WHITE 

THREE DAYS GRACE – TRANSIT OF VENUS

THE USED – VULNERABLE

KRISTINA MARIA – TELL THE WORLD – Watch the interview with Mizz Kristina Maria here.

THE WALLFLOWERS – GLAD ALL OVER – Read the live editorial review here.

 

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

THE 8TH ANNUAL ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW DEC 13TH ON SALE NOW!

8th ANNUAL ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER 13TH
 

The 8th Annual ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW will be held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 13th. The Phoenix is at 410 Sherbourne Street. Doors 7pm – 19+. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Rotate This, Soundscapes or call 416-870-8000 to charge by phone.  Performers announced include Ron Sexsmith, Kevin Drew and Brandan Canning from Broken Social Scene, with many more to be announced every week. 

 
Last year’s “Andy Kim Christmas Show” was the most successful event of the Holiday season and this year’s promises to be even more spectacular. The concert event is the brainchild of music legend, and the evenings’ Host and performer, Andy Kim.
 
During this one-of a kind charity event, patrons will be treated to a classic variety entertainment show that includes holiday performances by some of the country’s most sought-after singer/songwriters and performers. Past guests including Sam Roberts, Lights, Ron Sexsmith, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Broken Social Scene, James Black & Rick Jackett from Finger Eleven, Sarah Harmer, Jacksoul, BUCK65, Honeymoon Suite, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies,  and more.
 
This year’s charity is The Jeff Healey Park. Last year, the City of Toronto honored his memory by renaming Woodford Park, in the Queensway neighbourhood of Etobicoke where Jeff grew up, “Jeff Healey Park.”  Andy says, “The late Jeff Healey was not only a towering figure on the Canadian musical scene, for many around the world, especially for those people living with disabilities, the way Jeff overcame his blindness and achieved great things in his short life was an inspiration.” 
 
100% of the profits from this year’s show will go to the Jeff Healey Park musical project. Andy wants to incorporate a unique musical theme into the playground at the park, by adding musical instruments that all children can play and enjoy.  Andy says, “I am thrilled this year’s charity will be the Jeff Healey Park.  That park was a huge part of Jeff’s childhood.  It seems so appropriate that future generations of children will be able to make music in the very park that he loved so much as a child.”
 
“I look forward to the Andy Kim Christmas Show every year… even more than Christmas itself.”
-Ron Sexsmith
 
Going into its 8th year, the Andy Kim Christmas Show has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community in Toronto with all proceeds going to charity. Join us for a magical evening jam-packed with Canadian talent and Christmas music.
 
Born in Montreal, Andy Kim was inspired by the Beatles, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bob Dylan. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?, the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits, including #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, one of Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.” A true Canadian son, Andy has been awarded the country’s top industry honor twice, the JUNO Award for outstanding achievements in the record industry, as well as the “Indie Award” for Favorite Solo Artist in 2005. Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Over his epic career, Andy has sold over 30 million records, with songs covered by music history’s greats, including Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner, and Bob Marley.
 
His last album, Happen Again (eOne Music Canada) is his first album in over 20 years. His new music possesses the timeless, transcendent and transforming qualities of his songs before, while giving us a very personal look into the artist’s take on love and change.
 
Andy’s new album is almost finished, along with a documentary on Andy’s life is also in the beginning stages, both for a 2013 release.
 
Visit Andy Kim’s official site  www.andykimmusic.com.

TECH N9NE LIVE IN TORONTO – FEATURE EDITORIAL

TECH N9NE

LIVE @ THE ROCKPILE – TORONTO

FEATURE EDITORIAL

By: Fridae Mattas

The last time I saw Tech N9ne live was at the 2009 Rock The Bells festival at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. I was thoroughly impressed by his ever so tight stacatto patter that he’s known for. Rapid fire in seconds and it doesn’t sound repetative or fake, he actual means what he says when he’s throwing down a rhyme.

Aaron Dontez Yates from Kansas City is anything but new to the game, he has been the king of underground Hip Hop for years and only has just begun to surface the mainstream. Tech N9ne brought his set to the centre of the universe twice (Joking, this one is for the Quebequers, we all know how much you love Toronto.) Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, both nights I heard were bananas! The door man said he only had about 10 tickets left for the Saturday show when we arrived and that was at 7:30pm. By the time Tech N9ne hit the stage those tickets I were long gone.

Opening up for Tech N9ne was Canada’s So Sick Social Club and MadChild of Swollen Members. If I had know every white rapper in the GTA was going to perform and none of the skilled MC’s would hit the stage until ten, I would not have been so early. Absolutly horrendous were majority of those who hit that stage, they were giving me a headache I couldn’t tell them a part. Short, white with Backstreet Boy facial hair, some stalky, all bald except the one female who attempted to spit only to be shut out and drowned by her co-performer. I thought okay here’s a female MC, I hope she throws it down! WRONG! So Wrong! She let the boys take the spotlight even when it was her verse. She was stuttering and did not rhyme with passion at all, why she even stepped to the mic I don’t know. Aside from the only female “rapper”, a few desperado girls were giving the boys a peep show for a t-shirt. Maybe, if it was for a legit Rapper with at the least some type of B status clout, you could have some dignity remaining. But, once your tits hit youtube for a random shitty ass r,ap group’s $5 T-shirt…Your judgement will forever be questionable ladies! So many women lack class, there are many ways to be sexy without desperatly flashing your headlights for every fugly wannabe.

On with the show! Ontario’s So Sick Social Club entertained the crowd before Madchild. This was not their first time opening for Tech N9ne, it seems like a trend for them everytime he has a show in Toronto. I saw them perform many years ago barely recalling their set. The crowd was loving their energy and their rapping isn’t bad, I like the fusion of guitar in their music. Rapping is their stronger suit because none of them are very good melodic singers however, they do put on an energetic set worth checking out. So Sick Social Club is: VooDoo Drew, Chris So Sick and Midnight a.k.a VooDoo Man they recently released their “Dead Friends Don’t Tell” LP available for purchase here.

Next up was Madchild also know as one third of the Juno Award winning Canadian Hip Hop group from Vancouver “Swollen Members”. Madchild (Shane Bunting) recently released another solo record titled “Dope Sick“. He came out strong, the crowd instantly errupted as he slapped and dapped every hand he could touch. I am familiar with a few of the Swollen Members’ singles and Madchild threw down a few of those, surprisingly he was pretty good. It was getting a little too crazy in the “mosh circle” area, the boys were a little too excited. The show was ages sixteen and up so a variety of people were present but mostly male. Madchild did a fantastic job keeping the crowd ripe and ready for Tech N9ne.

Teck N9ne’s right hand man Krizz Kaliko spit a verse before introducing The headliner to the crowd. Once Yates hit the stage, the crowd went bonkers wild at the Rockpile. He played a full set of almost thirty tracks and this was his second and final Toronto show for this tour. It was a nice treat for my ears to hear such smooth, passionate rhymes with conviction coming from the source. Tech N9ne is one of the very few rappers who has such a vast array of original material to choose from including tracks off of his latest E.B.A.H. ep. The crowd knew every word to every song he spit and didn’t want this night to end. You can find videos I filmed from the sets here  and more photos here. Tech N9ne is the only MC anyone should be talking about and if he comes through a city near you go see him live!

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

UK’S MADNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND SINGLE

MADNESS ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
AND SINGLE

Artwork By Sir Peter Blake
iTunes Festival Appearance

(Toronto, ON) – UK ska and pop legends Madness have today announced details of their 10th studio album “Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da.” The album of all brand new material will be released on October 30, 2012 in North America through eOne Music. The band is also delighted to announce that the artwork for the album has been designed by the legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake. The first single, “My Girl 2” will be serviced to radio shortly.
 
“Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da” sees the band team up with a number of new producers, the first time in their illustrious career they have decided to do so, to create an album of incredible pop songs. Fans have already been given a taste of what is to come from the album with track “Death Of A Rude Boy” which was made available as a free download from their official site in August.
 
It has been an incredibly busy summer for the band; playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, a number of high profile festivals and to millions of people at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony. It has also been confirmed that they will appear at the iTunes Festival on September 27th. 
 
Tracklisting:
 
My Girl 2
Never Knew Your Name
La Luna
How Can I Tell You
Kitchen Floor
Misery
Leon
Circus Freaks
So Alive
Small World
Death of A Rude Boy
 
Bonus Tracks
Powder Blue
Black and Blue
My Girl 2
 
Madness are performing dates in the UK throughout Winter 2012 and are expected to tour the U.S. in early 2013.

http://blog.madness.co.uk/

COHEED AND CAMBRIA LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB 2012 – FEATURE EDITORIAL

 

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

COHEED AND CAMBRIA
LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB

TORONTO 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

 

By: Joanna Glezakos

 What more could you ask for than seeing one of your favourite bands right before your birthday? This past Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to catch Coheed and Cambria at Virgin Mobile’s Mod Club theatre in Toronto. I rushed to the venue after work just in time to catch Coheed’s set. Thankfully, they had set up a small photo pit for the show because normally the Mod Club is a free for all. We huddled inside the venue, squeezing past the already sweaty fans to our pit and waited in excitement for the show to start.

They started their set with No World for Tomorrow, an amazing opener that had me and everyone else in the crowd going wild. After our three songs we were ushered out, having to leave the venue through the back door, walk around the building and come back through the entrance to enjoy the rest of the set. I tried watching the show from downstairs but I was stuck at the back of the venue, not being able to get through the herd of sweaty crowd.

The venue was so foggy it would have been an asthmatics nightmare; I managed to squeeze my way upstairs and get a spot by the railing to catch the rest of the show. Despite the heat, it was an amazing show! Claudio’s voice is always a pleasure to listen to, he is one of the most talented singers I have ever heard and the band has great stage presence.

It was nice to see them in a smaller venue because last year I saw the band at the Kool Haus in a Neverender. They performed a special acoustic set and then ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’ from front to back. There was more energy in the Mod Club crowd than in the Kool Haus and the stage and venue is almost half the size!  Needless to say it was a great set, a photo of their set list is posted and includes songs from SSTB, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, In Keeping Secrets and their upcoming album The Afterman: Ascension. Though this set was shorter the band came back out for three encore songs and it was overall a much Better performance by the guys.

I was disappointed though, no coat check on a colder night and not as many moshers! Coheed’s a pretty heavy band and have really hard core dedicated fans, I was surprised at how small the pit was and how many people were standing still. The album is due out October 9th. You can pre-order a sweet limited deluxe box set which includes a 78 page book, 4 CD’s, VIP Tour Laminate, medallion, certificate and a documentary DVD. The VIP pass included in the box set grants you early entry to all shows that Coheed headlines, you will also receive special access on the Coheed website with an area to download all the music as it is released including Ascension (October 9th) and Descension (February 2013). Along with all of that you could always win tickets to their sold out show October 11th at Webster Hall in New York City. An amazing package for any Coheed fan! Major thanks to the kind folks over at Live Nation and the Coheed and Cambria camp. For more photos of the bands Toronto set you can click here. If you have not yet caught Coheed and Cambria live you should.

COPYRIGHT © 2012 Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV. All Rights Reserved

TIM CHAISSON LIVE @ THE DAKOTA TAVERN: PHOTO EDITORIAL

All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For FridaeTV

TIM CHAISSON LIVE @ THE DAKOTA

PHOTO EDITORIAL

All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

COPYRIGHT © 2012 DIPAN CHEEMA FOR FRIDAE TV. All Rights Reserved 

www.TIMCHAISSON.COM

M.A.C VIVA GLAM FASHION CARES 25 AIDS BENEFIT – BLACK CARPET PHOTO FEATURE

 

All Photography By: Dipen Cheema For Fridae TV

M.A.C. VIVA GLAM

FASHION CARES 25 BLACK CARPET

PHOTO FEATURE

This   dazzling   evening   of   philanthropy   benefited   Canadian   HIV/AIDs   foundations nationwide as distributed through the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) as well as the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). Showing their support, special guests included Janelle Monae, Sky Ferreria, The Scissor Sisters, Supermodel’s Petra Nemcova, Linda Evangelista and Canadian  Supermodel  Yasmin  Warsame, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared. More support from Canadian  talent  such  as  Jarvis Church, Kreesha Turner, Elise Legrow, Anjulie, Divine Brown and Nikki Yanofsky.

A team of passionate and dedicated individuals including Co-Chairs David Furnish and Michael  King,  Honourary  Chairs  Jeanne  Beker,  John  Demsey  and  Frank  Giustra  and creative director Phillip Ing, worked tirelessly to put on this brilliant show and help raise money for HIV/AIDS research in Canada and around the world.

 

About Fashion Cares

A critical, artistic and financial success since it’s inception in 1987, Fashion Cares builds awareness of HIV/AIDS while raising funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Combining local and international fashion talent with the design and business communities, this always sold out, media and celebrity studded evening caps elegant cocktails and cuisine with a rousing auction, a theatrical runway event, and an entertainment spectacle. With a 22-year attendance record of over 50 thousand guests and volunteers, Fashion Cares has netted profits of nearly $12 million dollars to date. For Fashion Cares 25 updates, see www.fashioncares.com or www.facebook.com/FashionCares25

About The M·A·C AIDS Fund

The M·A·C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations.

As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical  giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world

that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised

$250 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M·A·C’s VIVA GLAM lip products donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information visit http://www.macaidsfund.org

About Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a non-profit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $275 million for programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The U.S. organization’s current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention programs throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean; HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable populations; and HIV/AIDS

prevention education and the promotion of sexual health for adolescents.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 About AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Since 1983 ACT has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination,  informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

 COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE TV. All Rights Reserved 

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DIPAN CHEEMA FOR FRIDAE TV

www.FashionCares.com

www.actoronto.org/fashioncares

www.EJAF.org

www.SONYCENTRE.ca

www.MACCOSMETICS.com – http://www.macaidsfund.org

 

ROCKAPALOOZA OHIO BACK TO COLLEGE JAM THIS SATURDAY!

ROCKAPALOOZA OHIO SEPTEMBER 8TH

Headlined this Year by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and MACHINE GUN KELLY with Support from ATTACK! ATTACK!, TWISTA, and more!  ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio – Back to College Jam will take over the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in just one week on September 8th! The fairgrounds are located at 19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH. The event is ALL AGES. Tickets are on sale at this etix.com location. Doors open at 10am and curfew is set at 12am.

Ticket Prices: $30 Advance General Admission Buy tickets here!

$40 Day of Show

$100 VIP – This grants you front of line access upon entry, front of line access to the meet and greet artist autograph signing tent, access to an exclusive VIP artist viewing deck attached to the main stage, and half priced drinks in the VIP lounge (meet and greets TBA). FYI – www.soundrink.com is providing VIP ticket sales with reduced fees now!

Hosted this year by SiriusXM Faction DJ Shannon Gunz and model Taylor Brynne, ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio features headliners THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and MACHINE GUN KELLY with support from ATTACK! ATTACK!, TWISTA, and more! Other artists performing include INSPECTAH DECK of the Wu Tang Clan, TEXAS IN JULY, IONIA, and many more. See below for a full line-up.  Learn more about some of this year’s stellar artists below:

· Drae Michael Smith (D-RAE) was born on July 29, 1991, grew up in the small town of East Palestine, Ohio and at the age of 14, realized that he wanted to take his love and passion for music to another level by writing and recording his own music. In 2011, Smith began to brand and promote his “Keep It Movin” movement and shared the stage with names such as Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf. Smith had faced a lot of challenges in the form or hate, criticism, low-budgets and no support, but through it all he kept things moving and continued to work hard. His goal is to be a source of inspiration for those who have dreams of any kind, to always keep their head up and know that if they believe and work hard, good things will come their way.

· Formed in 2011, Helix Reign combines elements of 90s Alternative Rock, Modern Hard Rock, and traditional heavy metal to make music that can only be described as “helix reign” Helix Reign has opened for national acts Mushroomhead, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Red Jumpsuit Aparatus, We Came as Romans, Emphatic, Trapt, and Icon for Hire as well as headlined several shows in their hometown as well as won 2 battle of the bands contests. In the Summer of 2012 they began working on their first full length album. Check out www.helixreign.com for more info and upcoming shows

· Hailing from the streets of NYC, ionia will once again make its way to the Rockapalooza stage to deliver a performance that will surely be remembered by the fans. ionia is a band of strength, dedication, and without compromise. Made up of five socially and economically conscious members they strive not only to deliver one hell of a rock performance but do so with integrity and a lyrical message that contains meaning and provokes thought. This is not just another cookie cutter rock band. ionia is one to watch out for. www.ioniamusic.com 

· A rising star from a broken region, Fallen Captive brings a blue collar work ethic, blends it with melody and that never-give-up attitude that is synonymous with the city of Cleveland and heavy metal music. More than just a group of musicians, they’re brothers in arms. Playing a potent brand of metalcore with a slew of influences thrown in, they’re never content to rest on their laurels. Fallen Ca ptive is all about moving forward to take their music to the next level. With a dual lead guitar attack, booming bass, thundering drums and a hint of keyboards to offset the aggressive vocals, Fallen Captive is a force to be reckoned with and everyone should stand up and take notice. http://www.facebook.com/fallencaptive 

· Ruled by Reason is a progressive metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Combing sounds from Between the Buried and Me, In Flames, Mastodon, and August Burns Red, Ruled by Reason create a sound that is fresh and compelling in the modern music scene. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Ruled by Reason! http://www.facebook.com/ruledbyreason 

— ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio – Back to College Jam is presented by Kings of Rock Entertainment & Live Loud N Local and brought to you by Rockstar Energy Drink. The festival is also sponsored by Young & Reckless Clothing, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Blueprint Artist Development, Ghost Vodka, and Revolver Electronic Cigarettes.  

VIP CONTEST INFO: Rockapalooza Music Festival is kicking off a brand new contest to benefit local Kent, OH social services. The fest will be giving away a VIP upgrade to some lucky fans at the Ohio event! Bring a canned good or donate $1 upon entry into the festival grounds and receive an entry into the VIP upgrade drawing that will be held every two hours! That’s right! Just for making a small donation to help those in need, you could win one of four VIP passes. VIP to the festival includes, front of the line entry into the artist meet and greet tent, the ability  to watch the show from the special VIP viewing deck attached to the main stage, half priced drinks and a very special VIP pass! Help us help others and win some cool prizes too!  

HEADLINERS:

The Devil Wears Prada

Machine Gun Kelly

Attack Attack!

Twista

Inspectah Deck (Wu Tang Clan)

Texas In July

Ionia

Bobaflex

Ghosts of August

iPhonic

Eric Evasion

Chuck Lew

Fallen Captive

With performances by:

Alternant Resonant

Animas

Beat To Quarters

Black Cloud Syndrome

Broken Reflection

D-Rae

Distant Descend

Fallen Captive

Ice Possible

It Lies Within

Jay Mel

Jet City Vega

Killjay

Ky’Ly’Ntae

Mind Pulp

Nation of Wealth

Nazareth

Nyland

Rotation

Tisk Tisk

Trakblazas

Undone

Wixor

For more information on ROCKAPALOOZA Ohio, please visit these websites: www.rockapalooza.net http://www.facebook.com/RockapaloozaFestival 

Join the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/485511688130778/

THE BALCONIES ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR!

THE BALCONIES FALL TOUR ANNOUNCED!

The Balconies are gearing up for a busy fall full of touring to Los Angeles for FILTER Magazine’s 2012 Culture Collide festival and cross-Canada dates with Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason until November.

If the past few months haven’t been busy enough, The Balconies are packing their bags again, this time with their sights set on the west coast. The dynamic trio are representing Canada at FILTER Magazine’s 2012 Culture Collide Festival this October 4-7 in Los Angeles, California. Of course, one road trip is never enough, and the group will be playing their way across the country, joining blues-rockers Big Sugar as well as Wide Mouth Mason on Canadian dates including long overdue stops in Vancouver, Calgary and more.
 
It seems as if 2012 has been non-stop for The Balconies who released their Kill Count EP (Coalition/Warner) in February along with a music video for the title track. What followed was a flurry of touring including festival stops at the likes of South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Summerfest in Milwaukee and recently back-to-back dates at Edgefest and Ottawa Bluesfest. Their touring hasn’t stopped there with recent dates in New York City alongside U.S.S., the pleasure of opening for Sam Roberts Band at Jackson-Triggs Winery, and most recently Ontario dates with Los Angeles-based group The Aggrolites.
 
The raw energy and charisma that comes from frontwoman Jacquie Neville backed by Liam Jaeger on drums and brother Steve Neville on bass has left audiences in awe nationwide, a feat the critics have been quick to take notice of. SiriusXM named “Kill Count” one of the top tracks of 2011 and for the second time The Balconies were named Ottawa’s “Best Rock/Pop/Dance Group” in the Ottawa Xpress 2011 poll.  Always gaining momentum it’s looking like 2012 will be another landmark year for the Ottawa/Toronto group. Tour dates and download links below.
 
TOUR DATES
Sept. 7 @ Mississauga Celebration Square, MISSISSAUGA (FREE SHOW w/ Hollerado)
Sept. 27 @ The Mansion, KINGSTON (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Sept. 28 @ Loretto Tavern, LORETTO, ON (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Sept. 30 @ The Metro Room – Doyle’s Pub, SARNIA (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 1 @ Club Absinthe, HAMILTON (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 2 @ The Coulson Nightclub, SUDBURY (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 4 @ Venue TBA, LOS ANGELES (**Culture Collide Festival)
Oct. 5 @ Venue TBA, LOS ANGELES (**Culture Collide Festival)
Oct. 6 @ Venue TBA, LOS ANGELES (**Culture Collide Festival)
Oct. 7 @ Venue TBA, LOS ANGELES (**Culture Collide Festival)
Oct. 10 @ Louis’ Pub, SASKATOON (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 11 @ New City Legion, EDMONTON (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 13 @ The Gateway Bar – SAIT, CALGARY (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 14 @ The Rockwater Grill and Bar, GOLDEN, BC (w/ Wide Mouth Mason)
Oct. 20 @ Commodore Ballroom, VANCOUVER (w/ Big Sugar)
Oct. 25 @ Kamloops Convention Centre, KAMLOOPS (w/ Big Sugar)
Nov. 2 @ Century Casino, CALGARY (w/ Big Sugar)
Nov. 10 @ Burton Cummings Theatre, WINNIPEG (w/ Big Sugar)
*More tour dates to be announced here
 
LINKS
http://thebalconies.ca
http://facebook.com/thebalconies
http://twitter.com/thebalconies

AUSTRALIA’S ARCANE SAINTS HIT CANADA THIS SEPTEMBER!

 

Australian Grunge Rockers ARCANE SAINTS Announce Canadian Dates ‘Never Say Die Tour’

Australian grunge rockers ARCANE SAINTS are coming to tour Canada with a vengeance this September, making up for their spring tour, which had to be cancelled due to an unexpected circumstance.

Traveling from Down Under to the Great White North, Arcane Saints will rock crowds from Toronto to Vancouver on a six-day adventure across Canada, kicking off on September 12 at Cherry Cola’s (200 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON).

“We were devastated at having to postpone our Canada tour earlier this year but this tour is going to be bigger and better. Having opened for The Trews here in Australia they spoke very highly of the Canadian rock scene and we can’t wait to get over there and experience it for ourselves.” comments vocalist / guitarist Michael John  

About: Arcane Saints came together when singer/guitarist Michael John (a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris), invested his prize money from an international song writing competition and got a one-way ticket to Melbourne, Australia from his home country of New Zealand to form the quartet with bassist Jim Luxford, guitarist Michael “Sheep” Gooding and drummer Sam Sablinskis.

Live Video from CHINA Tour 2012 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjmQu7qmHGs

Single – Never Say Die – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4w-37gmbQ 

Single – Reflections – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJLKmEFjfLY

Single- Nervous Breakdown – FREE DOWNLOAD

Never Say Die Tour Dates – https://www.facebook.com/events/392805187448544/

September 12, 2012 – Cherry Cola’s, Toronto, ON – w/ guests – Doors 9pm – 19+ 

September 14, 2012 – The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON – w/ guests – Doors 10pm – 19+ – Cover $10

September 15, 2012 – The Cavern Club, Winnipeg, MB – w/ Sons of York + guests – Doors 9pm – 18+ – Cover $7

September 18, 2012 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – w/ Who’s the Hero, Submerged & Riot In Paradise – Doors 8pm – 18+ – Cover $10

September 19, 2012 – Dicken’s Pub – Calgary, AB – w/ 3 Head Cobra, Before the Storm – Doors 9pm – 18+ 

September 21, 2012 – The Rockin Firkin – Kamloops BC w/ Full of Excuses

September 22, 2012 – TBA – Vancouver, BC

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