FREDFEST 2014 WITH
VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
By: Fridae Mattas
Indie Week came and went, like all the festivals this year I did not cover as many bands as usual because of how busy my schedule has been this past year. Trying to squeeze in as much coverage as possible is too much stress so I winged it to the fullest this year. Most of the bands and artists playing I have already seen but some I will always support like Angela Saini, I tried so hard to cover her set but I couldn’t make it on time because I was trying to reach the Underground Garage for Australia’sArcane Saints. Personally I had not seen them yet so this time I promised myself I would, after all they came across the globe to be at this festival.
Arcane Saints played three shows during Indie Week 2013 and I caught one of the three shows on Friday night. The sound at the Underground Garage is not the greatest, neither is the stage but it is somewhere that has live music and that is important. The venue was packed, people were everywhere and of course the band was already playing, Their sound is your good ol’ fashioned rock and roll with a little grunge vibe . You can check out a tune from their set below the photo.
After Arcane Saints set I ran as fast as I could to Queen street but both The Horseshoe and the Rivoli were between bands so I migrated farther west towards the Hideout and again it was between bands so I ended up at the Bovine where my memory left me but there were a few super blurry shots of some random bands I still don’t know of on my camera, to remind me that indeed there was more.
When cool people come to the city I often miss a lot of them due to my non existent time, like when Doors Drummer John Densmore had a chat as a keynote speaker at the festival this year, a day after he did a Q&A at the first ever Reel Indie Film Fest. Completely bummed that I couldn’t fit him twice into my overflowing schedule. I did manage to reach the dual album release by Breached and The Joy Arson at the Rivoli Saturday October 19th. That show was like a reunion of all the cool folks, frenemies and posers alike. The music industry, well, the entertainment industry as a whole has the most unique collection of beings.
The Joy Arson gave it their all musically but vocally, singer Matt Moffit was off that night. Most of the tracks played were pitchy, I couldn’t even find a decent enough video clip to put up. A few vocal lessons and breathing exercises to help with the nerves should do the trick. The rest of the band were pretty good, they even added a new guitarist to the lineup. Next to hit the stage was Breached, you can check out a video of their set below.
Breached are one of my favorite bands on the scene currently and they threw it down at the Rivoli! This was probably one of their best sets, of course the light show was pretty cool! The new tracks are so good, and they do sound a little more commercial than their previous material. These days if you want music to be your sole source of income you better write some catchy fucking tunes or sell your soul to the devil… Just ask Katy Perry, who clearly sold her soul to the devil…
And that my friends is where this jibber ends, the winners of Indie Week are Sumo Cyco who battled it out Sunday October 19th at the Tattoo Rock Parlour with the other semi-finalists. Keep it locked for a photo editorial with a couple of specially chosen bands, and next year I hope to declutter more of my schedule so I can discover even more of Toronto’s indie music to share with all of you.
ARBOR LIVE KICKS OFF SEASON 2
For Immediate Release: September 13, 2010; (Los Angeles, CA, Winnipeg, MB, Toronto, ON)
Season two of APTN’s Arbor Live is jam packed with musical talent from emerging Aboriginal artists to today’s global superstars. The second season features live performances by Fishbone, Sammy Hagar’s new band Chickenfoot , The Crystal Method, Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society, The Scorpions, Tommy Lee, Mastadon and Slayer along with the homegrown Canadian talent of Suzie McNeil, Grady, Chantal Kreviazuk, Buffy Saint-Marie, Mother Mother, Shane Yellowbird, Moneen and You Say Party! We Say Die!
Rock guitarist Stevie Salas hosts this high energy and fast paced music variety TV show that’s been likened to a musical version of The Larry Sanders Show meets The Office. The program’s premise has Salas, his comedic director “Steelbird” and their “assistant,” real life movie star, Eric Schweig, as three native guys who run a music variety TV show, but have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Story lines call on each week’s musical talent to not only perform live, but also, to act.
Salas began his career when he was discovered in 1985 by funk legend George Clinton who hand-picked him to be his guitarist. He went on to play sold-out stadiums with Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger and wrote hit songs with Jeff Healey, Sass Jordan, Bootsy Collins and many others. Guitar Player Magazine has named him one of the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
His recent work includes acting as Musical Director for American Idol’s Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. In 2009, Salas was the youngest recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native American Music Awards and in 2010 he won the ACAM (BMI awards for Central America) Rock Songwriter of the Year. He also played guitar on the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, global # 1 record “Dead and Gone” by TI and Justin Timberlake. www.steviesalas.com
Eric Schweig is a Canadian actor best known for his role in the critically acclaimed film The Last of the Mohicans. Other key performances include Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, Ron Howard’s The Missing, The Scarlet Letter, Tom and Huck, Big Eden, Skins and Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story. Schweig is also well respected in the art of carving Inuit Spirit Masks and is currently filming the third season of Cashing In with the previous two seasons airing on APTN & BRAVO.
APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) is a Canadian broadcast and cable television network which airs and produces programs made by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples. It is noted as the first of its kind in the world and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Season two of Arbor Live builds on the success of the first season which included artists such as Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Comeback Kid and Joe Satriani. Premiering this month on APTN, Arbor Live will not disappoint, as the show brings more of the live performances, interviews and comedic backstage antics viewers have come to expect.
Each hour-long episode is jam packed with talent from all over the world and consistently spotlights emerging recording artists equally alongside the superstars. Arbor Live is a fun and entertaining way to discover new music.
Watch on APTN in Canada:
HD FEED – ET: 10:30pm Tues; 2:30am Wed; 10:00pm Fri; 10:30pm Sat
Eastern Feed – ET: 10:30pm Tues; 2:30am Wed
Western Feed – MT: 10:30pm Tues
Northern Feed – CT; 2:30am Wed
Watch episode trailers and bonus clips on the Arbor Live Official website: www.arborlive.tv