WITH SUICIDE SILENCE
LIVE @ THE OPERA HOUSE
VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
LIVE @ THE OPERA HOUSE
By: Fridae Mattas
Tuesday April 12th Collie Buddz brought his “Playback” tour to Toronto’s Opera House in support of his new EP of the same name. Buddz’s real name is Colin Harper, he is the semi new school Reggae Hip Hop Dancehall artist who was born in New Orleans Louisiana, moved to Bermuda when he was five and has a TDot connection amidst his Bermudian foundation. Both Bermuda and Canada are the top two friendliest places in the world to live, could it be because the Herbs “Come Around”? Collie’s star has been rising since dropping his self titled first major label album in 2007 which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. Singles like ‘Come Around”, “Mamacita” and “Blind To You” are blowing up dance floors and urban airwaves, it was obvious those tracks were a fan favorite when he performed them in the set but they also were thrilled when he busted out the new ‘Playback’ EP tunes and a few Bob Marley covers. Collie released his ‘Playback’ EP for free on his website January 18th 2011 and has had over 75,000 downloads since, looks like it won’t stop climbing anytime soon. Playback is still available for you to download for free right now. If you haven’t done this yet, do yourself a huge favor after reading this review go download yourself some extremely enjoyable tunes. DOWNLOAD PLAYBACK HERE
I first discovered Collie’s music through my younger brother who is obsessed with Reggae, Hip Hop, Rap and all the Island sounds, so when he told me about this White boy who could hold his own with Reggae’s finest I had to check him out. This wasn’t his first show in Toronto but it was the first show I was able to catch. Story of my life, I always missed when Buddz came around before! Honestly thought I was going to miss this show as well, all thanks to the TTC subway having issues (What else is new?) holding up all Eastbound trains on the Bloor-Danforth for forty five minutes. As New Kingston and Los Rakas the supporting acts were jamming on stage I was sitting on the crippled subway waiting for it to start moving again so I could finally reach the Opera House located at the east end of the city close to the areas I grew up. Of course when I get off the subway the streetcar I needed and all the Cabbies were nowhere to be found! Clearly Murphy and his damn Laws were totally fucking with me today because usually dozens of Taxi’s are waiting outside the subway stations for people but for some reason at this moment nothing!
After fifteen minutes of trying to hail down a cab it was accomplished, I swear it was easier to get one in NYC and the streetcar still didn’t come as I got into the cab, absolutely incredible but I finally reached the venue and it was crazy! As I walked in, the paramedics were carrying a kid who passed out from heat exhaustion because it was so hot in the sold out Opera House. I was a little scared because my intuition was telling me I was going to be in the front lines for sure and some drama lay ahead! My instincts were dead on…Soon after the fabulous Female at the door handed me my media pass she warned me it was really hot in there, people were dropping like flies, she also advised me to take off my jacket and find my way through the crowd, lastly she wished me Good Luck”! I needed it, my crowd claustrophobia was kicking in, they didn’t have a media pit; nothing to separate media from fans but on the bright side Collie’s set was to start in five or ten minutes. A little annoyed that I missed New Kingston band but at least I caught a minute of Los Rakas as I lithely made my way through the super crowd trying to find a unobstructed area to shoot from.
As I closed in on the stage, all the females at the front were giving me cut eye and kissing their teeth making it crystal clear there was no way in hell they would let me come near that area. I don’t get these girls, did they think he was going to pluck them out of the crowd and drop to one knee? Sorry ladies, he’s taken! I tried to explain to the fans I would only be there for 3 tracks to take a couple of pictures and then disappear out of their way. A few were cool with it and actually tried to help out, others asked to see my “official” media pass, that was amazing! “Blind To You Haters”… So much harassment from fans yet security was so chill! How else would I get into the venue with a professional D-SLR still camera which was in my hand if I wasn’t covering the set? I definitely couldn’t hide the camera in my bra. I showed the disbelieving Teenies (Obsessed fans) my “Official” media pass just so they could dry their crying eyes but to some of the Teenies pressed up against the stage it really didn’t matter, my media pass pissed them off more. What was I to do? If I wasn’t working there would have been some serious problems but as a C.S.W (Classy Smart Woman) who can find a solution in any predicament I let it go and did what I needed to do to resolve this issue.
A possible area caught my eye to the right corner of stage left by the speaker so I headed in that direction, as I was migrating over it felt as if I was swimming across an ocean of people. Minutes of being in the crowd I was drenched in sweat, with all that Teenie drama I forgot to take off my jacket but thank God I wore my spring jacket because it was a super nice warm day in the city! Once I reached the destination there was a slight new problem, a couple of fans stood in my way. Wasn’t sure how these ones would react but I asked them anyway if they would let me squeeze through to the corner, they both replied with “There’s a piece of wood there!” Ecstatic that there was some elevation I said “Oh that’s perfect, thank you!” As I climbed over, they looked at me like I was on crack because the piece of wood sticking out from under the speaker was about four inches wide. It’s never an easy task to stand on a very thin apparatus and stay balanced, to make it more challenging my Greek JLO kept bouncing me off balance so I had to grip the stage a few times or put my knee against it to keep steady. The good thing about the platform was it gave me just enough altitude above the crowd to actually obtain some decent shots, being tall and agile also helps in these situations. I Positioned myself in the corner so I was not blocking any of the fans views of their precious…I’m sure most people didn’t even see me until they got closer to the stage.
Before Haper hit the stage Peewee the one and only Dj, Hypeman, backup singer sidekick introduced the band with Lady Alexis backup singer who threw it down girl has some pipes! When Buddz hit the stage the screams from the girls went to a whole other level, didn’t think the crowd would be this insanely loud especially since most of them were high from some herbal essence, I assumed they would be a little more laid back. During the tune “Mamacita” “Blacka Di Danca” gave Collie a quick dance lesson, I don’t know if he does it for every set but for this set in Toronto he did the “Kill the Roach Dance” after a little bit of Blacka’s footwork. When Collie dropped ‘Playback’ the crowd went bananas they were so enthusiastic in participating and did whatever was told. For many of his tracks Buddz didn’t even need to sing, the crowd sang word for word literally the whole set. Never in my life have I seen the Opera House this packed! It was a scorcher in there, so very hot in every way, plenty of females but also a good ratio of males, ages, colours and races.
Many people doubted Collie’s talent when he first came out, they thought it was all studio effects because of his musical engineering background. From what I heard and saw that night, Collie Buddz is the real deal! With his microphone in one hand and towel in the other he spit fast and svelte. I don’t think I will ever see another white boy who can do what Colin Harper can do. His singing voice is smooth, when he raps it has flavor without nasal and he has catchy tunes that he writes with his brother. Yes he did have his issues nothing serious just a little pitchy here and there and those sunglasses he wore for the most part of the set were played out after the first track…I get that it is your thing but come on mang, get a new thing that’s so 2005.
Undeniable chemistry with Buddz and his backup band, they definitely brought the Island weather and humble family atmosphere with them! I was dying to dance but I almost fell a few times into the crowd due to my unintentional bouncing to the tunes. I can’t help it! I am a musical being, whenever my body hears a beat drop, a guitar lick being shred skillfully or any musical sound and rhythm that my ears like my body reacts in dance or song like a Tourette Twitch. That’s why I have never understood how so called “singers” and “performers” can just stand there on stage. If your own music doesn’t evoke something within you how do you expect others to be captivated?
Emotion wasn’t a problem here, Collie was a little shy at times blushing from all the female love but he clearly enjoys the attention always flashing smiles while performing his music for his fans who evidently love him off. The first leg of the Playback tour is pretty much a wrap except for the last show date in Hawaii on the 29th. My moment to migrate from the corner came while he went for a breather before the encores, it cleared out a bit so I took my chance and escaped to an area with fresh air as he popped back out with an “I Love TDot” shirt. The crowd loved him even more after that. The last tune of the set was one of my favorites of his which I quoted above “Blind To You”, it talks about the haters and how you should just ignore them. The fans were the loudest for this one even though it was the last tune which he delivered with conviction. From what I hear a European Collie tour is in the works, he will be playing a few festivals this summer and finishing his very hush hush Sophomore LP. This won’t be the last time you hear of Collie Buddz, there is a long successful career in his future.
When Collie Buddz comes around to your city for a live show, run like the wind to buy your tickets because his talent is unspeakably ahead of its time! Colin ‘Collie Buddz’ Harper is truly one of a kind, without a doubt Fridae approved!
COPYRIGHT ©2011 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved.
ENTER THE BLURRRR…..
By: Fridae Mattas
There is a need for some sort of structure when planning coverage for Canadian Music Week / Canadian Music Fest whatever they choose to call it. There must be at least three bands you already plan to see or the festival will swallow you up and spit you out leaving you dazed and confused staring at the ceiling of the Royal York hotel where you can find the hallways loitered with passed out musicians drooling on the carpet beside their own vomit…If you think you can manage twenty five bands a night as media, go ahead and try I did! When I first started doing these festivals I killed myself trying to cover as many bands as I could, now I have come to the conclusion if I bust my ass I can cover sixteen bands a night but that leaves no time for partying which is how you network in this industry. I still stress out, make my schedule far too ambitious and then feel guilty for not filming and seeing more bands. What you always have to remember is you can’t catch them all, so don’t feel guilty about missing that band and I keep telling myself that every time a festival comes around.
Dush and Dissension
First night launched with the Montreal Metal showcase at the Opera House which was east of all the action where some pretty serious metal was shred! Of course where there is the good, there is also the ass and that just ruins the flow of the night. You know the kind of band I am talking about, the ones that think they are so amazing yet their whole set sounds like one long really shitty song. There was one of those bands between these two that intrigued me. Dush and Dissension are both very different bands with different sounds and genders, one band “Dush” is fronted by a Female and the other was Dissension your usual all male metal band. Both these bands were not phenomenal but have tremendous potential, Dush front Woman Mira Soloman has a spectacular voice but needs to work on her pitch but otherwise very powerful. The songs need work some sound identical, even the ballad type track they played had comparable sounds to the other songs in the set.
The larries of Dissension rocked out hard; the growls were fantastic as was the playing of the instruments. There were moments when Vox Nathan Afilalo would talk to the crowd trying to get them all riled up with his angry face, it was comical to me I didn’t take him seriously because it all came off too contrived. I stayed for a few more tunes to tell you the truth I decided to call it an early night because Nikki Sixx’s interview was before noon the following day and I was still trying to free myself of this nasty cold. The one thing that I will never forget about the Montreal Metal showcase is the dude who was moshing in a grey suit. As I headed to the streetcar a friend called and begged me to join the festivities at the Horseshoe. I did get on the wrong streetcar because I was too preoccupied with the phone to notice until I passed where we should have turned, obviously it was meant to be. Recalling all of the next events…No idea! The band rocking the Horseshoe when I arrived I am guessing was ‘Chasing Amy’ who didn’t sound too bad, it’s all a blur after that. Five A.M and I finally make it home to unload and recharge everything and maybe catch a power nap…So much for my early night!
Next day was buzzing, literally I was still buzzed from the night before yet surprisingly I was early and made it to catch Nikki Sixx have a little discussion with Jeff Woods about his current projects and the new Motley tour which actually has a Toronto date, I would hope so after all the noise the people made during the interview after he announced that Motley is touring this summer. Sixx had many relevant answers to Wood’s questions about various topics from his music, photography and the soon to be release ‘This Is Gonna Hurt” which is a book hitting shelves April 12th and Record by the same name with Nikki’s band SIXX: A.M dropping May 10th. The first single off the ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ album is “Lies Of the Beautiful People” available on iTunes. I have to give Jeff Wood’s much respect because he delivered an informative interview actually getting to some really interesting discussions in the hour long interview. You can find the links to the full Explore Music interview at the bottom but here’s a little conjoined clip I filmed of Nikki discussing Photography.
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS)
That night I decided to check out Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) at the Phoenix which is another outskirts venue, why I decided to trek all over the city this year is beyond me but I just wanted fresh spots you know! I love USS their energy is like nothing else you’ve seen! Two larries who entertain like there are more than just them on the stage, the crowd was insane! USS is their own entity; the fan base this Indie band has come to acquire proves they have something special. Once I reached the venue it was packed, completely impossible to get feasible video footage or photos but I did film a few clips and they will be in the CMW highlight video coming soon! The people love Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons and Ashley Boo-Shultz the dynamic duo that is USS, they will be dropping their new record May 3rd and set to embark on a Cross Canada tour in support of the record with Ashley MacIsaac on the fiddle! It’s weird to me I’ve never seen two male Ashley’s on one stage together should be interesting fun times if I can catch the Toronto show! When USS swings by your city go see them, they are spectacular.
Canadian Radio Music Awards and Troy Carter
Friday I checked out the CRMA’s (Canadian Radio Music Awards) last year I missed them and so I tried my best to make it to these ones and that I did. There were performances by a few of the nominees Ash Koley, Hollerado, JRDN who also won awards; you can find all the winners at www.CMW.net.
I kept seeing JRDN all over the place and he was always with this one guy who is seriously too hot! From what I remember of the presenters Melissa Etheridge was one but I missed her all together at CMW. This particular event was a super challenge the performances and awards were so close together no time to catch them all, I had to run all the way around to get back into the media room from the award room for some press shots. It was crazy! I had to work this one on my own but later was joined by my longtime friend Designer-Photographer Mikey Sin who came just in time for the Troy Carter interview. He took the shots and filmed a clip while I listened intently thinking there would be that golden piece of information that we can apply.
The interviewer Larry LeBlanc (His name actually is Larry!) didn’t have any questions pertaining to any formula used with Carter’s artists he focused more on what it was like meeting Troy’s most popular artist Lady Gaga for the first time and what she is like. Who cares, if you have to try that hard to be “Different’ clearly you’re just like all the other sheep! When you are too legit and absolutely born this way, there is no need to be so desperate for attention! I think someone has something to hide! The girl is obviously completely lost in the hype of the character she portrays and doesn’t know what’s real anymore. Think about it and watch Troy discuss a few things, the best response was “Canada is the Music industry’s best kept Secret” duh! That’s the only interesting thing I picked up as I was dozing in and out; Larry talked way too much and asked too many irrelevant questions there was no meat! Unlike the Jeff Woods interview with Nikki Sixx, this one had way too much lettuce! The coolest part was after the interview local Toronto band ‘Courage My Love’ played some acoustic songs in the hallway!
Seventh Rain and Chris Assaad
Prior to manager Troy Carter’s interview I did an interview myself with a band from Calgary “Seventh Rain” who were in town to perform at the festival, I could not make it out to the show unfortunately for me but they did give me their current record “The Ghost In Me” and I have to say when I listened to it I was pleasantly surprised, they are so good! The band is Ryan Williams, Rich MacFarlane, Luke Sheppard and John Byskal watch the interview below, I loved their personalities! When they come back to Toronto will most definitely cover the set!
Later that night I was to hit up Good Charlotte’s set at the Phoenix but I was told FridaeTV was declined media access so I didn’t go but then I checked my email a few hours after and I was approved. If they told me sooner I could have made it out! Instead I saw a few artists at The Royal York, like the fabulous Chris Assaad who has such a smooth voice and totally wowed everyone in the Library Bar at the Hummel Entertainment showcase, myself included. He needs some work on the vocals and some catchier tracks but the talent is unspeakable, it was too small a stage for such a great talent in the making. Carter was right about Canada being the best kept secret but we Canadians already knew this and everything else that was said in the interview. Chris Assaad has an extremely bright future, he plays the Guitar well the construction of his songs are fitting to him he doesn’t try to be anyone else. Looking forward to seeing more of his live shows, this set was long overdue but definitely worth the wait.
Not quite as many bodies in the actual concert room as last year but definitely more enthusiasm and lots of fabulous energy from the people. Once Janelle hit the stage the crowds screams echoed, one directly to my right was literally making me deaf
and you can hear her scream in one of the tracks I filmed, it’s all silent then she lets one rip, too funny I love Teenies! Miss Monàe was a little behind getting on the stage and once she was on it, the whole production drowned her out. The intro was her on screen as a futuristic Alien lady jibbering about Dancing or Dying the song about to be played and some other stuff. Once visible on stage she still seemed to just blend she did not stand apart from her dancers the stage was not commanded! She just needs to relax a little you can tell her nerves were in full force and her outfit needs to be different than her dancers otherwise she just becomes background in her own performance as she did here. Vocally the girl turned it out, she has talent that is versatile and I like that, I wish her mic levels were up a bit there were moments when the live instruments were drowning her out. I would recommend checking her out if you can!! That my friends, is CMW 2011 festivities in the shortest possible way I could adapt it! I didn’t even have a chance to check out any films but you can catch some tunes filmed on FridaeTV Youtube and FridaeTV Facebook! As promised here are the links to the Nikki Sixx interview with ExploreMusic’s Jeff Woods! Part 1 and Part 2 see you next year the week after SXSW, weird but true they are flipping the script for Canadian Music Week next year! A huge Thank you goes out to the wonderful people of Planet3 Communications for all their hard work and help.
COPYRIGHT ©2011 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved.
DEERHOOF, THE DODOS,
BOUNCING SOULS, HOT WATER MUSIC
NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE), Canada’s #1 festival destination for music fans, is thrilled to announce three stellar concerts before the full festival line-up is revealed this spring. DEERHOOF, DODOS, BOUNCING SOULS, ANTI-FLAG, THE FLATLINERS and TURBOGEIST will rock The Phoenix Concert Theatre while HOT WATER MUSIC, A WILHELM SCREAM, MOCKINGBIRD WISH ME LUCK, and SHARKS will hit the Opera House stage as a bonus part of the 2011 edition of NXNE, taking place in Toronto from June 13-19.
NXNE PRESENTS– TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Thursday, June 16 – The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne Street, Doors 7pm, $20
Deerhoof, The Dodos, plus guests
Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, The Flatliners and Turbogeist
Saturday, June 18 – The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, Doors 5pm, $22.50
Hot Water Music, A Wilhelm Scream, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, and Sharks
Fans can ensure a spot by purchasing tickets online.
A limited number of NXNE pass holders can join a rush line the day of each concert for free admission. Festival passes and wristbands can be purchased at www.nxne.com/tickets.
The complete NXNE Music, Film, and Interactive programs will be announced spring 2011.
NXNE alumni include Iggy and The Stooges, Feist, Kid Cudi, X, Les Savy Fav, GZA, Sufjan Stevens, Matt and Kim, No Age, Black Lips, Cold Cave, Best Coast, Wavves, Thee Oh Sees, Dinosaur Jr., Warpaint, Japandroids, Big Freedia, Diamond Rings, The Soft Pack, Zola Jesus, HEALTH, Kid Sister, The Raveonettes, Broken Social Scene, Mudhoney and thousands more.
17 Years, 650 Bands, 50 Stages, 40 Films, 75 Interactive Sessions, 7 Days.
Canadian Music Week – Cryptopsy, Beneath The Massacre – Montreal Metal Storms The Gates – March 9th – Opera House
Montreal metal will be storming the gates of Canadian Music Week, March 9th, 2011 in Toronto, ON at The Opera House (735 Queen St. East) for a true celebration of Montreal’s metal scene. Technical death metallers Cryptopsy & Beneath The Massacre will be leading the charge alongside Toronto’s own Fatality and Montreal’s The Catalyst who will give you a lesson in old school meets modern thrash.
Ontario’s own bastion of all things gore, Disgust will be making an appearance to the pleasure of those who like their death metal pure & sickly to the veins.
Also representing Canada’s metal capital is Montreal’s Dissension, Dush, and Sykode who round out the opening acts; each delivering very different styles and sounds to illustrate the variety in Montreal’s metal scene. From melodic/symphonic, blackened thrash, to gothic-tinged doom rock, and progressive metalcore, STORMING THE GATES…TABARNAK! is the CMW event for METAL.
STORMING THE GATES…TABARNAK!
MONTREAL’S 2011 METAL SHOWCASE
(a Canadian Music Week event):
Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 – 6pm – 19+
On Saturday, December 11th and Friday December 17th, new and emerging artists will get the opportunity to showcase their talents to the industries’ foremost talent scouts at The Ultimate Showcase.
The event will host Canadian A&R heavyweight, Mark Spicoluk, who is the president of Underground Operations, and also works with Universal Music and Simmons Records. Spicoluk also appears in Much Musics’ DISBAND program and is known for his band Closet Monster and bassist for Avril Lavigne. Among his most celebrated signings and contributions to the music scene in Canada and beyond is the recently signed, LIGHTS.
The event will feature EMERGING ARTISTS: Sima Fisher, Andrea Godin, Leaving on Tuesday, Last Day Within, Kardiak Kids, House of Coconuts, Ryan Vandrie, Inner City Elegance, Marla Zinger, Against the Elements, The Change, and Save.
Details are as follows:
What: The Ultimate Showcase
Price: All Ages & 19+ $15 Adv. $20 at Door
When: Friday December 11 & 17 at 6:00 pm
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen St. East