BREACHED INTERACTIVE VIDEO RELEASE WITH BLIND RACE, THE BLEEDING LIGHTS & LOST CAUSE – VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL #1

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VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL #1

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INTERACTIVE VIDEO RELEASE WITH

BLIND RACE, THE BLEEDING LIGHTS

AND LOST CAUSE

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos

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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.

THE WALLFLOWERS LIVE IN TORONTO 2012 – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

THE WALLFLOWERS

LIVE @ THE PHOENIX

EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

When I found out Los Angeles band the Wallflowers were coming to Toronto, I had to check them out! Very young when they first emerged onto the music scene yet their music has always been familiar to my ears. They had success in the mid nineties with their sophomore album “Bringing Down The House”, it’s a record filled with hit songs. Those tunes that catapulted them into the spotlight from that record are “6th Avenue Heartache”, “The Difference”, “Three Marlenas” and probably the most popular song of their career “One Headlight”. 

I was expecting a full house that was not the case, it was a nice sized crowd but not as envisioned. No pit equaled shooting from the audience, which is always a challenge because they are in the way just as I am in theirs. I couldn’t decide which lens to use so during the second tune I switched it to the 70-200 and before the third song I switched back to my regular 18-55. I was changing them up because I wanted a group shot which was so hard to capture from where I was in the crowd. At one point I thought of wandering out of the crowd but they already looked pissed off. Stayed where I was until after the three media tunes, the band finally hit the stage about twenty or so minutes late. The crowd was obviously tired of waiting and I really don’t blame them, the band prior was atrocious from what I could hear waiting for call time.

 Once the Wallflowers hit the stage, the fans finally showed some enthusiasm for the band but it was still pretty dull. They played a few new songs off of their latest record “Glad All Over” the bands sixth studio album. They Jammed to tracks like “Reboot The Mission”, “Misfits And Lovers” plus the current single “Love Is A Country”. When they rocked those tunes they were fantastic to my ears but not mainstream enough to get them back to the level of success they were at in the 90’s. Most people only know frontman Jakob Dylan because of his legendary father Bob Dylan who is in Toronto very soon to play the Air Canada Centre. Most people use their famous parents to launch their careers but not Jakob, he wanted to make music on his own terms. The Wallflowers’ sound is much different than any of Bob Dylan’s music, he leans more on the classic rock side and The Wallflowers have this laid back bluesy rock vibe.

Of course they played the hit songs that the fans were waiting to hear but this rendition of “One Headlight” was clearly not their best. It’s obvious Dylan is sick of singing the song because he rushed through it pretty fast, meanwhile they played an almost ten minute version of “6th Avenue Heartache”. The audience was depressing, most performers feed off the crowds energy and  all this crowd was doing was putting everyone to sleep. A few people were rocking out having a fantastic time and then there were the drones. Half of the audience was expressionless, even during “The Three Marlenas” which is one of their big hits.

The band is: Jakob Dylan – Vocals/Guitar, Rami Jaffee – Keys/Vocals, Greg Richling – Bass, Stuart Mathis – Guitar and Drummer Jack Irons. The band had good timing, Jaffee on the keys was the most energetic and hardest to shoot. He was rocking out to the fullest, undeniably loving the tunes he was playing. Dylan was chill, his vocals are unique and he has a rich tone in his voice and managed to stay pitch perfect for majority of the set. When he sang a few of  the newer tracks I noticed that the vocals showcased more versatility and he seemed to enjoy singing them. You can find photos of the set in the gallery below and a few more here.

I do wish that Dylan, Richling and Mathis utilized all that extra space on the stage to entertain the audience, don’t be afraid to let go. One of my favorite parts was when they had a female violinist rocking out with them for a few tracks. If you like The Wallflowers go see them, I believe they are still on tour! And if you don’t know who they are, it’s time to discover a new old band. www.THEWALLFLOWERS.com

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

GWAR LIVE IN TORONTO 2011 EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

GWAR

LIVE IN TORONTO

EDITORIAL REVIEW

 

Written By: Shawn Haynes

 

On Tuesday October 25th, over 1200 fans filled the Phoenix Concert House, with one thing in common, GWAR. The Satirical Heavy Metal band from the 80’s known for their costumed stage performance and vulgar lyrics was back for one night in Toronto on their “Return of the World Maggot” Tour. Before we continue on with this review here is a little note from the editor.

“On Thursday November 3rd 2011 Gwar lost one of their brothers, I was shocked by the tragic death of Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus who has been Lead Guitarist for Gwar since 2002. Smoot was found dead in his bunk on the bands tour bus just hours prior to crossing the border for Gwar’s scheduled tour dates in Western Canada. The cause of death is still unknown and the band is requesting their privacy as they grieve their lost friend. Out of respect for their fallen soldier Cory Smoot, Gwar will be retiring  the Flattus Maximus character and its costume’s Dinosaur skull shoulder pads but will continue on with the rest of the tour. My condolences go out to all of Cory Smoot’s family and friends for their sudden loss.” — Fridae Mattas, Editor.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

Prior to doors, the line outside the Phoenix Concert Hall stretched down Sherbourne Street, with fans of all ages dressed up in Gwar gear. It seems as though everyone was prepared for what was in store for us inside the venue, everyone but me. The minute the Doors opened fans filed in like cattle ready for the slaughter; they flooded the main room and headed directly for the front of the stage where all the action was to place. You take in your surroundings and notice everything is covered in plastic, like a kill room from HBO’s Dexter. This was evidently going to be an experience like no other.

GHOUL

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

One of the Supporting acts was “Ghoul” a four piece band based out ofCalifornia, But Hail from “Creepsylvania” were on the stage first. They Commanded people’s attention by having each member wear a Scarecrow mask as they went into their set. The band seemed tight even though the sound was a bit off, but this is Thrash metal and people didn’t care. Never breaking character, Digestor (Vocals) would Yell to the crowd “We love the way you dance, Keep Dancing” then broke into a dirty Metal riff  (Graveyard Mosh) . The middle of the room began to stir and then it started…MOSH PIT! The band was feeding off the energy of the crowd giving them an adrenaline boost and they yelled “We need a sacrifice”!

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

Out came a Voodoo man holding what appears to be a chicken. Not missing a beat, he bites the head off the (faux) chicken and sprays the crowd with blood. Wow! What a way to start a concert and this didn’t even include the Robot they call “Kill-Bot” A.K.A (Walt Disney) who made an appearance and fought with the band and other creatures that were brought out on stage for the audiences entertainment. how could the next band even compare?

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

 EVERYTIME I DIE

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
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Next band to hit the stage was New York Natives “Every Time I Die”.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

They were not wearing crazy costumes or doing interesting antics like the first band but started off with a Smash! People poured into the centre, going nuts to the amazing Vocals by lead singer, Keith Buckley. All the band members were full of energy and the crowd loved it, Every Time I Die had better crowd interaction and liveliness than the first band but that could also be because they didn’t have masks on.  I haven’t seen a lead guitar player go crazy like Jordan Buckley did on that stage in a long time. He climbed up the speaker towers, threw his guitar in the air and spun around in circles that was highly enjoyable to watch. Overall performance from Every Time I Die was great and would love to see them when they come back to the city again but the only set back is they didn’t fit in with Ghoul and Gwar.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

GWAR

The Room is now packed, not an inch to give in any direction, the second floor was even spilling over. The hot sticky stench filled the room like smoke and the crowd started to chant. Gwar! Gwar! Gwar! And it got louder GWAR! The lights were dim the crowd screamed with excitement and out came a cloaked figure. “Greetings my friends, my name is Death and this is my domain” as he continued his speech Gwar migrates on stage. Five Grown men wearing the most extreme costumes and showing large amounts of man thigh and ass even Gene Simmons would be jealous about.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV
Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

Included in the monster crew was this Giant horse like creature named “Jagermonsta” and once its head was loped off, Jager was shot into the crowd. Even a  “Snooki” was stretched out on a rack and had her insides ripped open and with each kill the crowd grew louder and louder, demanding more. For an hour and half that’s just what they got. Plenty of blood, sweat and for some of the smaller frail fans, tears.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

Gwar left the stage, to the chant of their name only to come back a few minutes later for an encore. Upon their return they brought back three female treats for the castle monster that was chained up under the drum raiser. Oderus cut the chain freeing the beast as it emerged, growing in size; they fed the monster blood covered girls. One by one the beast devoured the tasty treats, only to meet its own demise when Oderus turned on it and chopped its head off all while playing “Maggots Are Falling Rain”. Ending the night off with a bang they finished their set with “Sick of you” while Oderus’s big shlong spewed blood all over the fans like nasty money shots.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

The evening’s festivities were over, not one person left the venue without being doused in blood. Most of the concert goers with giant grins from ear to ear, were already talking about their favorite parts of the show reliving it and comparing blood spatter on their Gwar merch. That must have been a crazy sight for any passengers on the bus or by-standers on the street that happened to witness these Gwar fans leaving the venue that night. What a phenomenal way to start off the Halloween week, this is a show you need to experience, check out the highlight reel and below are more photos in the slide show. Thank you so much to the exceptional people at Metal Blade Records for having us and to amazing photographer Jaylyn Todd for being in the front lines to capture some spectacular shots.

COPYRIGHT © 2011 SHAWN HAYNES FOR FRIDAETV. All Rights Reserved

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THRICE LIVE IN TORONTO EDITORIAL REVIEW 2011

All Photography By: JOANNA GLEZAKOS FOR FRIDAETV

THRICE

Live in Toronto 2011

Editorial Review

   

Written By: Anthony Dell’Orso

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

After having a night to digest what I had experienced I have come to a conclusion, Thrice is and will always continue to be a force in music that so many bands can’t seem to sustain. Upon walking into the Phoenix Concert Theater one couldn’t help but notice how early it was filling up, the crowd was eagerly anticipating Thrice’s presence. With Moving Mountains and LA Dispute opening up, neither band really had the audience going. Moving Mountains seemed to have a better connection with the crowd between the two acts, their hooks and post rock assault had an early Thrice feel which seemed to rev up the crowd. When LA Dispute took the stage, the mumbling and incoherence of Jordan Dreyer’s vocals really took away from a set that seemed to be on eleven right out of the gate.

Thirteen years since Thrice formed in Irving, California, the quartet has matured just fine, all 4 members are contributing songwriters for the past few albums and their sound is becoming an eclectic mix of style and feel that translates beautifully into a live performance. Dustin Kensrue’s vocals have that immense concise way of conveying the album sound precisely; capturing the essence and mood each song deserves and not to mention he knows how to keep an audience holding onto his every word.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

Kicking off the set with “Yellow Belly” and dishing out songs for over an hour and half the sold out crowd was singing and shouting along for the whole duration of the set. The sing-a-longs were spot on; almost “anthemic”, I’m sure there were goosebumps running rampant in the Phoenix on this night. While delving into songs from most of their LP’s, they also managed to make note of the “Invisible Children” campaign which is a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers. Every night after each show, Thrice tweets a secret show location and an acoustic set is done in a nearby park from each venue and it’s all in effort to bring attention and much needed awareness to such a noble cause, good on you boys!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

The vibe in the room was electric the whole night and I couldn’t help but watch the people around me more than the band sometimes. The people’s energy was bouncing off the walls and it’s something you don’t see at shows that often nowadays. “Fire Breather” off “The Alchemy Index” seemed to have garnered the best response for the night, with Teppei Teranishi’s flawless Guitar work it was a guaranteed crowd favorite. Teranishi also utilized his Piano skills, filling out a sound that just needed that little push mostly because of the power house Breckenridge brother rhythm combo of Eddie (Bass) and Riley (Drums). The duo kept the heads boppin’ and the band in check, minus a small drum roll that was flapped there were no qualms with anything about their performance.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

Finishing the set off with “Anthology” (Major/Minor LP), Thrice came back on for the encore and busted into older tunes that sent the fans into a frenzy, capping the night off with “Phoenix Ignition” and “To Awake and Avenge the Dead” from their earlier days. This sent the crowd on a brisk autumn evening feeling warm and satisfied after relishing in a band that seems to get better with age and it doesn’t seem as though they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. If you have the opportunity to see Thrice for yourself go and buy some tickets you rock fans! Many thanks go out to the always courteous folks over at Live Nation!

COPYRIGHT © 2011 ANTHONY DELL’ORSO FOR FRIDAETV. All Rights Reserved

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

THE ARTIST LIFE LIVE @ THE PHOENIX REVIEW

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

THE ARTIST LIFE

LIVE @ THE PHOENIX

TORONTO REVIEW

By: Joanna Glezakos

 On Thursday May 12th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, The Artist Life opened up the Toronto show of Face to Face’s tour. I arrived at the venue approximately 20 minutes before doors, took the time to collect my thoughts and made sure my camera was loaded with two batteries and a card. Watching the line grow I noticed the crowd was very diverse, anywhere from teenage girls to fifty something’s wearing leather jackets. The Phoenix is probably one of my favourite venues for lighting and overall ambience and I was excited to shoot the show. Doors opened at 8 and as the crowed scurried in, those who could, made their way to the bar. As I drank my Canadian, I heard the bar tender yell “Dean!” and gave the guitarist a warm homecoming you could tell the band was excited to play in their hometown, the show was full of the band’s friends a long with many fans. This was their second last day on this tour and probably one of their most important. Originally from Toronto, The Artist Life is: Ian Blackwood – Vocals/Guitar, Dean Richards – Guitar / Vocals, Jake Parsonson – Drums and Justin Zoltek – Bass. They have been touring over the past two months and recently released their major label debut (it is their third record as a band), Impossible just last month. The new record has shown definite growth for the band compared to their 2008 release “Let’s Start a Riot”. The Artist Life put on a great show, lots of energy from the band and they were a couple of the friendliest guys I’ve ever met! Just before they went on Dean turned to me and says “Make us look good!” They made it a challenge jumping around the stage but I did some running around for myself and I hope they like ‘em!

The songs on the album are even better live and they put on a definite must-see show and not to mention their songs are pretty good. I commend the band for their energy but I’m not as proud of my concert go-er counterparts; a few fans clung to the front of the stage as others staggered nearby and after starting off with a fairly empty pit, a few songs into their set, the pit finally filled fans and new listeners. There wasn’t enough energy from the crowd as I would’ve like to have seen but the night was still young and the main act was sure to get a rise out of them, which they most certainly did. They’re young and enthusiastic, inspiring for any up and coming artists as each member has had plenty experience of their own in different bands. They’ve got talent and energy and what really intrigues me is that these guys are all about getting their music out there and getting feedback. Living was available online for free download, and their latest album has songs for download off their website and they constantly keep themselves in touch with fans asking if they’ve heard/like the album frequently over twitter. The Artist Life is taking a little break from the road and will be back next month for shows in Brantford, Cornwall, and Montreal, playing with Sublime, Tokyo Police Club, Street Pharmacy, The Reason, Hollerado, in Brantford then These Kids Wear Crowns, Mean Tangerine, & Chasing Amee in Cornwall and Montreal. If you’re in the area and looking for a great show or even just want to hang out with the guys at the bar, check them out! You can download a free track off their website at www.theArtistLife.com, or buy the album on iTunes! If you haven’t heard of The Artist Life I most definitely urge you to check them out, Toronto’s Major Rock station 102.1 The Edge has mentioned the band several times as newest acts to look out for and now they are FRIDAETV approved, the rumors are true.

 For more photos of The Artist Life check out www.facebook.com/FRIDAETV

COPYRIGHT © 2011 JOANNA GLEZAKOS FOR FRIDAETV. All Rights Reserved

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV


Enter The Blurrr – CANADIAN MUSIC FEST WEEK 2011

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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!

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS)

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Canadian Radio Music Awards and Troy Carter

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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.

Photography By: Mikey Sin
Photography by: Mikey Sin

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

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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!

Photgraphy By: Mikey Sin
Photography By: Mikey Sin

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.

Indies

Photography By: Mikey Sin
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
The Indies!! I wasn’t able to hit up conferences in the afternoon prior to The Independent Music Awards (The Indies) as I planned. The days prior I was literally running all over the place in my new boots while fighting a virus, it was not exactly a pleasant experience but as always I was a trooper and made it to the Indies! I am extremely glad I did because I managed to film a Hollerado track which I failed to accomplish at the CRMA’s the day before and I also managed a few shots of Sammy Hagar but Mikey was able to capture more when Hagar presented with Much More Music’s Matt Wells, winning! The headliner for the evening was Janelle Monàe but setting the stage a blaze prior to her set Juno winner Shad threw down a few rhymes hyping the crowd even more than they already were, with tracks like ‘Telephone’ and ‘The Old Prince Still Lives At Home’. The turnout at the Indies was amazing so many more Canadian artists came out this year like  Die Mannequin who are an amazing female fronted Canadian band that can shred harder than many male fronted rock bands, they presented an Award and had a set later that night.

Photography By: Mikey Sin

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

Photography By: Mikey Sin

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.

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