All Photography By: Fridae Mattas







By: Fridae Mattas

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - ZAKK WYLDE: VOX/AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS TWinter sucks, especially here in Ontario where you can get all types of precipitation in one day. The worst is when you get sick like I did. Caught this weird virus that I thought was just a regular cold until it warped into a crazy one. Never in my life have I experienced something like this, along with all the typical symptoms my skin hurt and my hands would go numb to the point where I couldn’t even press buttons on my android. After nearly two weeks I’m finally back at full health, the photos from the first show of the new year Thursday January 8th, turned out alright. I hoped for better but with the ghetto lighting for the first two bands I did okay. Strobes look cool but are not fun to shoot in, nor is red lighting. At least the headliners had wicked lighting, they were the best shots of the night hands down!

BUTCHER BABIES - CROWD LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 20METAL FANS @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015This show was a bittersweet experience for me personally, it was the first of 2015 but the last show I will ever cover and see at the Kool Haus. For over thirty years with a few incarnations The Guvernment Entertainment Complex has been a mecca for entertainment in Toronto. It is globally known as one of the largest and longest running clubs in Canada. The complex houses a number of venues like The Kool Haus, Skybar, Chroma (means colour in Greek) aka “The Orange Room” where Deadmaus and quite a few other DJ’s got their start. Many international artists have graced the stage at the well known live venue, The Kool Haus formerly “The Warehouse” and “RPM”. Sadly on the 31st of January after 18 years of music, dancing and mayhem, the massive complex will be closing its doors for good. The Guvernment was the first club I went to as an underage youth exploring the club scene, always had a fantastic time! I believe my father even bounced their doors at some point during the glory days in the nineties.

BUTCHER BABIES - HEIDI SHEPHERD: VOX  LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSMy siblings and I saw and met many artists like “Nsync”, “Pink”, “Evanescence” and so many more at the Kool Haus. As I got older before the journalist days, I did background work in many films shot at the venue, attended exclusive events, sales, parties, raves, had many backstage wanderings and got lost a few times in the maze of rooms, the Guv is always a fun place to explore. Once upon a time at the Kool Haus I left my backpack with “friends”, who didn’t want to leave the general admission line to actually meet the band. We skipped school to see the band, might as well make the best of it right? When I returned from hanging with the band to grab my backpack, I noticed that some teenie robbed the drawings from inside my bag! Days and nights, hours and hours of sketching and painting gone. Fuming, yet at the same time flattered that my artwork was awesome enough to swipe. To this day I still wonder, why on earth would anyone want to steal Sailor Moon and random school drawings in the first place? Good thing I wasn’t stupid enough to leave my purse because I never saw my artwork again! After all of that drama, at least I chilled with the band before and after the show.


BUTCHER BABIES  LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015The Guvernment has been for many Torontonians a crutch, it would always be there in our minds. But, as the unnecessary condo communities grow, our music culture in Toronto is being demolished, one venue at a time. Out of all of my adventure spots, I will definitely miss this place the most! Even more so than when the Big Bop complex closed it’s doors. Okay, enough depressing jibbers of what is eminent, let’s get to the music. First up on stage was “The Butcher Babies“, these gorgeous ladies and lads were the BUTCHER BABIES - CARLA HARVEY: VOX  LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAwhole reason I chose this show as the first of 2015! Major thanks to their team for hooking a girl up! Having heard so many good things about The Butcher Babies, I had to see them live for myself. The minute I wandered into the pit the lights dimmed and the band hit the stage, I made it just in time! Tried as fast as I could to find the best non flash settings in my camera for the lighting, we only had three songs. Right out the gate they embraced the stage with vibrance and charisma, Heidi and Carla did an amazing job entertaining the crowd! The ladies went right up in there, singing from the barricades almost in the crowd. At times the crowd looked like they were going to swallow front woman Heidi Shepherd but security had her back. The mostly male audience was getting wild, I’m glad that I didn’t see any inappropriate groping of these fearless females…Then again, I wasn’t in the pit for the whole set.


During the last show of 2014, I felt like a fun-sized Fridae trying to film behind this WNBA sized femme who was in front of me for the entire set. This time, it was I who felt like Andre the Giant’s daughter when Vox – Carla Harvey ran past me to get back on the stage, she is so tiny! They kicked off their eight track set with intro “The George Takei song” followed by “I Smell A Massacre” and continued to rock out with their blend of New school metal. The sound was the best of the night and the crowd was having a fantastic time, especially when they rocked their big tunes “Mr. Slowdeath” and “Magnolia Blvd”. If you get the chance to see California’s Butcher Babies, go for it! I could actually understand what they we’re singing! Diction is the most common issue for metal bands live but these femmes had it on lock! Bassist Jason Klein and Guitarist Henry Flury used the stage and kept the music on point! The beats were always tight thanks to stick handler Chris Warner. Throughly impressed with The Butcher Babies, looking forward to covering them again in the future.



HATEBREED LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015Hatebreed has always been one of those elusive bands I always missed at festivals and finally had the chance to shoot and absorb a set. Their lighting was the worst of the night and it shows in my shots, everyone was drowning in red lighting! At least the band sounded good, that was the last thing I needed, a shitty metal band in my ears for the next forty-five minutes or so! Thankfully that was not the problem with Hatebreed, surprisingly I enjoyed their fourteen track set very much. The crowd was singing along to the mix of old and new tracks played in the fourteen track set.

HATEBREED LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015HATEBREED LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015They rocked tunes like “This Is Now”, “Live For This”, “Doomsayer” and a few more of the classics…Not a big fan of the band, but am familiar with a few tunes thanks to an almost boyfriend. Hatebreed is one of those bands that has changed up members a few times. The current line up is: Jamey Jasta – Vox, Chris Beattie – Bass, Wayne Lozinak – Guitar, Matt Byrne – Drums and Frank Novinec – Guitar. The lighting was too boo and it was getting harder to shoot the band. The bodies were starting to fly more often and all the photographers who missed the Butcher Babies were trying to make up for it. Would I see Hatebreed again? Yes, would love to! They could use some more energy and crowd interaction but they held their own, that’s for sure! 



BLACK LABEL SOCIETY LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015The last band of the night was Black Label Society who I thought would never hit the stage. How long does it take to put up a curtain? Apparently, half an hour and six stage hands! Oh and let’s not forget they wouldn’t let us into the pit until after the curtain dropped and was put away…That took what felt like an hour and a half, we only had three songs. Due to the delay in rotation at this event, I could only reach one of the other two scheduled for that night. My phone was dying, so I plugged it into the smartest thing I bought this year thus far, a portable phone charger for $14.99 from The Source! Just as I pulled the battery from my phone, the band began to play and the curtain dropped, we finally were able to enter the media pit.  

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - ZAKK WYLDE: VOX/AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS TBLACK LABEL SOCIETY - JEFF FABB: DRUMS LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURBLACK LABEL SOCIETY - DARIO LORINA: AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THUThe set intro was “Whole Lotta Sabbath” followed by “The Beginning…At Last” which could not have been more ironic. As for vocals, the mic stand with a bunch of skulls was cool, but I couldn’t hear shit in the pit. I focused on the only instrument I could hear, the Lead Guitar. The sound of a seasoned guitarists fluid skills unfolding, is always a treat for my ears. Honestly, it did not matter that I couldn’t hear any vox at this point, my ears were too busy enjoying Zakk Wylde’s intoxicating electric axemastery. I’ve seen Black Label Society briefly once before, but only caught the last few songs of the set. The band has had a few member changes but two originals remain, founder Zakk Wylde – Piano/Vox/Lead Axe/Rhythm Guitar and Bassist/Backup Vox – John DeServio. The other members in the band are newbies Dario Lorina – Rhythm Guitar/Backup Vox and Jeff Fabb who was destroying that dragon skull drum kit.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - ZAKK WYLDE: VOX/AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS TBLACK LABEL SOCIETY - DARIO LORINA: AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THUIt was awesome to see Wylde use different guitars for every song, especially the one that was stolen last year and found a few days after. The whole band was fun to watch because they were all feeling the music. My favorite of the night was, Bassist DeServio who was flying all over the stage, entertaining the crowd as some were flying into the pit. Security kept tapping us on our shoulder, which is the standard heads up for the incoming surfers. Didn’t have a chance to run away from the line of fire a few times and was smushed against the stage, as security pulled out crowd surfers. The lighting was perfect for this set, my camera loved shooting in these lights but as usual was being a diva with the reds. After the three media tunes I left the venue to hop in a cab and reach my next destination. Just as I wandered out the venue my friend called to tell me he was twenty minutes away. So I rewinded back inside to see a few tunes until my friend arrived.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - ZAKK WYLDE: VOX/AXE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS TBLACK LABEL SOCIETY - JOHN DESERVIO: BASS LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS TBLACK LABEL SOCIETY LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURSDAY JAN. 8TH 2015Wandered back in the venue at the end of “Suicide Messiah” and new tune “My Dying Time” was played next. The crowd was even more into the show as it progressed, singing along to pretty much every tune played. A mix of hits with many from the latest record “Catacombs of the Black Vatican”. It was good to actually hear the vocals from the back of the venue, always the go to spot for the best sound.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - JEFF FABB: DRUMS LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS THURIn the end I actually got to watch and see most of the set but had to leave in the middle of “Angel Of Mercy” which sounded so good! Did not want to go just yet but I had other places to be, definitely need to watch a full set from Black Label Society in the near future. You should check them out, especially if you like hearing amazing guitar being played, Wylde’s guitar solo was epic. The newbs Lorina and Fabb killed it, they add more character and chemistry to the band. Thank you to everyone who helped make this first show of 2015 an unforgettable one! That includes the couple who were fighting before the BLS set and eventually escorted out of the Kool Haus by security. Adios Kool Haus, we had some amazing times! Will always be one of my favorite places to shoot incredible talent! Now this fabulously dangerous 18 year escapade is coming to an end. The memories will always be, but there will never be another venue like the Guvernment Entertainment Complex. You will be missed!


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(NEW YORK, NY) – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have released the album art, track listing and first single from their forthcoming LP due later this year. “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is available immediately for iTunes preorder and the brand new single “My Dying Time” is also available for purchase.

Fans who pre-order the iTunes version will get the “My Dying Time” immediately as an instant gratification download.

Zakk Wylde recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal show. Wylde also stopped by the Artie Lange show while in NYC to talk all things “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.”

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican,”  will be released Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.


“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is the first all new LP from BLS since “The Order of the Black”was released in 2009, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Most recently, the band released  the 2-CD set Unblackened,” which found Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last year.

The band recently announced “An Evening With Zakk Wylde,” a 13-city Canadian tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album “Book of Shadows.

Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.

Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling “No More Tears,” for which Wylde wrote all the music.

In addition to holding Guitar World Magazine’s MVP four years straight Wylde has been bestowed with such accolades as “Best Rock Guitarist” from Guitar Player,  “Metal Guru” from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, “Golden God” by Metal Hammer, the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine. Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with.

Black Label Society continues to enthrall fans around the globe, and “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is another incredible piece in the band’s catalog.


Track list:

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track)




Jamie Cullum - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

CMW has come and gone, this is how the rest of the festivities went down. Are you ready? Grab a snack; this is a novel of three days crammed into one, you’ll be reading for a while, but at least there’s pictures!

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SLASH, KYRA, JOHN - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

If you don’t know who Slash is, clearly you are a newbie in the world of rock n’ roll guitar greatness or just lost. Slash’s real name is Saul Hudson; he is one of the best guitar players of our time. Hudson started in the music game as lead guitarist in the immensely successful band “Guns N Roses”. Slash recently released his first self titled solo record April 6th. This year CMW landed Slash as a Celebrity Keynote speaker and his interview was on Thursday March 11th, it was madness! Comparing last year when Gene Simmons of Kiss was a keynote speaker to this year’s Slash keynote, I would say Slash’s crowd was crazier, although Gene does win for the most diehard weirdos in KISS makeup.

Slash was interviewed by CNN’s John Roberts co-anchor of “American Morning” and CNN Anchor Kyra Phillips. John Robert’s was one of the first Much Music VJ’s when the network launched in 1984 he’s the original VJ. The questions Slash was asked were derived from the writings in his published memoir “SLASH”. They asked him about Axl, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, little pieces of his childhood and what led him to this point in time. Frankly, if they had some audience questions thrown in there, it would have been a much more interesting interview. Many of the queries seemed rather redundant, below par considering they were coming from someone who hosted “The Pour Hour”.

CMW 2010
SLASH - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

I was able to get inside away from the clutter of people and press or so I thought! I ended up in more of a zoo at the centre of the circus, the press pit. They utilized the right side of the stage as the front end media area. They had a whole other section near the middle of the venue off to the right side that housed hundreds of videographers and photographers. Being in the front lines is ridiculous, always ducking, trying to balance and achieve feasible footage and photographs. All this focus needed while dudes are climbing on top of me just for the same shots every other photographer was getting. It reminded me so much of Fashion week but there wasn’t as many psychotic divo stalkerazzo’s causing drama. There were so many things you could have talked about and I’m glad they at least asked Slash about his love of guitar and how it still affects him the same way today, There’s something about a guitar that is just innately sexy, and still to this day when I open a guitar case there’s still that sense of awe.” said Hudson, I agree one hundred percent!

Now to play like he does! Haha…Ya right, it’s like trying to be Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn! There’s only one, you can’t replicate the original. Slash jibbered about how cutthroat the music industry is and to be very careful who you trust as you gain success, there is that chance your best “friends” will fuck you over. It’s true though, how well do you really know these people around you, don’t be so gullible.

It’s all about the music, about protecting and keeping that sacred, being able to function and have control over it and not letting somebody else do it.” – Slash

Slash gets my respect for more than just the obvious, the comment he made shows his genuine self. “I’m not much of a money minded person that’s always been sort of my character defect, I never did this for the money, so I never really cared much about it but at this point I’m sort of like going, we need to pay attention to what’s going on.”

CMW 2010
SLASH -Photography by: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

He speaks with such rare honesty I completely understand why Slash and Axl don’t mesh. Hudson was talking about his solo record and he mentioned that he wasn’t sure if the artists he wanted to work with would agree to work with him. As he was explaining the story his expressions were so animated like a little boy at show and tell. He was so amazed at the fact he had no problem working with those he chose. I like his perspective on some things, he seems like a chill Larry keepin’ it real. Watch the video clip of him talking about Michael Jackson and Ray Charles

The funniest thing I remember from that particular event was at the end. The whole room launched at the stage, I had to go on the stage to escape getting crushed from the rush. Everyone wanted to touch, talk and get a picture with Slash; it was far more insane than Gene’s Q&A. I’ve seen it hundreds of times before with other artists but it still amazes me how uncivilized and wild people really are. It’s all about the balancing of Mind, Body and Soul, not one over the other. Back to the funnier stuff, there was this extra trashy woman in her mid forties, possibly older with super fried bleach blonde hair and feathered 80’s bangs. Basically her tragic garb and facepaint made her look like she just rolled off the set of Trailer Park Boys! This woman was pushing people hard-core trying to get to Slash, as was everyone else. Tried to film the madness but it was too crazy to get any viable footage, two seconds after I put my camera away I look up and I see trailer geez staring at me like I was wearing her clothes. That wasn’t the last I saw of her, later I went out for a smoke and voila…She was staring at me like I stole her money, only this time she had her daughter with her, who joined in on the staring session. The feeling I got was that the daughter is an “aspiring artist”, I feel sorry for her, the spitting image of her trailer trash stage mom 20 years younger. Picture “Kelly Bundy” uglier, cracked out with super ghetto “Shoppers Drugmart” extensions. The “Trailer Twins” weren’t the only ghetto weaved Shoppers blondes I ran into that day who were acting like they wanted to start something! I swear! There are way too many insecure Britney-abee’s trying to initiate drama with me just for existing. I don’t know what their damage was or is but the whole thing seemed very bizarre, however they did make me laugh adding to the many moments of amusement. Countless laughs during CMW, fun times with amazing people as always!

CMW 2010
JAMIE CULLUM - Photography by: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

Next up at CMW headquarters I was to check extremely talented platinum selling British Jazz-Pop musician Jamie Cullum. I first found out about Jamie a few years back, I had to see him live. Thought I was going to miss this interview and performance but reached just in time to get some great coverage.   The Concert Hall was nicely decorated, so pretty with all the deep bright colours, the floor however was so weird to walk on, very uneven. I’m surprised I didn’t nose dive at least once because I am a natural klutz and the way the carpet was covering these boards the floor was calling my name. Cullum was interviewed by Music industry legend Ralph Simon, currently CEO of Mobilium and he was Co-founder of Zomba Music Group, now part of Sony Music Entertainment. This discussion was a more vibrant talk than the earlier nooner with Slash. Both parties were comfortable and had more personality, it wasn’t just the interviewee or vice versa. One of the questions Ralph asked Cullum was how he came to be on Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino”, in short Cullum stated they met through Eastwood’s son Kyle. Watch Jamie talk about the song and perform it. He delivered exactly as I expected, a remarkable talent is Jamie Cullum check him out if you can.

CMW 2010
JAMIE CULLUM - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
DEAN LICKYER - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

The first stop of the evening was to be Domenica at the Tattoo Rock Parlour. I hit the venue a little too late missed the whole set, only caught the last song. I filmed the track but the audio did not turn out. I tried to fix it but she was drowned out by the band, it doesn’t matter if I stood at the back or next to her mic’s speaker, levels were way too low. I will have to see them again, that’s the second set I missed but I’m getting closer. I may have missed Domenica but I did catch Dean Lickyer finally!  I kept missing their shows for about three years now; everyone has been ranting and raving about them, hello! I’m naturally curious so of course I really wanted to know why! Dean Lickyer is from Stoney Creek, Ontario; comprised of Joshua Alvernia – Vocals, Sean Royle – Guitar/Backup Vox, Justin Bosso – Bass/Back up Vox and Zander Lamothe – Drums. At the end of CMW 2009 Dean Lickyer won best band, awarded $10,000 by Gene Simmons and now are signed to Underground Operations.

DEAN LICKYER - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
DEAN LICKYER - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

They were first discovered on Much Music’s “Disband” I don’t watch that show, I’ve only seen a few episodes. I still  have yet to see Dean Lickyer’s episode of Disband but that is fine by me I would rather see them live. Once they hit that stage and the singer Joshua Alvernia started to sing I understood what the hype was all about. This band is what every new band even some signed artists need to pay attention to, showmanship! You can’t be scared of the audience even if there’s only five people, you gotta make it seem like there’s thousands! Get interactive with them, show some genuine personality  The larries in Dean Lickyer all have charismatic stage personalities which are expressed as they play. Alvernia has a charm about him, he works the stage to his advantage. He is everything a front man should be when performing without an instrument. Magnetism and devotion emanate from each member as they execute their blend of old school rock and roll with a fresh touch. They are so young and have a long bright successful future ahead of them! You have to go see Dean Lickyer if you haven’t, you need to! Watch “Witchin Hour Moon” from the set.

MY DARKEST DAYS – Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

After DL’s set I migrated to a few other venues then back to the Tattoo for My Darkest Days set. The First time I saw My Darkest Days was at the Rivoli for North By Northeast 2009, they were one of the bands I kept missing but I think I have more than made up for lost shows. Since then there have been many changes with the band even from the CMW set at the Tattoo. The original My Darkest Days band is Matt Walst –  Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Brenden McMillan on Bass and Doug Oliver on Drums. They added new member Sal “Coz” Costa on Lead Axe who joined the band in 2009 and new live member (He did not play this set) Reid Henry on Keys/Guitar. Oh yeah and if you don’t know, they are now signed to Island Def Jam/Mercury U.S.A. & 604/Universal Canada. I’m not going to go into detail about the set, I will cover another show one last time with the updated band.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography by: Fridae Mattas
MDD’s debut record is dropping this summer, the first single off the record will be “PornStar Dancin” Featuring Ludacris, Chad Kroeger and Zakk Wylde. They freshly filmed the music video for the single in Las Vegas, ‘Pornstar Dancin’ should be hitting airwaves this June. I still can’t forget what people were telling me before I  saw this band for the first time. I understand their point of view but also they misjudged the bands determination and growth potential. Are the haters right? Did My Darkest Days sell out? I don’t agree one hundred percent but can see why some people think so.
Photography By Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

There is no right or wrong in music, you can’t deny someone their art.  If it’s causing ears to bleed, by all means that’s when someone has to say something but don’t you worry, I will always state my opinion! My Darkest Days did put on a fantastic set, everyone I talked to was more than pleased with the Tattoo performance if not impressed. Love them or hate them, the band of larries that is My Darkest Days are going to reach colossal heights. They have mass appeal and can be marketed to many; I would say they are Canada’s new school “Bon Jovi” in development. My Darkest Days will surpass their “Guru’s” band, if they can keep their shit together; continue practicing hard, keep their Yoko’s at bay and stay grounded, otherwise it will hurt badly when you fall, it will leave a scar not just a mark. Check the interview I did with MDD last summer prior to the member changes. You can also watch newbie tunes like “PornStar Dancin” from various sets on both FTV Facebook and YouTube.

My Darkest Days - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
The Set - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

It was now Friday Yeahyah! The next evening of musical adventures! Friday’s are always fantabular days for me. Kicking off the night was “The Set”. The band recently signed with Wax Records and originally is from Vancouver, BC only just migrating to Toronto to finish recording their debut record scheduled to drop in June. The single “Already Know” is available on iTunes and for request on radio. I was hoping it was going to start off on a good note and it did! This band is like a collection of energy bubbles! They were so into their music, feeding off of the massive crowd of people. I was surprised to see so many people show up for an opener. Martin Macphail, Dean Rode, Tristan Tarr, Harrison Bourdon and Chad, they are “The Set”. The vocals were a little pitchy during some tracks; I liked the tone of his voice. They were having technical difficulties as have many bands before them; it was after all the Tattoo! I think the venues sound system has mood swings from band to band, day to day, year to year. Next it was off to float around and see if there was anything captivating enough to keep me entertained.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 Nothing spectacular to keep me in one venue. The next band I hit up was “Hail The Villain” There was a crazy line up, I knew I should have reached earlier because it was a free show at “The Hideout” not very big and “HTV” is fucken fantastic, definitely the best band out of Oshawa. The band is Bryan Crouch – Vocals, Joseph Stamp – Guitar, Chad Taylor – Bass and Drew Dockrill – Drums.

Hail The Villain - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
I am not able to tell you how the whole set went but it sounded pretty good from outside. Made it inside the venue midway through and let me tell you! It was the most people I have seen crammed into the Hideout ever in my life! I’ve been at the Hideout during some crazy times but this by far was on a whole other level. Of course I had to find a good spot to film, there was no way I was going to go near the stage, it was retarded! Balancing beam I found! I maneuvered my way through the crowd to the arm of the couch near the front entrance.  The arm was a little wider than an actual balance beam so it was easy to keep my balance; the ceiling was back up. I wish I had seen the  whole set but it’s better than one tune! I managed to capture some of Hail The Villains magnificence on film, more people need to be paying attention to these larries. Yes it’s true, I have to see “Hail The Villain” again to give them a full review Watch.
Once that set wrapped, off it was on a venue hop from The Hideout to the Bovine, hitting up all the venues along the way landing at John and Richmond’s club XS to see Nikki Awesome’s set. The stage was big inside the club I don’t know why they don’t have more performances there. A little too high up for my liking, it was like whiplash shooting and filming but I managed as always! I met Nikki the day before when we did the interview! Nikki’s was the only interview I did, I usually don’t do interviews at festivals because I am so busy but I will try and get a few more in next time around. We found this cool ballroom with a sick chandelier to jibber in, we immediately clicked she had a great vibe and personality, we had many things in common so it went smoothly, an enjoyable interview. Thank God she wasn’t a bitch, she’s just a fellow mellow fly female from Scartown! Back to the performance, her grand entrance was after her dolls lined up across the back of the stage and then she migrated out to her first hit “You Say (It Was Supposed To Be).
Nikki Awesome - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

She tried to get the crowd hype but they were so boring, as if they were too cool for the tunes.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 At Showcases artists don’t put on a full show but Nikki’s doll’s were wicked, it would have worked better if they were in different spots on the stage. The stage looked a little empty with them all the way at the back not moving, I did like the idea and where she was going with it. Other than the sound issues, she needed more variety with her dancing the choreography was getting a tad cyclical. Some white girls have a problem with not being able to naturally move their hips to the rhythm, it’s not their fault they have no flavour, they were born that way. Miss Awesome has her own unique flavour but please darling wear boots that are made for dancing, if you cannot dance in your boots, no matter how cute and how much they go with your outfit! Stay aware, here’s the link to Nikki’s smash hit song “All The Little Things

Nikki Awesome - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

 The last band of the night that I really wanted to see was Minority, after a brief moment of chillage at The Bovine where I saw a wicked metal core band “Titan” from Toronto who I need to see again! It was so hard to film one tune while the Bovine was a rammed sardine can. I had to get out of the Bovine it was too small, too many people so I migrated over to The Hideout. Minority was on at three am and The Hideout was one of the few bars with a patio open until 4am. This time it was breezy to bypass the line, inside it wasn’t as crowded but there were more people moshing because there was more space near the stage. This was my first Minority show, I missed half of it and couldn’t take any photographs because my memory cards were full, what else is new! The singer, he brought it, such a powerful voice and he delivers with clear conviction. Minority is a Hardcore Progressive Metal band they are: Dan McCann – Vox, Scott Degroot – Axe, Eric Lightfoot – Drums and Stefan Horning on the Bass. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance; Minority’s set was probably one of the best of the festival. Check a video

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The Indies – Where do I begin this brief little jibber? The band that peaked my interest was The Constantines who were not to perform until the end of the night wrapping up the awards. I arrived late and the media room was not all that interesting this year. Granted, they gave us access to the actual venue room through the media room which was a miracle because last year they made us walk around. The usual Canadian bands were present like The Arkells, USS, October Sky and new to my eyes is Mariana’s Trench who won several awards! Who knows they could have been at The Indies last year but I don’t remember them all, most band larries look the same to me. Pictures speak a thousand words and that is what I am leaving you with, some Indie shots! I must give a huge thank you to the Planet3 Team and everyone who helped me out! See YA’LL next year!

MEDIA ROOM THE INDIES CMW 2010 - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
The Constantines - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Rural Alberta Advantage - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Great Lake Swimmers - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Mariana's Trench - Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV



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Day 1

Day 2

Slash & Jamie Cullum

Day 3

The Indies