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On Repeat: Walk Off The Earth with Sing it All The Way

Welcome to the revamped album reviews! A series entitled, On Repeat where we review your favourite Canadian Artists! First up is Walk off The Earth with their 2015 release: Sing it All The Way.

In WOTE style this album is a great feel good listen. The album opener ‘Rule the World’ is a great anthem song, (Great crowd reactions at live shows!).

High energy fused with meaningful lyrics are ever present. Their trade mark gang vocals add depth, while the range of often unique instruments create a delightful soundscape.

Their lyrics are widely applicable with messages of Keep fighting through the bad, it will get better from Hold On, together we stand in Home we’ll Go. and having strength to know when to walk away in Boomerang.

One song we found stood was Heart is a Weapon. This song breaking away from their chill groove provides a rock beat with the message: Yes hearts can be broken but be careful how you use your heart. It can also be a powerful weapon.

Stand out lyrics from the album:

‘Cuts like a sword’ from Heart is a Weapon

“No fear in lonely cause we’re all alright tonight’ from Alright

Check out Walk Off The Earth as they are currently on a European Tour and will be returning to play some summer festival dates in Canada soon! Check out dates here!

The video for Alright can be found here.

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The Zolas announce cross new tour dates

Before Western Canadian “indie rockers” The Zolas criss-cross Canada they are venturing across the pond with friend and fellow Vancouver artist David Vertesi! Do not miss out on a chance to see these acts live as they never disappoint! Listed below are the upcoming European Tour dates, along with the Canadian dates where the Grounders will be gracing the stage before the Zolas will bCDN adamt 1.0ring down the house with their unique blend of technological melody and introspective lyrics.
Check back later this week for a sample of the Zolas, David Vertesi and the Grounders!
Musik & FriedenBerlin, Germany
with David Vertesi
NachtlebenFrankfurt, Germany
with David Vertesi
NochtspeicherHamburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
HutmacherWuppertal, Germany
with David Vertesi
SedelLuzern, Switzerland
with David Vertesi
WohnzimmerHildesheim, Germany
with David Vertesi
Stereo WonderlandCologne, Germany
with David Vertesi
SwampFreiburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
Haldern Pop BarHaldern, Germany
with David Vertesi
The Grad ClubKingston, ON, Canada
with Grounders
The CasbahHamilton, ON, Canada
with Grounders
Lee’s PalaceToronto, ON, Canada
with Grounders
Zaphod BeeblebroxOttawa, ON, Canada
with Grounders
O Patro VysMontreal, QC, Canada
with Grounders
Marquee Beer Market and StageCalgary, AB, Canada
Union HallEdmonton, AB, Canada
AmigosSaskatoon, SK, Canada
Park TheatreWinnipeg, MB, Canada
Sugar NightclubVictoria, BC, Canada\
Head to their website here. to purchase tickets.

June 18th Paperbag Records wants you to join the celebration!

In celebration of our 100th release, Paper Bag Records presents #PAPER100 – an evening of music from Paper Bag Records’ extensive catalogue featuring special performances by bands from the label’s past, present and future. #PAPER100 will take place at Lee’s Palace on June 18th as part of NXNE.

At this time, artists confirmed to appear at #PAPER100 are: members of Sam Roberts Band, Nils Edenloff (The Rural Alberta Advantage), Woodhands, Rock Plaza Central, The Acorn, PS I Love You, Frog Eyes, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Laura Barrett, Cuff the Duke, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands, Hey Mother Death, plus many more surprises.

Tickets will be available at the door or with a NXNE Wristband. Get there early to make sure you get in!

Small Town Pistols release new video for Single: Can’t Wait to Meet You

Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson are Canadian Country Music royalty. Their latest project Small Town Pistols has grown in popularity over the last couple of years. Recently Amanda and Tyler have expanded their families respectively, over the past year.
This new video provides a fantastic visual to a very touching song that has stuck a chord with their fan base.

Check out the link to below to watch the video.

Album Review- Global Citizen by Cardboard Crowns

With a delightful mix of gang vocals and surf beats, Ottawa’s own the Cardboard Crowns balance punchy melodies and provocative lyrics on their latest release Global Citizen. With lyrics that pose contemplative questions as hooks wash over hard hitting beats demanding another round of listening. Settling into their sound, Cardboard Crowns are not afraid to play with their musical landscape. The performance of Generations begs the listener to ponder their relevance to the world today, while the upbeat waltz of Hats Off is performed as a thank you to their many supporters over the years and a special shout out to the most loyal, family. This song also boasts some awesome percussive mouth action (we think!).

Sun and the Stars claims, “the most pop punk” track of the album.

Where Shut My Mouth and Your Son tackles the difficult subject of inconsistent relationships with key individuals. This song exemplifies ones struggle with various “demons” we all face and gives a voice to many of the insecurities that can be faced growing up. Taking a serious topic and pairing it with gang vocals and an upbeat tempo elevates some of the seriousness while being cathartic for the writer and listener alike.

Even embracing a Latin flavor of Ole, which is also Global Citizen‘s only all French track! Exploding with a strong horns section this track’s infectious beat will stay with you regardless of your understanding of the lyrics.

The title track, Global Citizen and Pulling Teeth seem to have a similar theme. Talking about the effect of mindless advertising and its effects on society psychological well-being as companies often cast aside the individuals as their main concern is about the bottom line.  The songs on this album are equally danceable and intelligent, allowing access to a greater audience.

Esthetically the album artwork is very unique and speaks to Cardboard Crowns‘ ability to tap into their loyal supporters. The cover of Global Citizen is comprised of pictures of family, friends and fans in their own rendition of the bands’ trademark cardboard crowns!

Check out the video to the first single off the album, Hats off below and come out the Mansion in Kingston as the Cardboard Crowns come back for another unforgettable show on March 28th 2015. Tickets available here. The Facebook event is here.

Poor Young Things in final days of Pledge Music Project

With a slight edgy Bruce Springsteen feel, Poor Young Things’ second album, The Head, The Heart, The End, boasts 13 tracks of sweat, energy and determination. “This record is a reflection of getting older and thinking about that” recalls singer/guitarist Matt Fratpietro* as he describes their current release.

Songs detailed on the album The Head, The Heart, The End represent the typical inspirations of most rock bands but also the fight of growing out of the idealistic fantasy of a young rock and roll band.  How transitioning into a long term musical presence can not only be challenging, but filled with doubt, tribulations and achievements. That it’s often challenging making a living in an arts based occupation. This is reflected in their songs “Sign Of The Times” and “Revolver”

Thunder Bay natives, Matt Fratpietro – Guitar, Vocals, Michael Kondakow – Guitar, Vocals, Dave Grant – Guitar, Vocals, Scott Burke – Bass, Konrad Commisso – Drums; relocated to Toronto to be more accessible to the music scene, this was rewarded with signing to Bumstead Productions. Coming of a year of touring their follow-up album in clubs and festivals across this wide country they have started to record the third installment. This upcoming release from the band is anticipated with high expectations after the mixed reviews. Going the way of many artists a Pledge Music Campaign is in its final days to help with the expenses of recording.

Within their Pledge Music campaign there are many perks you can purchase to help the band offset recording costs. Highlights include, a signed guitar, a full house concerts and music lessons from members of the band! There are a handful of more unique offers, many of which have been already claimed by long time fans of the band, including the ability to buy the soul of Konrad, play street hockey against them or give Dave a hair cut during their next tour cycle. Amongst the many signed options there is a chance to be background “head clappers” or purchase a unique art piece created by one of the band members proving they are multifaceted artists.

In the final days of the campaign, they are at 65% towards attaining their goal. Everyone loves new music, especial music they can relate to. Listen to Poor Young Things, they are not only relatable, but driven, determined and talented raw rock n’ roll. Often what you see is what you get. Lets help them achieve this often overwhelming goal! Head over to Pledge Music and search their name or click the link below.

Link to Pledge Music Campaign

Poor Young Things Official Website:

Sentences ending with * denote material taken from Poor Young Things official Bio.

Details and Long List Nominees for 2014 CBC Music Awards

The CBC Music Awards recognize the best in Canadian music — as decided by you!

Unlike other music awards, the CBC Music Awards are not based on sales, spins or even critical acclaim — they’re based on your votes. CBC Music is celebrating this year’s top Canadian talent by inviting listeners to support their favourite artists through a set of online people’s choice polls. Voters will have the chance to choose the winners of 10 different award categories, which recognize everything from best album to best fan engagement.

Nominations open: Friday, Nov. 7
Nominations close: Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. ET
Long list announcement: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Long list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. ET
Short list announcement: Tuesday, Dec. 2
Short list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. ET

The winners of the inaugural CBC Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Best International Artist


Artist of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Artist of the year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:

                   Alex NevskyMontreal, QC

Album of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Album of the Year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:
Bahamas is Afie
Bahamas is AfieBahamas Brushfire/Universal
 The Artists and Bands up for Best Independent Artist of the Year, Go to to vote for you pick to WIN!
  • A Tribe Called Red – Sisters feat. Northern Voice
  • Arcade Fire – Afterlife
  • Buck 65 – Super Pretty Naughty
    Cold Specks – Absisto
  • Fanny Bloom – Piscine
  • Hedley – Heaven in our Headlights
  • Jason Blaine – Friends of Mine
  • July Talk – Summer Dress
  • Kevin Drew – You in Your Were
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • Lights – Up We Go
  • Lowell – The Bells
  • Mounties – Tokyo Summer
  • Owen Pallett – Song for Five & Six
  • PUP – Mabu
  • Rich Aucoin – Yelling in Sleep
  • Sam Roberts Band – Shapeshifters
  • Shad – Remember to Remember feat. Lights
  • Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
    Best Fan Engagement
    Whether it’s funny hashtags over social media or creating unique contests each of these nominees brings something special to their loyal fans! Who has your vote for Best Fan Engagement? Vote here!
    Tegan and SaraConnect with their huge fan base most often — almost daily — through InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

  • Walk Off the EarthUses YouTube primarily to stay connected with fans and cover popular fan-favourite songsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Aaron PritchettKeeps up with large fan base on Twitter regularlyFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • ArkellsFrequently converse with fans on Twitter, set up contests and fun exchanges on FacebookFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Big WreckContinue to cultivate fans on Facebook and TwitterFacebook | Twitter
  • Brett KisselGoes out of his way to talk to all fans in person at showsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Buck 65Composes incredible Facebook posts and tour diaries for fansFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Current SwellHang out with fans online and after shows, and offers a well-curated Instagram streamFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Gryphon TrioChronicles what they’re up to with fans, created a music outreach programFacebook | Twitter
  • HedleyHave a passionate fan base, and regularly reaches out to them via social networksFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Hey RosettaKeep fans from far and wide in the loop on Twitter and InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jenn GrantInvites fans into her world through Facebook and charms with Twitter chatterFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jill BarberTakes fans along for the ride via Twitter, Instagram posts Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Johnny Reid Has a “Tartan Army” fan club, regular fan choice award winner Facebook | Twitter
  • Lights Regularly connects with fans in person at events, invites listeners into her world through social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Matt MaysRegularly interacts with fans online Facebook | Twitter
  • Michael BubleHas millions of social media fans, performs fans’ song picks for vocal warmups on Instagram Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Rich AucoinBeyond social media, will recognize local fans with on-screen mentions at live shows Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Said the WhaleBig on social media; bought a cellphone specifically to respond to fans via phone and text Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • The Darcys are quick to respond to fans on social media, share funny hashtags with followers Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
    Heart of Gold Award
    We all know Canadians’ are known for their polite demeanor (as long as hockey is not involved). The following list sums up Artists who have gone out of their way to give back to their fans, community and different charitable organizations over their careers. Vote for your top pick for who has the Heart of Gold in Canada’s music industry. Vote here.
    Arcade FireDonates $1 from every live show ticket sold to organizations in Haiti, a long-running initiative since 2006Read More

  • Bruce CockburnReceived 2014 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and supported suicide awareness projects in 2014Read More
  • Bryan AdamsFunds collected through his Bryan Adams Foundation have most recently supported wounded soldiers in the UK, Human Rights Watch, and marine conservation in Haiti, among other causesRead More
  • City and ColourAsked those on his guest list at his last arena tour to donate to the SickKids Foundation at every showRead More
  • Danny MichelHis Ocean Academy fund has raised more than $60,000 to date to continue supporting a not-for-profit community high school in BelizeRead More
  • Gord BamfordSupports kids and communities through his Gord Bamford Foundation and annual charity golf tournament, in its 7th year this yearRead More
  • Hannah GeorgasDonated a portion of all pledges on her recent PledgeMusic campaign to the Juvenile Diabetes FoundationRead More
  • HedleyThe Free the Children ambassadors most recently traveled to Ecuador to help build a school in partnership with the not-for-profitRead More
  • Hey OceanBassist David Vertesi co-founded and continues the annual Sing it Forward charity concert to help bring music education to underprivileged youth in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideRead More
  • Jim CuddyHas a long history of charitable efforts, but this year specifically performed at benefit concerts to support families in crisis in Toronto and a women’s shelter in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes areaRead More
  • Justin HinesHis Vehicle of Change tour saw him busking in cities across Canada to raise money for individual charities based in each place he visitedRead More
  • LightsAuctioned off memorabilia to raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan relief, and current tour is raising money for child sponsorships with World VisionRead More
  • Meredith ShawHer annual Girls Who Believe event raises money for Girls, Inc., which supports young women in exploring nontraditional careers  Read More
  • Molly JohnsonDonating a percentage of sales from her latest album and merchandise toward Boys and Girls Clubs of CanadaRead More
  • Neil YoungLaunched his Honour the Treaties tour to fund the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s fight against the Athabasca oilsands and continues to hold his long-running Bridge School Benefit Concert annually Read More
    Happy voting and tell us in the comments who you hope to see take home some hardware on December 9th!

CBC Music Awards has announced categories and voting is open Now!

CBC Music has complied a list of Nominees based on you (the listener) ‘s suggestions. Head over to CBC Music to check out the list of nominees! There is an awesome slide show of graphics. There are is also a few related articles detailing the awards.

They have an easy to decipher list of steps to not only vote for your favourite artist in the many award categories up for grabs.

Ways you can show some of your most listened to artists some love on social media is by hash-tagging the award category. CBC music made it easy for us with this handy list!

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: #artist
Earworm of the Year Award for best song: #song
“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: #album
Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: #risingstar
Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: #liveshow
Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: #indie
Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: #video
Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: #fan
Heart of Gold Award: #heartofgold
Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: #international

Don’t forget to tag the artists, @CBCMusic and add a image for effect! Go vote for your favourite as the winners will be announced soon!

Music at the ‘Bux for November 19,20th 2014

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

music at the bux, downtown – HERE
Live music 2 nights/week
Every Wed/Thurs night from 7-9pm*
always a free event

On Wed, Nov 19th , we’re very happy to welcome back
Denyse VanRhyn and Garth Amey with Will VanRhyn 🙂

WED – Denyse VanRhyn is a native of Kingston and is a graduate of Queens University. In 2007 she played the role of “Grizabella” in the musical production of “Cats” at the Wellington Street Theatre, and in 2008 she was “Gudule” in “Hunchback”. She also sang with Kingston Sweet Adelines for 13 years. Denyse is the lead singer in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with guitarist Garth Amey.
Garth Amey was born and raised in Kingston and attended K.C.V.I., St. Lawrence and Algonquin Colleges. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He also played bagpipes in the Rob Roy Pipe band for over 15 years. Garth currently plays guitar and sings in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with Denyse VanRhyn.
Will VanRhyn has played guitar with a number of bands and currently with ‘A Town of Caves’.

On Thurs, Nov 20th, we’re very happy to welcome back
The Caledonias, a Queen’s Univ all-female a cappella group.

THURS – The Caledonias is the only all-female a cappella group at Queen’s University. A tightly knit group of girls brought together by a love of music, we come from a wide range of faculties at Queen’s. We sing regularly on campus, as well in the Kingston community at events such as AMS club banquets, the December 6th Massacre Memorial, coffeehouses, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Ceremony. Coming off our win at last year’s Inaugural Queen’s University Collegiate A Cappella Competition, we are excited for our 13th season of music making!

* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

Upcoming shows

Christian Whelan– Nov 26
Deborah Schuurmans-Nov 27
Pending – Dec 4 and 5
Kieran L’Abbe- Dec 11 tent
Pending – Dec 12
Irwin-Dec 18
Möbius-Dec 19
There will be no ‘music at the bux’ performances the week of Dec 22-28th, or Jan 1

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at
* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at

Secret Broadcast create music video and get pulled over by the cops

Originally from Calgary, Secret Broadcast now call Toronto their home.  Opening for major Canadian acts such as,  Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The Stills and Matthew Good, playing main stage at Virgin Festival, showcasing at CMJ, NXNE, CMW, JunoFest and even playing a private party for Richard Branson. They’ve also been a mainstay on Canadian radio hitting top 40 on the Canadian rock, alternative and college radio charts.*

With the release of this new record, ‘Filthy Souls’, they have created a sound of their own that combines guitar-driven melodic rock songs with Brit-pop inspired sonic textures.  Bear witness and be prepared to be impressed and exhilarated when Secret Broadcast bring their Filthy Souls to a city near you*

This video had my attention from the beginning as filming while driving hasn’t been done to death-yet- and offered a challenge. But the fact that they used minimal electric support and the clarity and quality of both instrumentation and voice for the recording of the video was fantastic. This was an interesting video to watch, I kept my eye on the guitarist who seemed to have the hardest job of not losing his balance (standing slumped as he played) his band mates seemed to be in more stable positions, as the van made its way through the streets. Filming using Go Pro cameras, though not new, is well utilized in this video with an nice editing job done to present an interesting visual experience of each band members POV throughout the trip.

Ending the video with a cop car pulling them over, looks staged by the untrained eye. But lo and behold, this was an interesting coincidence that we unfortunately don’t get to see the ending of!

What do you think happened? would love to hear your thoughts!

* Taken from their BIO that can be found on their website here.

Check out their new single “Killin Time”  and video below!

Catch them live at two upcoming live shows here