Oh Indie Week, how I love your music and wrestling!

This was by far the most memorable and most fun Toronto music fest I’ve been to in a while. Going on my second Indie Week, I have to say that when you mix talent with great venues, plus an amazing party atmosphere and cheap booze thanks to sponsors – you’ve got yourself one hell of a shindig!

Kicking off my Indie Week was my own Blankfest Toronto, co-organized with Indie Week and Serving Charity. Blankfest is a charity show I first brought to Montreal two years ago that began in NYC in 1997. It was founded by Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios to help collect blankets for the homeless during the winter months.

This was an amazing event as bands from all across came out to support Toronto’s homeless and Indie Week. The lineup was just phenomenal and had a great mix of punk, hard rock and my personal favourite genre of balls-deep metal!


Toronto’s Indie Week 2010 delivers ups and downs

Indie Week Canada showcases the best of Canadian and Irish independent music and this year, Australia and Japan also got in on the game.

Although many of the bands playing the Friday night “Irish Showcase” were not actually live and direct from the Emerald Isle, the bands that did cross the Atlantic were treated to all that Toronto had to offer: 16 venues, well over 100 independent bands and a 4 a.m. last call.

The only fault of Indie Week was that it tried to provide too much of everything. For 2010, organizers added new venues to the bill to accommodate the growing number of performances and Bread and Circus in Kensington Market was one of these. A small café/theatre venue, I had the chance to catch both Hamilton’s Ascot Royals and Montreal’s Vinyl Hero here, but unfortunately for both bands – the venue did them no favours. The floor was clogged with tables and chairs, which pacified the crowd, and the sound and acoustics of the venue were also very flat.


Making all-important festival choices easier: A look ahead at Indie Week 2010 (October 13 – 17)

It’s ba-ack, it’s bigger and better than ever and I am so excited for it that it’s almost sick. What is this magical “it”? No guesses? Okay, I’ll give it to you – Indie Week 2010! The annual musical festival, which showcases the best in indie music from around the world, will be taking over Toronto from October 13 to the 17. This year, Indie Week will be reigning its musical powers over 15 of the city’s most beloved venues (think Bovine Sex Club, Hideout etc.) and showcasing the talents of 150 (yes!) bands. But with so many shows to choose from, there does come a downside – how in the world can you take it all in? I hate to be so brash, but you can’t, so I’ve decided to make the task of picking a little less daunting by offering up some of the shows and bands I personally think are must-sees. I really hope I don’t disappoint you with my musical judgment. If I do, I’m sorry. (But I probably won’t.)

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Rock and Roll Report Podcast #68 – So Awesome!

This week we get back to some semblance of normality here at the Rock and Roll Report Podcast with a more streamlined version of the podcast compared to the last two 25 song whoppers.

This week I played some hard rock stuff, some poppy stuff, some acoustic stuff and well what I did was play some rock and roll!

As usual you have a wide range of styles from a wider range of bands and artists who are either unsigned or are signed to independent record labels. If you like what you hear please consider supporting these bands in a tangible way by buying their music, going to their shows and buying their merch.

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