Finally reached the summer plateau, time to spend some time listening, recharging, readying to rejuvenate on wind and water, forests and festivals, Mariposa, Hillside, River & Sky and perhaps hopefully some more , get the music outside. . . take the music outside with you, out into the air out of the earbuds. Free these tracks from The Sun Harmonic, Sara Gougeon, TÖME, Tyler Childers, Local Natives, Begonia and The Suitcase Junket.
By Will McGuirk
No raining on any parades, just celebrate with everyone out on the streets taking back the streets, owning the streets and their city, making it theirs again, its a good thing and it needs a soundtrack so here you go. . . Winona Forever, Keb’ Mo’, Rhye, Yoke Lore, Union Duke, Bruce Cockburn, half•alive, White Elephant Orchestra, Scattered Clouds and Auras.
By Will McGuirk
Planet heats up, ice caps melt, water goes up, gotta come down somewhere, so its coming down here again. Well maybe we won’t melt, maybe we will but here’s Vancouver’s Autogramm with a weekend cottage vibey video to remind you what summer’s were like. Also stepping up, Espanola, Jesse Merineau, CamelPhat x Jake Bugg and Ada Lea.
Yes its not warming up and yes its summer and no you are not supposed to be worrying about frost on your plants when the solstice is nigh but get used to it. Climate’s achanging and change is a foot but magic too is afoot with a double hit from Bon Iver plus tracks from Jenn Grant, Deanna Petcoff, Sara Gougeon, Cat Clyde, Language Arts, Electric Youth, The Strangemakers, Altered By Mom and Absolutely Free. Worry less, act more, cover your flowers.
“A lot of people are left feeling sad and lonely because of death. I understand how that feels. It’s a sadness that only eases with time but never goes away. As you move forward it will stay with you but it will help strengthen you too. Felt deeply. Felt not as in touched. Felt within, touching us." - Julian Taylor, press release
Whatever gets you through the night as Johnny Lennon says or the day or the year, whatever gets you to celebrating another trip around the sun, thats whatever it took to get you here and you are here and I am here and that is enough of a reason to play some songs and enjoy the day which happens to be the anniversary of my birth. And considering its been a year since the last, well, it didn’t seem to take too long. Thanks to Ponytails, Oh Susanna, Jessica Rhaye & the Ramshackle Parade (covering Bob Dylan for his birthday), Jordan Klassen, Geneviève Racette, Black Mountain, Sigala & Becky Hill and Colour Tongues for the tracks. Cheers to you whenever your birthday is.
By Will McGuirk
Finally 28 degrees - wow summer takes so long but it just takes one day to forget that whole winter’s coming line - roll out the patios and roll out the rock and roll. . .
and I’ve been busy at Kops Records Oshawa but to quote the Poor Nameless Boy “been meaning to catch up and slow down” - one day maybe this day with these kats; Lily Frost, Taylor Knox, Tyler Childers, Merival, The Sun Harmonic, Yes We Mystic and Poor Nameless Boy.
By Will McGuirk
So I’m leaving this here because it runs parallel to the way we think here at Slowcity.ca. Its from the Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ press release; “Boujee Natives stems from our belief that everyone is an artist in one way shape or form and that we were all created to create but it’s up to us as individuals to find out what that is for ourselves. We wanted to showcase all the badass First Nations artists that have welcomed us into their worlds as we were coming into ourselves and developing our artistry into what it is today. We are the creators, we are inspired natives, not native inspired, and we like to rock our shit, we dem Boujee Natives.”
So yes its up to us, you, me, to find our creative selves within and build our own future. Music helps so here is today’s open mic which you can air while you woodshed ideas this rainy week. Dig into Esperanza Spalding, Jenn Grant, Tamino, Rhye, Rich Aucoin, Black Mountain and Ada Lea. Dig into the future, unearth yourself.
It just takes one sunny sunny day to dispel all the winter grumpiness, doesn’t it. So here we are at that wonderful time between frost and flies. Take advantage and get outside as you much as you can.
Its been some time, five years, since Leela Gilday issued an album but her new album, ‘North Star Calling’ is coming out this year and the single “K’eintah Natse Ju” has just been released.
In a press release Gilday says the track is “about the legacy of colonization and its impact on our (Indigenous) family relationships- part of what happened in residential school was the dismantling of the Indigenous family structure. This was intentional- if you take away children from their families you deprive them of the love and cultural traditional values that growing up in a loving home gives to them. This song is about some of those relationships. Part of this was inspired by the tragic deaths of Colton Boushie and Tina Fontaine." Leela will be at Hugh’s Room in Toronto May 10.
By Will McGuirk
Well the magnolias are out on my neighbour’s tree so there’s that to celebrate on this rather chill evening, I hope those flowers survive. But also lets celebrate St. Lucia, they have an acoustic EP available and will be touring a stripped down intimate set. Charlotte Cornfield ( a fave around here) also drops in. Stay around for A Tribe Called Red who drop an absolute killer remix of Keith Secola’s “Indian Cars” which will have you up on that old wooden dance floor in seconds, (summer hit alert!), plus we have Language Arts, Tre Mission, JoJo Worthington and Bad Animal. Stay warm.
St. Lucia - Thursday, May 16 @ the Mod Club, Toronto
Bad Animal - Tuesday, May 21 @ the Baby G, Toronto
Language Arts - Thursday, May 23 @ the Monarch Tavern, Toronto
Charlotte Cornfield - Friday, May 24 @ the Baby G, Toronto
Happy Earth Day, and happy come-down from a fab weekend; The To Oshawa With Love gig at the Oshawa Music Hall with The Stables, Say Ritual and Melanie Payne, was wow wow wow - An army of local music lovers came out. This city, our city has many social issues - it is in trauma. But those of us who know know music helps. Today’s Open Mic is filled with resilience; Peter Perrett, one-time member of pop punks The Only Ones, is resilient. A former addict Perret is now reconnecting with his sons, working with them on this new music. Welcome in to your lives too, Sarah MacDougall, Lydia Ainsworth, Haviah Mighty ( her track she says is “a soundtrack for day-to-day self-motivation,” Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Bear’s Den, and Night Moves. Let’s keep on keeping on.
Haviah Mighty - Friday, May 3 @ Drake Underground, Toronto
Bear’s Den - Friday, May 24 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
Sarah MacDougall - Saturday, June 15 @ Old Town Hall, Waterford, ON.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Saturday, June 15 @ Yonge/Dundas Square, Toronto
By Will McGuirk
Thinking positively, extreme April showers should bring extreme May flowers, so lets look forward to a season in bloom, record breaking blooms.
We begin with the cheerful sounds of Local Natives. They have contemporary dancer Micaela Taylor. We move into In The Valley Below, a pop duo, we will give you an explicit warning fyi, - the Valley have a short film, ‘The Pink Chateau, which they are touring, and the album is the soundtrack. Performances feature the two playing live to the film.via headphones. Also on are HuDost, Russell Louder, Grizzly Coast, Sasami and the majestic psyche-sonics of Black Mountain.
Sasami - Thursday, April 25 @ Baby G, Toronto
Black Mountain - Thursday, May 9 @ Lee’s Palace, Toronto
Grizzly Coast, - Saturday, May 11 @ The Paddock, Toronto
Local Natives - Monday, May 27 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
Welcome, thanks for showing up. Its vital that, showing up, its what makes a scene. Showing up this week from Montreal is My Father’s Son., who will performing at the Springtide Music Festival of Uxbridge, just a couple of weeks away.
Also coming in is the Pavement-like Merin from Thunder Bay and Old Man Canyon from Vancouver and Dead Soft, also of Vancity. And some Brits breaking out, listen to the shimmer of Bear’s Den, the trilling beauty of Hayden Thorpe and the pyschedelia of Clinic. TO Art punk from Ronley Teper & the Lipliners, close out the mic. Dig in, thanks for showing up.
My Father’s Son - Saturday/Sunday April 27 & 28 @ Springtide Music Festival, Uxbridge
Ronley Teper & the Lipliners - Friday, May 3 @ the Dakota Tavern, Toronto
Merin - Monday, May 6 @ The Burdock, Toronto
Old Man Canyon - Saturday, May 11 @ the Rivoli, Toronto
Bear’s Den - Friday, May 24 @ the Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto