Five Questions With Lee Watson

Elora, ON based folk artist, Lee Watson will be releasing his self-titled album on May 19, 2017 via Dead Radio, Love which is run by the artistic directors of Riverfest Elora. In advance of the album release, we were happy to have a brief chat with Lee for this segment of Five Questions With.  Enjoy! […]

Review – Sebastian Owl

Album: From The Ashes Release date: April 4, 2017 Download Genre: Rock/Folk Earthy, unedited, and energetic, Manitoba-based band Sebastian Owl are hitting home with their 9-track album, From The Ashes. Folk at their roots, the group draws inspiration from Blues and Country, blending it together in a myriad of jazzy instrumentals and harmony-rich choruses. Lulling […]

Laura Marling at Danforth Music Hall

Canadian Beats Passport – Show Review – Laura Marling and Valley Queen

Who: Laura Marling, Valley Queen When: May 10, 2017 Where: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto Words by Dave Pihlaja, edited by Janine Wong The stage and equipment were decorated with flowers, looking more akin to a wedding reception than a concert venue when Laura Marling and her band took to the stage. Opening the night was Valley […]

Canadian Beats Passport – Photo Review – Father John Misty

When: May 5, 2017 Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre Where: Toronto, Ontario The prince of snark himself, Father John Misty brought his sold out Pure Comedy tour to Toronto’s intimate Royal Alexandra Theatre for the first of two sold out shows on May 5th. The indie folk crooner delighted the full house playing the first 8 […]

Review – Mac DeMarco

Album: This Old Dog Release Date: May 5, 2017 Download Genre: Indie-Folk/ Rock The king of airy, indie-folk has made his triumphant return. But not in the way anyone expected. Mac DeMarco has gained a reputation as a bizarre, fun, sincere alternative to anything the Canadian music scene had ever seen. His past projects have achieved […]

Review – Streetlight Social

Album – Blood From Stone Release Date – May 5, 2017 Download Genre – Folk, Roots, Rock Whether it was their intention or not, listening to Streetlight Social’s newest edition brought me back to my trip to Ireland last year and it’s every bit of amazing. Now I know that was probably not their intention, […]

Photo Review – Gabrielle Papillon and Mary Stewart

Who: Gabrielle Papillon, Mary Stewart Venue: Burdock Where: Toronto, ON East coast singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon played an early show at the Burdock on May 3, 2017. Opening up for Papillon was friend and former maritimer, Mary Stewart, who played songs about her landlord stealing her boyfriend and working at a bakery. Papillon played a lot of new material from […]