Category Archives: Music Reviews

November 10

Canadian Hip Hop Artist Rawmny Wildcat Lays Foundation for His “Legacy”

Canadian hip hop artist Rawmny Wildcat is laying the groundwork for his “Legacy” — releasing the first single off his forthcoming LP of the same name, available now. The bright chord riffs on “Legacy” bring the track back to an 80s, near-vintage sound while carrying elements from the current state of trap. Produced alongside Nabil […]

November 08

Myles Goodwyn@Hugh’s Room Live-Mon.,Nov.4th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Oh, what a night. When a band warms up the tubes doing SRV’s Scuttle Buttin they have my attention, because you’ve got to have chops to pull that off. The guitar work of Warren Robert’s was just amazing as was the keyboard artistry of Ross Ballard. Combine that with the tight rhythm […]

November 05

Canadian Jazz Artist Blaine Sharp Takes New Release “Wanderlust” to Heart; Toronto Promo Tour Oct 14-25

The dictionary defines ‘wanderlust’ as the ‘strong desire to travel,’ and nothing could be truer — both figuratively and literally — for Canadian jazz artist Blaine Sharp and his debut album and single of the same name.  “I’ve always loved the word,” the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and actor says. “There’s something about it that […]

November 01

Canadian World/Latin Party Band MAZACOTE Switch Gears, Sing of Resistance & Perseverance in NEW Single — “Pueblo”

VANCOUVER — October 25, 2019 — Canadian hard-hitting World/Latin party band Mazacote switch gears, singing an impassioned tune of resistance and perseverance in today’s new single, “Pueblo”  — the official video for which drops in November. The track lands amongst Patria — the band’s third album, available now — via Justin Time / Nettwerk. NEW Album Patria — AVAILABLE TODAY! […]

October 15

Sultans of String release “I Am A Refugee” single and video with Somali Refugee Poet and Multimedia Artist Ifrah Mansour

“It seems that Sultans of String can’t get out of bed at the moment without finding themselves nominated for one award or another… In a word: Magnificent!” — Rock n’ Reel Magazine “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn… The very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules!” — Maverick […]

October 14

Canadians Daniel Tate & GRAMMY Award-Winning Rob Bowman Unleash Stunning Time Capsule of Toronto’s Most Iconic Concert Moments

The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History Features Foreword by Geddy Lee, Brings Mass-Followed Instagram Account to Life Available October 26, 2019 through Dundurn. First it was an Instagram must-follow, now it’s a book! From Duke Ellington to David Bowie to Daft Punk, Toronto has played host to many music legends, making its […]

October 01

The 18th Annual Little World Music Festival With-Teto Preto@Revival Bar-Sun.,Sept.28th,2019

Photography By A.J.Lam & Wayne Baggs At the Revival Bar as part of the 18th Annual Little World Music Festival, Teto Preto dished up a challenge to moral complacency. The music and performance of Teto Preto is a political tour de force soundtrack of Sao Paulo Brazil’s dystopian climate. Teto Preto is a collaboration between […]

September 29

Madison Violet@Hugh’s Room Live-Thursday, September 26, 2019

By Wayne Baggs Madison Violet’s music and performance will give you goose bumps. The depth of the lyric content combined with the emotionally stunning harmonizing can bring tears if you’re not careful. I observed a few. Hugh’s Room Live setting only enhances that feeling. This isn’t the sugary boohoo broken heart sap. There is a […]

September 27

CANDYRAT GUITAR NIGHT WITH LUCA STRICAGNOLI AND GARETH PEARSON @HUGH’S ROOM LIVE-Sat.,Sept.21st,2019

By Wayne Baggs If you’re unfamiliar with the names Gareth Pearson or Luca Stricagnoli, then where have you been? Millions of YouTube views to their credit, I know you know them. Both own offensively tasteful chord inversions and innovative styles. Lead guitar mesmerisingly winding its way effortlessly from Chet to Django and Lenny Breau, they […]

September 23

Sue Foley@Hugh’s Room-Mon., Sept.9th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Like all great Blues players, Ottawa native, Sue Foley honours the greats of the blues history. Such as Willie Dixon, Albert Collins and Mother Maybelle Carter. With her trademark Paisley Pink Telecaster, Sue has the well-honed skills and feeling to do that. Sue’s unique thumb-finger picking style gets every bit of feeling from […]

September 23

Kensington Market Jazz Festival. Sept. 13,14&15,2019

By Wayne Baggs Molly Johnson knows how to throw a party. Great musicians playing great music in one of the best settings of Toronto. What a great place to hang out for a weekend of jazz. Kensington Market in the middle of September is alive. From intimate piano solos at Tom’s Place to full out […]

September 23

HANGGAI@Revival Bar-Thurs.,Sept.19th,2019

By Wayne Baggs On Thursday, September 19th, Small World Music Society -http://smallworldmusic.com/ – brought Hanggai 杭盖 (China) to the Revival Bar. They exposed me to a unique live music experience. Hanggai is a Beijing based band that creatively blends traditional Mongolian music with contemporary rock. The music and performances are very compelling. My lack of […]

September 12

SNARKY PUPPY @THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th,2019

By Wayne Baggs A great concert. The busiest stage I’ve seen in a while. As you can see not a clear shot anywhere. Like Jazz Fusion? Love music fusion?, or whatever you want to call it, if you don’t have a degree to play it. Then this was the place to be. Tight, loose and […]

September 08

Indie Alt Artist Little Coyote Targets Toxicity in New Single, “Dig Up My Grave”

Relationships come in all kinds and contexts, but that doesn’t mean they don’t mostly hurt when they come to an end. So goes the theme in Toronto-based indie alt pop singer/songwriter Little Coyote and her newest single, “Dig Up My Grave” — available now. “It’s about four different breakups,” she explains of the track and […]

August 31

Bruce Cockburn Showcases His Guitar Technique On New Instrumental Album, CROWING IGNITES, Release Date:Fri.,September 20th, 2019

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Bruce Cockburn showcases his guitar technique on new instrumental album, Crowing Ignites, coming September 20, 2019 on True North Records, supported by 40+ date North American Tour; Releases First Single “Blind Willie” True North Records announces a September 20 world-wide release date for Crowing Ignites, the new all-instrumental CD from legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce […]