Category Archives: Music Reviews

April 06

ZIGGY MARLEY TO RELEASE SEVENTH SOLO STUDIO ALBUM, REBELLION RISES MAY 18th, VIA TUFF GONG WORLDWIDE

Los Angeles, CA (Wednesday, April 4th) – Eight-time GRAMMY® award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide.  Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. “The rebellion begins in […]

April 01

Ian Thomas@Hugh’s Room Live-Sat.,March 31st,2018

Story Teller, Comedian and of course Iconic Musican, is what his fans describe Ian Thomas. We were invited to his intimate concert at Hugh’s Room Live on Saturday night. “Painted Ladies” was an international hit in 1973 and over the years he has acquired a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right […]

March 15

Canadian jazz/pop singer/songwriter Jordana Talsky and her rise up the ranks in CBCMusic.ca’s 2018 SEARCHLIGHT competition!Winner Announcement on Mon.,March 19th,2018

Out of 100 artists to make the initial cut, Jordana and her quirky, harmony-propelled a cappella hit “Run” has landed in the Top 10, and is one of just five homegrown talents to be hand-picked by CBC’s judges and the only jazz entry remaining. Watch the video for “Run” on YouTube. A dazzling fixture in […]

March 05

Angelique Kidjo In Concert@The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall-Saturday,March 3rd,2018

Images by-Lisa Sakulensky.  Words by A.J.Lam Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo, tweeted on International Jazz Day “Music has no nationality, no boundary, no color #Jazz belongs to you as much as it belongs to me. It’s a form of expression that’s all about freedom. Music is the ultimate weapon of peace for […]

March 04

Nordic Light Concert @ Metropolitan United Church, Toronto (Sat. Feb. 24, 2018)

By Kimberly Samnang   The Nordic Light Gala Concert at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto on Saturday, February 24 featured the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and That Choir, in a concert dedicated entirely to the music of Ēriks Ešenvalds, conducted by Robert Cooper, Craig Pike and the composer himself. The performance centerpiece was the Canadian premiere of Nordic […]

February 16

21C MUSIC FESTIVAL -2018-5th Anniversary-Wed.,May23rd-Sun.,May27th,2018

  21C MUSIC FESTIVAL A FESTIVAL OF NEWLY-MINTED MUSIC BY THE WORLD’S FOREMOST STARS OF INDEPENDENT MUSICAL THINKING AND INNOVATION 8 CONCERTS. 5 DAYS. 37 PREMIERES! Musicians Kronos Quartet Jherek Bischoff Anthony de Mare A Far Cry Simone Dinnerstein Dinuk Wijeratne Kinan Azmeh Maarja Nuut Hendrik Kaljujärv Vox Clamantis Katia and Marielle Labèque New Music […]

February 08

Imagine Dragons @ the Armory (Thu. Feb. 1, 2018)

Photography by Leila Navidi Thursday night’s kick-off concert by Imagine Dragons at the Armory in the NFL-affiliated Nomadic Live series had two contrasting story lines: You had an old building being tested in new ways, and a still relatively new band that wasn’t tested all that much. Imagine Dragons played nearly an identical set to […]

February 07

Rolling Stone Live: Minneapolis – Featuring Migos (Fri. Feb. 2, 2018)

Photography by Adam Degross On Friday, February 2, 2018, Rolling Stone hosted one of the hottest events during the biggest weekend in sports – Rolling Stone Live: MINNEAPOLIS, with headlining performances by Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum supergroup Migos and additional special guests. This year’s event was presented by Mercedes-Benz and produced by Talent Resources Sports, a […]

December 10

ChAnGeR-Proposes he be the “Game-Changer!”

If hip-hop is a game, Hamilton-based hip hop artist ChAnGeR proposes he be the game-changer. Nominated for three 2017 Hip-Hop awards in the Beat Producer, Compilation and Single of the Year categories, ChAnGeR brings to the table a new sound and point of view. Once a single father at the age of 17, ChAnGeR writes […]

November 19

Luckystickz celebrates his new release November 28 at Lula Lounge (Toronto ON) before ringing in the new year December 31 at the Hamilton Convention Centre (Hamilton ON). STEEL PAN SAVANT & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER LUCKYSTICKZ SETS FORTH ON EVERY DAY BATTLE — AVAILABLE NOW!

Percussionists are born with a passion and rhythm so key to their being, and Canadian singer, songwriter, steel pan aficionado, and motivational speaker Luckystickz is absolutely no exception to this rule. Dejehan Hamilton as Luckystickz is an awesome interview; between his experience at Boston’s alumni-heavyweight Berklee College of Music as the very first Canadian steel […]

October 31

Guns N’ Roses@A.C.C.-Sun.,Oct.29th,2017

Staring in 1985, Guns N’ Roses paid no apology to their attitude into the Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction – the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. GNR returned to Toronto for a 30+ […]

October 10

CAROL WELSMAN IS BACK WITH SOMETHING JUST ‘FOR YOU’ HER FIRST CROWD-SOURCED RELEASE

6-TIME JUNO NOMINEE CAROL WELSMAN IS BACK WITH SOMETHING JUST ‘FOR YOU’ HER FIRST CROWD-SOURCED RELEASE In what became a direct and engaged conversation with her fans, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman leveraged the unique power of social media and her tight-knit community to crowd-source what songs are included in her newest […]

September 22

Ori Dagan Awarded Silver Medal Win in Global Music Awards

From Eric Alper Wanted to drop a note and share how thrilled we are to announce Toronto jazz singer songwriter Ori Dagan’s recent silver medal win for “Outstanding Achievement” in the Best Album category at the recent Global Music Awards! This is just the latest news for Dagan as he works away at his mission… […]

September 17

Hollywood North”TIFF 2017″@BRASSAII-Thurs.,Sept.14th,2017

By A.J.Lam Brassaii was the filled-to-capacity stage for the 3rd Edition of the TIFF Hollywood North VIP Party where the best Canadian talent from acting, music, and athletics, such as Juno Award winners Sean Jones and Choclair, Raptors Lucas Nogueira and Bruno Caboclo partied under the late summer skies. The red carpet was cheerfully patrolled […]

September 15

b.d. Gottfried’s recent release, “Through The Dog’s Eyes”

b.d. Gottfried’s recent release, “Through The Dog’s Eyes” — out this past summer — for potential consideration in any upcoming year-end reviews, lists, or compilations. “I’ve played in empty bars. I’ve played to crowds of 50,000. I’ve played with rock royalty, and played with others that should have been. I’ve played with the Devil,” says […]