Category Archives: Music Reviews

July 18

Guitar Week With Colin Linden@Hugh’s Room-Mon.,July 15th, 2019

By Wayne Baggs One of Toronto’s most significant music exports comes home for a one-off gig at Hugh’s Room Live as part of guitar week. Joined by his old buddies John Dymond on bass and drummer Gary Craig, Colin does what Colin always does. A great setlist of music spanning decades and honouring pieces of […]

July 18

Guitar Week 2 – Hurricane Ruth with Scott Holt@Hugh’s Room-Sun.,July 14th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Good old ballsy blues belted out by Hurricane Ruth was offered up at Hugh’s Room Live for Week Two of Guitar Week. Scott Holt is the guitar connection. Born and bred in Tennesse, Scott plays with a spiritual loudness honed from a ten-year stint with Buddy Guy. Looks great on paper! BLUES, […]

July 17

Fingerstyle Guitarists: Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Van Larkins@Hugh’s Room-Sat.,July 13th,2019

By Wayne Baggs I was supposed to be at the Roxodus Fest watching Kid Rock and Alice Cooper. Instead, I found myself at Hugh’s Room Live for the first night of Guitar Week. Sometimes you end up with something the total opposite, leaving a lasting impression. Instead of loud rock and thousands of screaming fans, […]

July 16

TD Markham Jazz Festival Announces Headliners – JUNO Winners Michael Kaeshammer, Alison Young & Brandi Disterheft

TD Markham Jazz Festival have announced this year’s headlining acts set to perform among the 30+ free concerts across three stages this August 16th, 17th, and 18th.  Fresh off her debut and JUNO Award-winning album win for So Here We Are, Alison Young will headline the Millennium Bandstand Friday, August 16th at 7:30pm, ahead of LowDown […]

July 16

Toronto’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival Returns for Fourth Year – Sep. 13-15, 2019

Toronto’s acclaimed Kensington Market Jazz Festival will continue its annual tradition, showcasing hundreds of Canadian musicians this September 13th, 14th, and 15th.  Celebrating its fourth year in a row, the three-day event will feature more than 300 Canadian jazz musicians with over 100 JUNO Awards to their names, from across the country in some 150 […]

July 14

ANDY KIM CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE ARCHIES, “SUGAR, SUGAR”

BILLBOARD’S RECORD OF THE YEAR HITS 300 MILLION STREAMS ON YOUTUBE AND SPOTIFY Let’s talk about 1969 – 50 years ago – for a moment – The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records, First Concorde test flight is conducted In France, Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome […]

July 14

B.C. Singer/Songwriter Bree Whitworth Visits Love & Loss in New Album, Siren Songs

Canadian singer/songwriter Bree Whitworth has released her second single off this summer’s forthcoming EP Siren Songs; described as “atmospheric” and “beautifully written,” “Don’t Let Me Go” is available now. “It all started with a broken heart…” the Kelowna/Vancouver artist muses bittersweetly. “But isn’t that how every great love song begins?” Self-admittedly “obsessed” with music for […]

July 14

Tamara Maddalen’s Album Listening Party & Live Performance @B-Town Sound In Burlington-Thursday, July 4th,2019

By Wayne Baggs With great pleasure, I attended the CD listening party for Mint Green Mercury, the latest release from Singer-songwriter Tamara Maddalen. The title is an homage to the first car her father bought. This Cd is a lifetime of experiences graciously written to put some of life’s emotional roller coaster ride to a […]

July 12

Canadians Sleepcircle Amp Up on the Alt. Heavy Rock for Sophomore Release

VANCOUVER — June 27, 2019 — Canadian heavy alt rock and grunge outfit Sleepcircle have delivered their sophomore release, From the Heavens, Through the Window — available now.  Recorded at Rain City Recorders with producer Matt Roach, the 10-track release deftly displays the British Columbia-based five-piece band’s unmistakably signature sound, while paying fitting homage to the […]

July 11

Troy Fernandes Releases NEW Soca / House / Pop Single “DARLING” for the Summer

Troy Fernandes shares his infectious influences of World’s Calypso, Soca, Chutney with Dance and Pop in what’s certain to be the singer’s song of the summer, “DARLING” — available now!  Based in Montreal, “DARLING” is the latest sonic celebration of Fernandes’ Trinidadian and Portuguese roots.  “It’s about the relationship a ‘street dude’ has with the […]

July 02

Award winning and JUNO-nominated Jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick celebrates the release of her newest album, Fine State – available now!

The album sees Bambrick moving in some new musical directions, with a more Pop-influenced Jazz sound, featuring strong Canadian content, and original material. ““(It’s) more of a departure from the traditional sort of records I’ve made in the past,” she says. “This project brings together more of the things that inspire me overall, not just […]

July 01

THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR:YES,ASIA,JOHN LODGE(MOODY BLUES)&CARL PALMER’S-E.L.P. LEGACY@BUDWEISER THEATRE-MON.,JUNE 24th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Yes, Asia, John Lodge (Moody Blues), And Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy is an all-star prog rock line up. The royalty you might say! Beginning the night with a set from Carl Palmer, the ELP banner is carried proudly. Starting with Karn Evil 9 provided an interesting take on ELP’s music with guitarist […]

July 01

TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL-JUNE 21st-JUNE 30th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Great Venues, great weather, and top jazz players from locally and around the world. What a great way to spend the week. The options for free outdoor shows were plenty. The venues, being located within a comfortable walking distance of each other, made planning a day of great outdoor music easy. The […]

June 29

Canadian Rockers Iron Age Mystics Get Political in Debut New Single “Save It For The Revolution” – Available TODAY

Canadian melodic hard rockers Iron Age Mystics say “Save It For The Revolution” in their newest single off this year’s politically stirring album, Pride Before The Fall — available now! The Toronto-based rockers continue to hit creative pay dirt with not one, two or three rad reactions for their debut release, but four. The first? […]

June 29

Canadian Afro-Pop RnB Artist Releases New Album TÖMESROOM and Single, “Kickback” – Available Now

“I am enough. I am TÖME.” These powerful words introduce more than just the self-fulfilling definition of Canadian artist Michelle Oluwatomi Akanbi aka Tome’s middle name; they also introduce a movement she’s reverberating throughout her newest album, TÖMESROOM — available now. “I am unapologetic in this project,” she says of the EP and tabling topics […]