Photo: Morgan Hotson/Aesthetic Magazine
Photo: Morgan Hotson/Aesthetic Magazine
A Great Big World bring a storm every time they come to Toronto. No joke. After their show at the Mod club on March 3rd was cancelled due to the biggest snowstorm of the entire year, A Great Big World brought the storm back to the Opera House on April 4th. Thankfully, this time the storm was inside, and a lot less dangerous.
After four years of having Matt Corby at the top of my bands to see list, I knew it was going to be difficult to have my expectations reached. That being said, when I saw Matt Corby on January 29th, my hopes were not only met but absolutely shattered by his mind blowing performance. When Matt walked on stage at the Pheonix Concert Theatre he was met by a deafening roar of adoring fans who had been waiting years to catch what was his first ever Canadian show. Instead of going straight into song, he silenced the sold out crowd, thanking us for coming and saying apologetically that he would be playing some new songs tonight (as though we didn’t come hoping to catch a preview of his long awaited debut album, Telluric!)
It’s hard to find something truly unique and exciting in this world of live music, but from the moment you enter a Robert DeLong concert it’s obvious that what you’ve found is delightfully one of a kind. As soon as you see Robert DeLong’s gear set up you know you’re in for a great time. With everything from Wii remotes, game pads, and joy sticks, to an assortment of percussion (including a full drum kit and a keyboard) it seems like too much to handle for a single person. However, for Robert DeLong there’s barely enough space on stage to contain his non-stop energy, bouncing around with the mesmerizing confidence of someone who has complete control of the situation.
If you are planning to see Twenty One Pilots live in concert you might be in for a few surprises. When my friends and I arrived at the Sound Academy in Toronto on September 13th, six hours before the gates opened, the first surprise was disappointing. Even with our early arrival (and 2 hour car ride to get there), the size of the line was astounding. There were four tents set up by the doors, and with at the very least a hundred people in front of us, it seemed as though every Twenty One Pilots fan was just as dedicated and passionate as the next in line.
Since my parents are artisans who sell their tye die clothing and visual art (yes, they are hippies in denial) at festivals and craft shows, live music has been a part of my life since before I could walk, let alone dance (Some may argue that the latter is still a work in progress). Consistently over the years the Summerfolk festival has been one the most memorable and enjoyable experiences in the summer. This year was no exception as once again I saw old favorites and discovered new bands through incredible live sets. Here are my 6 favorite moments from Summerfolk’s 40th anniversary:
Every year since I was 5 years old I’ve looked forward to attending the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia. The reasons for excitement used to be different: back then it was all about the face painting and crafts in the kids’ area. Now it’s because, well, there are 50 bands on 11 stages over three days and there is always at least one show that absolutely blows my mind. What’s not to love?
Do you want to come home sore after a night of dancing and screaming along to a collection of incredible songs? Do you want a mind blowing light show and energy so high you don’t think a single room can contain it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you want an Awolnation concert. If you answered no, you don’t know it yet, but you want an Awolnation concert. Two days after Awolnation rocked the Sound Academy in Toronto, my feet still hurt, my arms are bruised from fist pumping into the barrier at the front, and post concert depression (which is a real thing) is at an all time high. Here’s what went down: