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THE ALARM: WORLD TOUR 2018 @ Horseshoe Tavern (Nov 15, 2018)

Image: Donald Lem + U360M It has been over 33-years since The Alarm last visited Toronto. After the original Lee’s Palace date was postponed in July, the faithful “Alarm Army” stood fast, lined up at the new venue, the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.   Not discouraged by the wet, cold snowy November night, the well-behaved (you’d be […]

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STEVE HARRIS’ BRITISH LION: WORLD TOUR 2018 w. CONEY HATCH @ The Great Hall (Nov 1, 2018)

Nice to know that after 35 years, relationships can still thrive between bands, bandmates and the audience itself. Last time both bands appeared together was in the summer of 1983 when the headliner Iron Maiden debut a new lead singer by the name of Bruce Dickinson at Canada’s Wonderland’s Kingswood Theatre. Touring as the support […]

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PHIL COLLINS: NOT DEAD YET LIVE @ Scotiabank Arena (Oct 11, 2018)

A rare appearance by pop music icon Phil Collins in Toronto aptly titled as “Not Dead Yet Live” graced the newly minted Scotiabank Arena (formerly the Air Canda Centre).       Mining an enormous music catalogue must’ve been an arduous task for Collins, wisely he chose a few Genesis memories for the faithful, including “Missed […]

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SIMPLE MINDS: WALK BETWEEN WORLDS TOUR @ Sony Centre (Sept 30, 2018)

It took well over a decade for Simple Minds to remind itself of its love affair with Toronto when they last visited a packed, sold-out show at Massey Hall a few years ago. Reminiscing of many who attended Kingswood Theatre (Canada’s Wonderland) over 30 years ago that the love affair began on a hot summer […]

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NEW ORDER – North American Live 2018 @ Budweiser Stage (Aug 30, 2018)

Industrial bleak sombre synths, lifted by rhythmic machine-like drum beats that cut through the bleakness of sad, disparaging vocals. New Order resonated with the many awkward of age to its vanguard, fringe-like depressing, but joyful melodies. While others superficially enjoyed the dance-like qualities of its time. Visiting Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, it was another opportunity for […]

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD: LAST OF THE STREET SURVIVORS FAREWELL TOUR w. ZZ TOP, 38 SPECIAL & BLACKFOOT @ Budweiser Stage (Aug 11, 2018)

“I love people, I love black people, I love gay people, I’m a left-wing liberal hippie…” Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow (2018) Much to the chagrin of a few wearing “God, Guns & Trump” t-shirts, during intermissions, Showtime previewed their latest documentary Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow to the hardcore southern rock faithful. Demonstrating […]

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ERASURE | World Be Gone Tour @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (July 24, 2018)

Synthpop vanguardist duo Erasure visited Toronto, promoting their latest release with their worldwide “World Be Gone Tour”. Openers Reed and Caroline introduced themselves to the Erasure faithful with a quirky New Wave set. A perfect reflection of suburbia isolation, blight emptiness, depressing lonely subdivisional sadness, for many adolescent basement dwellers  to relate. Reed and Caroline made […]

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Todd Rundgren’s UTOPIA @ Massey Hall (May 16, 2018)

Influential musician Todd Rundgren, prodigious author of seminal 70’s albums, Something / Anything?  and A Wizard, a True Star, produced a stunning body of work at his young age. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, multimedia innovator, Rundgren has a long list of admirers — including the legendary Prince. Rundgren’s Utopia evolved from his back up […]

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CMW 2018: The First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit @ The Rec Room (May 9)

Music information guru Alan Cross hosted The First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit, with notable vinyl aficionados Ivar Hamilton (VP Catalogue Universal Music Canada) and Akim Boldrieff (co-founder of the Toronto Downtown Records Show and Sonic Temple).   With sales of new vinyl in Canada up over 50% from last year, along with the traffic in used […]

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IRON MAIDEN: The Book of Souls World Tour @Air Canada Centre (April 3, 2016)

Words+Video: HUMsandy     The gripping last gasp of an arctic polar vortex held Toronto hostage until the screams of Iron Maiden‘s Boeing 747 “Ed Force One” shredded the last vestiges of ice and snow — Eddie had finally arrived and none would deny his metal glory! Not just “Eddie” had decided to land in Toronto, Maiden have such a rabid […]

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