Posts Tagged ‘ontario’

Man meets Bear

September 4th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Ontario-based experimental-folk-naturalist project Man meets Bear released its latest album this week, the wonderful, impressionistic I Want to Be a Gallant Rider Like My Father Was Before Me. Gallant Rider…‘s songs take the form of ambient, meditative soundscapes. The album showcases a change of focus, but not a change of sound for project mastermind Soren Brothers, as Gallant Rider… continues to haunt the same primeval psychic space he explored on previous albums, but without much approaching pop song formats.

You’ll Never Get To Heaven

April 16th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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London, Ontario airy dream-poppers You’ll Never Get To Heaven put out this incredible little Adorn casette EP last month and I didn’t even know. Luckily I caught them while perusing Weird Canada the other day.

Kazoo! Fest: Day 2 (10/04/14)

April 11th, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments

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Unfortunately I missed the first day of Guelph’s charming Kazoo! Fest, but I got in yesterday (Thursday) to begin my coverage of the five-day-long (sort of) fest and so far it’s been fun.

The first event was a showcase for some video works, including one with a live score.

Taking place inside of the quaint St. Andrew’s Church, the showcase began with The Impermanence Of The Ordinary, a short film about photographer Patrick Cummins‘ work photographing Toronto’s houses and storefronts as they change over time. Cummins was present to introduce the film, which was an interesting look at, indeed, a very ordinary subject that, upon closer inspection, inspires some interesting thoughts about what the architecture of a city says about its history, culture and architecture as it changes over time. You can actually watch it in its entirety on Vimeo.

The second film of the night, and my favourite, was This Is Now Here, Toronto-based photographer and music video director Colin Medley‘s short film about the Sackville, New Brunswick music scene and its annual Stereophonic FestivalFeist once spoke in an interview about how one can only truly appreciate Canada if one sees the great empty spaces and small towns between the big cities. These words were already echoing in my head as I rode the bus from Toronto to Guelph, and this film fit in well with the idea. Indeed, there is something beautiful and romantic in the glimpses someone from the city gets of small town (or small city) life in the relatively empty spaces of the great white North. Medley’s film portrays Sackville as this tiny, snowy little town in the lonesome Maritime where a bunch of University kids get together and make really cool music in small, intimate spaces. Huddled together in badly lit rooms, toques and scarves still on, the kids in the video appeared to truly have a secret but wonderful little scene of interesting and inspired noisemakers. Visually touching, with a perfectly restrained ambient score by Mike Smith, Medley’s film is a snow-covered gem of beautiful Canadiana. Luckily, it’s also streaming in its entirety on Vimeo.

The last work of the event was called Foster and was an experimental video soundtracked by a live band. Admittedly, the video itself was not all that impressive, as it largely consisted of random stuttering footage of ordinary thing (walls, basements, people), a hick-ish seeming Canadian, and kaleidoscopic effects. Maybe it was meant to be some kind of Gummo-esque look at a small town Canadian guy – I’m not really sure. The live band, however, was excellent, ably providing a phenomenal post-rock score with different sections and shifting rhythms (pounded out by two drummers) to compliment the segments of the video.

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Next stop was eBar, where a couple bands provided the rest of the night’s festival entertainment. I’m sorry to say I was kind of bored by the theatrics of The Medicine Hat and The Furys, who simply didn’t provide the strong songs to justify their powerful stages presences. Long-running, long-beloved Halifax indie-garage drums-guitar duo Cousins closed the night with a lot less people onstage, but a lot more hooks, power, and mosh-age.

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Permanent Vacation

April 8th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Pretty sounds abound in this track from Dundas, Ontario dream-pop types Permanent Vacation.

Man meets Bear

March 15th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Sometimes you get cool stuff in the emails; their bandcamp says Kitchener but the email said Toronto, so I guess it’s at least safe to assume that the weird folkies in Man meets Bear live somewhere in Southern Ontario. Disregarding all information, I’m going to imagine their living quarters to be a magical cave behind a waterfall cuz that just fits. They made a really cool album. You’ll get what I’m saying.