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Electronic Nation Canada is thrilled to announce that Tiësto, ‘The Greatest DJ of All Time’ as voted by Mixmag in 2011, will headline the second annual Digital Dreams Music Festival set to take place at The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Ontario Place) on Canada Day weekend, June 29th & 30th, 2013. Along with Tiësto, Canadian techno pioneer Richie Hawtin will be returning to headline the tech inspired second main stage at Echo Beach. Digital Dreams Music Festival is one of the most highly anticipated festivals of 2013 and with a star studded lineup ready to be announced, it could be the biggest electronic music festival Canada has ever seen.
More information will be released soon, but for now grab an early bird ticket before the prices go up!
Pre-sale Tickets – $79.00 + taxes and service fees – SOLD OUT
Early Bird Tickets – $99.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 1 General Admissions Tickets – $129.00 + taxes and service fees
Tier 2 General Admissions Tickets -$149.00 + taxes and service fees
Early Bird VIP Tickets – $199.00 + taxes and service fees
Regular Priced VIP Tickets – $249.00 + taxes and service fees
First of all, I know I’m a horrible blogger for barely posting anything in the past month. But what can I say? I was super busy from hearing all these crazy festivals hitting Toronto this summer! I hope my readers will be stopping by to this beautiful (and crazy) city to check out the numerous concerts that are brought to you by fellow music promoters.
Within just one month, four major new festivals were announced through social networks with some of the biggest international DJ’s and Producers headlining it. Toronto is used to having to accommodate weekly EDM events throughout the city, but having a two day, 12 hour festival featuring various genres of the EDM community? Never. That’s why I’m more excited than ever to be living in Toronto this summer to experience all four hometown shows, I hope all of you have the same opportunity as well.
To celebrate these announcements and welcoming, as well as promoting international to local DJ’s, I have compiled a list of mix tapes of DJ’s that will be hitting Toronto this summer. Because believe it or not, this summer will be all about the EDM Festivals.
Enjoy these mix tapes, it will keep you hyped until you see these guys live!
Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I’ve just been swarmed with shows! But luckily for the readers here, I’ve recorded them all on video. I must say my favourite performance was probably Sleigh Bells, they definitely performed the best. I’m hoping to do more concert coverage this summer for all the Room-Noise readers. So far I’m taking the month of June off from shows to hopefully blog more and do some more research. Currently I’m in the process of getting a press pass for Osheaga, it would be amazing for me to be able to take my DSLR to record some of the performances for those who won’t be able to go this year! If you have the money and the chance to go to Osheaga, I highly suggest doing it. The line-up this year is quite insane. Death From Above 1979 is my number one reason at the moment. More info will come when the date comes closer, I might do a daily blog or a vlog of my journey to Montreal with my close friends. So for now, enjoy my review, comments and thoughts of the past three days.
My week began with Donald Glover/Childish Gambino at The Opera House, he started the night with a 25-30 minute set with his stand up comedy and a digital short featuring a member from LCD Soundsystem (don’t remember who because I was too short to see the screen). Afterwards he had his live band come up and Donald opened up his set with Freaks and Geeks. Let’s just say that I was really surprised at how well his live band performed, they had put so much energy into playing their part which sadly over powered Glover’s vocals. Otherwise, everyone at the show was clearly a die hard fan since I paid only $20 for my ticket, but there were people in the room who definitely paid more than $200. Overall, the show was a bit overhyped, he did a great show but it was, in lack of a better slang/word “aight”.
The next day, I missioned to The Sound Academy in the absolute crappy weather to see Princeton, Sleigh Bells and CSS. A great lineup (except for Princeton – sort of random) to be honest, I was actually really surprised that there was barely anyone when I arrived at the venue but by the time Sleigh Bells opened up with Iron Man by Ozzy, the crowd went insane. The band then appeared and the song slowly transitioned to Crown on the Ground. Their entire set was around 40-45 minutes long and I could tell the duo put in a lot of effort into their performance. My favourite part about the show was probably the lighting and the set behind them. Despite most of their music was probably air played over the speakers and not actually playing the music 100% live, it was the fans that really made it good.
I probably waited for over 30 minutes for CSS to get on stage and it was definitely worth the wait. I’ve been a huge fan of this band, but I was actually really disappointed on their setlist and also Lovefoxxx’s vocals. I could barely hear her the entire time, nevertheless, she made it up with her crazy energy and her endless stripping! I also loved the fact that she wore a RATATAT t-shirt the entire time, really makes it work. This was probably my second favourite performance since I had the chance to see the band upfront and I could tell everyone in the band was having a great time, they were smiling non-stop and trying to get the crowd to dance. CSS will be returning to Toronto in October.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE:
I had the chance to see Death Cab For Cutie with The Edge Intern Army. I spent four hours talking to the crowd who were lining up for the show, and let’s just say they were ALL die hard fans. DCFC hasn’t been in Toronto since 2008 I believe and tickets to this show were $50 at The Phoenix. There were fans who weren’t able to get tickets and they waited outside in the rain until the venue was nice enough to let them in. When I saw the band perform, my first thought was, what was Chris Walla playing? But also.. why was the drum set in the back corner of the stage? Those small set ups usually isn’t a concern to fans but it was just distracting for me. As for the set, the band played over 19 tracks and then an encore of 4 songs, ending with Transatlanticism. I will be seeing DCFC again in July in Osheaga, I can’t wait to compare the two shows in two completely different settings. I’m not a HUGE fan of the band, but I could tell that they were so grateful of their fans.
Marina and the Diamonds is an indie pop band fronted by Welsh singer Marina Diamandis. Formed in 2007, Marina’s debut album, The Family Jewels, has received various praises from publications such as BBC Music and NME. Marina describes her image as “vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon”, and draws inspiration from a range of artists, including PJ Harvey and Dolly Parton.
“I fucking love you, Marina!”
They’re the first coherent words shouted from the crowd as Marina graces the stage at around half past nine in Toronto’s Opera House. While the crowd cheers away, the overly enthusiastic fan is only a few feet from my right, writhing in what appears to be orgiastic bliss. His girlfriend stands behind him, slightly embarrassed. The object of his obsession, decked in bright Ray-Bans, and black pajamas scattered with florescent pink hearts, smiles demurely and giggles from the stage.
This description pretty much sets the mood for the entirety of the concert. Marina, from the very start, is the centre of the crowd’s attention. While some of it may have to do with the solemnity that’s often apparent as she belts out her tunes (not unlike Lady Gaga’s deep and utter respect for the undying art that is pop), it is her sweet and playful persona that easily makes her an audience darling. Using props (including two glowing florescent hearts during her performance of I Am Not A Robot) and her own infectious enthusiasm, Marina very clearly tries to make up for an economic but basic stage set-up.
However lacking the aesthetic aspect of the show, the music is in top form. As an avid listener to the debut album, it’s kind of eerie how very studio the music sounds. Kicking off with The Outsider, the rest of the show revels in the same pop-alternative genre reminiscent of other British exports such as Mika and Lily Allen, with a foundation in a definitive eighties synth. Marina’s own warbling vocals sounds like it’s straight off the CD, delighting us fans with a piano rendition of Obsessions in her familiar style. In an escape for the normally hectic beat of her songs, Marina slowed down the last song of 3OH!3’s Starstrukk, making the chorus sound even more ridiculous as it does in its’ regular tempo. Though Marina and her band mates leave the stage, not two minutes later they return, for their, in my opinion, most sought after single, Mowgli’s Road. The crowd goes wild.
Though scarcity on stage values is a reality for all fledgling bands, there’s enough energy from the lead singer to forget the need for theatrics. Though always great on the IPod, Marina’s tunes are made to be played in a hall with eager fans and endless fervor.
The guy to my right would agree.
- Steph Lauren
Shampain – Marina and the Diamonds [MP3]:
CANADIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Starting today all across the Greater Toronto Area begins one of the city’s best music festival. Therefore, it is only suitable that I promote some of the following events that I will be attending and some that I wish I attended. All of these are local DJ’s and some of them will be appearing in my documentary. I hope everyone has a great week in the city of Toronto. And for those who aren’t in the city, you should come one day to check things out. Things are going to get crazy here.
EVENTS: Click on the event for more information
Wednesday, March 10th:
Nadastrom at Cobra w/ GG, Nasty Nav, & Jedi – CMW party 4 am last call
Thursday, March 11th:
Keys N Krates, Donnis, Grandtheft & Piper Davis – CMW @ Wrongbar
Saturday, March 12th:
DMT, John Roman, Harvard Bass & Wolfgang Gartner – The Faktory & CMW @ The Social
I’m also throwing in some great tracks done by Golden Gloves. I did an interview with them two weeks ago, nicest guys out there. Definitely check out their MySpace.
Schlachthofbronx – Ayoba (Golden Gloves & Bordello Remix)
Popof – Shades (Golden Gloves Dubstep Bootleg)
Lil Mama – L.I.F.E. (Golden Gloves Remix)
They’ll be stopping in Toronto on January 6th, 2010! Tickets go on sale next Saturday (October 3rd) on Ticketmaster.ca
Nov. 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Nov. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Vegas Arena
Nov. 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Madalay Bay Events Center
Nov. 15 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Nov. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov. 18 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Nov. 19 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Nov. 24 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
Nov. 26 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Nov. 29 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Dec. 4 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Dec. 9 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Dec. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 12 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Dec. 13 – Norfolk, VA @ Scope
Dec. 16 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Dec. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Dec. 19 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
Dec. 20 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
Dec. 22 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
Dec. 26 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Dec. 30 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Jan. 3 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Jan. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 8 – Kanata, ON@ Scotiabank Place
Jan. 11 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jan. 14 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Jan. 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan. 19 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Jan. 21 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 22 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jan. 24 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
So I went to this year’s EdgeFest at Downsview Park in Toronto! The line -up this year was amazing so I couldn’t miss it. I went mainly for Metric but it was all worth it. Sadly it was raining that day and it was a bit cold, two summers ago I went to Vans Warped Tour and there was dirt EVERYWHERE. At EdgeFest…there was MUD everywhere. By the end of the night my shoes and pants were covered with mud.
I was pretty close to the main stage, so I got some decent pictures for you guys. So enjoy the remixes.
Similar Artists: The Waking Eyes, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Attack in Black, & John Plaskett.
They were the first band to play at EdgeFest and I gotta admit to you that they sound exactly like Sam Roberts. So if you like Sam Roberts definitely check out Arkells.
Here’s one of my favourite songs by them:
Similar Artists: The Dears, Sam Roberts, French Kicks, Ambulance LTD, Wintersleep, Longwave, Stellastarr*.
Second band, I love the stills their music sounds kinda like Keane to me. And it’s just a good band to listen to when you want to relax.
DEFINITELY Download this amazing remix by Mansion:
Similar Artists: K’naan, Sam Roberts, The Roots, Common, Mos Def, Zion I, Blackalicious
4 3 2 1 (Rock Steady Drew The Love Mix) – K-OS
Download Link: Here
Uptown Girrl (Herr Kaschkes Remix) – K-OS
Download Link: Here
Your English Is Good (K-OS Remix) – Tokyo Police Club
Download Link: Here
Similar Artists: Stars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Rilo Kiley.
Friggin’ love this band, I was so happy to see them live. They sounded perfect, like they were playing it right off their CD. I can’t even describe the feeling that i had when I finally saw them. Here are some pictures:
Help Im Alive (the Twelves Remix) – Metric
Download Link: Here
Help, Im Alive (Immuzikation B-ting Like a Hammer Remix) – Metric
Download Link: Here
Similar Artists: Dance Gavin Dance, Underoath, A Day to Remember, Funeral for a Friend, Emarosa, Thursday, Silverstein.
I can’t find any remixes with Alexisonfire but I’ll give you a link to their new song Young Cardinals.
Young Cardinals – Alexisonfire
DL Link: Here
Boiled Frogs – Alexisonfire
DL Link: Here
Similar Artists: Tiger Army, Son of Sam, Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio
I felt bad for them, so much shit was thrown at them during their stage time.
DL LINK: HERE
Site: Myspace.com/Billy Talent
Similar Artists: Pezz, Sum 41, Rise Against, Zebrahead, Green Day, Anti-Flag, The Offspring
I can’t find any really good remixes with Billy Talent and since I got a hold of their third album 2 months ago. I’ll leak three of my favourite songs from the Billy Talent III album which comes out on July 14th so remember to check it out!
Devil On My Shoulder – Billy Talent
DL LINK: HERE
Tears Into Wine – Billy Talent
DL LINK: HERE
Pocketful of Dreams – Billy Talent
DL LINK: HERE
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FEATURED ARTIST: TRV$DJAM
If you love mash-ups you should seriously download FIX YOUR FACE VOL. 2 – COACHELLA ’09. It’s worth it, I don’t know all the names of all the artists that are featured on it, but it won’t be disappointing.
*Track 1, 2, 7, 8, 13, 14 are my personal favourites, so definitely check those out first.
Check out this video performance of TRV$DJAM live at Coachella 2009 performing “Daft Punk (One More Time) Vs. Moby (Body Rock) Vs. We Are Rockstars (Does It Offend You, Yeah?)”. I wish I was there.
The album includes mash-ups with artists such as:
Body Rockers (I Like The Way You Move) Vs. The Beatles (Eleanor Rigby)
MGMT (Kids) Vs. —
— Vs. Justice (Phantom Pt. 1)
The Wiseguys (Ooh La La) Vs. Metallica (Enter Sandman)
Michael Jackson (Wanna Be Startin’ Something) Vs. The White Stripes (Seven Nation Army) Vs. Daft Punk (One More Time)
Moby (Body Rock) Vs. We Are Rockstars (Does It Offend You, Yeah?)
— Vs. Rage Against the Machine (Killing in the Name) Vs. Jay Z (My Name Is HOV)
Lil Jon (Snap Yo Fingers) Vs. Foo Fighters (Everlong)
Lil’ Jon & the Eastside Boyz (Throw it Up) Vs. Kid Cudi (Day N’ Nite)
Bloc Party (Banquet) Vs. Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody)
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD.