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If you thought The Glorious Sons were dad rock, you were wrong.

The band returns with the video for “Kill The Lights”, the first single off their upcoming sophomore album. You can definitely sense a switch to a more ~alternative~ sound with this track, so we’re excited to see what comes next.

Check out the new video below!

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Can’t Swim is a band we’ve been excited about since the day their EP dropped last February. We’ve patiently waited for news of their debut album, but we never could have foreseen the events of this morning.

First off, there’s the album. The band will be releasing their debut full length, Fail You Again, on March 10th through Pure Noise Records. We’ve already had a taste of what to come with the release of “Stranger” late last year, so we can’t wait to see what else-

Oh, wait. They released a new single today as well. How long until “We Won’t Sleep” is up on Spotify? Can’t wait to see the vi-

And there’s the video. Anything else you want to announce while you’re-

Can't Swim new member Andrea Morgan //
There’s officially a higher percentage of women in Can’t Swim than there are on the Reading & Leeds Festival lineup. In even more positive news, this new member does not come at the loss of another; original drummer Danny Rico has moved to guitar, while Andrea Morgan joins in her new role on the drums.

There’s nothing here that we aren’t excited about. Their 5 song EP still bangs one year after release without us getting sick of a single track, so we can’t wait to do it all again with a full album. Plus, from what we’ve heard so far… we’re in for something wonderful. You can preorder Fail You Again here.

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The Canadian award show season is ramping up again, which means it’s time to learn our 2017 JUNO Award nominees.

While most award shows would choose to have an exclusive formal announcement ceremony, the JUNOs brought us this:

Your 2017 JUNO Award Nominees Are... //

Talk about the “friendly Canadian” stereotype. I think we’ve just witnessed the most comfortable, down to earth press conference on earth.

(To be fair, there was an official press conference as well… but we just really appreciate this way of sharing it with the world)

So without further ado…your 2017 JUNO Award nominees & performers.

Album of the Year

Celine Dion – Encore Un Soir

Drake – Views

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Shawn Mendes – Illuminate

The Weeknd – Starboy

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Arion Baroque Orchestre, Alexandre Weimann – Bach: Magnificat BWV 243

The Trinity Choir, Daniel Taylor – Four Thousand Winter

Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers – Dark Star Requiem

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Sir Andrew Davis – Handel Messiah

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagand – L’Aiglon

Instrumental Album of the Year

Blitz//Berlin – Movements 1

David Braid – Flow

Pugs And Crows And Tony Wilson – Everyone Knows Everyone

Sarah Neufeld – The Ridge

The Fretless – Bird’s Nest

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Corin Raymond – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams

Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country

Lisa Leblanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber – The Family Album

William Prince – Earthly Days

Dance Recording of the Year

Adventure Club – Limitless ft. Delaney Jane

Bit Funk – Off The Ground ft. Shae Jacobs

Jacques Greene – You Can’t Deny

Shaun Frank – Let You Get Away ft. Ashe

Zeds Dead – Northern Lights

Francophone Album of the Year

Fred Fortin – Ultramarr

Karim Ouellet – Trente

Koriass – Love Suprême

Laurence Nerbonne – XO

Yann Perreau – Le Fantastique des Astres

Single of the Year

Alessia Cara – Wild Things

Drake – One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better

The Strumbellas – Spirits

The Weeknd – Starboy ft. Daft Punk

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Charles Richard-Hamelin – Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works For Piano (Live)

Janina Fialkowska – Schubert: Sonatas and Impromtus

Matt Haimovitz – Overtures To Bach

New Orford String Quartet – Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 Nos. 1 & 2

Stewart Goodyear – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 TH14

Video of the Year

Claire Boucher – Kill V Maim (Grimes)

Jodeb – Killa (Wiwek/Skrillex)

Justin Stephenson – The Stranger (Gord Downie)

Martin C. Pariseau – Lite Spots (Kaytranada)

Yassin ‘Narcy’ Asalman – R.E.D. ft. Yasiinbey, Narcy & Blackbear (A Tribe Called Red)

Reggae Recording of the Year

Ammoye – Sorry

Blessed – Cry Every Day

Dubmatix – Roll ‘Dem ft. Gappy Ranks

Exco Levi – Siren

Jay Kartier – Who Feels It Knows

Recording Engineer of the Year

Andy Shauf

Eric Ratz

George Seara

Jason Dufour

Matty Green

Rap Recording of the Year

Belly – Another Day In Paradise

Drake – Views

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia

Tasha The Amazon – Die Every Day

Tory Lanez – I Told You

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Real Enemies

Dave Young Quintet – One Way Up

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Flux

Metalwood – Twenty

Order of Canada Band – Sweet Canadiana

International Album of the Year

Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

One Direction – Made In The A.M.

Rihanna – Anti

Sia – This Is Acting

Artist of the Year

Alessia Cara


Leonard Cohen

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Andy Shauf

Jazz Cartier


Ruth B

Tory Lanez

World Music Album of the Year

Lorraine Klaasen – Nouvelle Journée

Nomadica – Dance of the Infidels

Okavango African Orchestra – Okavango African Orchestra

Sultrans of String – Subcontinental Drift

Turkwaz – Nazar

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Annihilator – Suicide Society

Despised Icon – Beast

Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Mandroid Echostar – Coral Throne

Protest The Hero – Pacific Myth

Children’s Album of the Year

Diana Panton – I Believe In Little Things

Kattam – De Tombouctou À Bombay

Raffi – Owl Singalong

Splash ‘N Boots – Big Yellow Tunes

Will Stroet – Wordplay

Indigenous Music Album of the Year

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie – Round Dances & Beats (Powwow)

Crystal Shawanda – Fish Out Of Water

Quantum Tangle – Tiny Hands

Silla + Rise – Debut

William Prince – Earthly Days

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

A Tribe Called Red

Eric Ratz

Howie Beck

Ian D’Sa


Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Jenny Whiteley – The Original Jenny Whiteley

Maria Dunn – Gathering

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Auprès du Poêle

The East Pointers – Secret Victory

The High Bar Gang – Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind

Alternative Album of the Year

Black Mountain – IV

Dilly Dally – Sore

Grimes – Art Angels

July Talk – Touch

Weaves – Weaves

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Brandi Disterheft – Blue Canvas

Mike Janzen – Nudging Forever

Renee Rosnes – Written In The Rocks

Seamus Blake – Superconductor

Shirantha Beddage – Momentum

Rock Album of the Year

Arkells – Morning Report

Billy Talent – Afraid Of Heights

Monster Truck – Sittin’ Heavy

Sam Roberts Band – Terraform

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Andy Shauf – The Party

Basia Bulat – Good Advice

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Wintersleep – The Great Detachment

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Jan Lisiecki Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Schumann

Les Violons du Roy & Mathieu Lussier – Vivaldi: Concertos

Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier, BBC Philharmonic – Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade

Steve Wood & The Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Going Home Star: Truth And Reconciliation

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir – Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Celine Dion – Encore Un Soir

Chantal Kreviazuk – Hard Sail

Heather Rankin – A Fine Line

Mark Masri – Beating Heart

Sarah McLachlan – Wonderland

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise

DVSN – Sept. 5th

Partynextdoor – Partynextdoor 3

Tanika Charles – Soul Run

The Weeknd – Starboy

Recording Package of the Year

Claire Boucher, Rankin – Art Angels (Grimes)

Josh Wellman, Chris Sheppard, Joshua Geary – L’Heptade (Harmonium)

Jonathan Shedletzky, Isis Essery, Jeff Lemaire – Secret Path (Gord Downie)

Justin Ellsworth, Dustin Rabin – Live At Copps (Alexisonfire)

Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Olivier Charland, Scottie Cameron – Odbopopop (Valaire)

Blues Album of the Year

Colin James – Blue Highways

Colin Linden – Rich In Love

Paul Reddick – Ride The One

Sean Pinchin – Monkey Brain

Whitehorse – The Northern Soul Vol. 1

Group of the Year


Billy Talent

Tegan And Sara

The Strumbellas

The Tragically Hip

Country Album of the Year

Aaron Pritchett – The Score

Chad Brownlee – Hearts On Fire

Dallas Smith – Side Effects

Gord Bamford – Tin Roof

Jess Moskaluke – Kiss Me Quiet

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Amanda Tosoff – Words

Barbra Lica – I’m Still Learning

Bria Skonberg – Bria

Heather Bambrick – You’ll Never Know

Matt Dusk & Florence K – Quiet Nights

Classical Composition of the Year

Ana Sokolovic

Andrew Staniland

Christos Hatzis

Jordan Nobles

Kati Agócs

Songwriter of the Year

Donovan Woods

Gord Downie

Leonard Cohen

Ruth Berhe

Tegan Quin & Sara Quin

Breakthrough Group of the Year


Bob Moses

Cold Creek County

The Dirty Nil

The Zolas

Juno Fan Choice

Alessia Cara




Justin Bieber

Ruth B

Shawn Mendes

The Strumbellas

The Weeknd

Tory Lanez


Ruth B

A Tribe Called Red

The Strumbellas

Alessia Cara

Shawn Mendes

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February 2017 seems to be the greatest time to be a Little Monster.

As if Lady Gaga‘s Super Bowl performance wasn’t enough for us this weekend, the announcement of her Joanne World Tour is gonna knock us dead. She’s always been known for having an incredible live show, but last night reminded us that we’ll shell out any amount to see it ourselves.

We’ll always be upset we didn’t catch any of Gaga’s 3 shows on the Dive Bar Tour in 2016, but she’s had an incredible number of unmissable arena tours as well. From the Fame Ball Tour in 2009 through to The ARTPOP Ball in 2014, she barely stopped touring for 6 years straight. Right from the beginning, she’s given us incredibly dramatic stage performances to accompany her music, and we refuse to miss out on what should be another jaw dropping experience.

Check out the dates below!

Aug. 1: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

Aug. 3: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

Aug. 5: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA

Aug. 8: The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

Aug. 11: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Aug. 13: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Aug. 15: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

Aug. 19: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NB

Aug. 21: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Aug. 23: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Aug. 25: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Aug. 28: Citi Field, New York, NY

Sept. 1: Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Sept. 4: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

Sept. 6: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Sept. 10: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 15: Rock in Rio Festival, Rio De Janeiro, BR

Sept. 22: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, ES

Sept. 24: Hallenstadion, Zurich, CH

Sept. 26: Mediolanum Forum, Milan, IT

Sept. 29: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, DE

Oct. 1: Sportpaleis, Antwerp, BE

Oct. 3: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NL

Oct. 6: AccorHotels Arena, Paris, FR

Oct. 9: O2 Arena, London, UK

Oct 15: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK

Oct. 17: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

Oct. 21: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DK

Oct. 23: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, SE

Oct: 26: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, DE

Oct. 28: Lanxess Arena, Koln, DE

Nov. 5: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Nov 7: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Nov. 10: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Nov. 13: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

Nov. 15: Sprint Center, Kansas City, KS

Nov. 16: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

Nov. 19: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

Nov. 20: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

Nov. 28: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 30: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

Dec. 1: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Dec. 3: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Dec. 5: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

Dec. 8: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

Dec. 9: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

Dec. 12: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

Dec. 14: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

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Kaptur released a 3 song EP on Friday and honestly, 3 songs is not nearly enough.

The 4 piece from St. Catherine’s describes themselves as “indie/rock/experimental”. While we can agree, it still feels like something’s missing. Maybe it’s a feeling of nostalgia, or maybe it’s the slight anxiety that settles in our chest while we listen… but there’s more to Kaptur than just “indie/rock/experimental”.

You may recognize lead singer Riley Jensen from his role playing lead guitar in Heavy Hearts. One of our favourite things about the music scene in Southern Ontario is seeing bands create side projects with other local bands or friends, and seeing how the music changes based on that. We’ve got a lot of incredible things happening here right now, and Kaptur is definitely one of them.

Check out the EP below. It’s only $4 and this weekend’s sales are being donated to the ACLU.

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It seems to be a big day for record deals in the alternative scene, as Super Whatevr just announced their signing to Hopeless Records this afternoon.

The band describes themselves as “happy tunes for sappy dudes”, which we can verify is completely accurate. They’ll fit right in with the likes of All Time Low, Moose Blood, and With Confidence.

We’re excited to see a full length release from these guys – who were running a GoFundMe mere months ago to raise funds for this exact reason – but we’ll be listening to the re-release of their Good Luck EP in the meantime. You can catch them on tour with Drug Church from March 23 to April 2, including a performance at So What?! Fest in Texas.

You can check out their video for “Good Luck” below!

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Paramore posted some cryptic updates this afternoon, but it didn’t take us long to ~decode~ them.

Zac Farro Returning To Paramore //

The band’s social media accounts all posted the above GIF this afternoon, prompting a shriek to be heard around the world as everyone realized simultaneously it was Baby Zac Farro. Back in the summer, he revealed he’d be tracking drums for the new album, but it seems like his return is something more permanent.

He originally left in 2010, along with his brother and guitarist Josh. He accused Hayley Williams of treating the band like they were “riding on the coattails of her dreams” so uh… glad she was able to put that one behind her, I guess.

Along with this comes a t-shirt proudly displaying Baby Zac, because of course there is. However, there’s some interesting information when you look at the “release date”.

Zac Farro Returning To Paramore //

I’m not sure about you but my clothes don’t usually have a “release date”, which makes us think this might be happening in line with another release of sorts. It seems like the album has been close to done for a while now, so it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Whether that’s an album, a single, or just the t-shirt… we’ll be waiting very impatiently to find out what’s up on February 27th.

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It’s a scientific fact that your day improves by up to 200% if Hollerado releases a new music video. From ostrich races to traveling through Holland, you’re guaranteed to have the best 5 minutes (at least) of your year.

So you’ll be pleased to hear that today is one of those days. Check out the new video for Born Yesterday below!

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Do you ever feel like real life imitates infomercials, with the constant reminder that “wait, there’s more”?

That’s how we felt when we heard that Bleached was releasing not only a new EP, but a zine as well. Both share the title Can You Deal? and the release date of March 3rd.

The zine features contributions from Hayley Williams, Tegan Quinn, Liz Phair, Julien Baker, Alice Glass, Mish Way, Sadie Dupuis, EMA…the list goes on. There will only be 500 copies printed, and net proceeds will be benefiting Planned Parenthood.

The EP…well, it’s four songs long and we’ve already got one to tide us over for the next 30 days. You can check out the title track below while you daydream about the day journalists stop generically referring to bands as “female fronted” or “girl bands”.

Will you be ordering yourself a Can You Deal? zine?

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There’s nothing better than seeing a company use their platform for good. Bandcamp announced on their blog that they’ll be donating their share of purchase proceeds on Friday, February 3rd to the ACLU in support of immigrants & basic human values.

Along with this, the post shares links to albums from each of the 7 banned countries (and Mexico because, y’know…the wall) to “gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us“.

If you’ve been craving new music, Friday’s definitely the time to take a chance on a new band (or 5).

What Bandcamp album would you recommend we check out on Friday?

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