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Concert Review: Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran, April 17th, Massey Hall

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(written by guest contributors Emma Blanche and Shalini Nanayakkara, two 16 year olds from Ottawa, who make the trip down the 401 to catch this show) Massey Hall was grooving a couple of Tuesday nights ago in the presence of Irish alt-rock band Snow Patrol. But it seemed most of the younger crowd had gathered for the opening act, a short ginger-haired acoustic bloke from Suffolk, England by the name of Ed Sheeran. He stepped on stage with only his …

Dan Mangan: Nice Nice Very Nice Liner Note Review

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I did something stupid this summer. I bought a CD. I know, crazy shit. I picked up Dan Mangans’, now almost immortalized album, Nice Nice Very Nice (2008) at Backstreet Records in Fredericton. Since my parents’ car didn’t have a USB hub, I had to buy a CD to fill my hour long car trips to my grandparents house. I had heard most of the tracks on NNVN over the past three years and quite liked most of them, so …

Summerworks Interview: Keith Barker [Homegrown]

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Keith Barker from the Summerworks play Homegrown A lot has been said already about the Summerwokrs show Homegrown. Good, bad, the Prime Minister. It is all out there. No matter what you think of the show, it has certainly raised some quesions about the arts, funding, terrorism and the media. Keith Barker is a Toronto actor who plays the roll of Greg, the boyfriend, in Homegrown. I wondered what it was like to be an actor involved with a play …

Turin Brakes Or Not Turin Brakes?

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Picture it, Toronto, 2007. I am a youthful 29 years old and working at a brewery, giving brewery tours and delivering beer. One day I meet a guy at the bar with an English accent and we start to chat. He tells me that his name is Sam, he is in a band called Turin Brakes and that he is going to be in Toronto for a while. Being a music guy I think cool, then go home and try …