Favourite Canadian songs of 2015

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A lot happened this year. I booked my first show. I started a new job. I made 33 episodes of Indie-licious. I wrote 24 pieces for Weird Canada.

No one really asked for this list, but then I got carried away and now here we are. Songs are roughly sorted into clusters that sound nice together. Support your local community!

Michael Ondaatje’s World – Germaphobes

 

Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis 

 

(but) i need you – Kurt Inder

 

Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room

 

Full Moon – Pee Wee

 

Shy Boy – Nakedchillen

 

Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents

 

NOVO SARAJEVO – Gretchen

 

More Like You – Novel

 

Mechanical Rhythm – Painted Fruits

 

Textiles On Mainstreet – Slim Twig

 

Sailin’ On (Bad Brains cover) – Haolin Munk

 

See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight

 

Jasz – New Fries

 

Senators – No Spectrum

 

tiergarten – Sarah Davachi

 

 2 – Jonathan Scherk

 

Désorganism – French Pretzel

 

mar mar mar – Guidewire

 

The Trouble – Fantasy Blondes

 

jxpg – The Passenger

 

Buschbabies – JOYFULTALK

 

NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE

Bed Bath and Beyond – Fresh Flesh

 

Haagen Baadz – Bile Sister

 

Damn That Valley – U.S. Girls

 

TIVOLI – Phèdre 

 

HELL Demo A – Lee Paradise

 

HOTFOOT – Doldrums

 

Night of the Assassins (Les Rallizes Dénudés) – Zacht Automaat

 

Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham) – Fresh Snow

 

In Silence – The Acorn

 

LOSING GROUND – Special Costello

 

A Better Deal – Merival

 

Again – Faith Healer

 

Tooth Hound Sand (AIA) – Sivani

 

won’t – boyhood

 

Attention Seeker – Etiquette

 

Thailand – Hush Pup

 

SOFTEN / SOFTER – Prison Hair

 

Test of Faith – JFM

 

every fucking day – Shaun Weadick

 

Threnody – Myriam Gendron

 

guardian force – Brandon DeVries

 

Waist of the Sea – Blunt Chunks

 

Human Garbage – Vulva Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto Concert Update – April, May, June, July, Aug 2011

All this talk about concerts has whet my appetite for another round of Toronto Concert Update! Put on your pumped up kicks, come down from the mountain, and stick up for yourself son, because there’s a great concert season ahead of us.

Conversely, if you’d like to read one concert-goer’s rant about the inflating price of concert tickets, read Your Favourite Band Has a New Price Tag by Shot From Guns.

PS: Born Ruffians are playing tonight, so check them out first.

PPS: The starry owl poster is from TV On The Radio’s 2009 tour with Dirty Projectors. Isn’t it rad?

APRIL

    Born Ruffians @ Opera House, All Ages
    Sat April 16, 2011
    $15.00
    TV On The Radio @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon April 18, 2011
    $28.00
    Jamaica @ The Drake Hotel, 19+
    Tues April 19, 2011
    $13.25
    Beach Fossils @ The Shop, 19+
    Wed April 20, 2011
    $12.00
    The Acorn @ Horseshoe, 19+
    Thurs April 28, 2011
    $10.00

MAY

    Tame Impala @ Phoenix, 19+
    Sun May 1, 2011
    $20.00
    Low @ Mod Club, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.50
    Yacht @ Lee’s, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.00
    Of Montreal @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $28.00
    Surfer Blood @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $26.50
    Yelle @ Opera House, 19+
    Wed May 4, 2011
    $21.50
    Peter Bjorn & John @ Lee’s, 19+
    Fri May 6, 2011
    $20.00
    Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Thurs May 12, 2011
    $26.50
    Sleigh Bells @ Sound Academy, 19+
    Tues May 17, 2011
    $21.50
    Arctic Monkeys @ Kool Haus, All Ages
    Sat May 21, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lykke Li @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sun May 22, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lissie @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sat May 28, 2011
    $24.00
    Friendly Fires @ Phoenix, 19+
    Mon May 30, 2011
    $26.00

JUNE

    Aloe Blacc @ Wrongbar, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $20.00
    Thao & Mirah @ Lee’s, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $16.00
    Yeasayer @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues June 7, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Junior Boys w/Caribou (DJ Set) @ Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs June 9, 2011
    $18.50
    Chiddy Bang @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $20.00
    Okkervil River @ Phoenix, 19+
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $24.38
    Architecture in Helsinki @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 11, 2011
    $20.00
    Antlers @ Mod Club, 19+
    Tues June 14, 2011
    $17.50
    Foster the People @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 18, 2011
    SOLD OUT

JULY

    Broken Social Scene w/ Weezer, Hey Rosetta!, Tragically Hip @ Downsview Park, All Ages
    Fri July 1, 2011
    $71.15
    The Black Keys @ Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Thurs July 7, 2011
    $42.25-64.75
    Girl Talk @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Sat July 9, 2011
    $31.50
    Fleet Foxes @ Massey Hall,
    Thurs July 14, 2011
    $48.39-58.39
    Deerhoof & The Dodos @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Sat July 16, 2011
    $20.00
    Death Cab For Cutie @ The Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Fri July 29, 2011
    $53.50

AUGUST

    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs Aug 4, 2011
    $40.00
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart @ Opera House, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    $20.63
    Bon Iver @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon Aug 8, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Naked and Famous @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues Aug 9, 2011
    $15.00
    Jeff Mangum @ Trinity St. Paul’s, All Ages
    Sat Aug 13, 2011
    SOLD OUT

One Last Look (MBF Playlist)

With the fall weather we’ve been having here in Canada, it’s hard to remember what summer really felt like. I hope these songs will help conjure you back the grains of the beach, the best shady spot under your tree, the folds of your picnic blanket, and the sweaty leather of your bike seat as you pedal to the convenience store for penny candy and slushies. Take one last look at summer 2010.

Track Listing
01 Pursuit of Happiness (Kid CuDi Cover) - Barbara
02 Dull to Pause - Junior Boys
03 Runnin' (Philippians RMX) - The Pharcyde
04 Soldier On (Big City Love Affair RMX) - The Temper Trap
05 Janglin' (RAC RMX) - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
06 Boy (RAC RMX) - Ra Ra Riot
07 I Like Rain (Jean Paul Sartre Experience) - Lali Puna
08 Master of None - Young Rival
09 Fireplace - Lost in the Trees
10 Snowflake Eel Wish - Candy Claws
11 Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder
12 Crooked Legs - The Acorn 
13 Summer Special - Land of Talk
14 Summer Girl - Family of the Year
15 Gleam Leaf Green - Mean Wind
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Lost at Sea Playlist (mp3s)

Hey guys!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a playlist for the blog, so here’s a brand new one called Lost at Sea featuring brand new tracks from Basia Bulat, The New Pornographers, and Stars. Download it!


– Katie