Glass Ampp

Toronto Band Glass Ampp


Toronto Band Glass AmppWhether one or one thousand people are in attendance, Glass Ampp rocks the stage with the same passion and drive that have catapulted them to one of the hottest indie-rock bands to come out of Canada. The childhood friends (Steve Porretta / Vocals, Gianluca Mauro / Lead Guitar, Anthony Ascenzi / Drums, and Steve Piersanti / Bass Guitar) have shown the dedication and persistence needed in order to take the next step in their young and potential-filled careers. From jam sessions to sold out concert halls, Glass Ampp has grown tremendously since its formation in late 2009. After being selected the 2010 Worldwide Showcase Champions the band went on to finish the 2010 year being showcased in the Canadian Music Week. As well as being part of the 2011 CMW, Glass Ampp broadened their musical resume by being selected the 2011 Junofest Award Recipients and granted the honour to perform at the Junofest with some of Canada’s best musical talent. Individually the band members have a long list of accolades and accomplishments, most notably performances at the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy, 2011) and the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival, 2009)


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LISTEN UP: Johan Agebjorn – “Watch The World Go By” Young Galaxy Remix – Get the entire album free!


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November 23, 2011

Young Galaxy is offering a free download of their remix album Versus, a compilation of a year’s worth of commissioned remixed tracks featuring songs by Handsome Furs, Junior Boys, Grimes and Paper Bag Records labelmate Austra. We’ve been listening to this remix album all morning and there’s one track that has really caught our attention. Young Galaxy offers a new take on Swedish musician Johan Agebjorn‘s track “Watch The World Go By.” Listen below to the ambient, dreamy song and download the entire remix album. We’ll have a full review of this disc in the near future. Young Galaxy plays the Phoenix alongside Austra on Dec 1st.

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Live Review: Deer Tick near perfect at Lee’s Palace, Nov 16 w/ Guards and Thomas Hardy


deerticktms3“I got a name, They call me The Bump.  A night with me, is gonna mess you up.”
By: Sarah Cramer
November 19, 2011

It’s pretty brave for any band to begin and end a show with tracks from a brand new album, but I cannot imagine more aptly chosen songs for Deer Tick’s Lee`s Palace gig last Wednesday the 16th. They opened with “The Bump” (which made good on the promise above) and they ended their set with raucous sing-along “Let’s all go to the Bar.” Sandwiched between was two hours of the most precious of things…real life, hell raising, live music!

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WATCH THIS: Music videos of the week – Nov 17


ICEpromoshotToronto Music Scene rounds up a list of the best new music videos that caught our eye this week!
November 17, 2011

We’re peacing out for the weekend, but leaving you with a compilation of kick ass music videos to tide you over until our return. From Austra’s enchanting, broken down version of “Lose It” to a mad scientist with acid-trip visuals – and maybe even a little history on John Lennon (hey, why not?!). We tried to keep it local my friends, but there’s some international flavour we just had to share.

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CONTEST: Win a Steam Whistle Unsigned prize pack with tickets and swag!


UnsignedNov2011Win a pair of tickets to Steam Whistle Unsigned #20 feat. Still Life Still, Tiny Danza, Teenage X, guest DJs Dinosaur Bones and a bag of swag!
November 17, 2011

We’ve got a killer prize pack to give away for next Friday’s Steam Whistle Unsigned #20 featuring Indie Week winners Tiny Danza, power punk group Teenage X and headliners Still Life Still. PLUS a special guest DJ set from Dinosaur Bones!

To top it off, we’ve got a sweet swag bag of Steam Whistle goodies including refreshments, merchandise, bottle openers and Steam Whistle glassware to give away!


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LISTEN UP: Joshua Hyslop “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”


joshuahyslopxmasNovember 16, 2011

I know, I know it’s not even December and here we are sharing Christmas songs with you. But seriously, BC-native Joshua Hyslop‘s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is absolutely stunning and too precious to save for a snowy day. I’m writing this from a coffee shop and it looks cold out there. People are bundled up. The special here is an Eggnog Latte (ew!). And if it weren’t for crumpled, orange leaves lying everywhere you’d swear you could feel winter rolling in. Christmas is over a month away, but lose yourself to Joshua’s soothing voice immediately. Consider this an early present!

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CD Review: The Darcys – The Darcys

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the darcys-the darcysBy: Sheena Lyonnais
November 16, 2011

The Darcys self-titled release off Arts & Crafts marks a solid transition for the Toronto band – and 10 gorgeous tracks I can’t take off repeat. From the enchanting, violin-laced opener “100 Mile House” straight through to the standout closer “When I Am New Again,” the Darcy’s have released an album that places them as forerunners of Canadian artistry, and an obvious pick for next year’s Polaris Music Prize short-list.

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WATCH THIS: Pretty scary Toronto imagery in the preview for the Darcys’ new video “Don’t Bleed Me”

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the darcysNovember 16, 2011

The Darcys have released a teaser video for their track “Don’t Bleed Me” – and the imagery is a frantic, vantage-point video of a 911-esque attack on Toronto. As they prep for their long-awaited Arts & Crafts CD release party (happening this Friday, the 18th, at the Horseshoe alonside Amos the Transparent, Grounders and Kandle), they take us into a world we’d rather all not be. And with Bon Iver playing in the background as I write this, I can’t help but feel haunted images only teased.

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CD Review: Monster Truck – The Brown EP

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monstertruck thebrownepBy: TJ Liebgott
November 12, 2011

The band Monster Truck is really the city of Hamilton personified.  They are dirty, sleazy, hard working and would probably stab you if you looked at them funny in a dark alley.  This is the kind of music that makes women want to take their tops off and makes men want to start bar brawls. Playing 70’s inspired riff rock with nothing but attitude, The Brown EP is dripping in sludge, sweat and last night’s bottle of Jack Daniels

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