The Reason doesn’t care if you don’t like them

Live Pic of The Reason at Virgin Fest By: Sheena Lyonnais
September 14, 2007

Reviews on the Reason’s March sophomore release Things Couldn’t Be Better tore the band’s new style apart, calling it everything from too mainstream and overtly conventional to a sell out.  But this has not dissuaded the band from playing their hearts out, for they showed the crowd they still know how to knock out one of the most dynamite performances at last weekend’s Toronto Virgin Festival and they could have cared less if a music critic didn’t like it. 

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San Francisco Bay’s Honeycut showed Toronto how to rock and dance

Honeycut Live at Virgin FestivalBy: Sheena Lyonnais
September 14, 2007

California’s retro inspired rockers Honeycut said goodbye to rock and roll and instead instigated their own genre of rock and dance at their Canadian debut at Toronto’s Virgin Festival last weekend.  Their blend of disco rock and hip hop drew influences from blues, the early British mod invasion and 70s denim bellbottoms in a fashion that had the audience simultaneously bopping and head banging.

There’s something refreshing about a band so innovative and unique even the band members aren’t entirely sure how to describe their sound.  Equipped without any guitars, a somewhat space-like bass sound, a drum machine, a break dancing keyboardist and arguably the most engaging front man in contemporary rock and roll, Honeycut chose to describe themselves in terms of desserts rather than genres, perhaps speaking volumes to their personality. 

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So you wanna play Virgin Festival?

By: Sheena Lyonnais

TMS caught up with director of Virgin Festival Canada Andrew Bridge at last weekend’s event to chat about V-fest and how bands can get involved.  

    The second annual Canadian edition of Virgin Festival may be over, but preparations are already being made for next year’s event including booking talent, which is something Toronto bands looking for a break may want to consider.

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Birds of Wales = No sex at Virgin Fest?

ByLive Pic Birds of Wales: Sheena Lyonnais
September 14, 2007

Birds of Wales front man Morgan Ross was sitting on a red couch, avoiding eye contact and nursing a hangover when he dispelled the modern myth that the bigger your band gets the better the sex gets.

“I’m trying to be sly and rock star, but I think no, maybe even a drought.  Maybe I’m spending too much time playing guitar or something,” he awkwardly, but thoughtfully said.

In light of Virgin Festival we thought it would be fun to try and crack the case, but quickly learned that when your band is up and coming sometimes your schedule just doesn’t allow a plethora of promiscuity.

Birds of Wales are getting ready for both a headlining show at the Mod Club next month and their fourth European tour in twelve months, a feat almost unheard of for a band that has only been together for a couple years.

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The Birthday Massacre can be our prom dates any day

Live Pic of Birthday Massacre By: Sheena Lyonnais
August 7, 2007

The Mod Club was transformed into a gothic prom last night with a crowd that mirrored horror movie meets catholic school girl, and Toronto band The Birthday Massacre was no exception with their matching black outfits and singer Chibi’s pigtails.

Celebrating the upcoming release of their new album Walking With Strangers and in the middle of their North American tour, the Birthday Massacre played a set list of classic favourites including the infamous “Happy Birthday” and also debuted a collection of brand new pieces.  Many of the new tunes were already available on Myspace thanks to the band’s recent recognition as a featured artist on both the Canadian and Australian Myspace pages. Featured artists are allowed to upload an entire record rather than a sample of their music.

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Rob Dyer Is A Hero

Pic of Rob Dyer Skate For Cancer By: Sheena Lyonnais
July 31, 2007

By dictionary definition, Rob Dyer is a hero.  The small, tattooed skater would probably laugh at this statement; shyly send his appreciations for the sentiment then move on to a different topic.  But according to the Oxford English dictionary, Dyer is just that: “a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage or outstanding achievements.” 
Standing behind the Skate4Cancer tent at Wakestock, located just beside the Underground Operations/S4C stage, Dyer took a moment to reflect on some of this accomplishments.

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Two minutes with Travis from Social Code

Pic of Social CodeBy: Sheena Lyonnais
July 31, 2007 

Somewhere between Social Code’s Wakestock set and their Guitar Hero Challenge against Crush Luther, we managed to catch singer Travis Nesbitt  for a brief Q and A.  He was lurking around the hot sauce sample guy, despite his dislike of hot sauce.

Tell us your name and what you do?
My name is Travis and I love shooting hot sauce. 

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10 minutes with Kenny from Moneen

MoneenBy: Sheena Lyonnais
July 30, 2007


Toronto Music Scene had the chance to sit down under a big old willow tree with Moneen’s Kenny Bridges at this year’s Wakestock.  Although he kept making what we think were joking passes at cameraman TJ, we did manage to learn some fun and interesting facts about the messy haired singer – including his love of his dad’s Speedos and creeping girls…sort of.   

Say your name and what you do.

My name is Kenny Bridges and I play in Moneen.

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Why Goldfinger now hates Wakestock and Kelly is the next Jack Black

Pic of Kelly From GoldfingerBy: Sheena Lyonnais
July 30, 2010

When Goldfinger bassist Kelly LeMieux told Toronto Music Scene at Wakestock that “usually something funny and stupid happens [when we play] no matter what,” he never could have anticipated what would unfold during their set.


But four hours later when the Californian boys invited fans up on stage to join them during their classic song Mable like they do at every single Goldfinger show, including two previous Toronto Wakestocks, something went terribly wrong.  Security decided this was not cool and began blocking and throwing kids off the stage, forcing them to descend and ultimately resulting in singer John Feldman’s decision to stop the song.


“What the fuck is this?”  He yelled. He began arguing with security, saying he warned them about this and that they do it at every show.  And when security continued to throw kids off stage, Feldman broke Wakestock and Centre Island’s “no swearing” policy by changing the words to their song “Fuck Ted Nugent” to “fuck security” and encouraging the crowd to chant it. 

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The Junction Likes Their Music Raw And Inspirational

Pic of The JunctionBy: Sheena Lyonnais  
July 29, 2007


“The first set was kind of interesting because 1:30 is kind of early for me, I usually wake up at 1:30 in the afternoon,” says Brent Jackson, the tall, scruffy-haired singer/guitarist of Brampton’s the Junction. He just finished playing his second set at Wakestock on Toronto Island and can’t help but point out how many things seem interesting these days about his band: the early starting times, playing large festivals and more importantly, the progress of their recently released self-titled album.

“We just did it barebones, as quick as we could, as true to our live show as possible,” he said. The album is in clear contrast with their first EP, which was polished and well received, but not an accurate representation of their live performance. So for the new album they switched it up, paid attention to the mathematics of performing and recording and attempted to incorporate raw but professional sounds into the album so that it reflected their true style.

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