WATCH THIS: Wildlife – “Sea Dreamer”


Wildlife-Band-TorontoFebruary 8, 2012

Toronto indie rockers Wildlife embrace a little mischief and edge in their debut video for “Sea Dreamers” directed by Marc André Debruyne. The vid debuted on MuchMusic last week and features a youth television vibe with bowling, fights, food, weapons and a trip to Scarborough’s little burger joint Harry’s Drive-Thru.

They sent us a little email with the inspiration behind the vid, which we have gladly reposted below for your reading enjoyment. Check it out:

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2012logo website 300x3602012 Juno Awards will be hosted by William Shatner! City and Colour, Dan Mangan, Drake, Feist, Hedley and Nickelback lead with four nominations each
February 7, 2012

The nominees for the 2012 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference in Toronto this morning, as top Canadian artists now gear up for JUNO Week, March 26-April 1 in Ottawa.  It was also revealed that Canadian icon William Shatner will host The 2012 JUNO Awards Broadcast, airing live on CTV the evening of Sunday, April 1 from Scotiabank Place.


Watch This: Lamma – “Get Ready”

Toronto Rapper Lamma

Toronto Rapper LammaFebruary 3, 2012

We don’t feature enough hip-hop on TMS.  We try, but can’t keep up with everything going on in the city.  Luckily we got sent the debut music video from Toronto rapper Lamma.  “Get Ready” is the first offering from Lamma from his soon-to-be released mixtape Inauguration.  Produced by KB Tha Crazy Guy, “Get Ready” is the perfect track to pump you up at the gym or kick off your weekend.

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Cancer Bats Announce Canadian Tour in Spring

Cancer Bats Tour Poster

Cancer Bats Tour PosterFebruary 3, 2012

Cancer Bats are gearing up for a slew of Canadian dates this spring in support of their highly anticipated album Dead Set On Living, which hits stores April 17 via Distort Inc. in Canada. The tour kicks off March 30 in Winnipeg, MB and wraps up in St. Catharines April 15. American Hardcore band Touché Amoré and new label mates A Sight For Sewn Eyes will be joining Cancer Bats for these Canadian dates. Tickets for the tour – including Toronto’s Horseshoe performance – go on sale this weekend.
Before spending an entire month with their Canadian fans, Cancer Bats will be touring across the US with the reigning kings of destructive hardcore metal, Ringworm.

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WATCH THIS: Metric’s Emily Haines & Toronto’s Andrew Huang talk Room For Thought, Ghost, music and tech


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January 31, 2011

FACT: I daylight at Toronto-based CareerMash, a non-profit that promotes tech careers to teens. Recently I had a chance to chat with Metric’s Emily Haines and Toronto’s Andrew Huang (who you may know from his other project Songs To Wear Pants To) about their collaborative project Ghost – an interactive music installation. Huang had this vision to create a seamless installation of individual instrumental videos recorded around the world. He wanted the haunting music to flow together uninterrupted no matter when each video was played. He called this idea Ghost and brought it to life with help from his mentor, Haines.

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WATCH THIS: Monster Truck at Horseshoe in Toronto Jan 20, 2012


Monster-Truck-PromoJanuary 24, 2011

DON’T FUCK WITH THE TRUCK! We headed to the Horseshoe this past Friday to catch Monster Truck, the best thing to come out of the hammer since well, ever! These guys live up to their name entirely: huge, heavy tracks filled to the brim with thick guitar licks and luscious locks. They set out with a mission to create a band that embodied what they imagined a band called MT would sound like – and they highly succeeded. This is rock’n’roll done right people, ripped with 70’s influences but there’s no copy cat going on here, just damn good classic tunage. If you haven’t been hit by the Truck yet baby, it’s time to buckle up!

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Walk Off The Earth (and Sarah Blackwood) on Ellen TODAY!


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Walk Off The Earth‘s viral cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” racked up over 35 million views in less than two weeks and debuted on the Billboard charts at #14, the highest debut since April 2011. There was some speculation that the five-piece band playing one guitar was a mere fabrication, but the Burlington outfit will lay all to rest when they perform on the Ellen DeGeneres today at 4pm ET.

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Watch This: The Junction – “Awakenings”

Toronto Band The Junction

Toronto Band The JunctionJanuary 20, 2012

Toronto’s the Junction have just released their newest music video “Awakenings,” the first single from their upcoming third album Grievances.  The entire video is made up of stock archival footage from the 1930’s featuring bustling city streets, frantic workers, traffic jams and endless skyscrapers.  With lead singer Jackson opening the song’s lyrics with “you’ve got a right to live the way you want, but I’ll take it slow,” one can imagine the message to take away from this video is that as much as we think things have changed in the past 80 years, they really haven’t.  Same shit, different day (or decade for that matter). Grievances drops March 6.

Be Sure and check it out.

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It’s official: Toronto the best place for music in the world!


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By: Sheena Lyonnais
January 20, 2012

Toronto weekly the Grid was all over touting the city (well, actualy in truer Canadian fashion, more so putting the idea out there but not actually claiming it) as the world’s best place for music. Word got around to our friends down south and New York Times confirmed that yes, indeed, Toronto is the best and, is possibly, having a Seattle moment, but we don’t have the balls to back it.

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Watch This: 20 Amp Soundchild – “Lights Go Out”

20 Amp Soundchild

20 Amp SoundchildJanuary 19, 2012

Pickering’s 20 Amp Soundchild just dropped their new vid for “Lights Go Out” thanks to a recent MuchFACT grant.  The video explores those feelings of  “alien”-ation (literarlly) felt during those awkward high school years.  Directed by Mike Portoghese (who also did the Darcys’ “Don’t Bleed Me” video) and produced by Rory Halsall (Shawn Desmon/Danny Fernandes). Be sure to watch at the 3:22 mark for a good laugh and catch them January 28 at the Hideout (buy a birthday shot for bassist Dave!).

“There’s just not enough aliens in music videos nowadays.” – Mike Portoghese

Check it out now:

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