• Demo – The Hart House Music Magazine

    Demo is a music publication created by the Hart House Music Committee at the University of Toronto and is intended to highlight music in and around the city.

    Email:
    demo.harthouse@gmail.com
    Find us on Twitter / Facebook.

    Office Location:
    7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON

Bilingual Songwriting and Adapting to Toronto’s Shrinking Live Music Scene—An Interview with Desiire

By Isaac Fox (@1nikofox) Desiire is one of Toronto’s most promising new artists, whose use of bright, organic instrumentation sets him apart from the city’s signature brooding R&B. I first heard Desiire’s music a year ago at Kensington Market’s Poetry Jazz Cafe, where he stunned the room with an unreleased acoustic track that he casually mentioned he … Continue reading

Show Review: Whitney at the Danforth Music Hall

By Stuart Oakes, Feature Photo via The Fader        Last week, a Stereogum review of LA’s FYF music festival dismissed the “chill-bro indie” band Whitney as “aggressive in their banality.” That’s a pretty harsh take, especially for a band as agreeable as Whitney. Everyone digs them: my mom, my roommates, Sir Elton John (enough … Continue reading

Album Review: Tyler, the Creator—“Flower Boy”

By Alex Pompilii, Featured Photo via Rap Direct After a two year hiatus, Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator has returned with his most personal album to date. Flower Boy (alternatively titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy) is Tyler’s fourth album, following 2015’s Cherry Bomb. With his latest release, the rapper has taken a huge artistic leap forward, … Continue reading

Album Review: Fleet Foxes—“Crack Up”

By Ria Perrault and Zohar Freeman Crack Up, Fleet Foxes’ follow up to their previous critically acclaimed albums, is ambitious. After losing drummer Josh Tillman (now popularly known as Father John Misty), front man and chief songwriter Robin Peckhold’s risks pay off in an album rivaling Father John Misty’s, Pure Comedy. Crack Up maintains Fleet … Continue reading

Toronto Jazz Festival 2017: Caravan Palace

Article and Photos by Tyson Moll Straight from Paris, Caravan Palace. Hold your roses close, keep your dazzler’s pinned and brace yourself for a Chaplin-era evening of electro swing! DJ Medicineman opened the night with his electro swing mix as fans trickled in. For the uninitiated, the electro swing genre takes swing music originating from … Continue reading

Album Review: JAY-Z—“4:44″

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Variety Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in mid-2016 to critical and fan acclaim, solidifying her ability to bring avant-garde ideas into mainstream R&B. Audiences picked apart the album’s linear narrative of a couple torn apart by a cheating husband and their journey towards reconciliation. While the autobiographical nature of Lemonade had … Continue reading

Events in Toronto [July 10-16]

By Harry Myles, Featured Photo via Massey Hall  Looking for something fun to do this week? Check out a list of events happening in the city! Monday, July 10 $27– Soul in the City Starring Sean Jones @ Casa Loma Doors @ 5 PM Event page Tuesday, July 11 FREE– Eric St-Laurent Trio @ Trinity … Continue reading

Demo’s Top 10 Albums of 2017 (So Far)

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Hypebeast June has just ended, and that means that somehow 2017 is halfway done. So far, this year has already released plenty of excellent albums–here are my top 10. This is not a ranked list, as I feel that I should save rankings until the end of the year. Instead, … Continue reading

NXNE 2017: Day 2

By Isaac Fox, Featured Photo via Harry Myles North by North-East (NXNE)’s 2017 line-up offered a multi-genre mix spanning hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop. I arrived around 5:30 on Saturday, and caught the very tail end of John River’s performance, where he was delivering a fierce acapella. He hasn’t been very active in Toronto since he … Continue reading

NXNE 2017: Day 3—Rain then Shine

By Zack Goldstein, Featured Photo via Complex Following a Sunday morning and afternoon filled with wild and unpredictable weather changes, featuring bouts of hail, rain, and the sunshine, I made my way down to the NXNE festival grounds in hopes of clear skies for the evening. Last year, I was disappointed by the set up at … Continue reading