• 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.

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    Office Location:
    7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON


Show Review: Whitney At Lee’s Palace

Story and Photos by Gilad Lippa & Jairus Machado On a surprisingly warm October evening this past Saturday, Chicago-based band Whitney were set to take the main stage at Lee’s Palace. We arrived about halfway through opener Sam Evian Band’s set; however, from what we heard they were an upbeat, enjoyable indie band you couldn’t … Continue reading


Show Review: Gallant At The Mod Club

By Isaac Fox, Feature Photo via Twitter I wasn’t expecting to see Gallant live. Prior to Monday night, I had only heard two of his songs: the 2015 R&B slow-jam “Weight In Gold” and the new duet “Skipping Stones,” with Jhene Aiko. After my younger brother (who’s sung Gallant’s praises to me all summer) accidentally bought … Continue reading


Album Review: Preoccupations—“Preoccupations”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via Bandcamp  Preoccupations might be the only band in the world with three self-titled LPs under three different names. The post-punks—formerly known as Viet Cong and formerly formerly known as Women—are back with a collection of songs that swap the jangly abrasiveness of their prior releases for something dreamier and … Continue reading


Show Review: Jenny Hval At The Drake Hotel

By Kalina Nedelcheva, Photos by Elise Bertin *Generally, music critics go into a show with all kinds of preconceived notions—they have a pretty educated guess as to what to expect. I tried extending myself beyond this bias by arriving at the Drake Hotel without any knowledge of who Jenny Hval is or what style of music she … Continue reading


Album Review: Lizzo—”Coconut Oil”

By Savana James, Feature Photo via Idolator With her newest release Coconut Oil, Lizzo is the indie hip-hop queen who is sure to take over all your future party playlists. This EP is a triumph for Lizzo, a self-proclaimed “big fine bitch” and “fat feminist” who perfectly encapsulates that message track by track. Coconut Oil is … Continue reading


Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—”Skeleton Tree”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via HarryPotter.wikia Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’s sixteenth studio album, Skeleton Tree, opens with the track “Jesus Alone,” a brooding, droning triumph of ambient texture and swelling orchestration. Through the meandering drum drifts, throbbing organ chords, and squealing violins, Cave’s voice comes through with all the broken sincerity of … Continue reading


Album Review: S U R V I V E—”RR7349″

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via Relapse Records On September 30, Texan experimental synth group S U R V I V E released their new album RR7349. Comprised of four members: Adam Jones, Mark Donica, Kyle Dixon, and Michael Stein, the group grew to prominence this past summer due to the phenomenon of Stranger Things. … Continue reading


Show Review: FORMS Presents Laurel Halo At Longboat Hall

By Cole Firth & Melissa Vincent, Feature Photo via Little Big  In case you haven’t noticed, the Goodyear blimp has been hovering over downtown Toronto making quiet, graceful appearances in various patches of early autumn sky. In spite of its obvious connotations as an iconic marketing symbol, there is something undeniably compelling about the presence of … Continue reading


Album Review: Bon Iver—”22, A Million”

By Angelo Gio Mateo, Feature Photo via Consequence of Sound 22, A Million starts by warning us that it might be over soon. Clocking in at a total running time of just over 34 minutes, a five year wait for Bon Iver’s latest album is over and perhaps too soon. But within those 34 minutes … Continue reading

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Show Review: The Temper Trap At The Phoenix

By Dede Akolo, Feature Photo via AAA Backstage Venturing to concert by one’s self is an experience all on its own. There is to dependence upon others to keep spots in line or hail down the bartender. While it was slightly lonely, the radiance of the performances at The Phoenix made up for my lack … Continue reading