Buskers Of The TTC—Print Issue 2016

Story and Photos by Rachel Evangeline Chiong, Cover Photo of Dieufaite This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. They are the distant echoes teasing the edges of your ears, instantly spiking your senses as you turn the corner and try to sate … Continue reading

Student Music Profile: Shagabond—Print Issue 2016

By Daven Boparai & William Goldie, Feature Photo via Facebook This article originally appeared in Demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. Nicholas Arvanitis, increasingly better known as Shagabond, is at an inflection point. At 19, his textural, strikingly individualistic R&B productions have already garnered him a … Continue reading

Rizzla Rising—Print Issue 2016

By Sofia Luu, Feature Photo via Kremwerk This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. I discovered Brian Friedberg’s Twitter before I started delving into his body of work as Rizzla. In fact, it was while I was writing my article for … Continue reading

Classical Music, Online Rap Battles & Going For Gold—An Interview With Haviah Mighty

By Isaac Fox Even in the hip-hop and R&B industries (both industries being awash in multi-talented musicians) it’s uncommon to find triple-threat artists—gifted at rapping, singing, and producing. If I were to walk up to a hundred people on the street and ask each person if they could name an artist who could rap, sing, … Continue reading

As Spontaneous As Possible—An Interview With Omni

By Anu Guraya, Feature Photo via Facebook Last week, I caught up with a Joshua Tree-bound Frankie Broyles of the Atlanta-based three-piece Omni. Broyles sounded a little tired, and for good reason—the band is in the middle touring behind their debut album, Deluxe, which came out in July on Trouble In Mind Records. The music is a mix of wiry … Continue reading

Don’t Talk About It, Just Do It—An Interview With Zachariah Musiq

By Isaac Fox, Feature Photo via Ryan Chong Photography Toronto native Zachariah Musiq (formerly Alize. S) is a multi-talented rapper, singer and songwriter, who, with more than fifty songs, has developed a style truly all of his own. Layered over thumping hip-hop club beats, Zachariah imbibes his music with animated punchlines, left-field references to everything from … Continue reading

Our Existence Is Resistance—An Interview With Babely Shades’ Hana Jama

By Stuart Oakes The work done by Babely Shades – an Ottawa-based artistic/activist collective of women of colour (WOC) and queer people of colour (QPOC) – is not always greeted with appreciation or approval. “There was always discussion in the community how to get more women and more queer people involved,” said founder Elsa Mirzaei in … Continue reading

Love Song To Myself—An Interview With Lemon.

By Helena Najm Toronto-based musician and former University of Toronto student Lemon. writes intimate music that combines smooth, delectable sounds in order to evoke themes of sensuality, self-love and scorn. As unassuming as she is creative, Lemon. does not seek to push a certain message through her music, but recognizes the importance of her rise as … Continue reading

Taboo—An Interview With Baphomette

By Astoria Felix Baphomette, a musical project driven by the Toronto-based Jordana Schmeiser, explores themes of Satanism, the occult, and queerness by blending gruesome lyrics with smooth vocals and folk-inspired ukulele. Her most recent EP, October ‘15’s Satanic Panic (available on her Bandcamp) also features University of Toronto students/graduates Tristan Schultz and Andrew Slate. Jordana is … Continue reading

Heads Angled Hellward—An Interview with Algiers

By Nathaniel Dove The suggestion that punk and gospel could be fused together to make good music would seem like musical heresy, like oil and water mixing to make beer. Yet the band Algiers proves otherwise. Full of uplifting, angry and articulated energy, their show at the Silver Dollar was like being in a dystopian cathedral. … Continue reading