Weirdo Rock: 10 Recent Releases from Beyond Left Field

By Adam Smith, Featured Photo of Ava Rocha via Red Bull Rock is dead, which is fine because it means the rulebooks have all been burned up alongside the guitars and aging groupies. Luckily, the internet and lack of platinum expectations has led to wilder experimentation in recent years. Once long-forgotten, niche scenes are more … Continue reading

Unblock Your Writer’s Block: A Playlist

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to write that action scene or describe a fantastical world, this playlist can help you unlock the words you need to create them all. Fight your way through the mysterious and treacherous waters of Planet X, lose yourself in the rolling sea, or skip down the altar steps, … Continue reading

Demo’s Top Albums of 2018 (So Far)

2018 has already been a thrilling year in terms of album releases, and we’ve only just passed the halfway point. Here are Demo’s 15 favourite albums of the year so far. Rather than choose an album of the year before 2018 is over, this list is in alphabetical order. Also, all the albums on this … Continue reading

Playlist: Move! I’m Gay

By: Avneet Sharma In creating a Pride playlist, my goal was not only to showcase queer artists, but to create a playlist that encapsulates the queer experience. I’ll admit that this goal was too ambitious for a single playlist. I found myself going in two different directions at once: in one direction there was Azealia … Continue reading

Show Review: Matt and Kim (Canadian Music Week) at Phoenix Concert Theatre, May 7, 2018

By Mena Fouda, Featured Photo via Mena Fouda There’s no better way to celebrate Canadian Music Week (CMW) than with an old-fashioned party. The 2018 music festival kicked off on May 7 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Dance-pop duo Matt and Kim brought a combination of balloons, confetti, and sweat to help Toronto with the … Continue reading

Show Review: Goodbye Honolulu at Hard Luck Bar, April 26, 2018

By Mena Fouda, Featured Photo via Catherine Plessl Don’t wear heavy layers to a Goodbye Honolulu concert. That was the main lesson that I learned at their Rock N Roll Fantasy show on April 26. The evening commenced with openers Miss World and Mother Tongues playing to a laid-back audience at Hard Luck Bar. It … Continue reading

Demo Magazine Download: Issue 14 (2018)

By Harry Myles The 2018 issue of Demo is finally here! You can download a PDF version below and thank you to our countless writers, photographers, designers, contributors, and supporters that made this magazine possible! DOWNLOAD HERE ->  Demo 14 (2018) INSIDE What Are You Listening To?—by Catherine Kawpeng and Noor Hasan       … Continue reading

No Achilles: How he transitioned from meme rap to lo-fi R&B

When you’re initially known as a comedic musician, it can be hard to switch over to putting out serious music. In the past few years, Rich Brian and Joji are probably the best-known examples of artists who have successfully navigated that transition. Toronto’s  No Achilles – a.k.a. Anton Mikhaylov, also understands this challenge. He started … Continue reading

SHOW REVIEW: Marlon Williams

By Andrea Macanovic Following the recent release of his sophomore album, Make Way for Love, on March 6th, New Zealand native Marlon Williams took the stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. What started out as a cozy evening with indie-folk band Tiny Ruins taking the stage gradually culminated into a night full of raw … Continue reading

A Conversation with the Sensational Steve Hamelin of Born Ruffians

By Joey Litvak and Zack Goldstein, Featured Photos via Amazon Music and Wikimedia    The Toronto-based band Born Ruffians first joined forces in 2004 after high school friends Luke Lalonde, Mitch Derosier, and Steve Hamelin saw a rousing performance by the Strokes on Saturday Night Live. Out of this shared moment, the three-piece rock outfit formed amidst the post-punk … Continue reading