Should We Welcome Our New Sonic Overlords?—Print Issue 2016

By William Goldie, Feature Photo by Håkan Dahlström via Flickr Creative Commons This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. It has been half a year since Apple launched their highly anticipated eponymous streaming service, and unlike many of the company’s previous … Continue reading

Strangers In A Foreign Land—Print Issue 2016

By Yasmine El Sanyoura This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. The diversity of music around the world demonstrates the wide range of emotions that art can express. However, what happens when music in one language reaches an audience that does … Continue reading

Opinion: Did Brand New kill Emo?

By Anthony Burton, Feature Photo via Bandcamp Ten years ago, Long Island emo stars Brand New released The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. What happened in the ten years to follow with the band, with their music, with the entire genre that they helped popularize can best be summed up with this anecdote: … Continue reading

Turn And Face The Strange: Demo Remembers David Bowie

On January 10, David Bowie passed away from cancer at 69, two days after he celebrated his birthday and released his 25th album Blackstar. It’s hard to understate the impact that Bowie’s life and music left on the world, but Demo’s contributors share what he meant to them. Dora Boras A Burberry model is walking down the runway. … Continue reading

Opinion: Beck vs. Beyoncé—Racism And Sexism At The Grammys

By Emily Scherzinger If you haven’t heard about the Beck vs. Beyoncé Grammys fiasco, then you’re living under a rock. For those of you that haven’t been on the Internet (or listened to the radio, or watched TV) since Sunday night, Beck’s Morning Phase won the coveted Album of the Year award, beating out X … Continue reading

Opinion: Azealia vs. Azalea—Representation And Commercialization in Hip-Hop

By Dede Akolo Azealia Banks has been virtually fighting Iggy Azalea since 2012. From Azalea’s lyrics to their similar names, everything has been worth of a shot from Banks. Last December, Banks spent time venting on her Twitter about Eric Garner’s death and the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Soon, … Continue reading

Parents Review Music: Round One

We asked our contributors to show their favourite (and weirdest) songs to their parents and chronicle their reactions. Here is what our “wise elders” had to say about our music. Carey Roach Grimes – “Genesis” When I first started playing “Genesis,” my grandma began to dance along while grimacing. She eventually proclaimed that the song reminded … Continue reading

Opinion: What Technology Means For The Future Of Music

By Caroline Shim, Feature Photo via CTV News With the rise of technology, more artists are replacing traditional instruments with digital means of production. While there is a danger of overusing it, technology certainly helps to expand the horizon of music genres and allows room for experiments. As technology advances, more and more recording equipment and … Continue reading

Opinion: Is Indie Really Dead?

By Carey Roach, Feature Photo via MTV The mantra of this decade, “Indie is dead,” seems to be consistently exited the mouths of hipsters and music snobs. Although we all seem to bemoan the loss of true indie music, what really constitutes indie? Is indie an industry, an alternative genre, a subculture, or something else entirely? … Continue reading

Polaris 2014: Demo Staff Picks

Drake, Tim Hecker, Chad VanGaalen

Five days from now, the 2014 Polaris Music Prize shortlist will officially be revealed. One lucky Canadian artist or band, after careful selection by a panel of judges, will be leaving the prize’s annual gala with $30,000 in hand. With its many groundbreaking albums, narrowing down this year’s longlist is sure to be a challenge. Here, some of Demo’s contributors weigh in … Continue reading