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

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

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

The Man Behind The Beard—An Interview With Ben Caplan

By Adrienne McLaren Words can hardly describe the feeling you get when listening to Halifax folk singer and songwriter Ben Caplan. In fact, if you haven’t heard him, go listen to him now. This interview can wait. Finished listening to him? You may proceed. I caught him for a nice chat at the Folk Alliance … Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Cities—An Interview With Robbie Wulfsohn

By Erik Masson Robbie Wuflsohn is the front-man of Ripe, a Boston-based jam band of eight merry minstrels who formed in typical jam band style: a spontaneous living-room jam session. Featuring two guitarists, a drummer, a bassist, a trombonist, a trumpeter, and a saxophonist in addition to Wuflsohn, the band plays the bar scene in … Continue reading