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

Throwback Track: “Know Your Onion!” by The Shins

By Avneet Sharma, Featured Photo via Netflix I first heard The Shins’ song “Know Your Onion!” when it was used in one of my favourite episodes of Gilmore Girls. The episode, “Like Mother, Like Daughter”, included a scene with Rory Gilmore sitting alone in the high school cafeteria at lunch, reading and listening to “Know … Continue reading

Show Review: The Vaccines at The Mod Club, 2 August, 2018

By Avneet Sharma, Featured Photo via Avneet Sharma Shortly before The Vaccines began their set, the crowd stood in silence as the lights in the Mod Club turned off. The silence was broken by a clip of ABBA’s “Waterloo” playing on the speakers; a song that has seen a resurgence in popularity by the release … Continue reading

Show Review: Foo Fighters at Scotiabank Arena, 12 July, 2018

By Armin Safavi, Featured Photo by Armin Safavi Some artists know how to write great songs for live performance, and as far as concerts go, the Foo Fighters are one of the great performances you can hope to see in your lifetime. It has been a long-standing goal of mine to see them live (especially … 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

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

A Guide to Wavelength Winter Festival 18

By Harry Myles, Featured Photo via Wavelength Music Wavelength Music is a non-profit arts organization established in 2000. The group puts on curated concert series in the city to support the independent music and arts scenes, championing thousands of up-and-coming artists over the past 17 years, such as Arcade Fire, Feist, and Crystal Castles. Wavelength coordinates … Continue reading

An Evening with Dispatch

By Felipe Vallejo, Photo via Boston.com Demo sat down with Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion, and harmonica) and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion) of Dispatch before their show at the Opera House on December 13. Based in Boston, Dispatch first emerged in 1996 and recently released America, Location 12 in June 2017 after a … Continue reading

Album Review: Weezer- “Pacific Daydream”

By Emma Wittmann, Featured Photo via Sound of Pen From the band that brought you power-pop hits like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Buddy Holly”, prepare for the overall disappointment that is Pacific Daydream. Released on October 27, 2017, Pacific Daydream is Weezer’s 11th album and continues a trend of underwhelming the general public. Starting in … Continue reading

In Memory of Gord Downie—A Playlist

By David Rhodes, Feature Photo via CBC Gord Downie’s music— both with The Tragically Hip and as a solo artist— is a pure expression of human spirit and emotion. He questioned and defined what it meant to be Canadian and remained in constant dialogue with our country and its people. Like for many of us, Gord … Continue reading