Demo Magazine Download: Issues 1-8 (2007-2012)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s earliest issues are finally available online! Download a PDF file of Demo issues 1-8 below. Past editors and contributors can be found here, and physical copies of past issues can be found at the UofT Archives.   → Demo 1 (2007) → Demo 2 (2008) → Demo 3 (2008) → Demo 4 (2009) → Demo 5 (2009) … Continue reading

Demo Magazine Download: Issue 13 (2017)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s 2017 issue is finally available online! Download a PDF version below. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in putting the magazine together!   DOWNLOAD HERE ->  Demo 13 (2017)   INSIDE Who Are You Listening To?—by Arman Adel                Demo checks in with UofT students … Continue reading

Album Review: Japanese Breakfast- “Soft Sounds From Another Planet”

By Kate Reeve, Featured Photo via Stereogum Japanese Breakfast’s newest release, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, slinks into the gaps left from their previous album. Michelle Zauner’s career began in Philadelphia, as the lead vocalist and guitarist of lo-fi basement band Little Big League. After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Zauner moved home to Oregon … Continue reading

Album Review: HAIM- “Something to Tell You”

By: Emma Dennis, Featured Photo via Secret Sounds It’s been four years since the release of their debut studio album, and sister-act HAIM has finally returned with an LP as difficult to pin a genre on as their previous music. After riding their 2013 album, Days Are Gone, for a two-year tour, Este (bass), Danielle (guitar and lead … Continue reading

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

Album Review: Tyler, the Creator—“Flower Boy”

By Alex Pompilii, Featured Photo via Rap Direct After a two year hiatus, Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator has returned with his most personal album to date. Flower Boy (alternatively titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy) is Tyler’s fourth album, following 2015’s Cherry Bomb. With his latest release, the rapper has taken a huge artistic leap forward, … Continue reading

Album Review: JAY-Z—“4:44″

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Variety Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in mid-2016 to critical and fan acclaim, solidifying her ability to bring avant-garde ideas into mainstream R&B. Audiences picked apart the album’s linear narrative of a couple torn apart by a cheating husband and their journey towards reconciliation. While the autobiographical nature of Lemonade had … Continue reading

Events in Toronto [July 10-16]

By Harry Myles, Featured Photo via Massey Hall  Looking for something fun to do this week? Check out a list of events happening in the city! Monday, July 10 $27– Soul in the City Starring Sean Jones @ Casa Loma Doors @ 5 PM Event page Tuesday, July 11 FREE– Eric St-Laurent Trio @ Trinity … Continue reading

NXNE 2017: Day 2

By Isaac Fox, Featured Photo via Harry Myles North by North-East (NXNE)’s 2017 line-up offered a multi-genre mix spanning hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop. I arrived around 5:30 on Saturday, and caught the very tail end of John River’s performance, where he was delivering a fierce acapella. He hasn’t been very active in Toronto since he … Continue reading

NXNE 2017: Day 3—Rain then Shine

By Zack Goldstein, Featured Photo via Complex Following a Sunday morning and afternoon filled with wild and unpredictable weather changes, featuring bouts of hail, rain, and the sunshine, I made my way down to the NXNE festival grounds in hopes of clear skies for the evening. Last year, I was disappointed by the set up at … Continue reading