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

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

Best of the Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

By Tyson Moll, Feature Photo via Latin Jazz Network, by Atael Weissman With the Toronto Jazz Festival coming to town, Demo has your event guide of the best acts to see over the 10-day festival! Caravan Palace- June 26 @ the Phoenix Concert Theatre In the spirit of Django Reinhardt, Caravan Palace brings fresh Parisian electro-swing … Continue reading

Best of NXNE 2017

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via NXNE From June 16-25, North by Northeast (NXNE) returns to Toronto with a variety of live music, video game tournaments, and events across the city. Yearly the festival has grown in size, expanding their featured artists with 2017 being no exception. To help you with your festival experience, Demo … Continue reading

Track Trek: Crooklyn Dodgers—“Crooklyn,” “The Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers,” “Brooklyn on My Mind” (Part One)

By Alex Ryu, Feature Photo via Red Bull Music Academy Track Trek is an irregular retrospect review of forgotten tracks of various genres that deserve a second viewing, with an analysis that describes why it deserves so. Track Trek is written by Alex Ryu. In 1994, Spike Lee released his then-latest film to the masses … Continue reading

Demo Magazine Download: Issue 11 (2015)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s 2015 issue is available below to view and download as a PDF! Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the magazine together! DOWNLOAD HERE: -> DEMO 2015 INSIDE Don’t Be That guy: A Crash Course in Concert Etiquette                By Carey Roach Post-Show Grub: Where to Get … Continue reading

Demo Magazine Download: Issue 10 (2014)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s 2014 issue is available below to view and download as a PDF! Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the magazine together! DOWNLOAD HERE: -> DEMO 2014 INSIDE Things to Bring to a Concert Four Places to see a Show for $5                By Elena Gritzan “If You … Continue reading

Demo Magazine Download: Issue 9 (2013)

By Stuart Oakes Demo’s 2013 issue is available below to view and download as a PDF! Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the magazine together! DOWNLOAD HERE: -> DEMO 2013 INSIDE UofT Student Musician Profiles: Petra Nikolaou, Molly Thomason, and Amity Beach                By Maria Sokulsky-Dolnycky, Erik Masson, and Sian … Continue reading

Show Review: Tim Darcy At The Drake Hotel

Story & Photos by Tyson Moll, 
Just as Wiarton’s prophecy was coming to pass, I moseyed down below the Drake Hotel, one of the most beautiful venue spaces I’ve had the chance to experience in the city. After the packed-as-sardines Homeshake concert a couple months back in the now retired Silver Dollar, it was great … 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