Events, Music

Frosh Me Please!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again! Back to the books…but not before some rockin’ out right?

Basically, some university / college students got some really good bands playing for them this year.

UofT gets Tokyo Police Club and Cadence Weapon. September 5 @ Back Campus.

Ryerson gets Kardinal Offishall and Thunderheist. September 5 @ Toronto Island

Humber gets k-os and Girl Talk (wow). September 10 @ North Campus Amphitheatre

York gets Stars (very jealous). September 16 @ Rexall Centre.

Queen’s gets Sam Roberts.

UOIT gets Bedouin Soundclash. Sept 4 @ EP Taylors campus pub.

Overall, 2008 looks like a fierce frosh concert competition! In my opinion having Bedouin sooth my ears will be a great “pre-Vfest” treat!

Events

V-fest Set Times A-GO!

Well, they are finally here! (Not V-fest yet) But the anticipated band set times.

They can be found here: http://virginfestival.ca/toronto/#/lineup/.

Overall, the 2008 schedule looks pretty decent. However, on day 1, they decided to bill MGMT, the Fratellis and newly added Lights at almost the same slot on different stages around 5 O’clock-ish. Running around to three distant stages is not going to be too pleasant.

On day 2, everything is spread out quite well. Stereophonics, The Secret Broadcast and Moby (woo!) are nice and plannable to get to without any hassle. And of course, they give Oasis the lone 9 spot giving no one an excuse to not see them live.

The festival is going to rock! Be there!

Photography

Live Concert Portfolio: UPDATED

I have just updated my “Best of” portfolio with some of my personal favorites. Some of my top shots are all in there. Bands like Arcade fire, M.I.A, Interpol and Radiohead are included!

Check it out!

This shot is of Explosions in the Sky at Virgin Festival 2007 at the Future Shop stage.

They are a progressive indie rock band and don’t have any lyrics. At this show, they didn’t even set up a mic on the stage.

It was very rad indeed.


Events, Music

Virgin Bound

With the 2008 edition of Virgin Festival on the Toronto Islands just about ten days away, it seems that all the final acts have just been added. If you take a look at my previous post , where I tried to predict some of the key bands I thought would have gave V-fest more sparkle were the likes of The Verve, Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara and Katy Perry. Well…none of them were added. Actually no one “mid-card” were added. So Virgin Festival 08 maybe just a tad short on star power, BUT what we got instead were a bunch of new and upcoming bands that I actually did some research on, and I found that most were pretty decent.

* So what bands am I speaking of? First off, added to Saturday (day 1) are The Waking Eyes, Bad Flirt, Lights, Flash Lightin, Saint Alvia Cartel and We are the Take.

So on the first day in the newly branded “Oh Henrys” stage, we have some pretty good new blood. I’ve been listening to Saint Alvia Cartel for a bit and I like them. Lights who made that Old Navy commercial song during the early summer, and the Waking Eyes are just rockin’.

* On day 2, we are getting: The Secret Broadcast, Shad, Rock Plaza Central, Arkells, OPOPO and Winter Gloves.

These second day additions are also very good. My man Shad, who I’ve seen twice at my university’s campus is just fantastic. OPOPO is a band I am really exicted to see because of their electro-rockness.

V-fest states that the the final line-up set times will be released soon. But while we wait, keep hoping that some more key bands will be added!

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