Listen to passionate, powerful “Mad At The World” by #Toronto’s Will Bowes @wilsonbowes

WILL BOWES, “Mad At The World”

Despite its title, “Mad At The World” is a passionate plea to find more love in us all, as written and sung by my fellow Torontonian Will Bowes.  If you recognize his name, it may be from his appearances on TV as a teen in “Naturally, Sadie” and “How To Be Indie”, followed by appearances in films like personal fave “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”, “Hunting Season”, and “House At The End Of The Street” opposite Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.  But “Mad At The World” could light the fire for a pop music career for Will, written in response to two recent tragedies in Toronto resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries.  He certainly draws upon classic styles one would associate with Elton John or Billy Joel but that you can also find in recent releases by Harry Styles, James Arthur or Father John Misty.  Will’s gruffer, bluesy tones bathe in the emotion which makes “Mad At The World” a compelling, thoughtful release.

Published in: on September 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canadian alt.rock trio @NikkisWives return with EP Motor Court… and a splashy, tight live Toronto showcase

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NIKKI’S WIVES, Motor Court (EP)

Hailing from London, Ontario, alt.rock trio Nikki’s Wives is keeping well afloat of the cluttered indie market by making good, if uncharacteristic choices to help support their tight, well-written songs, which you can hear in their new EP Motor Court below.  The band consists of singer Nikki Whitehead, guitarist Dylan Lauzon, and drummer Nate Baylor.

Readers of this blog know the band from their feature on last year’s dance hit by fellow Canadians Loud Luxury called “Show Me”, one of my favourites of 2017.  And although it was outside of their regular genre, it was enough to kick start getting the band noticed, having opened for the likes of Cee-Lo Green and others since that time while touring North America. 

Last night’s splashy, free (but ticketed) showcase in Toronto at the intimate Rivoli – hosted by Edge 102.1’s Alan Cross no less, and co-sponsored by that radio station and Exclaim! magazine among others where there was an abundance of free drinks and food – showed off a hard-working band yielding fine results from all of that touring with a punchy 30 minute + set focusing on songs from Motor Court.  Led by the immense stage presence of singer Nikki – think Gwen Stefani meets Joan Jett meets Lights – it was a memorable evening that will help take Nikki’s Wives to the next level. 

And what of the songs from the EP?  They’re gritty, aggressive and melodic.  There are a lot of harder rock influences at play here, and the oh-so-true “Breaking Up” is the highlight.  You’ll be hearing much more from Nikki’s Wives throughout the rest of 2018!

Published in: on August 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto area alt.rock quartet @InMyComa returns with uplifting video for “We Are One”

IN MY COMA, “We Are One”

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for an uplifting video which is the visual equivalent of a big, warm hug for everyone, regardless of who you may be.  “We Are One” is the latest alt.rock single from Toronto area quartet In My Coma from their recent album release Next Life.  Taking an inspired cue from Godley & Creme’s seminal 80’s video for “Cry”, the video for “We Are One” (directed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jasper James and the band) moves through the four faces of the band – Jasper (and his reappearing and disappearing beard), bassist LauraDoll, drummer Mike, and keyboardist/vocalist Linz – amid the smiling and content faces of men, women, young, old, multi-racial and multicultural, all uniquely different but all US.  As much as their previous video for “Beautiful Mind” was noted for its humour, “We Are One” rocks out in anthemic style and definitely commands even more attention for a straight-forward take on its message in a very caring, delightful video.

You can find In My Coma playing a variety of events this summer, including at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition on August 29 at the Bandshell as they once again open for classic Canadian rockers Moist.  

Published in: on July 23, 2018 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Get to know new Toronto production duo @djWavesofficial with “Blinded” featuring James Delaney @jdelaneymusic

WAVES and JAMES DELANEY, “Blinded”

The latest release from Toronto production duo Waves (aka Frankie and Spencer) is “Blinded”.  It’s a good song that is made even bigger and better by what’s all inside.  The production is well-balanced with many highlights, such as some vivid flute playing, as well as a few solid, well-placed drops.  Boston-bred, L.A.-based singer James Delaney has graced a number of fine dance songs – notably Two Friends’ “Emily” – with his expressive and far-reaching voice, and in “Blinded” it’s definitely at its best.  The overall result is a memorable, well-assembled song that will have you swaying till the end.  

Published in: on July 23, 2018 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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With festival and club fireworks to come, @Dzekomusic and @RiggiandPiros give us a definitive summer “Anthem”

DZEKO vs RIGGI & PIROS, “Anthem”

In one short week since its release, “Anthem” from Toronto’s Dzeko and one of New Jersey’s finest dance production duos Riggi & Piros has garnered the support of just about every major DJ in the world, so you can expect EDM domination during the balance of the summer.  All it takes is the 10 deliberate notes in “Anthem” that comprise the unassuming hook and will absolutely slay dance music lovers.  There’s a real throwback melody to late 90’s Eurodisco too within the future house core of the song  that’s highly appealing and causes utter glee with fans of this genre.  With Dzeko now everywhere on the charts with Tiësto and “Jackie Chan”, “Anthem” will follow by conquering festivals and clubs everywhere.  You have been warned!!

New Canadian singer @Dallaspaige17 has a sultry, rhythmic winner with “Spaceship”

DALLAS, “Spaceship”

You can tell 19 year-old Toronto-born Dallas has grown up with great songs by the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé at her disposal, which puts her in similar contention to newer successes like Jhané Aiko and Kehlani.  While not as Top 40 focused as the recent success of fellow Canadian Jessie Reyez, “Spaceship” is more about the flow and groove, much along the lines of what another award-winning Canadian, Melanie Fiona, has been releasing over the past 10 years or so.  Dallas’ voice is well-suited to “Spaceship” and has a lot of potential to grow in subsequent releases.  Produced and co-written by 3Stripe and singer/songwriter Veronica, who continue to be very prolific and in a change of pace here, R&B fans will enjoy “Spaceship”.  Add it to your Into The Flow playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on May 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A new edgy “Anthem” is here courtesy of Toronto’s @OmarJabermusic and @3Stripeofficial

OMAR JABER and 3STRIPE, “Anthem”

“Anthem” by Toronto singer/songwriter Omar Jaber and 3Stripe – which is the new project for singer/songwriter/producer Adam Bertucci – is edgy, alt.rock which is bound to catch the ears of new music listeners if you hear it on the radio.  It does indeed have all of those anthemic qualities, including a gritty, unique vocal by Omar that weaves a story that you’ll want to hear more to get to know all of the words.  The tempo is taut, with a lot of potential room for fist pumping, and the overall sound is tight, as reliable as Adam’s past productions, including “In The Mood”, which he co-wrote with fellow Torontonian Veronica and went gold recently in Belgium.  “Anthem” is definitely one for college and alternative radio stations to get to know better with a potential for a long playlist life.  It also comes to you as part of Omar’s recent self-titled EP.

Published in: on April 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @FrancoisKlark offers solid story-telling pop with “Run”

FRANÇOIS KLARK, “Run”

Newcomer François Klark is off to a fine start with his second single release “Run”, from his forthcoming album “Love”.  Hailing originally from South Africa but now based in Toronto, François has a soft, appealing voice that appears to have some soulful power which we get to hear in key moments of “Run”.  Sort of a cautionary tale, in its video “Run” offers pause for thought, when encountering a bad scene with his special guy, that if you ran from it at first, would you still do it a second time?  Or, does it just play out in your head that way?  François knows how to weave a good story and “Run” should be aimed initially at Canadian radio listeners for worthy national exposure.  Check out the video at the link above.

Published in: on March 18, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#Toronto’s @Aphrosemusic has a wicked set of pipes to be heard in bluesy “Move On”

APHROSE, “Move On”

It’s not often that I get to write about talent that is literally in my neighbourhood, which in Toronto is the former city of Scarborough.  Following folks like The Weeknd and Francesco Yates,  Aphrose has arrived, ready for you to be compelled by her powerful and soulful voice in “Move On”.  There are many parts to this young woman’s voice but most strikingly you will want to say Amy Winehouse, Pink, Adele, Fiona Apple, Alicia Keys, and a few others, just to start.  Aphrose (aka Joanna Mohammed) has the command and restraint in her blend of blues, R&B, rock and pop to keep your attention in “Move On”.  This is a great start and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Aphrose during the rest of 2018.  Check out the unique video for “Move On” above.  Perhaps you’ll make out more of its intent than I did but it’s an interesting introduction for Aphrose.

Published in: on March 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @FrancescoYates dazzles with sexy Spanish flavours of “Come Over”

FRANCESCO YATES, “Come Over”

One of the most talented new singers from Canada is back with his first single in over 2 years.  My fellow Scarborough denizen (along with The Weeknd) Francesco Yates remains someone to watch after such a promising debut with his self-titled EP, following it up with a standout vocal on the much-played international hit “Sugar” by Robin Schulz.  Since then “Come Over” and other songs have been in the works while the singer occasionally made local concert appearances, which continue to solidify his outstanding stage presence and guitar playing.  “Come Over” is a sexy piece of business, set to a lilting Spanish cha cha-like rhythm which could be played on radio and in clubs next to the reggaton of “Despacito” for a wickedly smooth flow that will keep listeners’ attention.  Francesco possesses an excellent, diverse, and wide-ranging vocal talent that will continue to be recognizable on Canadian radio.  I’m hoping that the charm of “Come Over” as well as what will come next will allow for another international breakout for the hard-working and talented Francesco.  Add “Come Over” to your playlist of promising vocalists at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on February 3, 2018 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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