Motoretta, a scooter lifestyle retailer in Toronto, is now housing a one-of-a-kind Honda Scooter Boutique within the store (554 College St.), and is the first authorized Honda dealer in Canada to focus exclusively on scooters. Motoretta will bring the Honda scooter line and same-day service to metropolitan riders. Motoretta was the first retailer in Canada to launch Vespa scooters in 2004 and have been a fixture in the Toronto scootering community since 2001.
“At Motoretta, Scooters are our business – and our passion. This new in-store Honda scooter boutique will offer the widest variety of top quality scooters to Torontonians,” said Jeremy Logan, co-owner of Motoretta. “Honda is a world renowned brand with really incredible products. Now is definitely the perfect time for a new scooter from Motoretta.” Continue reading →
NXNE (North by Northeast) announces the first batch of programming as part of NXNE Film. Presented in partnership with Hot Docs, NXNE Film will screen more than 30 movies from June 13-16 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and at alternative spaces throughout Toronto. Film Festival wristbands are now available online at www.nxne.com/tickets and single tickets will be available at the end of May at www.bloorcinema.com.
NXNE Film will be presenting the North American premiere of ‘BB King – The Life of Riley’ on Friday, June 14. Directed by Jon Brewer, ‘BB King – The Life of Riley’ is a powerful and insightful documentary about legendary bluesman BB King. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the documentary features Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Slash, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis and more. Continue reading →
Toronto’s Hooded Fang have announced their third full-length release, entitled ‘Gravez’. The album will be released in the US on May 28 via the UK label Full Time Hobby and Daps Records will release it in Canada. Continue reading →
Arts & Crafts today announced a new photography exhibit in collaboration with Toronto-based celebrity and fashion photographer Norman Wong, chronicling Arts & Crafts label artists over the past 10 years. The original black-and-white portrait series features iconic favourite and never-before-seen shots of artists such as Kevin Drew, Leslie Feist, Dan Mangan and numerous other Arts & Crafts artists, as well as a special archival collection of personal, candid shots taken by Wong during Arts & Crafts tours, concerts and photography sessions. Continue reading →
Toronto’s Christ vs Krishna have released a 7-track EP titled “Move and Scale” which features their new single We Stand Alone.
The tracks on the album are very consistent musically, and really have a strong similarity to bands like The Lemonheads and The High from the mid 90s who were doing a nouveau 60s thing. Christ vs Krishna are doing the same thing in that “Victor-Victoria” type way (yep, that is a weird 80s movie reference)….a band sounding like bands from the early 90s who sound like bands from the 60s. They reference sounding similar the Pixies in their bio, but I can only hear a hint of Here Comes Your Man in their songs. Continue reading →
Perhaps the most remarkable impact the internet has had on the music industry is the speed at which it can propel an artist to fame. Whereas in the past, a pair of promising singles would have left a band still on the hunt for a record deal, one hit song on SoundCloud or YouTube now seems to be all it takes to achieve worldwide fame. Wednesday evening’s Canadian Music Fest showcase of Glasgow’s Chvrches is one of the more stunning examples of this. Continue reading →
It’s that time again for Canadian Music Week / Canadian Music Fest, and here are our picks for the acts to check out during the festival.
A Place To Bury Strangers
They are playing at Sound Academy (ugggghh) alongside Coheed & Cambria, and always put on an amazing show. Make sure to check out their high octane, super distorted R’n'R kick in the pants.
When: Thursday March 21 @ 8:20 pm at Sound Academy.
These guys definitely know how to pull off some interesting psychedelic sounds. Definitely check them out – they know music and are music, and good friends to Culture Addicts on social media channels.
When: Friday March 22 @ Rancho Relaxo 8:00 pm
Castle If / Cell Memory
Dark, creepy electronic music that will totally make your skin crawl – but in a very good way. The Castle If / Cell Memory combo platter is a definite, must-see for CMF this year.
When: Saturday March 23rd Silent Shoot CMW Showcase @ Comfort Zone 10:00 pm.
Electronic pop band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. They are getting a lot of buzz lately, and it seems to be well-deserved considering the beautiful music they are making.
When: Wednesday March 20 @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club 10:00 pm
Toronto’s haze-pop, quartette Decades are set to the release their debut self-titled album on White Girl Records, April 30th 2013, so this CMF showcase will be a great chance to see them play the new stuff live. They are retro-centric, but looking forward / modern as well.
When: Saturday March 23 @ Lee’s Palace 9:00 pm
Digits is electronic pop created by Alt Altman (great name) who is based in Toronto & Berlin. He is connected with Silent Shout who are amazing advocates of the Toronto electronic music scene. He is doing some interesting stuff right now, and well worth checking out.
When: Friday March 22 @ Wrongbar 10:30 pm
How can you go wrong with a band named Doom Squad who make weirdo, uber creepy electronic music that sounds like it comes from an experimental horror movie?
When: Saturday March 23 @ Comfort Zone 12:00 am
These ladies know how to put on a show that the audience enjoys, and they do too. I was blown away by their live energy even since my musical project, Your Pretend Boyfriend, performed during the same showcase night at NXNE a couple years back. They are lovely as well, which makes them a band to check out.
When: Saturday March 23 @ The Garrison 12:00 am
PS I Love You
FAST. LOUD. ENERGETIC. FUZZY. These are just a few of the words used to describe PS I Love You, the quick-rising power duo from Kingston, ON. You should definitely check out their take on the two-piece indie rock configuration – White Stripes, they are not.
When: Thursday March 21 @ The Great Hall 11:00 pm
The Great Wilderness
The Great Wilderness is a dream rock band from Costa Rica who compares themselves to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Joy Division and Smashing Pumpkins. It would be worth checking them out to see if these are accurate, and their video is quite good too.
When: Monday March 18 @ C’est What? 10:00 pm
Tuesday March 19 @ Annex Live 10:00 pm
Thursday March 21 @ The Garrison 8:00 pm