After her debut release with Ink Sticks and Stones, Jesse sat down with Ai Rei to dig into her making her first record, All That Gets Left Behind. Ai Rei gets into her unique sound and influences, and the balance between careers both behind the scenes and front and center as a performer. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all from AFL!
After a very successful CD release, Phill and Jess get in depth on what it takes to make a record, how Toronto’s music scene has changed in the last decade, and what Phill’s journey as an artist was like from Newfoundland to the Big Smoke. Soon to come: live footage from the AFL 2nd Anniversary show. Phill Hood and the Exclamation’s debut release Detour available now!
Just a few more sleeps until AFL 2nd Anniversary Showcase! On this episode, Yanis joins me for iced tea and takes over as host of Tea & Table Talk. We get into the podcast’s inner workings, how journalism and music criticism influence us as musicians, the upcoming showcase, and I share details of my original projects currently in the works. Come out to The Hideout Wednesday July 19th to hear Yanis and company live (myself included). Get in the loop!
Today’s episode is Aerin Fogel, organizer of VenusFest, who joined me to discuss the revolutionary feminist and female-centric music festival happening September 30th. You could win Venusfest tickets through AFL’s anniversary show July 19th so be sure to come out for that as well. We dig into the gender politics of music today, her various other creative projects and her incredible work as a core pattern/astrology reader.Get in the loop and see you all July 19th!
In the tradition of our show, we like to shake things up. My guest on this episode works in every creative field BUT music, and has a unique take on what it means to be female in such varying pursuits. Dancer, stuntwoman, photographer and entrepreneur, Melissa delves into what it took to do it all. Her business Beyouty Revolution aims to help empower women with self-healing and self-love techniques, and she host workshops through a built community online and in special events. Special thanks to Ali Barrie and the Grand Trunk for being our backdrop for this episode, a truly perfect trifecta of strong ladies who get shit done. Check out what they’re both up to, and get in the loop!
Another great chat with a fantastic musician, writer, actor and comedian Chris Kerba of Eclectic Revival! We dig into the many hats one must wear in creative fields, what it’s like to work with the same musical soulmate for years, and what making a record really entails. Stay till the end for a special EXCLUSIVE listen of Sailing Home, off their new album Life & Love. And come see us this Saturday April 8th at the Libertarian!!!
Today’s episode is a very special new segment of AFL: Tea & Table Talk. Jesse invites musicians to her kitchen table for tea and, well, talking. Charlie McKittrick sat down to discuss his journey from drummer extraordinaire (TimeGiant, Phill Hood!, Foreign Film Star and a billion others) to singer-songwriter and his debut solo record. It’s an insightful, vulnerable, occasionally heavy discussion, and well worth a listen. Charlie opens our No Soul Safe showcase April 8th so get in the loop already!
Carmen Toth has been a beast in the Toronto music scene, working and posting every day about her various adventures and shows. Social Potion indeed. In a sea of artists hungry for time to play music in between having to Instagram their side hobbies to show their audience how well-rounded they are, Carmen has managed an engaging social media presence that remains authentic. Luckily, the music that drives her is catchy, unique, and ever-evolving.
Her work reflects her self: candid, fearless and open-hearted. Upon our first meeting, we talked at length about everything from divorce to horoscopes and she read my palm, quite accurately in fact. Carmen’s first release was a burst of energy that drew from and celebrated my personal favourite decade for women in rock, the 90’s. Will her upcoming release echo those sentiments? Produced by Derek Downham and engineered by Tim Foy, Carmen describes it as danceable, full band versions of her often acoustic tunes. Downham assures fans that this is “not a throwback. This is now, moving forward.” Sounds like my fascination with 90’s alt rock is about to be blown wide open.
Our conversation on Social Potion’s first EP can be found here.
Check her out at our showcase November 3rd at The Cameron House. $7 at the door.
Hey loopers! Our second showcase night is coming up November 3rd, and we have a special giveaway going down. Write a review of our show on any platform you listen to us (iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook) and we will choose a winner at random to receive TWO tickets and TWO AFL T-shirts for you and a guest!
Submit a written review of A Feedback Loop on iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook, etc and share/tag it wherever folks do that stuff.
Deadline for submission is Oct 28th. Good luck!!!
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Closing out the night for our showcase is a band that had been close to my heart since I moved to Toronto 6 years ago. Big Otter Creek’s Dan Gangon was one of the first people I met in the music scene here, and if you’re not sure who he is, just check out your facebook page and you will find you’ve got 18 friends in common and he has played music with about half of them.
As one of the band’s singers (sharing this role with fellow guitarist and equally wonderful John Bridgens), Dan’s undeniable rasp and alt-country style has made them a force to be reckoned with. Their current lineup of multi-talented dudes also includes Ben Healy, Jake Saenz and Jesse Shapiro. Since releasing the Orange Takes (from way back to Ep 3!), their sound has fleshed out with a third guitar, and new songs from both Dan and John that range from bluesy and plucky to shuffly and sweet.
The real shining star of Big Otter Creek is the fact that these fellas are so consistently them.
When a band changes their lineup (in this case losing one member and gaining two), it can be a catalyst in their demise or (also in this case) it can breath new life into their old tunes, and bridge the gap to new music. But the Big Otter Creek brand remains intact. There’s a phenomenon I’ve observed with people torn between the big smoke and the sticks energy of city folk stirred with their insatiable desire to get back to the country will always be a relatable notion to great Canadians, especially during our fleeting summers.
It’s not easy to toe the line between tight, harmonic guitar driven blues and softer, jangly country flavours, but BOC delivers in a big way. Don’t believe me? Better come see for yourself tomorrow night. You can tell me right to my face that I was right 🙂
RSPV already! 4 great and varied acts in one night, how can you go wrong?