MUSIC PROFILE | THRUSH HERMIT

Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug. At its best, getting wrapped up in a sentimental memory makes us appreciative of the events that have shaped us into who we are today. Other times it makes us hoarders, unable or unwilling to let go of the past. It’s a rainy Monday in Dartmouth when ION reaches Joel Plaskett at home, and despite being neck-deep in old birthday cards and other assorted ephemera, the Maritimes-based singer-songwriter is doing his best to keep his head above the deluge of personal history.

ACTORS debut New Video

If you're from a mid-sized Canadian city, you know ACTORS as the band who plays your local industrial festival and is the only group with guitars rather than laptops on the bill. If you're in continental Europe, you know them as the wet hot snipers of sweaty, thousand-person no-seater venues.

A CONVERSATION WITH: A TRIBE CALLED RED

Indigenous people living in Canada have continually found themselves underrepresented in so many aspects of modern culture. When A Tribe Called Red got together in Ottawa just over a decade ago, one of the main reasons was to help shine a light on indigenous culture and to be positive role models to those who have been misrepresented and, in many cases, those who have been systematically devalued. The collective has been lighting up stages ever since with their unique take on hip hop and electronic music mixed with traditional pow wow drums and vocals.

MUSIC PROFILE | GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL

As a member of Tokyo Police Club, Graham Wright isn’t a stranger to hooky pop songs. With his new project, Girlfriend Material, the talented musician steps things up on the ear worm scale with his take on power pop indie rock firmly directed to the people that grew up on this brand of hit and find themselves entrenched in their thirties, still negotiating similar situations they’ve found themselves in over and over again. The spectre of the past looms large over the proceedings but now there’s a sense of self-awareness instead of bitterness.

ARTIST PROFILE | MIKEY WAY & SHAUN SIMON: COLLAPSER

When it comes to fiction, we love rooting for the bad guy. It’s why more cosplayers opt to don Darth Vader’s breath-stifling black mask over an original trilogy Luke Skywalker robe, or why online battle masters went bananas when Fortnite reintroduced Marvel heel Thanos as a playable character this past spring. Imperfect, endlessly complicated, and full of mystique, there just seems to be more to latch onto with a villain.

Louise Burns Releases New Single Off Of Upcoming Full-Length

Louise Burns' presence in the Canadian Music Scene has been pretty ubiquitous. Actually, to simply say ‘ubiquitous’ underlies Burns natural charisma, amazing talent and wonderful songwriting. So, yes, she has been around in the scene for some time, but her presence in it only helps to elevate what we all do to another level. Burns recently released the single "Just Walk Away" off of the upcoming full-length Portraits. Almost perfectly timed for the summer sun, the track practically is walking on air.

Meltt Release Video for "Love Again"

Can love last forever? It’s a big question and one that everyone had wrestled with at least once in their lives. If there was a way to make it last for sure, would that be something that you would interest you? Vancouver’s ethereal pop act Mellt has decided to take this question head on with their latest single, “Love Again”, off their upcoming debut album due this fall via Light Organ Records. The track is a wistful, breezy number bubbling with soft synths and a head bopping beat all tied together with a soft yet strong lead vocal performance.

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