{ Music ]

Album Review: Steelburner – EP

Jill Staveley and Matthew Watson have been members of the music scene for many years—Staveley with The Burning Hell, Watson with The United Steelworkers of Montreal and other bands. They toured together, they fell in love, they had kids, and then, for a while, they drew back from music. Steelburner is their first collaboration. It’s […]

Album Review: Andrew Shedden – Better Off This Way

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Andrew Shedden. The local musician went north in 2014, bound for work in the isolated First Nations community of Kashechewan. Better Off This Way represents Shedden’s first major output since the move, and indeed his most composed, professionally recorded music to date. It’s a collection of lived-in […]

BA Johnston: Hobo 4 Life

Sparklers fizz in the dark, and friendly murmurs turn to whoops and cheers as the dramatic opening chords of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” blare on the house speakers. BA Johnston, a short and thick 40-ish man with elaborate facial hair wearing a ship captain’s hat and a polyester sweater, strides through the crowd to […]

5 Questions: Richard Laviolette

Taking the Long Way Home, the title of Richard Laviolette’s latest album, is quite literal. After a wildly productive decade recording albums in a variety of genres with a variety of bands, Laviolette’s latest is perhaps his most personal project. It’s an album of reminiscences about his childhood in small-town Ontario, set against a backdrop […]

Album Review: Seafoam Dream – Baby, Believe Me

Well this is a slice of beachy, dreamy warmth. Taking its cues from the Beach Boys, in their surf rock guitars, their “oh-whoa” vocals, their sentimental songs, and their warm melodies, the music of Seafoam Dream is undeniably a throwback. And in particular, the band references the Beach Boys at their most sonically ambitious, with […]

Bandwagon: Electric Six perform “(Be My) Skin Caboose”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, is back for its sixth season. Today, Bandwagon meets up with Electric Six for a performance of “(Be My) Skin Caboose.” There’s not much out there like the music of Electric Six—a particularly skeezy brand of hypermasculine glam-punk; manic, danceable, and completely off-the-wall. Frontman Dick […]

Album Review: Kayla Howran – Spare Parts

Kayla Howran cut her teeth on the throwback stage of Toronto’s Cameron House, with a lively and playful honkytonk sound. But she’s since moved back to Peterborough, closer to her roots and away from the distractions of the big city. Her songwriting has followed suit, exploring more muted, thoughtful territory. The result is Spare Parts, […]

Album Review: Jesse Foster – EP

“Something in the weather’s strange, changing.” With this vaguely threatening lyric, half-whispered at a sleepy amble, Peterborough’s Jesse Foster sets the tone for his debut album. This dreamy, light-psychedelic pop album unveils itself at a languid pace. At the centre of it is Foster’s guitar work, which owes a heavy debt to Mac DeMarco in […]

Bandwagon: Tokyo Police Club perform “Not My Girl”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, is back for its sixth season. Today, Bandwagon meets up with Tokyo Police Club for a performance of “Not My Girl.” It’s been just over 10 years since Tokyo Police Club hit the scene, moving from a Newmarket basement in 2005 to Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury in the next year. […]

Album Review: The Silver Hearts – Golden Favourites

It’s hard to tell what level of irony The Silver Hearts are working with by giving their first album in a decade the nostalgic title Golden Favourites. Certainly the Hearts defined a generation of Peterborough’s musical scene, and the album, which mostly consists of old Hearts live songs recorded for the first time (and notably […]