TWiMFeST 2015: Fitter, Happier, More Productive

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As you might have noticed, lately things have been getting livelier on the TWiMFeST front. We’ve selected Toronto dates (Nov 4th8th) and are starting to look at venues. What we know so far is that we’ll be at the Gladstone Hotel and Rancho every night. We intend to add a lot more venues than that, but right now we are deciding which and when. That information should come soon. Continue reading

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Strength of Indie Music Means More Action in Music Betting

The ever-changing industry is now open to some serious bets

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In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of growth in the indie music scene, and this strength means that the very structure of the music industry has changed as well. While in the past, artists from major labels were sure to dominate the charts, the same can no longer be said for certain, and this has introduced a whole new aspect to the music industry: music betting.

You’ve probably played a few games of music betting yourself, and right around the time of awards shows like the Grammys, there are various ballots already circulating. However, music betting is also done is wider circles, with some people actually making money off of them. There are usually two forms of music betting: betting on who will top the charts, and then betting on who the recipients of various awards will be. This comes as no surprise, as in these days, nearly everything has been wagered on, and Betfair shows that even General Elections have seen their own fair share of wagers.

However, betting on awards nights is nothing new, as it is revealed that Johnny Avello, the Director of Race and Sports Operations for the Wynn Las Vegas, has been sending out “for-entertainment-purposes-only” lines for betting on the Grammys for years. “I’ve been doing the Grammys for quite a while. They’re never easy. It seems like there are more opinions on music than there are on movies,” Avello said. “The way I do my odds, I do my research, talk to some music people in the business, and I put all those thoughts together and rank [nominees] from one to five. Then I have to figure out how strong the favorite should be.”

Music betting, as with any other form of entertainment betting, hasn’t gained much of a following because the general idea is that “you can’t bet on something where at least one person already knows the results”, and as The Star has said, awards nights like the Grammys have already becoming formulaic. Thanks to the rise of indie music, however, there are still some upsets. A few years ago, Fueled by Ramen band fun. beat out artists like Kelly Clarkson and Frank Ocean, and with so many indie artists now proving to be mainstream favourites, it’s not unlikely that other awards shows will see a surge of them too. The changes in the indie music industry mean that there are now more chances of upsets in award winners and chart toppers, and this has opened the doors for music betting.

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Two Way Monologues Presents Road to Canadian Music Week Finals Mixtape

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One year later, and here we are again with the second annual mixtape for the finals of Road to Canadian Music Week. This winter we’ve spent Tuesdays and Thursday nights winnowing down approximately 70 acts to 24 finalists. And over the next few weeks we’ll turn those finalists into four winners–two bands and two solo acoustics/duos–to be sent to Toronto for Canadian Music Week. Continue reading

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25 Things You Need to Know About TWiMFeST

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The excitement is palpable as we get close to the inaugural TWiMFeST. People are asking lots of questions like who should I absolutely go see? Is your festival anti-NXNE? What is the best bet for me for passes? Will David Marskell be letting people touch his hair? Okay, not that last one the last–but I strongly suggest you do it, he loves it. So without further adieu here are 25 things you need to know about TWiMFeST. Continue reading

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TWiMFeST Anounces First Wave of Bands For First Annual Festival

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Two Way Monologues and The Indie Machine are thrilled to jointly announce our first wave of acts for October’s TWiMFeST – the new artist/fan-centred festival with no fees, no radius clause, and paid gigs for performers. After countless hours of listening and internal debate, we can proudly share the initial lineup. There are many more acceptances to come, but this is truly a powerhouse start. More details on the St. John’s side of TWiMFeST will be released later this week, but a few confirmed bands are announced below as well.
 
Some of the early TWiMFeST highlights include the hardest working CHUD in show business – alt-troubadour B.A. Johnston (who will be returning to Rancho Relaxo for the first time in years), one of the best rising bands in the country, Montreal electro indie-pop outfit Diamond Bones, an incredible U.S. psych surf-pop band out of Buffalo by the name of Aircraft, and local favourites such as Persian Rugs, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen, and Sun Stone Revolvers. An alphabetical and linked list can be found below!
 
Toronto Dates (Oct 23-26th)
The ’92 Jays (Toronto)
Aircraft (Buffalo)
Ally Mode (Toronto, debut show featuring Jason Legge of the Skirt Chasers)
B.A. Johnston (Hamilton)
Matt Bahen (Toronto, solo set from lead singer of the Schomberg Fair)
The Blue Stones (Windsor)
Buffalo (Toronto)
Carnival Moon (Toronto)
Convoys (Toronto)
Diamond Bones (Montreal)
The Do Good Badlies (Lindsay)
Drunk Lips (Toronto)
The Gnarly Ones (Toronto)
Hue (Toronto) 
Human Bodies (Toronto)
The Kerouacs (Niagara Falls)
Number One Babe (Toronto)
Paint (Toronto)
Persian Rugs (Toronto)
Port of Call (St. John’s)
The Rickaneers (Toronto)
Royal Creatures (Toronto/Montreal)
Run Coyote (London/Kitchener)
Paul Sheppard (St. John’s)
 
St. John’s Dates Oct 16-18th
Port of Call (St. John’s)
Rivals (St. John’s)
Twerp (St. John’s)
Undesirables (St. John’s)
Waterfront Fire (St. John’s)
 
Stay tuned for more artist announcements coming soon!
 
Sincerely,
Dan Wolovick & David Marskell
 

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Introducing Bardos, a new band from the minds behind Cursed Arrows

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It’s been a while since I had an update but this “new” band I have heard recently gripped me in such an intense way I just had to write about them. The band is called Bardos and I say “new” because Bardos emerged from one of my favourite and the most criminally underrated bands in Canada, Cursed Arrows. Continue reading

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Announcing TWM’s New Home Base in St. John’s

Below is a press release/statement put together by the fine people at High Visibility. This was a tough decision to make but one I am truly excited about.

– Dan Wolovick

Two Way Monologues is on the move! After an amazing 6 months at CBTG’s, TWM and owner Dan Wolovick are making the jump across The Deck to Distortion.  To start off this new partnership with a bang, Distortion will be launching new music series Tipsy Tuesdays on July 1st with a Canadian Music Tribute featuring a selection of great local artists playing their favourite CanCon songs of all times. Continue reading

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