Toronto has more than than its fair share of dance parties/DJ nights, and I am the first person to admit that. But then again, we also have more than our fair share of bands and concerts and venues and everything else. Picking which one to go to any night can be a bit of a headache. That is why, over the years, reliable events–like, for instance Shake A Tail–have thrived. People like to know about something consistent that they can go to when they want to dance on a weekend night that will be fun, well attended, and playing good music. Continue reading
I promise you that before long, we are going to have updates on here about music and individual write-ups, reviews, and stuff like that. But right now, TWM is in such an amazing transition mode that I have to focus on that for the time being. Continue reading
Exciting news for you today regarding one of my favourite spots for live music in Canada, Ottawa! For years I have been in love with so much of the fantastic music coming out of Ottawa. Just a few great examples: Amos the Transparent, the Love Machine, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen, Loon Choir, The Polymorphines, and Ornaments.
Now my fascination with that music scene is going to the next level, because TWM is about to launch a bi-weekly pilot residency at the Avant-Garde Bar starting on December 7th and continuing every two weeks thereafter, as long as it goes well! Continue reading
See the poster at the top of this post? In all my years as a concert promoter, music fan, band manager, tour booker, and things of that sort, this is one of my proudest moments.
I have never lived in Halifax. I have only ever been to Halifax once, for Halifax Pop Explosion in 2011–but I loved it! The music scene there is incredible, diverse, and one of the more interesting scenes I have come across in Canada. Continue reading
Perhaps some of you have been out to a TWM show lately? If you have, you probably noticed that things are business as usual, with my main man Antony East running the ship and a lot of the same friendly awesome faces you know and love hanging around and supporting what we do. Continue reading
You could deprive yourselves of many nights of sleep, lying awake trying to figure out why certain bands get breaks and other do not. I’m sure the Racoon Wedding have given that some thought over the years–or maybe they haven’t at all, because they just keep on releasing some of the best and most creative music Canada has to offer, whether you pay attention or not. Continue reading
Have you ever gone to a show solely based on its show poster? Odds are that if you are in your late 20s or early 30s, you probably have. But in Toronto these days, this is becoming less and less likely to happen.
It is not that great show posters aren’t being made–they are–but what do you do with them? Facebook has marginalized their effectiveness–and even if it is effective to post them there, do people check Facebook events that often anymore? Twitter is great for show promotion but not as great for using posters. At their core, posters were made to be used outside, as a means to grab people’s attention and help them find out about a show. Continue reading