25 Things You Need to Know About TWiMFeST


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

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!
Dan Wolovick & David Marskell

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


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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A Two Way Monologues NXNE Primer Part 2


We’re back with the second half of our NXNE preview–read on for tips on what to catch over the weekend of the festival. Continue reading

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A Two Way Monologues NXNE Primer Part 1


I have a serious NXNE fever cranking up right now, so I wanted to share with you some picks for the festival. Full disclosure: TWM has five showcases during NXNE, so there is a bit of a bias there–and aside from that, tons of our friends are playing. So ingest a grain of salt and then read on to find some of the best under-the-radar (or semi-under-the-radar) acts to see at the festival. Nothing beats finding the next big thing or an amazing band that nobody seems to know about. You’ll find plenty of those below.


Bella’s Bartok
Rancho Relaxo at 10 PM

A folk collective with perfect pop sensibilities combined with a Klezmer influence, this is basically about as much fun as you can have with your pants on.

Decent Lovers
The Rivoli at 9 PM

This addictive electro-pop outfit out of Providence has some of the most hook-laden songs I have heard in the festival entire lineup. Check out “Keep it Together” and try not to play it 10 times in a row.

Dirty Frigs
Smiling Buddah at 9 PM

Credit where it’s due: Mark Pesci has booked a huge NXNE at the Buddah. Dirty Frigs play psychedelic pop with raw undertones–they’re one of the best bands in town right now.

The Boat at 11 PM

Relive The Boat’s glory days with some sultry electro-pop out of Ottawa. Fevers describe themselves as early Metric meets Pet Shop Boys,and they have a second play at the Rivoli on Thursday at 8 PM.

Glory Glory
The Drake at 9 PM & Rancho Relaxo Fri at 9 PM

Glory Glory play the Drake as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion Showcase, which should be rad as all hell. The band has changed and mellowed a lot over the years. At one point they were very Nada Surf to me and then they delved into some heavy post-rock stuff, but now they have mellowed out with some new wave indie-pop jams that might be best listened to by a beach or under a tree while staring up at the clouds.

The Handlebar at 8 PM

If you can get going for 8pm then you should seriously consider seeing Monomyth out of Halifax. They’re full of delicious indie-pop goodness courtesy of the excellent Mint Records. Taken from their bio: “The Halifax four-piece carries on the hallowed East Coast tradition of janglophile pop with a smirking sense of humour, stadium-sized hooks, and starry-eyed harmonies from the barbershop of broken dreams.”

Olivia & the Creepy Crawlies
Rancho Relaxo at 9 PM

This six-piece ukulele-fronted folk outfit is from London Ontario, a hotbed for under-the-radar folk music for the last decade or so. With a lineup including everything from banjos to telecasters, Olivia & the Creepy Crawlies play quirky upbeat folk that will get you bouncing around where ever you are.

Technical Kidman
Baltic Avenue at 10 PM

“It’s a hypnotic electronic-meets-shoegaze wall of sound” kicks off their bio, and that is a great description of what you get. Technical Kidman are a force to see live, one of my favourites in years. When they played Rancho they literally left my jaw on the floor. With the right breaks this band could be absolutely huge. You can catch them Wednesday or Thursday at 1 AM at the Dakota Tavern–an absolutely bizarre venue for them, which could be cool or a disaster.


Federal Lights
Cameron House at 8 PM

Last year we had Federal Lights play at Rancho for the festival, and the night ended with one of our bartenders getting smashed in the head with a stolen bottle of liquor he was trying to retrieve. If I am still recommending Federal Lights, that says that they played an incredible set. Based out of my beloved Winnipeg, Federal Lights play that driving impeccable indie pop that makes you feel like you could float on a cloud.

Odonis Odonis
The Garrison at 1 AM

Odonis Odonis play with as much visceral energy as anyone going right in Canada, and the live show backs it up and then some. The Garrison is the perfect venue to catch them, and honestly I would go see them 100/100 times there over Dundas Square anyhow. I could listen to the guitars alone in this band for hours at a time.

Molly Thomason
The Hideout at 9 PM
Just reading now on the NXNE website that Molly Thomason is 19 years old blows my mind. It was at least three years ago now when the Cheap Speakers played with “this insanely talented singer/songwriter in Antigonish”–that songwriter was Molly Thomason, and in the years since she has established herself as one of Canada’s brightest rising musicians.

The Pizza Underground
Lee’s Palace at 10 PM

I was inches away from being the first person to bring the Pizza Underground to Toronto–but it fell through for a variety of reasons, and now NXNE has them. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s fucking awesome that NXNE brought the pizza-loving hipsters to the Big Smoke for several plays. It might be the best slice you’ve ever had in your life, or it might be that end-of-the-night Pizza Pizza you eat because you’re drunk.

Lux Deluxe
Rancho Relaxo at 11 PM

Here’s a second great band from Northampton playing Rancho for NXNE. I am seriously going to have to look into that music scene, because everything I have heard is fantastic. They play diverse electro-pop, and its strongest element might be the brilliant composition. This is a great pick for fans of Future Islands.

Another City
Rancho Relaxo at 1 AM

Another City has been off for a few months, which means they are all full of piss and vinegar and ready to rip NXNE and Rancho a new one. I never grow tired of watching the dynamic between Sarah’s classically trained vocals and Benj’s aggressive style, while Kyle dazzles on guitar and Steve drives them forward with some of the more intense drumming in the city.

Language Arts
Silver Dollar at 10 PM

Once upon a time, TWM was the first promoter/venue to ever bring Language Arts to Toronto. Now the band is finally getting its serious due, signing to Maple Music and releasing a record called Wonderkind last year. Frontperson Kristen Cudmore’s quirky vocals are unforgettable, and the album would be one of my picks for the Polaris Prize this year.

Baltic Avenue at 12 AM

A lot of you don’t know Baltic Avenue yet–which is a shame because it is a great space and is booked by David Marskell of the Indie Machine, one of my best friends in town. He has outdone himself this year for NXNE, and MIMICO might be his crown jewel. Stole this from the shortest bio on the NXNE website: “Wandering, spaced-out psychedelia. Eerie corridors, sinister instrumentals, and ever-growing, throbbing heights.”

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TWM Brings the Rock to Canadian Music Week (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday I posted part 1 of TWM’s 2 part series previewing the acts we are bringing from Newfoundland to Toronto for Canadian Music Week. Follow the above link for the backstory. In this article, we preview the last five acts coming with us. Be sure to check out their set times and plug them into your CMW calendar so you can truly experience what “having a time” is all about. Continue reading

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