CANADIAN MUSICIAN BLOG
Canadian Musician writer Kristian Partington and photographer Bart Nowak of NowakImages.com were in Montreal for this year’s edition of Heavy Montreal, featuring a stacked lineup of hard-edged bands from the metal, punk, hardcore, and hard rock worlds. In addition to headliners like Metallica, Slayer, and Three Days Grace, the bill also included Canadian outfits like Protest the Hero, Monster Truck, and Fucked Up. Thanks to Kristian for the words and Bart for the images.
About three quarters of the way through Metallica’s two-and-half-hour set at the end of Heavy Montreal’s first day, iconic frontman James Hetfield spoke of the “Metallica family” – the fans who’ve helped the band become a global heavy metal institution. Though Hetfield’s exact words escape me, the gist of that quick, blurry moment between songs in my memory was this: he thanked the old members of this worldwide family, those millions who’ve seen the band live in countless venues over the years, and he welcomed those for whom this pulsing Montreal show at Parc Jean Drapeau was an initiation. (more…)
Canadian Musician‘s Bart Nowak (www.nowakimages.com) was onsite in Kitchener, ON for the 2014 edition of Big Music Fest. This year’s festival featured monster headliners like Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Styx, Slash, Big Wreck, Moist, and more. Check below for some great shots of this year’s performers, and congratulations to The Modern Hearts for winning the 2014 Breaking Bands contest. The band has earned a spot on the main stage for Big Music Fest 2015, and one can only guess as to who else will be featured on that stage…
Canada’s pre-eminent musicologist and authority in rock music, Alan Cross, is returning to Toronto’s radio station 102.1 the Edge in a -yet-to-be-announced role. Details regarding Cross’s new role are expected in early fall.
“Alan Cross is synonymous with alternative music – he’s credible, authentic and true to the Edge brand,” said Dave Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto. “Having Alan back represents the next phase of the station’s evolution – returning to its music-based roots with intelligent conversation.”
“I spent a long time at the Edge — 1986 through 2011 — so it feels good to be back in the fold,” said Alan Cross. “A lot of people will say the Edge is my natural home, so let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?”
Alan Cross is also a consultant for Indie 88, a competitor of The Edge in Toronto’s alternative music radio market.
World renowned DJ/producer DJ Revolution will be on-hand to showcase and also judge the competition.
As well, the Toronto Regional DMC DJ Competition will take place on Thursday, July 24 at the Supermarket in Toronto at 268 Augusta Ave.
For the battles, DJs are permitted to use the supplied Rane 62, Rane 61, or Rane TTM 57 mixer along with the supplied Technics 1200 / 1210 turntables. DJs must bring their own headphones, slipmats, needles, records, laptops, cords, control vinyl and/or laptop stands etc.
The winners of the regional competitions will go on to compete at the 2014 DMC Canada finals.
All good things must come to an end… For the past week-plus, Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, has been covering RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Fresh from the fest’s final weekend, Sam has some great shots of the likes of Blondie, July Talk, Childish Gambino, and others in this post. Check some of the previous posts as well for more great shots blurbs about some of this year’s performer. Can’t wait for 2015…
It was a busy weekend for Canadian Musician staff and contributors. Bart Nowak was out at Kitchener’s Big Music Fest, snapping great shots of the likes of Moist, Big Wreck, Bryan Adams, and many more. Meanwhile, Sam Everts was on the ground in Ottawa at RBC Bluesfest, and I, Andrew, was in Quebec City for the tail end of the Quebec City Summer Festival.
We’re scurrying to sort through all of the shots and content and will have some treats for your eyes up in no time. Stay tuned!
Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, is on the ground at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Check out some of her shots from this week’s shows, and check back during and after the weekend, as we’ll have a chance to take in a lot more music – Canadians especially. Click below for some great shots of Tokyo Police Club, Brody Dalle, and the almighty Queens of the Stone Age.