President & Founder – Lead Writer
Rich graduated from Humber College’s prestigious radio broadcasting program. After working two years as a producer for Hardcore Sports Radio, he became known for evaluating rookie NFL athletes and predicting their success. He has co-hosted The Morning Jones and Any Given Draft Day on Sirius Satellite radio. Now, Rich wants to turn the spotlight on up-and-coming Canadian musicians!
Rich has been touted as the Fantasy Music Guru. His first interview was with Jeff Innes, lead singer of Yukon Blonde, and has hosted interviews with many artists including Lights, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Lindsay Ell, Mike T, The Heavy and Cayucas. He can chop an onion without shedding a tear and will always brings a bottle of wine over, when invited. This coffee-fueled Canadian can be found either on the golf course or at the local pub trying to find the next great Canadian talent.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Yukon Blonde
Favourite Album: Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Favourite Book: Forty Million Dollar Slaves by William C. Rhoden
Favourite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Hi! Nathan here. Longtime Toronto resident and music consumer. One of my favourite aurally-related moments: in 2005, watching Death From Above 1979 render their audience amazed and temporarily deaf at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto. In the future, I will likely be an old coot with an ear trumpet. Always interested in what the Canadian music scene is up to; please give me a shout if you have heard a band or artist that you think deserves more attention! We look at all kinds of music here!
Favourite Canadian Artist: Arcade Fire
Favourite Album: The Chemistry of Common Life by Fucked Up
Favourite Book: Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
Favourite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors, equally (okay, well maybe it depends on who’s doing better)
Kaity is an up-and-coming writer with an absolute passion for music. Her thirst for travel has exposed her to musical acts across the globe. She currently claims home to both Toronto and Halifax, where she is pursuing a degree at Dalhousie University. She is a film addict who completed a four-year arts program majoring in Drama during her high school years. Concert enthusiast. Doughnut connoisseur. Kaity thrives on adventure and extra-spicy tequila Caesars.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Stars
Favourite Canadian Album: Moving Pictures by Rush
Favourite Book: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Favourite Sports Team: Toronto Raptors
I’ve been listening to a fair amount of music ever since I was born. In the womb I was at Stones and Who gigs, and even as a young tot, I went willing to gigs with my old man. Now I can easily be found at any of Toronto live music venues, continuing to lose my hearing, and meeting a ton of great people who are involved with music here in TO. That, or I’m watching the Leafs or Blue Jays, even possibly scouring the Internet for what Canadian artist is releasing the next single or album.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Shad
Favourite Album: Silent Alarm by Bloc Party
Favourite Book: Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
Favourite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Sarah is an up-and-coming freelance writer. She has worked for newspapers such as The Paris Star and The Brantford Expositor. Some of her first articles featured local artists and bands. After a few shows that were spent standing in the crowd with a notebook and a camera, she knew this was what she wanted to do. Alternative Rock has a special place in her heart, but growing up rebellious she developed a taste for Punk, Industrial and even Hip-Hop. She listens to Dance and Electronica to get her pumped up before she attends shows with her musically diverse group of friends. You can find her pretty much anywhere!
Favourite Canadian Artist: Rush
Favourite Album: Brothers by The Black Keys
Favourite Book: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Niki is a multitalented performer originally from New Zealand, but currently residing in Toronto, ON. An incredibly focused individual, Niki finished high school at the age of 16 (including the completion of her A Levels in Music and Drama), and graduated from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts at 18 years old. In addition to her diploma, Niki also holds her advanced certificate in Drama (Music Theatre) from Trinity College London, and has completed examinations through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and correspondence courses in Music Business and Technology through the Berklee College of Music.
A working performer, music is where her passion lies–whether that be listening to it, playing it, or writing about it. For Niki, exposing new Canadian talent is as exciting as discovering it!
Favourite Canadian Artist: Dallas Green
Favourite Album: Core by Stone Temple Pilots
Favourite Book: An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
Aside from being possibly the biggest Dave Chappelle and Austin Powers fan on the face of the Earth, the one thing that I can honestly tell you about myself is that I have a passion for all genres of music. As a writer, I’ve covered music for Wavo, movies and television for New York Minute Magazine, and the Chicago Bulls for Rant Sports, so I guess you could say I’m a jack of all trades. Unfortunately, I have a bad knack for being in the first few rows at shows, mostly due to my experience being thrown to the back of a class at 6’6, which pretty much guarantees that I’ll be reading lips by the age of forty (and I wouldn’t have it any other way).
Unlike many people, my first dive into music involved trying, forcefully, to get into rap at a young age, something that resulted in one bought copy of Ja Rule: Pain is Love and a bad taste in my mouth. Fortunately, over the years, I’ve had the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nas and Led Zeppelin more than make up for that first mistake. That said, if we’re talking about current music, you wouldn’t be able to wrestle away Broken Bells, King Krule, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake or Daft Punk off of my iPod even with a small army.
Favourite Album: Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Favourite Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
After graduating with a degree in Media, Information, and Technoculture, Erin is taking a break from the academic grind to pursue writing and travel the globe.
She cites her first vinyl purchase, Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours (before she even owned a record player) as the spark that lit her obsession with classic rock. Led Zeppelin, T.Rex, The Doors, David Bowie and The Velvet Underground quickly followed suit.
Now, you’ll be sure to find her scouring the $1 bins for the most obscure of LPs. Erin is constantly on the hunt for new and undiscovered talent, especially those from her hometown of Toronto, and she’s always more than happy to brag about her latest finds.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Matthew Good
Favourite Albums: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane, Thank God for Mental Illness by The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin
Favourite Book: Women by Charles Bukowski
Born and raised in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. I graduated in communications, and found myself drawn towards a career in photography and journalism. I’m not sure if you ever heard the expression about Victoria, but it’s for, “the newly wed and the nearly dead”. That being said, I moved to Toronto this past year, simply to immerse myself in all the opportunities this city has to offer. I’m always writing and taking photos of things that interest me. Music is also a huge part of my life. Growing up I never really appreciated music until recently, when I found myself relating my world to the world of music. Lyrics and melodies have a beautiful way of allowing the human mind to escape and relate; that’s why I think music brings people together.
I can’t wait to attend live shows and listen to some talented underground musicians here in Toronto!
Feel free to check me out and contact me through any of the following platforms:
Favourite Canadian Artist: Classified
Favourite Book/ Canadian Author: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.
Favourite Canadian Sports Team: The Vancouver Canucks
An aspiring writer, I decided to take the back door into the literary world through the marketing shed. After finishing a degree in Communications and Film, I began selling everything from banks to Thai food, writing medical blogs, editing academic papers and even dabbled as a professional dating profile writer. Music, however, has been a constant throughout my life, and as they say “those who can’t do write reviews”, so here I am. One thing’s for sure–there is no shortage of great Canadian talent and I can’t wait to hear what they have to offer.
Favourite Artists: Billie Holiday, Queensryche, Opeth, Fiona Apple, Lead Belly.
Favourite Books: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson.
My earliest memory is sitting in front of my Disney Fox and the Hound portable turntable, listening to the 45s I found in my grandmother’s basement. Little Richard’s “Keep a Knockin'” had me hooked from the age of four. The choice between playing outside as a kid or taping that week’s American Top 40 onto a fresh new cassette was no choice at all for me.
I’m always eager to talk all things music. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling that Canadian music has finally started to be taken seriously around the globe, and I’m always searching for authentic sounds that will be stuck on my turntable for months. I’m a huge fan of rock and roll from the dawn of the Billboard era, and love funk and hip hop from the golden age . Old country music is for me because that is the only kind of country music in me eyes; I love jazz but I had to dig in order to really get into it. The key for me once again is authenticity, and a little bit of soul doesn’t hurt.
Go Leafs Go! Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favourite Canadian Artist: The Band
Favourite Album: Varies Daily
Favourite Book: Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Favourite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Aleksandr I. Slakva
As an adult I have come to realize that the majority of my identity was moulded when I played the original Doom for DOS at age 5, and when I watched the 1979 film Alien when I was 8. To this day I cannot wean myself off of sci-fi and horror, as well as a truly Scandinavian level of appreciation for the demonic imagery and subject matter. I fancy myself a modest reader and take personal offence anytime I mention Cthulhu only to have an unwashed pleb bring up South Park and how downright hilarious it was. Also my dry satire is often confused for egoism, but I am actually very humble.
I grew up worshiping Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and a slew of terrible ’90s rock bands. Then I discovered death metal and punk, and I eventually learned that challenging the status quo does not always guarantee musicianship or integrity. Currently I am obsessed with gypsy-indie/punk, sounding like Blackbird Raum’s Swidden, Gogol Bordello’s entire discography, and Vancouver’s very own Mother Mother. I am currently in university, precariously employed, and am having a remarkably unhealthy relationship with Game Of Thrones. Though, this happened with Blizzard Entertainment Lore, Gundam Wing’s brilliant futurist premise and That ’70s show, so I’ll probably live.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Born Ruffians
Favourite Album: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love by My Chemical Romance
Favourite Book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Favourite Sports Team: SK Telecom T1
At the ripe age of 12, Jordan Smith began performing as the guitarist in a local band. Thrown abruptly into vocal duties when their singer was a no-show at their first gig, he assumed the role of frontman and hasn’t looked back since. Currently fronting a Toronto psych-rock outfit while maintaining a solo act, Jordan is as passionate about music as the day he first heard Neil Young and Creedence records emanating from his parent’s stereo.
An avid fan of ‘60s psychedelic rock and folk, you can usually find him immersed in Airplane, Beatles and Dylan records with a good book.
Favourite Canadian Artist: Neil Young
Favourite Album: Revolver by The Beatles
Favourite Book: The Odyssey by Homer; Walden by Henry David Thoreau; The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss