New Music Release: Ekelle – Be Free ft. Maia Davies

Hot off the tail of her first two EP’s, Toronto-based songwriter and rapper Ekelle is back with her debut full-length album “Let’s Get It”. Its lead single, “Be Free” featuring Maia Davies, is an energetic empowering anthem that sets out to encourage listeners to accept themselves for who they are. Check out the official music video for “Be Free” now. In case you missed it, … Continue reading New Music Release: Ekelle – Be Free ft. Maia Davies

Spotlight On: The Talking Tears

Today we’re throwing the spotlight on The Talking Tears, a one-man indie rock band by Jack Zenith out of Madison Wisconsin who’s latest release Eargasm hit the Bandcamp shelves on May 27th, 2022 (streaming everywhere else on June 1st). We get into their musical influences, which producer they really want to work with, the inspiration behind the album and a key phrase they keep in … Continue reading Spotlight On: The Talking Tears

Spotlight On: Michael Chan – Debut Instrumental EP “Gaia”

Today my friend Michael Chan released his debut instrumental record called “Gaia” on Spotify. Listen To Gaia On Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music. Described as “a laid-back, contemplative perspective with solid beats and ethereal textures. The chilled-out vibe is perfectly suited for a relaxing atmosphere, clarity of mind, study, stretching and self-care.” My personal favourite track is “Only” followed by “Heroes Fall”. A must-listen for … Continue reading Spotlight On: Michael Chan – Debut Instrumental EP “Gaia”

Council Release: Never Give A Fuck Again

Satisfying my desperate need for catchy tongue-in-cheek pop-rock, check out the latest release by Council “Never Give A Fuck Again” Check it out on their website here where you can buy the download for a cool 99 cents or stream it on Spotify: For fans of: All Time Low before the controversy. Have a song you’d like featured on the blog? Send me an e-mail … Continue reading Council Release: Never Give A Fuck Again

Spotlight On: Halo Vair

This week I posed a few questions over to instrumentalist music producer and head of Toronto-Psychadelic Rock outfit Halo Vair whose upcoming home-recorded EP “Definition” is due out on December 12th 2021. We get into Victor Zohni’s recording rig, the frustrations with home-recording an independent artist like himself encounters, influential artists and some words of advice for those embarking on their own self-produced releases. Listen … Continue reading Spotlight On: Halo Vair

Spotlight On: Päter

This week I’m pleased to introduce you to upcoming singer-songwriter Päter who just recently released their latest single “Obstinate Brain,” which best described as indie pop/rock drama given their unique theatric delivery. While Päter is not new to songwriting having begun writing as a kid, they were inspired to take on a 30-day songwriting challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and began sharing new original … Continue reading Spotlight On: Päter

Spotlight On: Silas Fury

Got a chance to chat with Menno and Jeremy of Silas Fury recently to talk about their album “Frontier” and the video-concept experience that accompanies it. We get into some stand-out moments from collaborating on the record, their must-haves in the studio for their songwriting process, and then we get a little weird talking about alien lifeforms and other spacey-stuff in this in depth interview.  … Continue reading Spotlight On: Silas Fury

Spotlight On: Andrew Thomas

U.K based singer-songwriter Andrew Thomas draws from a wealth of influence having grown up with a passionate record collector giving him a taste for british pop and rock from an early age. Today he’s released the latest single from his solo record “Backs Against The Wall” titled “Goodbye (To Life on the Inside). We were pleased to be able to ask Andrew a bit about … Continue reading Spotlight On: Andrew Thomas

Spotlight On: Vintage Boring

Introducing Vintage Boring, an up-and-coming indie rock foursome out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vintage Boring formed in 2019 and hunkered down during the height of the pandemic to record what became their debut 3-song EP “Small Space”. We had a chance to speak with singer and guitarist Jamie O’Halloran about the record, their new single “Oswego” and their upcoming return to the stage at Lee’s … Continue reading Spotlight On: Vintage Boring

Introducing The Side Barre Podcast

This blog is the first to accompany my new podcast The Side Barre, developed through Anchor & to be distributed across all major streaming platforms. Listen now on Spotify Listen now on Anchor Now Open: The Side Barre Before I really get this podcast underway I wanted to take a quick second to further explain a little bit about what this is all about and … Continue reading Introducing The Side Barre Podcast