Skye Wallace-Something Wicked

There is nobody quite like the courageous yet gentle Skye Wallace. She makes soft music loud with her audacious spirit and ferocious grapple on the guitar.Wallace is a well-trained singer, but lets her voice run free. The inspiration of Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith are garnished, not marinated over her authentic pipes. She grew up in…

Kieran West and his Buffalo Band

                    Photo by Chris P. Bakon The extraordinarily idiosyncratic Kieran West certainly has a way with words. He is sincerely kind, refreshingly sardonic and unapologetically himself. West, not unlike many Winnipeg based musicians, is a multi-instrumentalist in various bands while maintaining an impressive band alongside a…

Best Albums 0f 2016

Well,2016 has been quite the year, with the array of genius musicians passing away, Brexit and Trump it seems as though there is little to celebrate. The world has changed, for better or worse if you are like me you probably believe it is leaning towards the latter. However, music always has this charming way…

Illvis Freshly-Illennials, The New School

Illvis Freshly are the Victoria, BC based hip-hop, rock and roll and funk infused sonic experience. Their style is the epitome of what we love about the west coast- it’s laid back, intuitive, fresh, and fun as hell. I.F’s sophomore album “Illennials” is a landscape of well executed modern reflections and societal insight. The foundation of…

Dear Fellow White People, This Has To Stop

This recent Halloween was particularly spooky to me due to the upcoming American election, casual racism and a shocking sea of apathy and ignorance towards cultural appropriation. I thought this year would somehow be better than last, but no there is some serious resistance towards privileged people not having the privilege to dress however they…

Andy Shauf At The Fox Cabaret

Every so often a musician appears out of the woodwork and shatters our jaded notion that real music is dead. Andy Shauf is the most recent example of this phenomenon. On Saturday night, he was calm figure singing on stage, but he undeniably held the venue enthralled. This was Shauf’s second night in a row…

Retire The Term Hipster Already

  Thanks for this judgmental, sexist and hypocritical sketch, person that draws for a living. The term hipster was coined in the 1940’s to describe enthusiasts of jazz music. This word vastly transformed meanings and became a large part of the North American majority’s vocabulary in the early 2000’s. The term is used to insult…

Introducing Fish In A Bird Cage-Through The Tides

  The Victoria, BC based Dustan Townsend is the musical virtuoso behind Fish in a Bird Cage. Townsend is a remarkably talented singer-songwriter, cellist and guitarist. His music is complex interwoven musical tapestry rich in concept and skill. He is strikingly connected to the cello, as if the instrument is an extension of his body….

Bumbershoot 2016- From Hip Hop to Shakespeare and Everything In Between

  Bumbershoot  is a three day explosion of everything music, theatre, comedy, ideas and food. It delivers everything from grandiose performances by chart topping musicians to emerging comedians in intimate theatres. The festival takes place smack dab in the epicentre of downtown. The festival grounds, ample venues and space needle backdrop make for a eclectic…

The Many Layers Of Frank Ocean’s Blond

The intoxicatingly talented, poetic and bold Frank Ocean releases his first album in four years titled Blond. The story behind the release of this album has been confusing due to title changing, an audio release differing from a visual album release and dates changing towards when we get our hands on this juicy material. That…