We're giving away 2 pairs of tickets to KOI Music Festival - featuring over 140 bands including Anti-Flag, Die Mannequin, Blind Witness, The Artist Life, The Reason, Hometown Beatdown and many more on September 18th!
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"RT TO WIN! @LiveMusic_TO is giving away 2 pairs of tix to KOI Music Fest Sept 18 w/140 amazing bands! http://bit.ly/lmtokoi"
The winning names will be drawn on September 15, 2010 and will be contacted via Twitter reply and/or direct message. Thank you for all entries and good luck!
Winner(s) will be responsible for their own transportation to the event. Winner(s) must live in the GTA in order for LiveMusicTO to deliver the winning prize, otherwise he/she must travel to the Toronto area to claim prize.
Gene Summons chats with FOX and shares some insights and tips for success alongside Shaun Frank, lead singer of The Envy - the first band (Canadian) signed to Simmons Records. Recognise the guy singing in our website header now? ;)
In a day and age when the motto commonly is “the more the better,” sometimes it’s nice to revert back to music in its simplicity.Forget the stacked instruments, synth-heavy arrangements, and acoustic overloads—how does a little drums and vocals sound?
Enter the Essentials.Charting in ten cities throughout Canada, hitting #11 in Toronto on the Neilson Soundscan charts, and performing in a two-week long CNE concert series are just a couple of their recent accomplishments.
Their latest album, Nothing but Blue was produced by Darryl Neudorf (Sarah Mcachlan/Blue Rodeo) and has helped boost the career of the once parlour shop doo-wop ensemble.
“We have a real radio friendly sound. I think it’s our original harmonies and how we’ve found a good balance between the vocals and the sound, you can see that in the album for sure,” says Joe Oliva.
Having the expertise of a Juno-winning engineer putting his stamp on the process, and the patient working relationship between the group were key factors in the making of the new album.
“We’ve always been known for our live shows, sometimes it’s hard to translate that into the studio where you can get caught up in technology, but Daryl was great with letting us experiment with the sound and the arrangement,” Oliva explains.
Futhermore, “I find I’d take more risks usually on stage, play around with the vocals a bit more because if I messed up something only the boys (and now girl) would be the ones that noticed, not necessarily the audience. In the studio if you fall flat, you can’t really hide that,” Oliva says.
Luckily the years of experience performing with the likes of Frankie Valli and singing the Leafs anthem for an audience of 4 million has helped prepare the fun-loving group to stretch the genre and take more risks on and off stage.
With the introduction of their newest member Janet Turner, a new vibe has surged, helping sell over 150 000 units in Canada alone.To see something fresh head now (like put your shoes on people) to the CNE grounds until September 6th and check out the Variety Stage.
For more information on The Essentials go to http://www.essentialsmusic.com/media/
lmTO: Where did the name Stuck On Planet Earth come from? The name came from a dark place, a few years back (2007) the media was in this frenzy, SARS was an example of an airbourne threat to Torontonians, Al Gore and the Inconveniant truth revealed the true comings of global warming, natural disasters such as Katrina, the Tsunamis in Indonesia woke up the global population, and even now we are still seeing natural disasters; earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes,melting ice caps, oil spills...it was and is so much for us to take in. So we were trying to think of a name that would stay relevant and that was thought provoking, so it was obvious stuck on planet earth or as an acronym SOPE was a cool name..and the name is true!
lmTO: How long have you been together as a band? We have been together since late 2006 as stuck on planet earth
lmTO: What have been some of your biggest accomplishments so far? There have been alot of accomplishments, and sometimes when you play in a band you don't stop to think about some of things that have been really cool to do...playing the edge 102 steamwhistle indie club twice and Bookies Nu music night was rad. College play across souther ontario, play on the nation wide STROMBO show, rogers breakfast TV performance, an acoustic performance on CITY TV's sunday afternoon show, opening for the Johnstones, Soutehrn Ontario bak-pak tour in which we showed up at high schools, after school guerilla stylz and played our songs acoustically as kids left for the day and posted the videos on youtube (most of the time we got kicked out) but those 3 tours were crucial in helping us build new fans and definitely count as some of our biggest accomplishments
lmTO: What is your favourite song to perform live, and why? I guess the newer stuff were coming up with, just cuz its fresh for us, and when you rehearse the older material sometimes the emotion gets lost...but when you play the older stuff live its way more fun then rehearsing them! haha
lmTO: How would you describe your fans? Awesome, they are always spreading the word and helping us push our music, if it wasnt for our bak-pak tours, and all the fans that we made on those tours we wouldn't be where we are. We talk to everyone whether they hate us or love us and its really cool to have a personal relationship with fans (via facebook..twitter..all that jazz). lmTO: What are you most looking forward to in 2011? Working on a new record, and playing lots more shows lmTO: What is your favourite venue to play in Toronto? The Opera House is alot of fun, but even the smaller places like the Horseshoe or the El Mo just have an awesome vibe
lmTO: Where is your favourite spot in the city to grab a drink and hangout as a band? We love the horseshoe, sneaky Dees or the El Mo..we go wherever indie shows are! Lets be honest..its fun to grab a drink anywhere in T.O isnt it?
lmTO: What has been the craziest fan moment to date? nothing too wild as of yet..but umm i guess just having kids show up to your shows in your t-shirts is always a weird thing...cuz we used to be those kids showing up to rock shows wearing band t-shirts!
lmTO: For people seeing Stuck On Planet Earth for the first time on Aug 14th, what can they expect? It is our remix release party! A bunch of remixes were done by Fil B. and one mashup was done by Andrew (our drummer), and were selling them on both digi-vinyl cd's and mixtape cassettes..we are brining out vaughans finest rock acts Sundown, Elos Arma and The Black rainbows and all in all its gonna be an awesome night of alternative rock music. We usually like to keep our sets short and sweet, but this set will be alittle bit longer than usual and were playing a few unexpected covers as well as some new material! In sum, expect a high energy, full throttle rock show with lots of non-stop tunes! If your a fan of Nirvana or the Police you will like our band!
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You must be at least 16 years of age or older to gain entry to the Festival. 2 tickets will be awarded to one person, who will have the option of taking a friend with them. The tickets are valid for the entire weekend. Winner(s) will be responsible for their own transportation to the event (shuttle service is available, see facebook event link at top of page). The winner must live in the GTA in order for LiveMusicTO to deliver the winning prize, otherwise he/she must travel to the Toronto area to claim prize.
EVENT DETAILS: THE best for last party weekend of your summer! Two nights of parties, camping, beach, live bands and DJs, bring whatever food, drinks and funnels you want!
Sunshine Park, Wasaga Beach August 27-29, 2010
* Live bands and DJs on Friday and Saturday * BYOB at your campsite * 2 minute drive to main beach * Beach volleyball and basketball court * 24hr security patrols for your safety * In-out privileges * Paid parking * Shuttle bus service from Toronto * On-site showers, running water and flush toilets
Tickets are still available for purchase online HERE. For all other inquiries contact Kathryn Kyte.
All ages event. To bring or consume alcoholic beverages you must be 19+ and carry valid government issued identification to be permitted. All glass bottles and containers will also be confiscated. All patrons are subject to search upon arrival. You must be at least 16 years old to attend.