Arts and Life

Bedouin Soundclash

Laura Sedgwick: I’ve seen Bedouin play so many times! You guys are great, but the last time I saw you play you were without Pat Pengelly, your former drummer, how has that changed the dynamic of your band? Bedouin Soundclash: Well, its been really positive in terms of moving forward and moving into the next chapter of what we want […]

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CEMF: Day 1

With the first band hitting the stage in the early afternoon, the people at Cutting Edge Music Festival (CEMF) came prepared to party. Not right away, however, as setting up camp took top priority for many. By the time Stereos performed their set mid-afternoon, the number of people surrounding the stage increased substantially, no doubt to get up close and […]

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The Artist Life

Laura Sedgwick: I really enjoyed your acoustic set. What’s it like playing acoustically as opposed to being on the main stage? The Artist Life: It is different, but the beginning of a lot of these songs start out on an acoustic guitar anyhow, so its interesting to take the songs back to where we had them in the beginning…. You […]

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Cheese and the Mousetraps

Possibly one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, Rody Walker of Cheese and the Mousetraps and Protest the Hero, gave me two interviews, as the recording of the first interview mysteriously disappeared. Laura Sedgwick: First I’d like to say that that performance was probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. What inspired this side project? Rody Walker: I used […]

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Stereos

Laura Sedgwick: Great set! Was this your first time at CEMF? Pat Kordyback: It is. We heard a lot about it and it’s the place to be and very fun! LS: How does CEMF differ from some of the other shows you’ve played? PK: The sound was great. I know that sounds like a lame thing to mention but the […]

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WLU students play Warped Tour

For Timmins-born musicians Second Floor Escape, finding out they were slotted for a spot on the Vans Warped Tour was an unexpected surprise. With bandmates all over the province, including members Dan Dubeau at WLU’s Waterloo campus, Christian Scagnetti at WLU’s Brantford campus and bandmates at three other locations across the province, staying together as a band seemed – at […]

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Hillside

When: July 24-26 Where: Guelph Lake Conservation Area Hillside, started in 1984, has become one of the largest festivals in Canada, with more than 50 acts performing over the weekend. According to artistic director Sam Baijal, the festival was started by local musicians who wanted to hold the event on somebody’s property that was located on a hill. In the […]

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‘Black and blue-eyed soul’

Success comes to those who wait is not a phrase that applies to Canadian rockers Arkells. Formed in 2006 at McMaster University, the new musical powerhouses have gone from opening for big-name acts like Matt Mays & El Torpedo to headlining their own major shows. Having released their first full-length album Jackson Square earlier this year – which has received […]

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Bruce Peninsula

Chanting, tribal cries and rough vocals only describe half of the sounds Bruce Peninsula exploit with every note. Using a choir along with a lead vocalist and instrumental accompaniment, the group – at times comprising 11 or more members – takes folk to new boundaries. “For us it’s about unique, original sounds,” band member Neil Haverty told The Cord in […]

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Cutting Edge Music Festival

When: Aug. 1-3 Where: Bingeman’s Camping Resort Cutting Edge Music Festival (CEMF) is no doubt striving to reach a variety of audiences this year with its diverse lineup – mixing renowned punk and metal acts like illScarlett, Kingdoms and Protest the Hero with hip-hop artists like The Roots and Lady Sovereign. According to organizer Carey Kurtin, the festival tries to […]

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