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Giveaway – Tickets to TURFs Saturday Lineup, Sam Roberts CD + Tee


Happy Canada Day, friends! In honour of this great holiday, I have a giveaway I’m particularly excited for.

I LOVE TURF! If you went last year you’ll know it’s exactly the kind of festival Toronto was missing out on for so long. It is how I spent my birthday last year, and I will be doing the same this year (what up America, I share your day of birth).

If you want to go, well, I can at least help you get into Saturday’s lineup, care of Sam Roberts very kind team.

Along with a pair of tickets to TURF Saturday, you will also get a copy of his new album Lo-Fantasy as well as a t-shirt.

To win, just subscribe to the upcoming weekly newsletter using the form below. Be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email you will receive, or you will not actually be entered to win. If you are already a subscriber and want to enter, just comment below using the email address you used to subscribe so I can verify.

Subscribe here to enter the giveaway:

As usual, Facebook fans get a bonus entry by liking, commenting or sharing my Facebook status about this giveaway.

The winner will be contacted Friday morning, July 4th, via the email they used to subscribe.

Who else is excited for this weekend?! I have yet to see Violent Femmes, Drive By Truckers or Hey Rosetta! live, so I’m very pumped for this. It’s gonna rule.


TGIF – Sensitivity, Office Life and Not All Men

the current state of the music industry


Hey Friday! Hey friends! Are you ready for a month of non-stop festivaling? I sure am. I mean, I’m dreading the lack of sleep and already feeling insanely overwhelmed, but this is generally the best month of the year, so I’ll take the ups with the stress.

Tonight I’m headed to the Summerworks announcement party, then I’m headed to Field Trip where I get to see Broken Social Scene, aka, all is well in the world.

Also, there’s still time to enter to win tickets  to see TV on the Radio and Ziggy Marley next week, see the previous post for more details!

Anyhow, here’s a bunch of interesting reads to get you through to the sunshine, music, and fun that’s about to be your weekend:


Giveaway – Tickets to see The Roots, Ziggy Marley and TV on the Radio at Luminato


Well everyone, festival season is officially on in Toronto, and that means I have more fun stuff to give to you.

Luminato is starting on Friday night, and they have asked me to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see a few awesome bands: The Roots (playing Saturday June 7th, doors at 7pm), TV on the Radio (playing June 13th, doors at 7pm) or Ziggy Marley (playing June 14th, doors at 7pm). All three shows take place at the Festival Hub at David Pecault Square, and tickets are $35 each or grab all three for $90.

In order to win, please email me at with the name of the band(s) you would prefer to see as the subject of the email. There will be one winner for each show.

Please be sure you are available the night of the show you wish to see before you enter.

You have until 48 hours before each concert to enter. I will respond to the winners at least 24 hours before showtime with information on where to pick up your tickets.

As usual, you can get an extra entry by being a fan of TTRO on Facebook and liking/sharing or commenting on the Facebook post about this giveaway, and by tweeting the link to this post on Twitter!

That’s all there is to it!

Who are you excited to see at Luminato this year? The lineup is insanely good. Let me know in the comments.


Giveaway – 3 Pairs of Canadian Music Week Wristbands

canadian music week 2014 wristband contest

Hey friends! While I am currently spending my entire week in cinemas covering Hot Docs I don’t have a lot of time to write, and that won’t be much better next week as Canadian Music Week returns! BUT I am making time to let you know that CMW has asked me to do a giveaway of 6 wristbands for 3 of you!

To win, just subscribe to my (soon to be released, for real this time, I promise!) weekly newsletter below. I will contact the winners via the email they used to subscribe, so ensure you hit the confirm link in the confirmation email you get after hitting that subscribe button – or you won’t be entered. If you have already subscribed, just leave a comment below using the email you subscribed with, letting me know you want to be entered.

Subscribe here to enter the giveaway:

As usual, Facebook fans can also get a bonus entry by liking, sharing or commenting on the Facebook post about this giveaway!

Contest is open until Monday at midnight, winners will be contacted via the email they used to subscribe on Tuesday.

Canadian Music Week has a lineup I am pumped for (umm, Television!!!!), hoping to get the chance to post my recommendations early next week. The film festival portion (which these wristbands will also get you into) this year is also excellent.


TGIF – TURF Lineup, Constantines and Creationists

turf lineup 2014 neutral milk hotel, sam roberts band, violent femmes, gogol bordello, gaslight anthem, local natives, gary clark jr, steve earle, andrew bird, jenny lewis, born ruffians, shovels and rope, man man, deer tick, hollerado, strumbells, toronto music festival,

TGIF is coming to you on Saturday instead of Friday because some big news landed in my inbox Friday and I had to reconfigure the post to include it!

The first being the AMAZING announcement of the first wave of artists for Toronto Urban Roots Festival  – aka how I spend my birthday every year. Neutral Milk Hotel at a festival is basically the best.thing.ever. I just saw them at Kool Haus a few weeks ago and, while it wasn’t quite as perfect as the first time I saw Jeff Mangum sing these songs in a church, it was still my musical crack. Them + summer music festival = two of my favourite things together.

PLUS, Violent Femmes! Andrew Bird! JENNY LEWIS! Sam Roberts. Steve Earle. Born Ruffians. Hollerado. Gogol Bordello. Local Natives. The Strumbellas. Devin Cuddy. And it’s only gonna get even better with the next announcement. I am pumped.

Oh also, I answered some Q’s for FS Local this week, read this to find out more about my favourite Toronto places.

Now, for the links: