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Sonic Boom Moves To Spadina This Weekend

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Received this news in my inbox, and since it’s my favourite Toronto record store, figured you all should know so you can give them a warm welcome to the ‘hood. Couldn’t be happier to have them here – now I really have very few reasons left to travel north of College St.

On Saturday, September 27, Sonic Boom Records opens the doors at its new home in the historic Robertson Building at 215 Spadina Avenue, just north of Queen St West, in Toronto. Any music fan knows the perils of moving a record collection; in Sonic Boom’s case they’ll be hauling over 75,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs and 20,000 DVDs to its new Spadina location.

Previously located in the Honest Ed’s building, the move comes after the news that the Mirvish Village has been sold and will be redeveloped. While they could have remained in the Annex location for a few more years, Sonic Boom owner Jeffrey Barber fell in love with the space in the Robertson Building and decided to seize the opportunity. “The location is incredible, the size is nearly the same as our current location and the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It really is going to be the same old Sonic Boom, just in a much nicer space.”

While saddened to be leaving the neighbourhood they have called home for the last 13 years, Barber is very excited to have found a space so close to Queen Street. “I’ve noticed Spadina has really been changing in the last few years- cool bars, nice restaurants, tons of foot traffic. I believe Sonic Boom is going to be a great fit in this area. And hey, we’re actually still really close to the Annex, so we hope our local friends keep in touch!”

Lisa

Tanya Tagaq – Caribou

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Well, by now you should know that Tanya Tagaq took home the Polaris Prize this year.

She wasn’t who I wanted to win, but that’s only because – to put it mildly – I didn’t get it. I didn’t give myself time to get it.

Her music is the kind that needs to be witnessed. Experienced. Just listening to the tracks at home didn’t appeal to me. It was too feral. Too scary. Too dark. I thought to myself, “I don’t really enjoy listening to someone howl and grunt their way through a song.”

But of course, that’s the point. The album is called Animism after all.

I’ve never been shy to admit I get stuck in lyric driven music far too often, which can sometimes lead to closing myself off to other genres.

And that is why the Polaris Prize is such a great thing. Not because it gives awards to music – as last years winners Godspeed felt the need to point out isn’t that amazing of a thing to do – but because it shines a light on music you might not otherwise take a chance on.

The fact that an aboriginal artist finally took home the prize is a big deal. As many pointed out, with this being the 9th Polaris, it is long overdue. And I’m glad it went to an artist whose music is so visceral, so honest, so unapologetic and in your face about her roots and her culture.

If you watched her stunning performance before she took home the award, you’ll know it went to the right artist. With names of all the missing aboriginal women currently out there scrolling behind her, and a choir backing up her throat singing, you’d be inhuman not to feel something – too many things – watching it. This is music from the gut. It is all emotion. Overwhelming emotion. Try not to tear up.

This is music that skips right past your head (where lyrics live) and goes to the root of how it feels to be alive. There’s no filter. No need to overanalyze as humans so often do. It is raw and angry and passionate. It is sound in its purest form.

Her vocal abilities capture all the sounds of life, from birth to death and everything in between. I’ve never seen anything like it, and that is why it so deservedly won. Being truly original is such a rare thing in music these days.

If you are new to the unique music she makes as I was, start with her cover of the Pixies “Caribou” below or here if the stream stops working. It’ll ease you into the brilliance of what she does, without scaring you away if you’re unfamiliar with the raw nature of throat singing.

Lisa

Red House Painters – Make Like Paper

song of the week!

Way back then, I considered you my best friend. But the last time I saw you, I knew I’d never see you again. 

This 12 minute opus is incredible.

Sometimes people come into your life like a storm, and you truly believe they will be there forever. But storms never last. They take over your life for a period of time – and then they disappear, as fast as they appeared.

When you’re young, storms seem fun and interesting. But then you get older and realize a gentle breeze feels better and doesn’t destroy your house while you hide in the basement.

Enjoy your long weekend, friends.

Lisa

Giveaway – Back To School With Sapporo, Herschel and SOL REPUBLIC Headphones

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I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.

Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:

  • a black Herschel backpack
  • a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
  • and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink

The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.

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If you want a bonus entry, Facebook fans can, as usual, like/comment or share my page’s status about this giveaway on Facebook.

Followers can retweet my tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.

And Insta followers can like my photo on Instagram about this giveaway.

You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.

Lisa

Why Amex Canada’s Front of the Line Program is Built For Music Fans

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The world of borrowed credit isn’t exactly one that is known for its support of music fans. Their target demo generally falls outside the staying up late, bouncing from show to show, youth driven music lifestyle.

Fortunately – there is one company that has, for the past 25 years, understood that music fans are a powerful demographic that should not be ignored.

Amex Canada believes, as much as I do, that memorable experiences are the only true currency in this life. How we spend our time is much more important than anything of material value. Experiences last a lifetime. Their Front of the Line program is at the heart of this philosophy.

FOTL celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, Amex is giving away 25 pairs of tickets to shows you’ll want to be at, every single day.

It’s true. Amex cardholders have it better when it comes to all things entertainment. Their Front of the Line program started in Toronto back in 1989 and has expanded to include presale and advanced ticket access through partnerships with Live Nation, Massey Hall, AEG LIVE, Roy Thomson Hall, Ticketmaster and more.

Amexers also get to hang out in the Amex only lounges at Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and coming in the fall for you theatre lovers, Princess of Wales.

Yes, being an Amex cardholder also gives you access to the whole wide world outside music – comedy shows, theatre productions, dining experiences, movie premieres and cultural experiences like Luminato are all part of the deal.

In fact, back in June I attended Luminato’s tribute to Daniel Lanois via this great program. Front of the Line gave me access to two close seats at the show,  as well as passes to the open bar after party at Massey Hall featuring the man of the hour himself.

While I am not the kind to attend an after party just to talk to a celeb, the foodie in me will always come for the food and drinks – which tend to be top of the line at events like these. The wine was paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres I willingly devoured, while the fancy people chose to abstain in fear of getting food stuck in their teeth while conversing with other fancy people.

Follow @AmexCanada on Twitter and tag #FOTL25 for a chance to win one of 25 daily giveaways until the end of the month.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinion expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

 Lisa