Matthew Logan Vasquez hits Toronto during North American tour. [NAS MEDIA]


Monday, May 1st, 2017 – What a perfect way to end the Monday blues by watching Matthew Logan Vasquez live at The Drake Hotel. Michael is currently on his North American Tour and graced Toronto this week with a great rock n roll performance.

The opening band, F. Scott & The Nighthawks are an ALT country band playing influences from both rock and country songs. The band had a lot of energy with several different solos by the lead guitarist and bass.  F. Scott & The Nighthawks are a large band with many different instruments coming together making an enjoyable country sound.

After a 15 minute set break Matthew Logan Vasquez and his band took stage starting the show off with some of his heavy hitting rock songs. Each member of this three piece band brought unique performances. The bassist was wearing a Canadian tuxedo and having a blast! Matthew had on a custom jacket that matched his calm cool performance style and the drummer didn’t hold back offering hit after hit.  When they performed one of their most popular songs, Red Fish, the whole crowd was singing along.

Both bands created a small hometown country bar atmosphere at The Drake and a break from the hectic city.

Check out a few of the photos taken by our photographer Harrison Haines below.


Interview | The Nursery [Nas Media]



We had the chance to chat with Alex Pulec of Toronto based pop rockers The Nursery after their performance at the Indie88 Music Awards during Canadian Music Week. They discussed the release of their debut album Life After Wartime, their win at the Jim Beam Make History Talent Search, and what’s next for the band. Read on to learn more about the band and what they will be up to. Be sure to watch the latest video for their single “Everybody’s Famous.” You can find the link here.

How does it feel to be the winners of the Jim Beam ‘Make History Talent Search”? 

Blessed and privileged. The best part was that we got to discover the scary amount of brilliant Canadian artists, especially in Toronto, brewing under the surface of this city’s mainstream(ish) music scene. Better watch out world – In the next 4 years, Toronto’s independent music is going to be unstoppable!

At which point did the reality set in that you would be able to do music for a living? 

Really hard question. There are so many moments in a band’s career where you think “this is it!”. Truth is, things never pan out exactly how you expect them to. Especially when you’re going through the motions for the first time and your getting excited about every opportunity. Once we were put in front of a couple of large audiences who had no idea who were and ended up winning them over. I feel as long as we can have a honest and genuine relationship with any audience and play our music well they SHOULD be able to at least understand what we’re about. They don’t NEED to like us. Artists who make a good living performing and writing music aren’t loved by every single person out there. Seems obvious…but learning that first hand was very freeing and helped me realize that as long as we stuck to our guns and never gave up, it could happen.

Who are your musical influences? 

Anyone who works hard at forging their own paths rather than falling into the tired avenues set up by bottom feeder types in the industry. I don’t like how emerging artists get treated generally by certain industry establishments. It’s really easy to manipulate the emotions of young hopes and dreams into doing things that aren’t in their best interests. Now with the internet, new artists are getting smarter and more savvy when it comes to how to run their band or show. I’m inspired by the ones who do it their own way. You know, where it’s usually a slow start, and you get a lot of folks who may look at you strange, but nothing feels better than proving them wrong and inspiring others with your story.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing? 

In general the music is taking more and more risks as time goes on. Getting a little weirder, more freaky and a little darker. Ultimately, it’s become unequivocally more “Nursery”. We’re getting harder to put in a box while becoming more of ourselves. It’s a result of becoming more confident as writers and performers. Letting go of the shackles of fear and insecurity is so exciting when your creating. Way easier said than done. When becoming yourself, the identity flourishes. 


What are your future plans for The Nursery?

Releasing our debut full length record! It’s going to be called Life After Wartime. It’s about beginning a new life. A changing of the guard. It’s about looking forward, not backward. instead of running away, embrace it. 

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WayHome Announces Additional Acts to Artist Line Up

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WayHome Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce additional performers to the 2017 edition. Grammy award winning Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant, DJ / Producer/ hit-maker Porter Robinson, melodic dance infused pop-rock duoFoster the People, New Orleans alternative rock act Mutemath and more join previously announced headlinersImagine Dragons, Frank Ocean and Flume. The three-day music and arts festival held at the custom-designed camping festival grounds, Burl’s Creek provides a unique music fan experience with late-night spectacles, international and local cuisine, original art installations and more.

“We’re thrilled to have such an amazing group of artists joining us for WayHome this year,” said Jacob Smid, Founder, Fource Entertainment. “From artists that sell out arenas, to those with deep catalogs as well as some of the year’s hottest discoveries, we have  without a doubt a lineup for this year’s festival that contains the broadest and most exciting music showcased in southern Ontario. We are proud to feature acts that both push the envelope and brings the hits.”

“The new additions to the WayHome 2017 lineup has really completed the multi-genre lineup for live music fans across Canada,” said Ryan Howes, Creative Director, Republic Live. “Only over an hour outside of Toronto, WayHome truly is the one-stop destination for music and art fans alike to enjoy a weekend of music, spectacles, food, libation and camping. The onsite experience this year will be one-of-a-kind and an expansion from WayHome 2016 and we are very excited for fans to see all we have to offer this summer.”

New additions to WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2017 line-up:
Cage the Elephant
Porter Robinson
Foster the People
San Fermin
Clairmont the Second

Media Accreditation is now open, to register visit here:

Ticket Info: A limited amount of General Admission Passes for $89.99 and VIP Day Passes for $219.99 will be released on Monday April 3 at 10AM EST. Tier 1 Three Day General Admission and VIP Passes are still available at $229.99 & $599.99 respectively. Fans are also able to use Payment Plans for purchases until Friday March 31st.

For WayHome media enquiries:
For Republic Live media enquiries:

WayHome Music & Arts, produced by Republic Live, is a three-day music and arts festival held at the custom-designed camping festival grounds, Burl’s Creek. In it’s inaugural year, WayHome featured headliners Neil Young, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, along with Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier and many more. In it’s second year, WayHome Music and Arts 2016 featured LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers, in addition to performances by Major Lazer, M83, HAIM, Metric, Chvrches, Ray LaMontagne, and 60+ more artists. The festival offers multiple stages, a variety of late-night spectacles and experiences, international and local cuisine, an on-site locally produced farmers market, original art installations – past artists include internally acclaimed artist such as; DoLab and Angus Watt, and more to 40,000+ fans over the course of the weekend. WayHome Music and Arts was recently awarded the New Kid on the Block (Best New Festival) award and was nominated for Major Festival of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Music Awards. Save the date for 2017 as WayHome will be taking place July 28th – 30th 2017 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.





Republic Live, organizers of WayHome Music and Arts Festival are pleased to announce the 2017 line-up with headliners Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, and Flume. Music fans will once again have the opportunity to see some of the greatest musical acts, across all genres, share a stage at the custom-designed camping and festival grounds, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, in Oro-Medonte fromJuly 28-30. Indie-pop rock, Grammy Live Performance Award winners, Imagine Dragons, critically acclaimed, cutting edge R&B rap artist Frank Ocean, and double platinum 2017 Grammy award winning Australian producer Flume will headline the main stage. The 2017 headliners will be joined by France’s electronic-duo Justice, chart topping singer-songwriter of the standout 2016 release “A Seat at the table” and Grammy award winner Solange, one of the hottest electronic music DJs and producers Marshmello, Grammy nominated rapper Schoolboy Q, multi-platinum Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, Canadian indie-pop and multiple Juno nominees Tegan and Sara, power alt-pop tunesmiths The Shins, whose much anticipated fifth studio album will be soon released, and many more.

“We are thrilled to share our WayHome 2017 line-up with our fans,” said Ryan Howes, Creative Director, WayHome Music and Arts. “Entering our third year of WayHome we are not only excited about our amazing headliners but also extremely pleased about acts such as Constantines, Jagwar Ma, Allan Rayman, Jazz Cartier, PUP, Royal Blood and more. The overall line-up shows just how eclectic WayHome Music & Arts has become in it’s early years and we’d like to thank our talent booking partners, Fource Entertainment Canada, for curating such a well rounded program to appeal to music lovers of all genres. In addition to a stacked line up, WayHome will again offer the best in art installations, late night entertainment, food and beverage curation and some of the best camping Canada has to offer.”

Full-event passes will go on-sale Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10 A.M. EST only at – with Tier 1 General Admission passes priced at $229.99 and VIP passes priced at $599.99.

WayHome Music and Arts Festival 2017 line-up:
Imagine Dragons – Frank Ocean – Flume
Justice – Solange – Marshmello – Vance Joy
Schoolboy Q –– Tegan and Sara – The Shins
Allan Rayman
Andy Shauf
Belle Game
Car Seat Headrest
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Charlotte Cardin
Colony House
Daniel Caesar
Danny Brown
Dashboard Confessional
Death From Above 1979
Gabrielle Shonk
Harrison Brome
Hundred Waters
Jagwar Ma
Jazz Cartier
Louis The Child
Magic Giant
Margaret Glaspy
Mura Masa
Pat Lok
Picture This
Rag’n’Bone Man
Royal Blood
Tanya Tagaq
The Dirty Nil
The Drums
The Hunna
The Naked and Famous

For WayHome media enquiries:
For Republic Live media enquiries:

WayHome Music & Arts, produced by Republic Live, is a three-day music and arts festival held at the custom-designed camping festival grounds, Burl’s Creek. In it’s inaugural year, WayHome featured headliners Neil Young, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, along with Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier and many more. In it’s second year, WayHome Music and Arts 2016 featured LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers, in addition to performances by Major Lazer, M83, HAIM, Metric, Chvrches, Ray LaMontagne, and 60+ more artists. The festival offers multiple stages, a variety of late-night spectacles and experiences, international and local cuisine, an on-site locally produced farmers market, original art installations – past artists include internally acclaimed artist such as; DoLab and Angus Watt, and more to 40,000+ fans over the course of the weekend. WayHome Music and Arts was recently awarded the New Kid on the Block (Best New Festival) award and was nominated for Major Festival of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Music Awards. Save the date for 2017 as WayHomewill be taking place July 28th – 30th 2017 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.

Republic Live is a Canadian-owned live entertainment company founded in 2011, with offices in Toronto, Ontario and Nashville, Tennessee. Republic Live takes pride in creating world-class, fan-centric, time of your life experiences. The company works with a multitude of partners on a variety of platforms to create unique experiences for fans, artists, industry partners and sponsors. Republic Live’s two flagship events are Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Canada’s largest camping and country music festival and WayHome Music & Arts Festival, a kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour, and spectacle.

Fource Entertainment Canada is a company founded in 2016 with a mission to deliver the best music and experiences to as many fans as possible across the country in partnership with leading artists, partners and venues.  Fource’s heritage stems from a group of people who have been part of the creation, evolution and management of some of Canada’s premiere concerts, festivals and branded events over the past 20 years.  Fource is the exclusive talent booking agency for the 2017 editions of WayHome, Boots & Hearts, NXNE Port Lands, and The Big Feastival Canada festivals.

Trash Talk shares short film Tangle + EP available now

WATCH: Tangle –
DOWNLOAD: Tangle –
On the heels of their recent North American tour with Antwon and Black Noise and the release of their new EP Tangle, Los Angeles via Sacramento hardcore stalwarts Trash Talk are back today to share a short film that chronicles the band’s 4-city Japanese tour earlier this fall. Sharing its name with their EP, Tangle the film affords a glimpse of the Japan underground and shows it’s contrast to everyday life in its cities. The film was directed by Will Mayer, shot by GlenJamn and in partnership with Stashimi.
Watch Tangle above and download the EP directly from the band’s site for free.
Trash Talk
(October 21)
1. Disconnected
2. Mr. Nobody
3. Constrictor
4. Feen
5. Soothe Sayer

Moon Tan sky rockets in Canada and wins over Indie Week

Winnipeg rockers, Moon Tan have been very busy this year. The band has just wrapped up their Canadian Tour and released a new single called ‘The Faceless Knight.’ Our Editor Manal Nasrallah spoke with the lead vocalist/bassist Adrian Dyer about touring, Indie Week, and a little history on their band.


We know that you have been on a Canadian Tour for the last couple months. How does it feel performing in a different city every night and showcasing the bands creativity to an entirely different crowd each time?

It’s an interesting experiment. You get to test your product in a different market, gauge what clicks with the audience, and see how your music resonates with a foreign crowd that may not have seen you before. I always love hearing what people have to say after the show, along with their pre and post show thoughts & experience. Life on the road can definitely be mentally and physically exhausting, but it’s the music and the fans that fuels our fire.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to the bands musicality? In essence, what is a hobby that you turn to in order to rejuvenate your creativity?

I’m a bit of a classic video game connoisseur (Nintendo fan). Oddly enough I think video game music permeates my subconscious from countless hours of playing games back in the day.. I also enjoy checking out local bands in the Peg. There’s a solid club called The Cavern that always has something interesting going on. That and socializing with friends! I find getting out and not thinking about music at all for a period makes coming back to the bass feel like seeing an old best friend.

Which band member makes the costumes?

We actually designed our own costumes individually. The iconic bellbottoms were custom made by a tailor – Brady had been calling all over the city to find someone that would actually do it. After countless calls he found a kind soul that would take the plunge!

What made you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

The band initially spawned out of drummer Nick Knock Kula’s desire to start a cover band. I think it was unanimous that we all wanted to create music that we loved playing and listening to, and this eventually resulted in us starting Moon Tan together. We have different influences, but there is definitely a common love for rock n’ roll that flows through our veins.  I used to scour YouTube watching almost every single Red Hot Chili Peppers live concert, and I was always captivated by the sheer amount of energy they poured into every single live show. It was very inspiring for me.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?

I’d say the compositions have matured a little more. Basically I try to write something that excites me in that moment and run with it, and that can change over time.

What’s your ultimate direction for the band?

Bottom line is we want to deliver an unforgettable live show both sonically and visually. As our budget increases so will the production of our live show. Imagine the largest festival in the world with the biggest crowd, and that’s an accurate representation of our heart’s desire.


Moon Tan have made their mark in the music industry and have WON Indie Week this year! There were over 300 bands performing at Indie Week in Toronto and Moon Tan took the prize home. The band is headed back to their hometown Winnipeg tonight to play their final show of the tour at The Park Theatre for their ‘Faceless Knight’ 7” Release Party.


Har Mar Superstar Premieres “How Did I Get Through The Day?” Video Via Brooklyn Vegan | ‘Best Summer Ever’ Out Now Via Cult Records | On Tour Now

Har Mar Superstar Premieres “How Did I Get Through The Day?”Video Via Brooklyn Vegan

‘Best Summer Ever’ Out Now On Cult Records

On National Headline Tour Now


WATCH & SHARE: Har Mar Superstar – “How Did I Get Through The Day?”

“How Did I Get Through The Day” is one of the more soulful songs on Har Mar Superstar‘s 2016 album Best Summer Ever, a no-irony slice of ’70s slow-burn groove with Har Mar really belting it out.”
-Brooklyn Vegan

“The A.V. Club is premiering “How Did I Get Through The Day?,” a ’50s-style heartbreaker that highlights Tillman’s knack for soulful crooning. It’s a track that shows Tillman’s masterful understanding of music history, while establishing his place in it as a chameleonic force.”
— AV Club

Best Summer Ever, continues this exploration of his identity as a melodic and lyrical craftsmen….”we decided to produce it like it was my greatest hits from 1950 to 1985.”  True to his album’s vision, Tillmann romps through ’50s bubblegum pop, ’60s soul, and retro synth-pop, all while managing to put his own lo-fi, vocal-forward spin on each style…the endeavor finds Tillmann’s voice sounding deeper, rawer, and more vulnerable than ever.” — MPR
Today Brooklyn Vegan shared the video for Har Mar Superstar’s single “How Did I Get Through The Day”. The track along with the previous singles “Youth Without Love” & “It Was Only Dancing (Sex)” are all on Har Mar’s most recent LP ‘Best Summer Ever‘ out now via Cult Records.
Sean Tillmann has been making records under the name Har Mar Superstar since 1999.  Under the Har Mar moniker Sean has gone through a plethora of phases ranging from fun-loving beats-based music pioneer (he and Peaches shared stages early on) to angry arena crowd opener (public lewdness police records to prove it) to soul music crooner.  His last album Bye Bye 17 opened a lot of peoples’ minds to his songwriting prowess, which has existed since day one of his career.
For years Tillmann was an artist’s artist when The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many other legends decided to collaborate and/ or take him on tour.  Different phases of his career brought him fame through the fickle worlds of indie, British pop, LA DJ-dom, and New York night crawling.
Bye Bye 17 was an eye opener to the music world, not that Tillmann wasn’t used to accolades through his former work with Sean Na Na, Gayngs, Neon Neon, and Calvin Krime.  Sean had “arrived as a songwriter”.  After living in LA and NYC for 12 years, Sean moved back to Minneapolis, MN where he is most creative.  With the help of Chris Bierden (Polica, Bye Bye 17), Ryan McMahon (Har Mar, Lizzo), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Adele, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens), and Ryan Olson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads) Har Mar Superstar’s album “Best Summer Ever” was born.
Best Summer Ever since it’s inception has been imagined as a Greatest Hits of Har Mar Superstar from 1950-1985.  Tillmann was born in 1978.  Wrap your head around that, please.
Best Summer Ever is a slow burner with many ballads, dance-able tracks, and co-writes.  Long-time friend Julian Casablancas (Cult Records founder, The Strokes), Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Erykah Badu, Voidz, Weezer), and Tillmann worked very closely to make the concept happen.  Karen O, Matt Sweeney, and James Levy (Reputante, Lolawolf) all helped write songs on the record.  Bobby Charles wrote “I Hope”.   “Youth Without Love” was a demo written by Julian that was sitting around that Har Mar fell in love with, so they made it for the record.
Look out for Har Mar Superstar, now fronting a six-piece band complete with horns, touring worldwide this year.  The live show has always been a fun, sweat-soaked celebration of joy.  The man was born to rock a stage.  Join the party.
Don’t fake your love.
Tour Dates
Har Mar Superstar – 2016 Tour Dates
Nov 21 Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack w/ Tickle Torture – Little Rock, AR
Nov 22 Riot Room w/ Tickle Torture – Kansas City, MO
Nov 25 First Avenue / Tickle Torture – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 02 Turner Hall Ballroom w/ GGOOLLDD, Flint – Milwaukee, WI
Dec 31 1st Ward at Chop Shop (2016 NYE Celebration with Big Freedia) – Chicago, IL

01. I Hopeunnamed-5
02. Youth Without Love
03. Anybody’s Game
04. How Did I Get Through the Day?
05. Haircut (feat. Karen O)
06. It Was Only Dancing (Sex)

07. Don’t Erase
08. My Radiator
09. Famous Last Words
10. Confidence

The Success is in The Statistics


British Columbia artists The Statistics have been very busy this year. The band has just wrapped up their Western Canadian Tour and released a new single called ‘Old Habits.’ Our Editor Manal Nasrallah spoke with the brothers Darby and Erin Yule about touring and a little history on their band.

We know that you’ve done three Western Canadian Tours, would you want to tour in other countries? If so, which ones?

Darby: From a personal standpoint, I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. We both have a lot of friends there and we both like cooler climates. My favourite beer is also Innis & Gunn so I’d like to go to their brewery in Scotland and shake them down for a sponsorship.

Erin: We’ve always been the kind of people that like building communities though. That’s a big reason why we play music. To us, being able to go to other countries would be a dream. The plan is to hit as many places as we possibly can. I’m not super picky about where we go but I’m guessing our first international excursion will either be to Europe or the States.

During your tour, where was your favorite place to perform? What is your favorite venue or festival?

Erin: Honestly, anywhere that we see fans out. You tend to only spend 16 hours max in a city due to driving so you don’t really get a chance to see it except for at the venue itself.

Darby: I can tell you that Lethbridge, AB surprised us the most on this last tour. We didn’t realize how tight knit and friendly the music community is there. I think it’s mainly due to their University’s Music Program. Honestly though, we really enjoy most places we’ve been. We are in Toronto right now and we’ve had a blast here.

Who are your musical influences?

Erin: Does having a huge crush on Taylor Swift count as an influence? Cause if so, that’s my biggest one. I have also been influenced by a huge breadth of people. I listened to and played quite a bit of bop and big band jazz when I was younger. I see my job in the band as trying to support Darby’s songwriting as much as I can, so many of my influences are people who are great at that: Will Champion of Coldplay, Tre Cool of Green Day, Steve Gadd in pretty much everything, to name a few.

Darby: I grew up listening to a lot of Punk Rock. As a result, I think aspects of it still shows up in my music. I was really into bands like Green Day, The Loved Ones, and Blink 182. Recently, I’ve been listening to people like Brian Fallon, Muddy Waters, Marvin Gaye, Kings of Leon. These all are a lot more representative of the other side of The Statistics.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

Darby: Well, we started playing together when I was 11 and Erin was 9 so it has changed quite a bit. It went from a really young garage band to ska punk to what you hear now which is basically Epic Alternative Rock. Our sound especially changed when we decided to do a 2 piece set up. It got more raw and more based around who we were as people as compared to who we were trying to be originally.

Erin: Yeah. I think that was an incredibly important step forward for us because we realized that influences should be influences. They shouldn’t be who you are. Does sounding like Green Day feel good and get you people listening initially? Yes. But it doesn’t build real connections with people. We have moved away from the heavy guitars and complex synths that are so common now toward a low-gain, analog, almost dry sound that we think is quite the breath of fresh air.

What are your future plans for The Statistics?

Darby: Just keep swimming really. Our goal is to create great communities and connections. We believe that we are on track to do that. We do want to tour internationally and create great music for people to enjoy and share. I think to do that stuff it comes down to honesty, grit, and a little luck. I like to think we have all of those.

Erin: Continue killing it. We pretty much are doing backflips 24/7 these days. So we are going to try to keep doing that.


Check out The Statistics new music video for ‘Old Habits’ here.

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