ETNO Wins ‘Best Of The Fest’ At Toronto’s Indie Week

ETNO WINS ‘BEST OF THE FEST’, RISING ABOVE THE REST

TORONTO INDIE WEEK 2017 WINNER ANNOUNCED AT FESTIVAL’S AWARD SHOW

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Following six nights of more than 250 amazing performances and independent music, ETNO has been named winner of Indie Week 2017!

Presented by Jack Daniel’s and hosted by 94.9 The Rock,  the Indie Week 2017 Awards were held at The Mod Club Sunday, November 12th. Festival-goers were treated to cream of the crop performances by the week’s semi-finalists — the best acts from across Indie Week Canada 2017 — as well as last year’s winner, Moon Tan.

Chosen by industry judges as the “Best of the Fest,” Brazil’s grunge rock/new metal outfit ETNO ultimately rose to the top over eight other semi-finalists narrowed throughout the week’s events. As part of their win, they will travel to Manchester, England next year to headline Indie Week UK 2018.

Second place honours went to Canadian country artist Danielle Bourjeaurd, while another Brazilian rock band, Trampa, came in third.

Other semi-finalists included:

Charlie The Kid

Huttch

Dylan Hennessy

Luna Li

Rochester

Tokyo Taboo

 

ABOUT ETNO

A four piece rock band based in Brasília, ETNO cites influences ranging from grunge to new metal with a contemporary touches woven through their sound and performance.

The band has been on the road gaining speed for the last 15 years, building a solid career and a big influence in their hometown as well as other cities and states of Brazil. Their uniquely positioned three-part album release for As 7 Fronteiras — out over the course of 2016 – 2017 — included a tattoo giveaway turned music video with live performances for “Sétima Fronteira.”

 

ABOUT INDIE WEEK 2017 AND INDIE101

Sponsored by Jack Daniel’s, Hopcity Brewing Co., and Slaight Music, the six-day tastemaker event showcased more than 250 emerging musicians and leading industry speakers across 25 venues from November 7th to 12th.

Indie Week and Indie101 successfully continued its mission to dynamically reimagine the conference and festival experience by bringing the community together for inspiration, education, and live music from bands and artists not currently signed to a major label.

This year featured a very special DJ set from Martin Atkins (P.I.L./Nine Inch Nails), plus Juno-nominated Rusty, Dearly Beloved (Aporia Records), Chixdiggit’s frontman KJ Jansen, CMAO nominee Dani Strong, Moon Tan, Wolf Saga, Indie Week UK winners The Empty Page, Conversation, Spells of Vertigo, The Mohrs, Jerry Leger & The Situation, Amos The Transparent, Goodnight, Sunrise, The Anti-Queens, Andrea Ramolo, The Commoners, The Honeyrunners, Rochester, Kingdom of Birds, Honey Beard, and many many more. Spanning more than 25 venues across the city, showcases included an Irish, Iceland, UK and Brazil showcases as well as special presentations curated by Pop Montreal, Exclaim!, Mississauga Music, ATX6, Music Nova Scotia, Seneca, Mobius Artist Management, M88 Entertainment Group, Pushcart, Buzz Magazine and Proud-FM,  The Library Collaborative, Music Ontario, and more.

A uniquely new addition to Indie Week and Indie101 came in the form of its first ever full Health & Wellness Day — an entire lineup advocating, educating, inspiring, and supporting optimal health, mental health, and overall well-being for everyone working in the industry. It featured a keynote address from Chuck Randall (Alice in Chains’ and The Cult’s tour manager), as well as guest speakers Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails, Public Image Ltd.) and Marky Ray (former tour manager for Nine Inch Nails).

 

INDIE WEEKS OF YORE

Indie Week has previously hosted Finger Eleven, Philip Sayce, Mike Joyce (Drummer of The Smiths / DJ Set), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), DJ LDontheCut (SUBLIME with Rome), Darenots, Walk Off The Earth, The Mahones, Diana, The OBGMs, Sumo Cyco, Parallels, Cousins, KO, The Rebel Emergency, Ill Scarlett, Peter Katz, Roz Bell, The Birthday Massacre, Romes (Nightbox), Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold on its stages.

Previous industry delegates include Eddie Kramer (Producer), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Michael Wekerle (Dragon’s Den/El Mocambo), Garth Richardson (Rage against the Machine), Mike Clink (Producer – Guns’n’roses/Metallica), Nigel Grainge (Thin Lizzy), Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor).

[NAS MEDIA REVIEW] INDIE WEEK 2017 | Heard It From Nas

Indie Week is back again and it’s better than ever! From November 7-12, it was nothing but a fun jam packed week full of informational seminars from music industry leaders, amazing showcases/performances by talented musicians from all over the world, and great networking mixers in between. Nas Media had the pleasure of covering Indie Week this year and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout of the weeks events.

One of the first mixers was held at Supermarket, which is a venue located in the heart of Kensington Market. This mixer was hosted by Sony Music Canada and was filled with members of the press, artists, and music industry professionals. This mixer was dedicated to having bands rehearse and do their soundcheck before their showcase later that evening.

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Alessia Cohle was the first to go up on stage that night and perform her soundcheck and rehearsal. Her country-pop vibes filled the room and had guests excited to listen to her full showcase later that evening.

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Up next on the soundcheck was Black Collar Union. They performed their soundcheck and brought out some cool rock music vibes to the venue.

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Later that evening, Nas Media had the honour of being a judge at a showcase at B-Side venue located on College St. The showcase had a stacked bill which had us excited to listen to the emerging talent. On the roster was Casati, The 12/21, and Ozconscious.

The first band to perform was Casati, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. This duo played an incredible mix of folk, jazz, and pop music during their showcase and had the entire crowd mesmerized by their heartfelt lyrics and graceful rhythms of their instruments.

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Next up was punk rock band The 12/21 also from Winnipeg, Manitoba. This trio rocked out on stage and brought so much energy (and a lot of head banging) to this Toronto crowd. Their stage presence was high and their songwriting was eurythmic, this band definitely showed Toronto how Winnipeggers can rock out!

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Last but not least was Alt-Rock/Pop band Ozconscious who are also from Winnipeg, Manitoba. This six piece band brought cool pop/rock vibes to the room and had the audience bobbing their head along to all of their original songs and singles. The bands energy was great and they were very interactive with the crowd which made the ambience of the venue full with good vibes and lightheartedness!

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As the evening came to an end, the judges had to put in their verdict of who they thought should go to the next round at Indie Week. It was a tough decision but the winner of the night that got to perform again at another showcase on Saturday was Casati!

Friday, November 10 – With a full day packed with informative seminars, we had to make sure that we caught them all! Starting first at the venue The Hideout was Publicity and Branding in Music with moderator Eric Alper. On the panel was Serena Ragogna (Ole), KJ Jansen (Artist), Melanie Kaye (Melanie Kaye PR), Steve Waxman (Warner Music Canada) and Samantha Pickard (Strut Entertainment).

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This seminar talked about the ever changing delivery systems and formats in the music industry but how the most important thing of all is the need to market and promote yourself. All the panelists gave the audience their opinions, and perspectives and shared their stories from their point of view being in the music industry for several years.

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Following this seminar was Sponsorship and Branding with panelists Erin Kinghorn (eEK!), Brandon Roberts (Hop City), Paul Eastwood (Freelance), and Matthew Smallwood (Flying Colours). This seminar talked about making an impact in traditional industries while still holding onto your musical roots. The panelists also discussed avenues that could help you in your success as a musician such as tech, media, influencers, and being creative with marketing and advertising.

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Up next at The Hideout was a seminar for Women in Music. The panel featured some powerful women who spoke about their stories in the music industry and how to overcome any inequality issues that a woman might face in this male dominated industry.

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The last seminar of the evening took place at Nest and was one of the most anticipated seminars of the week, with tour manager of Alice in Chains and The Cult, Chuck Randall, and Martin Atkins from world renowned band Nine Inch Nails! This feature panel offered advice, anecdotes, and stories from the two heavily involved music professionals. These two music experts provided decades of experience to discuss with the crowd and opened up a Q&A to have audience members leave the discussion with a new perspective. Needless to say it was a full house with aspiring artists eager to learn more about the music industry.

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Later that evening, Nas Media had the pleasure of being a judge once again during another showcase! We headed over to Bovine on Queen St West and walked into an already full room of people waiting to hear the first act on stage set to perform at 9:30PM. The bill for the showcase was Body SprayHorta Project, and The Corks.

First up to play was metal band, Body Spray. This four piece band from Philadelphia delivered hardcore metal tunes with the lead singer providing a ton of energy on stage alongside an incredible passion for his music. Their stage presence was strong and they truly rocked out on stage and captured all of the guests attention.

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Next up on the bill was Horta Project coming all the way from Brazil! This instrumental rock band had some incredible rhythms and tunes and definitely knew how to shred the electric guitar. They brought in everyones attention and had the venue filling up quickly with fans bobbing their heads to their songs.

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Next was Montreal Canadian band The Corks. This isn’t The Corks first time playing Indie Week and they sure brought over those rock and roll tunes that we know and love. This bands energy was upbeat, cool, and had the entire venue on their feet dancing along to their songs. This band definitely has the ‘it’ factor as well as a unique sound in the rock genre.

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After listening to all three bands, the judges had to make their decision on which band will go on to the next round and perform at the next showcase. It was a difficult decision since each band sounded great but the judges could only chose one winner of the night… and it was The Corks!

Overall Indie Week 2017 was a success and one that brought invaluable content and experiences to all aspiring and emerging artists that are taking their first steps into the music industry. With so many new bands from all over the world to discover and some great connections that were made throughout the course of the week, we are happy that we were a part of Indie Week this year and we are already looking forward to next year!

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2 DAYS LEFT TILL INDIE WEEK – Things to note if you haven’t already! [Toronto]

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2 DAYS LEFT  – WHAT NOT TO MISS!

Here are some of the highlights:

INDIE101 – From songwriting, money, grants, DIY workshops, demo listening sessions, the digital frontier, mixers, radio, mental health & addictions, and production are among the few of the Indie101 panels. This year Indie101 has COMPLETELY revamped the idea of the classic industry conference and is bringing the conference to YOU at our local venues in Toronto! Proving a unique and truly INDIE experience, Indie101 offer engaging education from the experts themselves that are WAITING to meet you. Come for the inspiration, leave with perspective!

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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LAUNCH NIGHT – Do not miss one of Indie Week’s BIGGEST schmoozefests happening on NOV 7! Dust off your dancing shoes, leather jackets, and head on over to THE HIDEOUT on 423 College St. Put on your dresses and forget about your stresses, and come kick this week off in STYLE!

SEE FULL DETAILS HERE

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INDIE WEEK AWARDS – SUN NOV 12 at the MOD CLUB hosts the week’s FINAL night of music! A true spectacle as the week’s best-of-the-fest will perform in one spot where the star studded judges will select a winner of this year’s Indie Week Canada! New initiatives this year for the final night are the awards for Best Independent Promoter, Best Independent Producer, Award for the recognition of the local Toronto development of independent musicians, and more! Have your photo taken by the media wall, mingle with your fellow musicians and VIPs, party like a true rockstar and HAVE A BLASTEVERYONE will be there so dress to the nines and just enjoy!

Want to come but don’t have a pass? Purchase tickets HERE!

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ANGELZ RELEASES ‘SAINT THUG II’ EP | OUT NOW ON CONFESSION

ANGELZ RELEASES ‘SAINT THUG II’ EP

OUT NOW ON CONFESSION

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Having previously released the initial Saint Thug EP on Confession to rapturous applause, Quebec born ANGELZ returns to the prodigious label to release Saint Thug II now available on all digital service providers.

STREAM & PURCHASE: ANGELZ – SAINT THUG II EP

This Def Jam Records producer turned G-house aficionado has truly been making a name for himself ever since he debuted on Confession. Consistently pushing out a frenzy of tracks over the past couple months and now releasing yet another intense slice of dance music on Tchami’s label, ANGELZ’s 3-track Saint Thug II EP continues to push the envelope in quality and innovation.

Kicking off the EP, ‘So Fly’ features the renowned Kaleem Taylor on vocals atop low frequency bass hits and tumbling percussion before diving into a frenetic drop riddled with swirling sirens, vocal cuts and a gritty melody to drive the track home. The follow up track ’98 J.Lo’ arrives in true G-house fashion seamlessly blending rap verses amidst high-pitched synths and staccato kicks. Upholding the trend of pairing rap lyrics to his tracks, ANGELZ also linked up with SLATIN and Hanz Gable to effortlessly round out the EP. Filled with a catchy hook and a funky melody, ‘Supafly’ serves as the penultimate record showcasing ANGELZ commitment to quality and production value.

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Electric Island Civic Holiday Edition [NAS MEDIA REVIEW]

Monday, August 7th – Electric Island returns once again for its Civic Holiday edition but this time at the Portlands, which was also a great location for this event that happens a few times throughout the summer in our city. This third summer edition brought an amazing line up of talented DJ’s with two stages for guests to watch them on. Hitting up the main stage was Irish DJ Mano Le Tough, Dâm-Funk, KiNK, Jonathan Rosa, and Nina Kraviz. These DJ’s brought incredible tunes to all of the excited fans who were ready to dance it out again at their favourite Toronto summer event.

Jonathan Rosa, a Toronto local DJ took the main stage to warm up the crowd, and brought the good vibes and great tunes to get fans in the right mood to enjoy the start of their Monday. As guests were entering, there were several food vendors that had guests nourished throughout the day eating delicious local food to fuel up for all the dancing they were going to do throughout the day and evening. At the second stage, Toronto house-hold names such as Greg Gow, Addy and Jeremy Stott were also in attendance to open the stages and bring the warm vibes to the start of the festival.

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KiNK made his appearance on the main stage and brought the house and techno tunes, the way he delivered left a memorable performance for all the electric islanders.

Modern funk DJ Dâm-Funk began his set right after Mano Le Tough, and began bringing over the smooth modern funk music to the crowd and, boy did he deliver. He put the crowd in a great mood and had everyone feeling cheerful and overjoyed.

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Photos by Ramzi Khalil for Nas Media.

Nature Of Music played an hour and a half set towards the evening of the event, until about 5:30PM on the second stage with a packed crowd full of guests happily dancing and enjoying the sounds of this local Toronto duo.

Later on as the sun began to set, Nina Kraviz took the stage and left fans speechless with her techno beats. The crowd was going crazy from the mesmerizing tunes she was hitting the crowd with. Needless to say everyone was on their feet dancing and grooving!

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The second stage had Swiss-DJ producer Deetron, that brought the warm techno beats with the touch of Detroit in his music. Fans were ecstatic all day as they were grooving with their friends and enjoying the holiday and their day off, listening to their favourite music and seeing these talented DJ’s. A few guests were lining up to get glitter on them by a makeup vendor that was on site. Each guest left the vendor feeling beautified and radiating with positive vibes, ready to dance it out to the great techno music.

Needless to say, this was yet another successful edition to Electric Island, festival-goers were beyond thrilled that they got to spend their Civic Holiday with all of their friends enjoying the great techno music and talent that continues to take place in our beautiful city of Toronto. We’re already looking forward to the next Electric Island!

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ELECTRIC ISLAND RETURNS BACK TO THE ISLANDS FOR THE CIVIC HOLIDAY

NINA KRAVIZ, MANO LE TOUGH, KiNK & MORE TO HEADLINE

ELECTRIC ISLAND, MONDAY AUGUST 7, 2017

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Electric Island, August 2017 Civic Holiday edition is hitting the Toronto Island’s once again this year! With major headlining artists such as Nina Kravis, Mano Le Tough, KiNK and more. Electric Island is one of those events in Toronto that doesn’t disappoint and leaves fans coming back again and again during the summer. This past July Electric Island’s Canada 150 edition brought hundreds of fans to enjoy techno music while celebrating their love and pride for their country with a stunning end of fireworks to the festival.

The event will take place at Hanlan’s Point and Toronto Island on Monday, August 7th, what a great way to start off your Monday, am I right? There will be two stages set up again for this years third edition of Electric Island, as well as an array of food trucks and vendors on site to fulfill all your hunger needs. The vibes at the third edition of Electric Island for the Civic Holiday will be nothing short of electric.

Stay tuned for Nas Media will be covering this event and we are sure to bring you some awesome photos + coverage! See below for more information on the event + ticket details!

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ANNOUNCES CIVIC HOLIDAY

WITH NINA KRAVIZ, MANO LE TOUGH,

KiNK & MORE!

WHEN: MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
TIME: 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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This past July 1, thousands of Toronto’s electronic music lovers gathered at The Portlands to ring in Canada’s 150th birthday at Electric Island! The day saw mind-blowing performances by industry heavy-weights including Canadian techno-pioneer Richie Hawtin, who closed off the night backed by a dazzling display of fire works across the city’s skyline. It was a celebration we’ll never forget.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the third summer edition; Electric Island Civic Holiday will take place on Monday, August 7 with another colossal line-up. The main stage welcomes the incredibly versatile and energetic Jackmaster. This Glasgow-native is notorious for hashing up the most surprising records – whether it be a forgotten disco track or bumping techno – Jackmaster can pull just about anything from his sleeve. Joining him will be another legend from across the pond – Irish-born Mano Le Tough. The Maeve label owner is a true sound wizard with an impeccable ear for melody, deep emotive basslines,  and live instrumental breaks. After witnessing a Mano Le Tough set, you’ll be left in awe. Bulgarian live-act KiNK also joins the bill. Another name who is known to embrace experimentation, KiNK expertly weaves listeners between house, techno and broken beat to deliver a memorable performance for all. Taking festival-goers into nightfall will be Russian techno vixen Nina Kraviz. Nina’s success is unparalleled — from her successful label Trip (трип), to her mesmerizing performances behind the decks, she is a force to be reckoned with! And let’s not forget our astounding locals — Jonathan Rosa and Toronto’s illustrious duo, Nature of Music will each be on warm-up duty.

The second stage will see Swiss DJ-Producer Deetron. Deetron owes his expert mixing skills to his early days as a Hip-Hop DJ. Strongly influenced by the sound of Detroit, ‘four-to-the-floor’ became his motto and today he’s best known for producing warm techno with the soul of Detroit. We look forward to his Electric Island debut! Joining Deetron will be the forbearer of the modern funk movement- Dâm-Funk! The American DJ-Producer affirms that funk is a way of life, “a feeling of struggle and staying cool through it all.” Toronto house-hold names Greg Gow, Addy and Jeremy Stott will have the honours of warming up festival-goers at the second stage. It’s going to be another sizzling weekend in the city this Civic Holiday.

Tickets for the Civic Holiday edition of Electric Island may be purchased here. 

For more information, please visit http://www.electricisland.to 

View the Electric Island Canada Day Photo Gallery Here 
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⚡️ LINE- UP ⚡️

STAGE 1:

Nina Kraviz
KiNK (live)
Mano Le Tough
Jackmaster
Nature of Music
Jonathan Rosa

STAGE 2:

Deetron
Dâm-Funk
Jeremy Stott
ADDY
Greg Gow

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Illenium Announces Phase One of Nationwide ‘AWAKE’ Tour & New ‘Fractures’ Remix

ILLENIUM ANNOUNCES PHASE ONE OF

MASSIVE NATIONWIDE ‘AWAKE’ TOUR

RELEASES STUNNING REMIX OF ‘FRACTURES’

OUT NOW VIA SEEKING BLUE / KASAYA

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Nick Miller, better known globally by his stage name Illenium, has had what can only be described as a banner summer. Playing massive festivals from Bonnaroo, EDC, Firefly, and Electric Forest to SOLD OUT club gigs across the country, the Denver based producer has taken his distinct brand of melodic bass from the mountains of Colorado to hundreds of thousands of fans internationally. Today Illenium has announced the first shows of his expansive ‘AWAKE’ tour, spanning from Denver to Kansas City, featuring currently unannounced support, and a fully revamped live setup.

PURCHASE: ILLENIUM – AWAKE TOUR [TICKETS]

STREAM: ILLENIUM – FRACTURES (TRIVECTA REMIX) [SEEKING BLUE / KASAYA] (SOUNDCLOUD)

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Alongside the tour announcement, Illenium has also released the highly anticipated Trivecta Remix of ‘Fractures (ft. Nevve)’, which was initially teased in his EDC recap. Seeing heavy play throughout Miller’s sets, Trivecta’s rework maintains the melodic structure of the original, while adding an extra element of intensity, perfect for festival crowds. With Miller’s original effort having just crossed the 23,000,000-stream mark across all platforms, ‘Fractures (ft. Nevve)’ has received the perfect Main Stage treatment courtesy of Trivecta.

PURCHASE: ILLENIUM – FRACTURES (TRIVECTA REMIX) [SEEKING BLUE / KASAYA]

Fans can catch Illenium live all across the United States starting in Denver in November, heading through massive stadiums from San Francisco to Chicago, with many more dates set to be announced. The first date on his ‘AWAKE’ tour at the 1stBank Center in Colorado (November 10th) has already sold thousands of tickets, and will serve as Miller’s biggest headlining show to date. Pre-sale for tickets will be on Thursday July 20th 10am – 10pm local time, and the code is ‘Awake’. Fans who can’t make an upcoming show can listen to Illenium’s latest ‘Ashes to Ashes’ mix here! Follow Illenium, Trivecta, Seeking Blue, and Kasaya via their socials below, and grab tickets for all Illenium shows here!

 ‘AWAKE’ TOUR DATES – PHASE ONE

11.10 – 1stBank Center – Denver, CO
11.22 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA

11.24 – WaMu Theater – Seattle, WA

11.25 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

12.14 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

12.21 – Arvest Bank Theatre – Kansas City, MO

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Bud Light Dreams Festival 2017 [NAS MEDIA Review]

Friday, July 7 – The day that we have all been waiting for has finally come, Dreams Festival 2017! The festival doors opened at 4PM with a line up of excited fans waiting to enter back into the place where their hearts are stolen every year. The sun was shining down bright on all of the dreamers and they were ready to get their groove on. We headed over to the Dream House stage to watch DJ Hydee put everyone in the Drum and Bass mood. While Hydee was delivering all the DnB, Ryan Shepherd and Jamie Kidd were bringing over some great techno and house vibes to the Echo Beach and Waterfront Stage.

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As the day continued more and more great acts began to hit the stage, such as What So NotSteve AngelloThomas JackBaauer, and many more!

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When the evening began to hit, the clouds started to get darker and sounds of thunder were approaching. Unfortunately rain took over the area for about an hour and 45 minutes, and all stages had to shut down briefly while this weather warning took place. Guests began to find cover and everyone was allocated to the Budweiser Stage area to wait out the weather warning.

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Shortly after, the sun decided to make its entrance once again, and the music started right back up. A little rain won’t stop these dreamers!

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As the guests made their way back to the main area, the headlining acts took over the three stages, Loco Dice, Andy C, and Above and Beyond. Each stage held different sounds but nonetheless the hype and the fun was definitely present all throughout RBC Echo Beach. Day one closed off with fireworks in the sky, which left Dreamers counting down the hours until they can get their dancing shoes back on for day two.

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Saturday, July 8 – Day two is here, with the doors opening earlier at 2PM, Dreamers are already pumped and looking forward to the days activities. As Dreamers are entering the grounds, there are a bunch of different vendors, jumping castles, Bud Light Living stations and much more! There were also beautiful art installations on the hills where guests can lounge and hangout with their friends when they needed a little break from all the grooving. Now, let’s get to the music! Day two started off with openers such as Saad Ayub, Mark Oliver, House Yoga, and more!

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Toronto decided to bless us with some incredible weather and gave us blue skies and full shining sun throughout the day. Not a drop of rain was in sight, thank you 6ix God! We headed over to the Dream House stage where Infected Mushroom were playing their electronica beats, leaving the crowd raging and wanting more. If you’ve ever seen Infected Mushroom play live, you know what we’re talking about. They truly bring the energy to another level during their sets.

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We decided to make our way over to the Waterfront stage, where a completely different vibe took place throughout this area. The stage was covered with a variety of leaves representing a type of jungle/forest aesthetic. There was a little hill that guests could sit/lounge on while watching their favourite DJ’s perform in front of them.

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As we arrived to this stage, we were lucky to see the one and only DJ Hanzel (aka Dillon Francis) head onto the stage dressed in his German persona, wearing Ray Ban sunglasses and a buttoned up black dressed shirt.

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He brought all of the deep house vibes and literally left the fans screaming for more. There were signs that fans made of DJ Hanzel throughout the crowd and a lot of die hard fans ecstatic that DJ Hanzel made his first appearance in Toronto. [We’re definitely the lucky ones, here.]

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We grooved over to the Echo Beach stage where DVBBS was performing and without surprise, they already had the crowd going wild within just a few minutes of their set. CO2 cannons blasting and the heat of fire blazing out from the stage was more than enough to have fans even more ecstatic while listening to DVBBS big room house tunes. Watching DVBBS perform live is always a fun time because the energy they bring to the stage is always at level 100.

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As the evening hit, the headliners came through… MalaaMarkus Schulz, and Dillstradamus entered onto their stages. Malaa brought the dance and electronic music to the Waterfront stage where guests were packed side to side waiting to see the French producer. Moving on to the Dream House, Markus Schulz brought the trance vibes and had the Dream House tent full to capacity with fans raving to their favourite tunes from this German-American DJ.

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Last but not least, over at the Echo Beach stage was Dillstradamus, where two incredible DJ’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus paired together for an unimaginable trap/house set. It was the duos first time performing together as Dillstradamus in Toronto and boy, were we in for a treat. The main stage was packed with ravers chanting for their favourite trap and Moombahton DJ.

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Their entrance to the stage was unlike no other, with deep bass vibing through the speakers and lines of fire repeatedly covering the front of the stage, both of the DJ’s entering the stage separately on two risen platforms. As soon as they stepped up on the platforms the crowd went wild, the fire was still blazing throughout the stage and the trap beats began to come through.

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They were playing songs from hip hop artists such as Lil Uzi VertDrake, as well as some original songs by Dillon Francis and by Flosstradamus. The two DJ’s of the hour ended their set with fireworks in the sky and a lot of big thank you’s to their Toronto fans.

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Dreams Festival continues to show that year after year, the City of Toronto continues to stand out with their events and nightlife. This was only the first festival of the summer and there are still many more to come. We may be biased, but nobody holds a festival like our city does. Toronto ravers and fans will forever go hard for their favourite artists and our music scene is still stronger than ever. Thank you Dreams Festival for having Nas Media out once again and we are already looking forward to next year!

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For the full album of photos from Dreams Festival, click here.

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THOMAS GOLD DROPS HUGE NEW FREE TRACK ‘YOU KNOW’!

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As if gifting fans around the world with one massive track after another wasn’t good enough of late, Thomas Gold today casually drops a completely free banger into the mix.  To get your copy, simply click on the link below and follow Thomas’ ‘FanFare’ Spotify playlist before the download expires on July 12th.

DOWNLOAD THOMAS GOLD ‘YOU KNOW’ FOR FREE

Thomas has had an absolutely outstanding year so far. ‘You Know’ follows on from huge international hits ‘Magic’, ‘Better Versions of Myself’ and most recently ‘The Chant’, which won glowing reviews from the likes of Dancing Astronaut, Earmilk and Noise Porn.

As with ‘The Chant’, ‘You Know’ sees him dive right back into the energetic, progressive, club-focused sound that first bought him to the world’s attention. Rhythm is absolutely key to the production, with the various elements – horn synths, driving vocal, insistent bass – running in and out of each other to build simple but incredibly effective swells of energy, creating a monster peak-time DJ weapon.

Not forgetting that it’s “that time of year again”, fans of Thomas can show their support by heading over to the 2017 DJ Mag Top 100. Always guaranteed to kick up a lively debate across the electronic music world, there’s still no denying the poll’s presence in the annual calendar, or the importance of getting pedigree artists in its ranks.

With the second half of his long player ‘Revelation’ imminent, plus major music news still to be unveiled, 2017 just keeps on getting better and better for Thomas Gold. For more information on all things Gold, visit www.thomas-gold.com.

Thomas Gold ‘The Chant’ is out now to stream and download via Armada Music (FIRE LINK).

 

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NXNE [North By North East] Festival | NAS MEDIA REVIEW

Review by Nas Media photographer Harrison Haines.

 

June 23 – 25 –  DAY ONE OF NXNE: The festival weekend started on Friday (June 23nd) with some intimidating stormy weather looming for an outdoor music festival. But many braved the bad weather warnings and came out to enjoy some great music rain or shine.

As soon as you arrived to the Port Lands, you can immediately see the Skyline (main stage) and a ferris wheel off in the distance, which starts your excitement. Ferraro was the opening performance, they had a great rock sound! Next up was Jalen Santoy on the Canal stage (the second stage).  He brought some great hip-hop vibes with the crowd still growing. He had awesome energy getting the crowd super hyped! Especially when his single “Foreplay” came on. As soon as the beat started the crowd started dancing.

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There was plenty of options for food at the venue. Everything from lobster rolls, beef tacos and poutine.

The Regrettes were performing on the Skyline stage. They’re a 4 piece female band and a male drummer with high energy dancing and swinging. After them at Canal stage was Cold Specks with their hypnotic soul/rock/r&b vibes. While they were jamming the sky finally decided to clear up and let the sun shine for the few remaining hours of daylight.

Back at Skyline stage the rap group E.M.P was bringing some hard hitting hip-hop to get you moving. After them was the unforgettable Twin Peaks with some cool high energy alt indie rock/folk tracks. The band had an old school look and sound to them transporting you to a different era during their set. Next up the well know Sleigh Bells began playing their hearts out and creating sing alongs to hits like “Infinity Guitars” & “Crown on the Ground”.  Amir Obe was next at the Canal Stage. Obe is a great lyricist making words and sentences flow into one another so smoothly creating great beats and tempo to rap his words.

Day one is coming to an end with Post Malone, the headliner taking the main stage with a bang! He enters the stage hyping up the crowd by chugging his token favourite beer, Bud Light, and playing professional WWE super star Stone Cold Steve Austin’s ring entrance theme song.

The show starts and the crowd is loving everything. He is running and dancing from side to side of the stage having a great time himself. Once his hits “White Iverson”, “Go Flex” and “Congratulations” came on the crowd went insane and sang along word for word. The show was amazing! Post Malone is definitely on our highly recommend performance list!

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DAY TWO OF NXNE:

Day two begins with sun in the sky! Back to the Portlands event grounds to start the day off with Ebhoni on the Canal stage performing some R&B/Pop bangers and great choreographed dancing with her troop. The crowd has grown for today’s festivities, possibly because it’s a sunny Saturday and maybe because of all the great music including tonight’s headliner, Kaytranada who delivers constant bass to you!

After Ebhoni, Beach Season arrives to the Skyline stage. Beach Season is a two piece group with a DJ giving beat after beat and a singer that could cover every genre of music. Back at the Canal stage, Caveboy gave a cool rock show with great aesthetics. Heart Streets a female hip-hop/R&B duo from Montreal then took the Skyline stage to give an awesome soulful music experience!

BLAJK, a pop band, was up next! The lead singer had a broken leg so he had to perform while sitting in a chair, but that didn’t hold him back from dancing and letting his energy out! Next K.I.D. was playing some rock and getting the crowd to move and shake to hits like “Errors”.  The lead singer was very funny and she was cracking joke after joke between songs.

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Local hip-hop artist John River’s performance brought a very in-depth look into his life through his lyrics giving you a mental visual of his life experiences.  Rock/Folk singer Son Little takes over the Skyline stage for some greatly orchestrated big band sounds to get you excited for popular American band Muna!

Muna took the stage running with enough energy to share and his high tempo performance made you excited for more. Next up the very popular New Jersey band Bleachers comes on giving a performance that could have been from a headlining act! The crowd knew the songs they performed making it as if they were the main event!

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Tinie Tempah was after the Bleachers. We weren’t sure what to expect after such a great performance from the Bleachers but Tinie Tempah came to party, giving an unreal hip-hop show. Being from London he brought a unique style and flow to his bars not heard often in the Canadian music scene.

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Finally Kaytranada takes the Skyline stage to end the night off. The crowd was ready to have a great time with him. Kaytranada threw out tons of beach balls for the crowd to throw around and enjoy during his set.  He played hit after hit after hit for everyone to dance to, such as “Drinking all Night”, Glowed up”, “Got it Good.”

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DAY THREE:

The last and final day of NXNE has come.  Time to do the activities and eat the food you didn’t get a chance to on Day 1 and 2! With just grey in the sky, the rain starts to pour.  It poured for hours delaying the start of the festival.

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After a couple of hours of delays, the music has finally started up but the crowd was still slowly rolling through. There was a smaller crowd halfway through the day due to weather but the bands were performing as if they were sold out shows.
On the Skyline stage Saya was performing bringing a chill vibe over the festival. Next the DJ duo, Humans took over the Canal stage bringing deep bass and vocals to start getting your feet moving.

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Back at Skyline, River Tiber brought some cool vibes and sunshine with his set parting the grey skies! After rocking with River Tiber, Yukon Blonde was at the Canal stage keeping the rocking going with hits like “Saturday Night” (a song played all over the radio right now) and others like “I Wanna be Your Man.”

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To finish the festival off the indie pop heavy hitters Passion Pit took control of the Skyline stage with a great light show and stage presence.  Lead singer Michael Angelakos covered every square foot of the stage with his moves. The band performed amazing together giving you a show you wouldn’t soon forget.  Even if you aren’t a fan of the band or genre you’ll remember Passion Pit’s performance.

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Overall the festival was great! Tons of great performers from all kinds of genres from Post Malone to Passion Pit. The activities were fun with carnival rides and games to occupy yourself while you wait for your favourite artist to perform. Tons of amazing food and lots of real fruit beverage options to keep you going throughout your day and charging stations for phones and electronics so everyone can keep documenting their fun.

The NXNE festival was a great kick off to summer and the festival season. We can’t wait for next year!