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Album Review: Drake – “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) –       Last Thursday, Toronto rap god Drake out-paced the 24-hour media cycle when he dropped his new mixtape-cum-album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. If you were just glancing at your social media feeds, it certainly was far too late. The masses flocked and the work itself spoke volumes, as the … Continue reading

Photos/Review: Jhene Aiko, The Internet, SZA @ Sound Academy

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) | Photos by: Victoria Charko (@Vanilla_Rx) – The ‘void’ in the Enter the Void tour, which stopped in Toronto on Dec. 18th, seemingly holds all things cool-out, pop, funk, dark and soulful R&B on one stage. Between opening acts SZA and The Internet and headliner Jhené Aiko, there were all sorts of suggestions of what the genre is like these days … Continue reading

Concert Review + Photos: SBTRKT, Goldlink @ The Danforth Music Hall

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – As far as artist branding goes, Aaron Jerome, the primary mind behind SBTRKT, is fairly good at maintaining an anonymous and elusive spirit as the face of his electro alter ego. Propelled by the success of his self-titled debut album, the subsequent launch of collaborators Jessie Ware and Sampha’s careers, and a … Continue reading

Concert Review: OVO Fest 2014 (Day 2) – Drake, Usher, Lauryn Hill, + More

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – The only thing that is guaranteed about Drake’s approach to every OVO Fest is the objective to instill uncertainty in attendees, which is usually due to his reputation for bringing out big name peers and iconic musicians, but also attributed to Drake’s continuously growing catalogue that could impact the overall setlist. It was even clearer at this year’s event by … Continue reading

Concert Review + Photos: Coeur de Pirate, Bry Webb @ Massey Hall

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – At the second installment of Live at Massey Hall, a concert series celebrating Canadian talent from across the country, Quebec-based singer-songwriter Beatrice Martin enchanted the audience at the historic hall and performed old favourites and new additions to her catalogue under the artist name, Coeur de Pirate. Martin’s brand of melancholic but upbeat folk-pop … Continue reading

Concert Review: Elbow, John Grant @ The Danforth Music Hall

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – It is a real privilege to see UK-based Elbow live, not only because of the band’s veteran artistry in a live setting, but also because the performance is just so much fun. Last night’s sold-out affair at the Danforth Music Hall evoked smiles across the audience in response to lead singer Guy … Continue reading

Concert Review: CMW 2014 – SiriusXM Indies 2014 @ Kool Haus

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – The 14th annual Independent Music Awards (also known as The Indies) took place last night in Toronto at Kool Haus to celebrate some of the best and most promising Canadian talent. Performers at the SiriusXM sponsored event included Ponctuation, The Strumbellas, Born Ruffians, Mounties, Hollerado, The Hidden Cameras and Little Dragon, the last of whom exceeded expectations with a … Continue reading

Concert Review: CMW 2014 – Odesza, Astr, Elizabeth Rose, Matty Boh @ Tattoo Toronto

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – As another year of Canadian Music Week draws closer a close, the music festival crowds proved tireless at Tattoo Parlour last night, where Seattle-based electronic duo Odesza performed to a sold-out Toronto crowd. “Hi. We’re from Seattle and we’re going to play some weird shit,” said  Clayton Knight before diving into their set. It was … Continue reading

Concert Review: MIA, Elliphant @ Tattoo Toronto

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – Canadian Music Week 2014 kicked off last night in Toronto at the Tattoo Parlor with a performance by M.I.A., whose nonstop dance party performance rewarded the 400 people who were lucky to snag an entry wristband into the intimate show. The 20-minute delay did not deter the high-energy of those in attendance, … Continue reading

Concert Review: Ingrid Michaelson, Alternate Routes, Storyman @ The Danforth Music Hall

By: Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) – The best shows are the ones where the artist and the audience engage with one another; the atmosphere instantly becomes more comfortable and fans experience the artist in a more personable manner. Such was the case last night for the fans of indie-pop singer Ingrid Michaelson during her Lights Out tour stop at the Danforth Music Hall. After opening her … Continue reading