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Review: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai underwhelms in Toronto

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – Toronto welcomed the final North American stop of Cirque du Soleil’s, ‘Varekai’ at the Air Canada Centre last night. Under the direction of Dominic Champagne, this perplexing production pays homage to circus-acts from juggling to trapeze. The Eurasian-themed staging mixed in with breaks of family friendly physical comedy, which fragmented the plot but kept the audience engaged and laughing before … Continue reading

Gift Guide: 7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Music Snobs

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – Wondering what to get the snobbiest of music lovers this Christmas? Satisfy their lofty tastes with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! From headphones, to vinyl, to biographies of a certain Mr. Stardust, to keeping memories of past concerts safe, we have everything you need for the music snob in your life this holiday season! … Continue reading

Concert Review + Photos: Kiehl’s Rock For Kids with Simple Plan @ The Hoxton

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – Québécois pop-punk quintet, Simple Plan took over The Hoxton in Toronto last night for an intimate show, which was broadcast live to viewers online. The band recently announced via their YouTube page that they were writing songs for an upcoming album. Cargo shorts, striped shirts and spiky hair from the band’s breakout … Continue reading

Portrait Series/Q&A: Laurel

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) and Ted Belton –   On her six-song EP To The Hills, strings and a minimalist electro loop back the whispered, yet assertive harmonies of London-based artist Laurel. The 20-year-old musician is the “next big thing” with her music video for lead single “Shells” premiering premiere on Vogue online in July. Elaisha Green of Aesthetic Magazine chatted with the … Continue reading

Festival Review: Governors Ball 2014 – Day 3 (Vampire Weekend, Interpol, James Blake, + More)

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – The final day of the three-day Governors Ball festival kicked off with female West Coast natives Banks and Meg Myers. Sporting all black in the heat, Banks’ gentle vibrato was carried across the Gotham Stage. Downbeat tunes “Change”, “Warm Water”, and “Drowning” were highlights of her set. Earlier, Myers screeched into the microphone at the … Continue reading

Photos: Governors Ball 2014 – Day 2 (Childish Gambino, The Naked and Famous + More)

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – Day two of Governors Ball at Randall’s Island saw a crowded and hot day with temperatures stretching to at least 32 degrees Celsius. Rocking dark shades, duo Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines faced the audience. Heads nodded along to synth powered “Brothers” as the group opened their performance. ‘Wouldn’t it … Continue reading

Festival Review + Photos: Governors Ball 2014 – Day 1 (Outkast, Phoenix + More)

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) – The fourth annual Governors Ball kicked off with a moderate crowd milling between stages during the sunny day. Brooklyn based 4-piece Haerts opened the fest on the mainstage. In a chevron dress and with tambourine in hand, vocalist Nini Fabi crooned onto the festival grounds. They played signature hit “Wings” … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Aesthetic Magazine’s Governors Ball 2014 Guide

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) –  From June 6 to 8 thousands of avid music fans will be shuttled by ferry to The Governor’s Ball on New York City’s Randall’s Island. The sold out music festival, celebrating its fourth year, features a roster of major headliners, art installations and hipster food. Radio-favourites Outkast and Bastille are performing on … Continue reading

CMW 2014 Portrait Series: Hollerado

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) and Ted Belton (photos) – Acclaimed Toronto-based pop-rock group Hollerado sat down with Elaisha Green of Aesthetic Magazine before their SiriusXM Indies performance on May 10th. Guitarist Nixon Boyd and drummer Jake Boyd reminisced about iconic venues, Canadian comedians that inspire their work, and more. Elaisha Green: Were there any shows on your … Continue reading

CMW 2014 Portrait Series: Days Like Today

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) and Ted Belton (photos) – Toronto-based pop-punk/emo quartet Days Like Today performed during Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2014 at Parts & Labour on May 8, and we caught up with them and captured a lighter side of the band in the newest instalment of our CMW 2014 Portrait Series. To see other entries in … Continue reading