Live shows what I saw in 2019

2019 was a very good year for me, live music wise. I mean, it feels redundant to say that, but now that I think about it, not really. I spent a lot of time unemployed in recent years, and while I was lucky enough to still be able to see a fair number of live … Continue reading Live shows what I saw in 2019

2017 – Live music kept me afloat

2017 was a hell of a year for me. To say that there was a lot of upheaval is putting it mildly. After being out of full-time work for over two years, I suddenly found myself back in the workforce. I was just starting to get settled when a member of my family was diagnosed … Continue reading 2017 – Live music kept me afloat

Riot Fest 2015, aka The Return of Mudfest!

It's been interesting watching Riot Fest evolve over the three years I've been attending. The first year, it was still at Fort York. The past two years, it's been held at Downsview. Last year, we got four stages instead of two and a corresponding larger number of bands. Toronto still lacked a lot of the … Continue reading Riot Fest 2015, aka The Return of Mudfest!

Teenage Kicks All Through The Night – Duran Duran, The Phoenix, 4/25/2011

It's not every day that you get to see your teen heroes in a tiny club. The first time I saw Duran Duran, it was 1987 and they were opening for David Bowie's Glass Spider tour. The show was at the now defunct CNE Grandstand, a huge open-air venue that held over 50,000 people. I … Continue reading Teenage Kicks All Through The Night – Duran Duran, The Phoenix, 4/25/2011

OMD, The Phoenix, Toronto, March 5, 2011

I can't recall who it was that said that nostalgia ain't what it used to be. That may prove to be true as we all grow older, but sometimes, nostalgia is better than you ever thought it could be. Last night was one of those nights. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, … Continue reading OMD, The Phoenix, Toronto, March 5, 2011

A month of concerts: James

It's been a hectic month for the Rock 'n Roll Animal. Truth be told, job-hunting has taken up most of my time, but I've made time for fun too. Fun, for me, almost always equals live music and I've seen some amazing shows this past month. Brit-pop darlings James played The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on … Continue reading A month of concerts: James

Iggy and the Stooges rock NXNE

It was a rock and roll weekend in Toronto. Half the city was at the Pavement/Broken Social Scene show on Toronto Island, and the other half crowded into Yonge Dundas Square for the free concert by Iggy and the Stooges that was presented as part of NXNE. It was an odd crowd that gathered, to … Continue reading Iggy and the Stooges rock NXNE