#BlackFrameSpectacle New Single

New Single from one of my favourite bands The Black Frame Spectacle as they post “The Vow” said to be the first of 4 new songs they have recently recorded (Pun Intended?).

The Black Frame Spectacle are

Ian Sullivan- Vocals/Guitar
Adam McNeill- Drums/Backing Vocals

yup that’s it, just the two of them.

I first came across these guys when my son started out back in 2010/2011.  Say what you will about the Supernova organization but it was….(and a I guess still is as it has receded but not gone) a great place to find new music and for a band to get started.  These guys threw support behind my kids band through the site and other social media.  I was blown away by their support for new artists and the amazing sound they brought to the stage with just the two of them.  Bitter sweet from their early 2011 release The “Grady Sessions” was the track that got me interested in their music.  

Ian’s vocals and voice control make it an addictive listen that never gets boring. The album was followed up Just over a year later with 

Grady Sessions II 

Including Bust out Boogie


They have been spreading their music throughout South Western Ontario and growing their fan base. Recently winning over enough fans at UWO to take home the CHRW battle of the bands.

Keep it rocking guys!  I am looking forward you keeping the vow and releasing next three!

Catch them at this years Lachie Fest Ontario’s biggest outdoor camping and music festival. Canada Day Weekend June 27-29 @ Cayuga Speedway, Hagersville, ON. Tickets on sale now www.lachie.ca

Find Black Frame Spectacle 

on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-black-frame-spectacle/288510844804

and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/blackframespectacle/videos


Fresh off A Massey Hall Record Release @Timber_Timbre get ready for early summer tour

Timber Timbre is a Canadian folk music project, featuring Mika Posen, Simon Trottier and Taylor Kirk. The moniker refers to an early series of recordings made in a timber-framed cabin set in the wooded outskirts of Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

They have recently released an official video for their song Curtains?! from their new album Hot Dreams available now on Arts & Crafts and available on iTunes


A&C088 – Hot Dreams

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Hot Dreams, Taylor Kirk’s third full length for Arts & Crafts, is Timber Timbre from its most vivid cinematic vantage. Kirk and collaborator Simon Trottier daub vibrant colour across the band’s ever-evolving palette, connecting arid western to plodding horror with the pomp of Hollywood phantasm.

Hot Dreams caches the hollow grey tones of Timber Timbre (2009), and the angular doo-wop haunt of Polaris Music Prize Short Listed Creep On Creepin’ On (2011) in smoothed, viscous tonality: new sonic admissions, chiming sensuality and caprice, neon and haze.

Beat The Drum Slowly
Hot Dreams
Bring Me Simple Men
Resurrection Drive Part II
Grand Canyon
This Low Commotion
The New Tomorrow
Run From Me
The Three Sisters


The Band takes it on the road this summer with US and Canadian dates.

06/03/14 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
06/05/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
06/07/14 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
06/08/14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
06/10/14 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
06/12/14 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
06/13/14 Calgary, AB The Republik
06/14/14 Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theatre
06/16/14 Winnipeg, MB Union Hall
07/02/14 Paris, FR Cite de la Musique Days Off
07/04/14 Vida, ES Vida Festival
07/06/14 Lyon, FR Festival Nuits De Fourviere
07/10/14 Bologna, IT Bolognetti Rocks
07/12/14 Liege, Belgium Les Ardentes Festival
09/18/14 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
09/19/14 Montreal, QC Metropolis Theatre
09/20/14 Quebec, QC Le Cercle


Who is @IvyCoastBand

Ivy Coast is a band rooted out of Fonthill a community in the small town of Pelham, Ontario,  located in the centre of Niagara Region.

The Band is made up of

Greg Mashinter: Co-Lead Vocals, Guitar,Keys
Manny Pagotto: Lead Guitar, Aux percussion
Cole Warner: Bass, Accordion,Aux percussion,Keys
Christina Rome: Violin,Keys,Vocals
Brent Fuller: Drums
Jane Baker: Co-lead vocals, Acoustic guitar

Ivy Coast is an evolution from a project started in 2012 by Greg Mashinter. Greg went from being a solo artist to putting together a stage band with High school buddies Manny Pagotto and Cole Warner and Clayton Peters a bud from Laurier University.   Known as the Greg Mahinter Band and self described as a Canadian 4-piece band that combines old time folk with an alternative rock sound. Themes of suffering, pain, joy and personal experience echo strongly through the music.

The Greg Mahinter Band released their first ep  “Between Classes” 

in March of 2013 with great rhythms and harmonies. Although the ep is listed as Alternative Folk on Band Camp,  if asked to classify their genre I would definitely say they fall under the indie banner. Genre is so subjective and to classify a band that has so much talent and versatility would only limit the audience they may be exposed to. They later added Christina Rome on Violin,Keys,Vocals.

The Band played many shows throughout the golden horseshoe prior to and in support of the new EP.

The EP is available for live streaming on BandCamp as well as available for Purchase. Check it out below, well worth it.

Shortly after ep’s release the band decided to change it’s name

from a facebook post on May 3rd


Dear friends,

Over the last few months, we’ve re-assessed the ideology behind our sound, our live performance, and the way we write music. We’ve also added a new member to the line-up in the form of Christina Rome (violin, vocals). Finally, there’s been a major shift in our individual and collaborative musical styles. For all these reasons, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to give this project a new name: Ivy Coast. This will more appropriately represent the band as a collective entity and allow us to start on a fresh page moving forward. 

We hope that you, our friends and fans will embrace this decision and continue to support us in our musical endeavours. You can help us by following this link and liking us at our new Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/IvyCoastBand.

We hope to see you all at our next shows at the Freeway Café on May 16th in Hamilton with Cardinals, and at Mansion House on May 30th in St. Catharine’s with Daniel Wesley.


Ivy Coast is Manny Pagotto, Greg Mashinter, Cole Warner, Clayton Peters and Christina Rome”

The band has seen some line up changes since the may 3rd posting and has just finished their Debut album under the new Name and are now grabbing the attention of the industry and media alike Here is a recent clip from CHCH Live Music Fridays.

Stream the album from Soundcloud 

#FreeDownload of the Day / Name your price from @WeAreDBCooper

DB Cooper consists of Jeff Beemer (Guitar/Vox), Eric Davis (Drums), Darren Marranca (Guitar, Vox), Dan Mauro (Lead Vox), and Ben Peirson (Bass).

“Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, DB Cooper fuses indie, pop, rock, and a little somethin’ we call magic, into one unique sound. Striving to bring something completely different to concertgoers, DB Cooper showcases catchy-as-hell group vocals along with skillfully crafted song writing, all wrapped into one undeniably awesome live show. “

You can download their ep from BandCamp

DB Cooper has a show this Thursday  May 29th in Hamilton @The Casbah, with special guest 1951Big Lonely and OL’ CD


Safe as Houses – One to watch

Safe as Houses is an alternative-folk band from Kitchener-Waterloo 

I have had the pleasure of seeing these four musically gifted gentlemen four times along with Keep The Change in the past year and oh my have they grown.

Elliot Anton – Vocals, Guitar
Bensen Carter – Bass, Cello, Vocals
Andrew Laughton – Guitar, Vocals
Thomas Laughton – Drums, Vocals

Their music follows in the footsteps of Mumford & Sons, with orchestral arrangements big builds that when they are on their game (and they usually are) will leave you with goosebumps. Just over a year ago they released their debut album Sink My Boat available on itunes

For a first attempt I give them kudo’s on the work, If you find it is not what you expected…. If you thought it would be more, keep in mind that a band that plays and practices regularly will only improve. The album does not do justice to what you will experience when you see these young lads live, particularly if you are listening to it on tiny speakers with a tinny sound.

Recently they made it through to the National Top 20 on CBC Searchlight If you get a chance to see these guys live, preferably in a pub or a lounge with good acoustics I’m sure you will be blown away.

Here is a recent article from the Guelph Mercury

@_SafeAsHouses_ Keep up the great work Guys!

Looking forward to the next release!

The Start of Something Awesome @PupTheBand @themenzingers

Pup the band played their last UK Date last night and are now heading back to North America.  Their first stop May 29th in Pawtucket Rode Island at The Met (@themetri ) They join up with The Menzingers @themenzingers who are playing tomorrow

night at Pouzza Fest in Montreal.  The bands will tour together through the US and Canada.  This will include a stop in Toronto at the Opera House ( @OPERAHOUSETO ) on June 3rd. If you have yet to experience either Pup or The Menzingers, I suggest you check out their tour schedule and pick a date near you and GO!  If you have already purchased tickets for this years Riot Fest at Downsview then you are in for a treat as Pup has just been added to the Bill, The Menzingers will be halfway around the world by then as they will go from where pup just came.

@PupTheBand Keep Up The Great Work Guys!

@themenzingers You Guys are Awesome!

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Burlington Sound of Music Festival – Gentlemen Husbands

So this years Sound of Music Festival looks to be one of the best line-ups since I have been following it. There is a mix of old and new, Punk, Country, Pop, Indie, Rock and Roll and more. You will find something here for all musical tastes.
A band that I have been following for the past year or so will be opening the festival on the Thursday Night. I have referred to them in the past as the fastest rising band in Southwestern Ontario and a band to watch. Althought the Gentlemen Husbands have been together for more than 10 years they have been riding a wave since the recent release of their new EP House of Cards. They just finished CMW and will be touring this fall with Matthew Good. Burlington will get a chance to enjoy them as they will be playing the main stage on Thursday June 14th at 7pm, basically opening the Festival. If you are/were a fan of Traveling Wilburys project from back in the late 80’s early 90’s then you will truly enjoy this band as they draw from many genre’s and influence when it comes to writing their material which is what the project was all about. Here is a little Playlist I put together for you.