>> Saturday, 27 December 2014
Thought I'd pop in for a quick hello and provide my definitive and inarguable list of the top ten records of 2014.
....most of you have deduced by now that this blog is on an indefinite hiatus.
Painting over Silence has wildly exceeded all expectations. It started as a fun medium for me to keep track of upcoming concerts, conduct interviews with bands, review some albums, etc and quickly spiraled out of control. The inquiries from publicists, artists, and local venues was impossible to keep up with and I was spending 20-25 hours a week blogging during the peak of this site on top of working a full-time job and attending school part-time.
I never expected this site to lead to some employment with CBC. Or to place in the top 30 "best music blogs in Canada" contest. Or even secure me a spot on the Polaris Music Prize jury. For the better part of five years, my inbox was a daily source of awe and wonderment.
Unfortunately, this exhausting pace has caught up with me over the past few years, and I found myself having less and less free time for blogging. And presently that spare time is almost nil.
So, for now, this site is on an indefinite hiatus.
If you want to hear about upcoming concerts in real time (at least as quickly as I can manage), please check my Twitter feed.
Thank you for reading over the years.
Buck 65 returns to town for a date at the Pyramid on Saturday, November 15th.
Hamilton-based duo Ash & Bloom is at West Broadway Community Ministry on Friday, August 15th.
Dave Quanbury & His Band play ACU Hall at the WECC on Tuesday, August 5th.
The Mowgli's drop by the Pyramid on Wednesday, August 27th.
Joey Cape (of Lagwagon), Chris Cresswell (of The Flatliners), and Brian Wahlstrom (of Scorpios) will be at the WECC on Wednesday, October 1st.
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Pat Maloney will be at the Park Theatre on Sunday, July 6th.
Secret Chiefs 3 (lead by an ex-member of Faith No More) materialized on stage at the WECC on Sunday, October 5th.
Local act autumn still just released its debut EP, and it's available for download here.
Add Reuben and the Dark to the Boy & Bear show going down at the Garrick on Thursday, October 23rd.
Add Dan Deacon and Tune-Yards to the Arcade Fire MTS Centre extravaganza happening on Thursday, August 14th.
Serena Ryder is at the Burt on Wednesday, August 6th.
And finally, after a voting error was discovered, Greg MacPherson's Fireball has been longlisted for the Polaris Prize! Congrats to the local talent.
Just a few new shows to run down:
Clipwing is at the WECC on Friday, June 20th w/ Union Stockyards and Triggers.
John Fogerty will play CCR tunes at the MTS Centre on Wednesday, November 19th.
Five Alarm Funk pay a visit to the Pyramid on Monday, June 30th and Tuesday, July 1st.
Triple bill happening at the Garrick on Monday, June 30th: Halifax-based blues rockers Bloody Diamonds will be there with The After Script, Northern Elms.
Son of Dave is at the WECC on Thursday, August 14th w/ Ben Sures.
Tiny Ruins is at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, July 29th.
Iconic alt-rockers Pixies return to Peg City for a date at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Thursday, October 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday @ 10.
Treasured local act Novillero has ended its hiatus for a one-off gig: the band will open for Library Voices on Friday, June 13th.
BESTiE is at the Pyramid on Thursday, May 15th.
Add Ghost Twin and Glass Random to the Jessy Lanza show going down at the WECC on Sunday, May 11th.
Saskatoon-based roots act Gunner & Smith will be at the Arlington Attic on Saturday, May 31st.
And finally, The Dirty Catfish Brass Band releases its debut album, Brass Riot, at the WECC on Saturday, June 28th w/ Sol James.
Just a quick round-up today of some recent show announcements:
Portland's Blitzen Trapper is at the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 15th.
Chad VanGaalen is at the Park Theatre on Friday, June 6th w/ Viet Cong.
Speaking of the Park, S Carey (of Bon Iver) is there on Wednesday, June 25th.
A Wilhelm Scream is at the WECC on Tuesday, June 3rd w/ Direct Hit, Distances, and Bring The Fight.
Good for Grapes is at the Pyramid on Saturday, May 3rd w/ Zerbin.
Brandy Zdan and Scott Nolan will be at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, June 4th.
And finally, the annual Bands v. Filmmakers event goes down at the WECC on Friday, May 23rd. On the bill is:
Fleetwood Mac continues to shirk the yoke of retirement with its relentless touring, but this time around longtime holdout Christine McVie joins the troop for the upcoming tour. This includes a date at the MTS Centre on Monday, November 10th. Ticket sale kick off Monday, April 7th but I'm sure there'll be ample presale opportunities.
BC-based singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen also returns to town for a gig at the West End Cultural Centre on Monday, May 5th.
And finally, according to the Park Theatre's twitter feed, the Mac DeMarco show there is nearly sold out. The only tickets left are at Music Trader, so god speed, you procrastinating, Mac DeMarco fan!
Just a quick note today: Minneapolis-based indie-rap pairing Atmosphere will be at the Garrick on Tuesday, May 20th. Look for the duo's new album, Southsiders, on Tuesday, May 6th.
First up, as per its Twitter feed, the Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup will be revealed on Saturday, March 15th. C'mon, Kings of Convenience! (I know, I know. About as likely at the Jets making the playoffs this year.)
Harlan Pepper is at the Folk Exchange on Saturday, May 3rd.
Mac DeMarco returns to Peg City for a gig at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, June 24th.
Kim Churchill is at the WECC on Sunday, April 6th.
Speaking of the WECC...Jimmy Rankin is there on Saturday, April 19th.
Double bill going down at the Burt on Thursday, March 20th: Phillip Phillips is there with Twin Forks.
Speaking of double bills going down in Winnipeg: Indicator Indicator and Lost Weekend is at the Park Theatre on Saturday, March 22nd.
Escondido is at the Pyramid on Friday, March 21st.
Just a few shows to pass along this noon hour:
Toronto songwriter Jerry Leger is at Times Changed on Friday, April 11th.
The Skydiggers play the WECC on both Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd.
Vance Joy is at the Garrick on Thursday, March 27th.
Speaking of the Garrick...Aidan Knight is there on Tuesday, March 25th.
Jay Malinkowski & the Deadcoast is at the Park Theatre on Friday, March 28th.
Here we gooooooo.....
First up, country troubadour Ridley Bent is at the Park Theatre on Saturday, April 5th.
Edmonton punk rockers Slates will blow the roof off the Windsor on April 4th.
I dig these guys: New Country Rehab is at Times Changed on Thursday, March 20th.
Hopsin is at Union Sound Hall on Monday, May 12th w/ DJ Hoppa.
Jian Ghomeshi is bringing Q to the Burt on Thursday, March 27th as part of the Juno festivities. Musical guests TBA.
Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Dave Hause is at the Park Theatre on Louis Riel Day (Monday, February 17th).
Local artist Luke Reimer is launching his debut EP, Miles on this Truck, at the Park Theatre on Saturday, February 8th.
The Wilderness of Manitoba is at the Park Theatre on Thursday, February 13th.
Old Man Luedecke is also there on Sunday, March 2nd.
China's Car Sick Cars is at The WECC on Wednesday, March 26th w/ White & Cannon Bros.
Speaking of which...folk band The Fretless is there on Saturday, March 8th.
And singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant is there on Sunday, February 16th.
Victoria-based indie-roots foursome West My Friend is also there on Tuesday, March 18th.
And finally, Winnipeg-based 'ultra-rock' trio Northern Elms play the Park Theatre on Saturday, February 15th.
Some exciting doins a transpirin' at Union Sound Hall to report:
First up, local punk heroes Propagandhi are there on Saturday, March 15th.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra drop by the joint on Tuesday, May 6th.
And I can't remember if I mentioned this: The 1975 take the stage on my birthday: Thursday, May 1st.
Still unpacking away, but I've finally settled on my favourite albums of 2013 list. Here goes.