BeatRoute Magazine AB Edition May 2019

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BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics.

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MAY 2019

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UCHIS:

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ARRIVED

+ JORJA

SMITH:

ON THE

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SUPER

STARDOM

PLUS! EAST TOWN GET DOWN • ORVILLE PECK • DRI HIEV • YVES JARVIS • YYCOMEDY FEST & MUCH MORE!


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PALOMINO EVENTS FOR MAY

Friday May 3rd

Body Lens

Hairnet

Co-op (Vancouver)

Purlicue

Saturday May 4th

Harrington Saints (Bay Area)

Reckless Upstarts (Windsor)

Pagans of Northumberland

Streetlight Saints

Wednesday May 8th

Dead Quiet (Vancouver)

Denimachine

Crystal Mess

Thursday May 9th

Voxx Promotions Presents:

Neck of the Woods (Vancouver)

Spurn

Sawlung

Friday May 10th

Sled Island Presents:

McKinley Dixon (Virginia)

Sinzere and B*les & the Suede

Saturday May 11th

The Supersuckers

“The Evil Powers of Rock and Roll”

20th Anniversary Tour with

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors

Sunday May 12th

Riding Easy Records Presents:

The Well (Austin, TX)

Chron Goblin

Shadow Weaver

Tuesday May 14th

Crawl (Austin, TX)

Sigil

D.F.H

DeathBreather

Friday May 17th

Samantha Savage Smith

Marlaena Moore

Jom Comyn

Saturday May 18th

The Return of Hot Little Rocket

Sunglaciers

Dark Time

Needs (Vancouver)

Strip Mall

MomBod

Old Apartments

Friday May 24th

DRI HIEV (Album Release)

Tunic (Winnipeg)

Uncanny Valley

Saturday May 25th

FREE upstairs show with

Bryan McPherson (Boston/Los Angeles)

Chris Schwartz

Saturday May 25th

Philips Brewing Presents:

Night Birds (New Jersey)

No Problem (Edmonton)

Chain Whip (Vancouver)

No Brainer

Tuesday May 28th

Spirit Adrift (Phoenix)

Bazaraba

LunAttack

Wednesday May 29th

Pirate Press Presents:

Roadside Bombs (Sonoma, CA)

Territories

Foul English

OFFICIAL SLED ISLAND VENUE!

COMING SOON!

FRIDAY MAY 31ST

Conversation With Bears,

John & the Lost Cause and Selci

SATURDAY JUNE 1ST

Atlaas (Winnipeg), Mark Mills,

St. Arnaud (Edmonton)

FRIDAY JUNE 14TH

Maplerun with Subsume

and guests

WEDNESDAY JULY 10TH

Shotty Horroh (Manchester, UK)

with Free The Cynics and guests

SATURDAY JULY 27TH

Drugdealer (Los Angles) with

Feel Alright and The Ashley Hundred

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Contents

Up Front

4

7

8

9

11

The Guide

The Chromatics

Dream Pop masterminds

retrace their steps back to

familiar territory

The Agenda

That’s Dope

Big canna loophole: Celebs

partner with companies, not

endorse them

Childish Kicks

Donald Glover launches

new footwear line at

Coachella 2019

Drink

Battle of the

vodka sodas: l,

ow-cal, low effort

in a can

9

Music

13

31

33

Concert Previews

Yves Jarvis, Orville Peck,

DRI HIEV, Moments Fest

V, East Town Get Down,

Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Live Review

Calpurnia

Album Reviews

Mac Demarco, Lizzo,

Vampire Weekend, L7,

Schoolboy Q, Tacocat, The

National and more!

MAY 2019

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UCHIS:

THE

NEXT R&B

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ARRIVED

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SMITH:

ON THE

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PLUS! EAST TOWN GET DOWN • ORVILLE PECK • DRI HIEV • YVES JARVIS • YYCOMEDY FEST & MUCH MORE!

Cover Story

24

Kali Uchis &

Jorja Smith

Catching up with two of the

hottest names in r&b on the

forefront of innovation

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Travel

38

Destination:

NXNE Toronto

Celebrating its 25th year, Toronto’s

North by Northeast creates a

street level festival experience

Movies|TV

41 This Month In Film and

The Binge List

The Arts

42

45

46

Alice In Chains performed

April 12 at the Grey Eagle

Event Centre. Read our

review of this show and

more at beatroute.ca

YYComedy Festival

Naomi Snieckus, Top 5

YYComedy Fest picks

Horoscope/Sex

No matter your sign, there’s

always a song for you here

Savage Love Workplace

romances are complicated

41

JESSE GILLET

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The Guide

MAY

Chromatics:

A soundtrack

for spring

Tuesday, June 4 • The Palace Theatre

Portland-born dream pop band Chromatics are

undeniable masters of fusing electronic and pop to

create a unique, hazy sound fit for the silver screen.

Under the watchful eye of producer and multi-instrumentalist

Johnny Jewel, their songs have been

used in a handful of film soundtracks including

neo-noir cult classic Drive, where their sound

feels so unbelievably organic to the setting.

Their most recent cinematic venture was with

their appearance on the latest season of Twin

Peaks when the full band, fronted by lead

vocalist Ruth Radelet, played out the credits

live inside the titular town’s otherworldly

Road House bar.

Beyond their contributions to film,

Chromatics have been operating under

the radar with modest, quiet releases

over the past few years. Last year the

band released two EPs of remixes and

instrumentals for their songs “Shadows”

and “Looking for Love,” as well

as their Camera EP. This year they’ve

released another EP consisting of

three variations of their track “Time

Rider,” which acts as a welcome

return to form.

Going back to their dreamy

and lo-fi sound, Chromatics have

retraced their steps back into

familiar positions, which will undoubtedly

bring on a new slew

of fans who didn’t get a chance

to experience them the first

time around.

By Joey Lopez

Editor/Publisher

Michael Hollett

Associate Editor

Brad Simm

glenn@beatroute.ca

Creative Director

Troy Beyer

Senior Editor/Western Canada

Glenn Alderson

Editorial Coordinator

Sebastian Buzzalino

Contributing

Writers/ Coordinators

Tony Binns • Ben Boddez

Leyland Bradley • Sebastian Buzzalino

Lauren Edwards • Kenn Enns

Karina Espinosa • Jesse Gillett

Kathryn Helmore • Willow Herzog

Safiya Hopfe • Kim Jev

Robann Kerr • Brendan Lee

Christine Leonard • Joey Lopez

Dayna Mahannah • Maggie McPhee

Jennie Orton • Jamila Pomeroy

Dan Potter • Paul Rodgers

Dan Savage • Judah Schulte

Yasmine Shemesh • Leah Siegel

Brad Simm • Clarence Sponagle

Graeme Wiggins • Jordan Yeager

Contributing Photographers

and Illustrators

Lindsey Blane • Mihaela Bodlovic

Sebastian Buzzalino • Kira Clavell

Maya Fuhr • Jesse Gillett

Joshua Grafstein • Michael Grondin

Ben Houdijk • Zee Khan

Spencer Marsh • David Monteith-Hodge

Darrole Palmer • Michel van Collenburg

Advertising Inquiries

Glenn Alderson

glenn@beatroute.ca

778-888-1120

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C A N A D A D A Y W E E K E N D

E D M O N T O N

EXPO CENTRE GROUNDS

IN ABC ORDER

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

D J S E T

IN ABC ORDER

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MAY

The Agenda

3

Calgary

Calgary International Beerfest

May 3-4, BMO • Tix: $20-$50

With over 700 beers featured from more

than 200 breweries, the Calgary International

Beerfest is the largest and most

diversified beer festival in the country. Craft

brewers, both local and global, showcase

classic recipes and new experiments

for thousands of attendees.

Dos Voces

May 10, The Junction • Tix $3

5

Music Collector Record and CD Show

May 5, Arcadia Rec Complex • Tix $10

This bi-annual vinyl blowout features over 100 vendors from

across Alberta making it the largest in the province. New and

used vinyl, cassettes and CDs from every genre of music and

mounds of memorabilia are up for grabs.

Contemporary dance and music company Flamenco Borealis

is based in Saskatoon and dedicated to the expanding

possibilities of Spain’s most exotic export, flamenco. With

Dos Voces, fiery flamenco mixes with Arabic melodies,

creating fresh rhythms and stirring visuals with a fierce,

romantic lyricism.

10

11

The Splash of

Red Cirque Gala

May 11, The Fairmont

Tix $125-$1000

The Splash of Red Cirque Gala is a

fundraiser to support the prevention,

education and awareness

about issues surrounding HIV. This

year, the gala goes Big Top bold

with a circus theme. Lots of live

music, art, drag performances and

entertainment provided by BassBus,

along with live and silent

auctions.

17

Otafest

May 17-19, Telus Convention

Centre • Tix $10-$60

For three days, the wide-eyed

world of anime overtakes

Calgary with the 10th annual

Otafest. Designed for

the anime-animated,

the festival is

packed with

symposiums

and special

guests, including

cosplay

celebrities, great pop

bands, video screenings,

cool costumes

and a hundred

vendor marketplace.

Parkshow 2019

May 24-25, 707 Fifth (Manulife

Place) • Tix $50-$370

Parkshow sets out to redefine the

Western Canadian fashion cultural

landscape with an immersion

of bright innovative looks, rising

star designers, new music and

exotic culinary arts. Parkshow 2019

promises to be a two-night extravaganza,

and we think this runway

experience has lift off.

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That's Dope

THIS

BIG NAME

BACKERS

BEHIND

LEGAL WEED

Big cannabis has paid

celebrities to partner with

their companies, not endorse

them By DAYNA MAHANNAH

C

anadian cannabis laws

may have been loosened

but Cannabis marketing

restrictions are super tight.

As the billion dollar

industry explodes across this

country, immense creativity is

being expended to get bud brand

name recognition from companies

desperate to market new products

when any form of advertising and

promotion is basically not allowed.

While celebrity-endorsed cannabis

is illegal in Canada, companies

are finding legal loopholes to work

with big names in other ways.

These entertainers – among others

– have partnered with big canna in

ways not technically involving high

profile endorsement. Whether it’s

through buying shares or holding

executive positions, they’re finding

ways to extend their personal

empires into the green stuff.

The Tragically Hip

“We are happy to announce that

we have become partners with

one of Canada’s newest, soon to

be public, licensed producers of

medicinal marijuana,” said The

Tragically Hip when they announced

their partnership with

Newstrike in 2017. Up Cannabis

Inc. is the product of that partnership,

focusing on uniting quality

adult-use cannabis products with

the power of music. The Tragically

Hip have been longtime supporters

of legalization and hope for this to

extend their advocacy of safe use

through investments and creative

collaboration. Up Cannabis Inc.

strains are grown in Ontario, like

the band, making use of what is

expected to be Canada’s premier

growing region.

Snoop Dogg

It won’t come as a surprise as,

second to Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg

has been the most weed-identified

cannabis advocate of the celebrity

world. The 45-year-old rapper and

entrepreneur brings his line, Leafs By

Snoop, into Canada in partnership

with Tweed. The company offers

three strains in their newfound Canadian

market: Sunset, Ocean View,

and Palm Tree CBD. Expanding into

the tech side of the industry, he has

recently invested a reported $2-million

USD into Trellis, a Toronto-based

software company that provides

management tools for businesses in

the cannabis industry.

MONTH

IN CANNABIS NEWS

AND VIEWS

Martha Stewart

America’s favourite lifestyle

authority and convicted felon,

Martha Stewart, announced her

partnership with Canopy Growth

in February. It may not surprise

those familiar with her close

relationship with canna-preneur

Snoop Dogg but it’s a big leap

from her gingham and good times

image. Her collaboration with

Canopy includes the Sequential

Brand Group, a cannabis themed

fashion and lifestyle brand. We

can expect to see developments

this summer, like expansion into

hemp-derived CBD products

for animals as well as cannabis

research.

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg and

award-winning edibles maker

Maya Elisabeth launched

Whoopi & Maya in 2016. As one

of the fastest growing cannabis

companies in California, the dynamic

duo have expanded from

their initial offering of medical

cannabis products, formulated to

provide relief for women experiencing

menstrual cramps, into a

dynamic line including tinctures,

bath soaks, body balms and

edibles.

Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s

new Cannabis line, Houseplant,

launched in March 2019. The

recreational cannabis company

made its debut alongside

Canopy Growth. Rogen and

Goldbergs’s company partners

include the California-based

United Talent Agency. The

company has somehow found

a way to get around Canada’s

strict packaging laws, with its

fiesta orange packaging, which

fits perfectly with the company’s

retro branding.

Gene Simmons

It may not contain pyrotechnics,

facepaint, or platform boots, but

Invictus does have the rock and

roll power of Gene Simmons.

Known for living a sober life, Simmons

is taking a less hands-onproduct

role as “chief evangelist,”

leaving the cannabis logistics

to other members of his team.

The company, which operates

cannabis businesses in Canada,

has Simmons responsible for

“providing marketing counsel,

serving as a spokesperson in the

media, public appearances and

participation in the company’s

annual general meeting and

investor meetings.”

Ghostf ace Killah

Dennis Coles (aka Ghostface

Killah) of the Wu-Tang Clan

and founder of the record label

Starks Enterprises, launched

Wu-Goo alongside Killa Priest.

The brand features a 70 per cent

THC hash oil and was released in

alliance with vape pen company

Dynamite Stix. Other products

include vape cartridges, disposable

pens, pre-rolled joints and

edibles. ,

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Fashion

CHILDISH

KICKS

By KIM JEV

L

eave it to an unstoppable

force like

Donald Glover to use

Coachella 2019 for

the grand unveiling of

his partnership with adidas

Originals.

A small number of lucky

music fans at the desert

valley music festival were

surprised when an AirDrop

request appeared on their

smartphones, asking to

accept a photo from an

account claiming to be

Glover. Those brave enough

to accept the random offer

were awarded a free pair of

shoes.

Donald Glover Presents

is the creative partnership

between the multi-talented

artist and iconic sportswear

brand. Since its unveiling,

word has spread about this

collection as a symbol of

life’s experiences, where

product and vision collide.

“Rich is a concept,” says

Glover. “With this project,

I wanted to encourage

people to think about how

their stories can be told on

their feet.”

Donald Glover Presents

reimagines three classic

adidas styles — the Nizza,

the Continental 80 and the

Lacombe — in subtle, toneon-tone

white canvas.

Check adidas.com for availability

The Nizza DG

Debuting in the 70s, the

hardwood-inspired styles of

the Nizza are designed for

everyday wear. Considered

to be the retro B-ballers

choice, they are perfect for

knocking about and working

things out in.

The Continental 80 DG

With accents straight from

the archives, the Continental

80 pays straight

homage to the early 80s

court designs, showing

off a swooping stripe and

retro-style logo window

next to the laces. These

throwbacks re-up the split

rubber cup sole and are

even lined with French Terry

to seal the classic deal.

The Lacombe DG

Designed for the streets

with tailored court style, the

Lacombe DGs are inspired

by the vintage Newcombe

shoes. Classic tennis style,

these kicks take back the

court and throw preppy out

the window.

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SoCIAL Lite

Based in Ontario

with distribution

across the country,

SoCIAL Lite is the

easy-breezy of

vodka sodas with

its sugar-free 4 per

cent alcohol content

that’s only 80

calories per can.

Another distinction

is they like mixing

their flavours,

creating colourful

combos that

include grapefruit

pomelo, pineapple

mango, lime ginger

and lemon cucumber

mint.

Drink

BATTLE

OF THE VODKA SODAS

Vodka is in a class of its own — clear, clean, refreshing and

refined. It’s at the centre of plenty of amazing, sometimes

complex, cocktails. Its popularity reigns with cool sophistication

from cocktail lounges to dance clubs. While

mixologists know how to make marvelous mixes, less can

be more and the simplicity of distinction slightly tempered

with flavour works very well in a can. And sometimes

you want a lite, convenient drink you can toss in your

knapsack, easy as a beer. Meet four Canadian

low-cal, low effort vodka soda cocktailsin-a-can

battling for supremacy.

By BRAD SIMM

Nude

Just like its name,

Nude is a strippeddown,

sugar-free

vodka soda

that’s designed

to eliminate the

sickly-sweet hangovers

that come

with too many cosmic

concoctions.

Made in BC with

triple-distilled vodka,

sparkling water

and all natural fruit

extracts (peach,

lime, mint, kiwi), it’s

crisp and light at

only 100 calories

per can, but still

has a nice bite.

Last Mountain

If you’re looking

for a little more

punch and a touch

of sweetness, Last

Mountain Distillery

offers its Sweet

Tea Vodka Lemonade

and Mojito

Vodka Soda, each

with less than 20g

of sugar weighing

in with 7 per cent

alcohol content.

They also have

their lemon and

lime sugar-free

flavours dialed in

with the same high

alcohol level and

all natural ingredients.

Nütrl

Nutrl Vodka Soda

is an offshoot of

Nutrl Vodka, a

craft product that

uses a 76 step

distilling process

to achieve its pure,

uncorrupted taste

experience. Nutrl

boasts of having

a super-simple

formula with “no

carbs, no sugar,

no sweetener” and

offers a variety of

flavours to choose

from (lime, lemon,

blackberry, black

cherry, cranberry

and pineapple).

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MUSiC

I listen to

absolutely everything.

I won’t even say I have

taste. Of course I’m

offended by music

sometimes, but

I try to take in

everything.

By JUDAH SCHULTE

I YVES

n the six years Jean-Sebastien Audet

has been releasing music, his

persona has constantly evolved.

Performing now as Yves

Jarvis, the 22-year-old Calgary-born,

Montreal-based

JARVIS

songwriter writes ethereal

compositions that occupy

a space between folk and

R&B, only because there’s

no other place for them

to go. Defying conventions

of both structure

THE DIY

and genre, his songs

wander and explore;

sometimes sounding

like a mad-man

D’Angelo, at other

times, a twisted,

KING

space-age

Harry Nilsson.

Yves Jarvis

is always

Jean-Sebastien Audet, and both

refuse to sit still.

Often saturated with grain

and samples of rain or street

noise, Audet’s music feels like

something expressed in confidence,

a conversation with

a friend you didn’t know

you had. Endless, seamless

vocal layerings and

swelling organs make

his expressions feel as

huge and significant

as gospel while his

whispered vocals

and candid lyrics

offer a level

of intimacy

comparable

to sing-

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MUSiC CONCERT PREVIEWS

RUN FOR

COVER

Orville Peck breaks the rules of the

Wild West with his debut, Pony

By MAGGIE McPHEE

“Who was that masked man?”

was a classic query in old time westerns. The answer used to be “the

Lone Ranger” but now it’s Orville Peck, a risk-taking and mysterious

Canadian musician determined tor reinvent the country sound.

“North America feels the most like the

Wild West than it has in a long time,” says

Peck over the phone in a steady voice, worlds

away from his baritone that belts out ballads

of heartbreak and loneliness on his glimmering

debut, Pony.

“The rules don’t really matter that much

anymore, largely on a negative scale,” he says.

But to him these tumultuous times also inspire

subversive artists that reject the status

ORVILLE PECK

Vancouver:

Friday, May 19

The Wise Hall

Calgary:

Thursday, May 23

Commonwealth

Edmonton:

Saturday, May 25

The Starlite Room

Tix: $12

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quo and make their own rules,

“like outlaws.”

Peck embraces the contradictions

of being a country musician;

a rebel and performer, clad in

rugged jeans and bedazzled satin

shirts, craving normalcy and seeking

freedom, embracing machismo

and homoeroticism. The phallic

imagery evoked by his 10-gallon

hat and fringed leather mask

is probably no accident. Within

these fluid binaries, he moulds

masculine western tropes into

something personal for him as a

queer musician.

At the core of this alchemy lies

a sense of respect for himself and

for country music listeners.

“A mainstream country radio

station would look at what I do

and think it’s too inappropriate for

their listeners,” Peck says. “But I

receive messages every day from

middle aged white men who live in

Alabama telling me they’re driving

their kids to school every day with

their wife and they’re all listening

to ‘Dead of Night’ in the car.”

Country music audiences are

dying for diversity and Peck feels

part of pushing for the genre’s

comeuppance. He harkens back

to his punk roots, laughing that

being a “weird country star” feels

like being a punk rocker because

he’s rallying against this “facade of

what people are still trying to push

as country music.”

His fans tell Peck they crave

fresh perspectives and idiosyncratic

stories. They want to outgrow

country music’s “stigma of

being a conservative, bland pedestrian

genre.”

Pony stands in bold opposition

to these stereotypes. Peck assembles

sprawling and sparkling landscapes

within which his cast of

outsiders love, lose, and long. On

opener “Dead of Night,” drawn

out chords craft a never-ending

desert for he and his man to drive

through.

Peck’s lingering, rumbling vocals

on “Big Sky” carve a skyscape

expansive enough to hold a lineage

of ex-lovers. And on “Buffalo Run,”

thrashing guitar and rhythmic

drums transmute into stampeding

buffalo.

Setting plays a major role in

Peck’s storytelling. “When I started

putting together these songs,

the places I’ve visited and the people

I’ve met, those are the things

that have really stuck with me.”

Having been on the move his

whole life, from the Pacific Northwest

to London, England, to Toronto,

Peck developed a strong

memory connection to environment.

“It’s definitely important to the

cowboy and western aesthetic because

it’s so much about travelling

and being this nomadic soul,” he

explains. “You leave a little piece

of yourself everywhere and you

take a little piece with you as well.”

These pieces sneak into Pony

in subtle ways. Peck draws inspiration

from his experiences on

the road as well as his personal

obsessions with theatre, cinema

and a slew of musical genres. He

cites new wave, gospel, girl groups,

punk and 80s rock as things he enjoys

that “just had to kind of creep

in for the record.” The end result

is a sound “rooted in outlaw country”

that can travel into rougher

territory and sometimes soars into

glittery falsetto.

“I think if you’re doing anything

with sincerity it will always have a

uniqueness to it,” he says.

Peck has just started his first full

North American tour. “I’m not really

a fan of apathy,” he says of performing.

“You can expect a lot of

drama and cool outfits and stories

wrapped up with sincerity, hopefully

to come and hang out in Orville

Peck’s world for a while.” ,


YVES JARVIS

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er-songwriters like Judee Sill and

Nick Drake.

The disjointed post-punk of Tenet,

Audet’s first full-length album

released as Un Blonde, reflects

the young songwriter as he was at

16, too avant-garde to be fully appreciated

by the population of the

Calgary streets he was busking on.

Its follow-up, Water the Next

Day, is a sonic chronicle of his relocation

to Montreal in his late teens. It picks

YVES JARVIS

up that same experimental spirit and drops it

into mellow, contemplative territory. Breaking

away from Un Blonde and adopting the name

Yves Jarvis with his latest release, The Same

but by Different Means, Audet doesn’t seek

to reinvent his sound so much as to richen it.

Here and there, a lyric or melody will break

through the blanket of seemingly infinite

piano, organ, vocal harmonies, and textural

sounds. In such swirling, transitory soundscapes,

it’s the slight moments of rupture

and subtle ascensions that hold the music

together.

“It’s very ungrounded, unhinged, and

impulsive,” says Audet. “I guess at the centre,

it’s like fire or electricity. Something brilliant.

The only thing I think I could liken it to is

Vancouver:

Saturday, May 4

KW Studios

Tix: $10, eventbrite.ca

Calgary:

Wednesday, May 8

King Eddy

Edmonton:

Friday, May 10

Sewing Machine Factory

Tix: $10

chipping away at wood. I’m working with one

core, and that’s what I’m trying to get at.”

When Audet speaks, it’s equal parts

thought and vocalization. Speaking of his

own music, his voice contains a palpable

consideration and hesitation,

as if not entirely sure what to

make of it yet. When talking

about the work of others, Joni

Mitchell in particular, his speech

quickens, his voice softens and

the conversation takes a tone of

warm familiarity. But regardless of

who made it, Jarvis speaks about

music poetically, using colours,

textures and experiences to paint

a picture.

His appetite for listening to music is just

as insatiable as his drive to make it, Audet

draws inspiration from sources old and new.

“I listen to absolutely everything,” says Audet.

“I won’t even say I have taste. Of course

I’m offended by music sometimes, but I try to

take in everything.”

The enigma of his ever-changing yet

unmistakable musical identity is something

Audet has been earning for years. He’s been

growing alongside it and documenting it

all the while, as if writing his music like one

would note their height on the doorframe of

the world.

Whichever direction he takes and whichever

colour he explores, one thing is certain:

each entry to come will be written a little

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KALI

UCHIS

LIVES A RETRO

DAYDREAM

By Jamila Pomeroy

Kali Uchis, the stage-persona of

Karly-Marina Loaiza, is the Latina

Rosie the Riveter, here to serenade

you with her old school funky flavours

of R&B.

The Colombian-American singer/

songwriter is living a retro daydream

where only the aesthetic remains;

equal rights are praised and

celebrated; and women are at the

forefront of innovation.

Outside of music, Kali says she

spends her time “Investing in

property and going for long walks

on the beach.” Kali states through

her presence that strength can

be found in duality; embracing

old-school feminine visuals, with

modern feminist values.

Knowing her true purpose, often

skipped classes in high school

to spend time in the photo lab

making experimental short films,

explaining why her music videos

carry a highly cinematic quality.

This interest in photography led

her to creating mix-tape cover art,

and eventually music to pair with

these works. As a multidisciplinary

artist, Kali has been able to bridge

her personal aesthetic, persona,

and now empire, outward through

a multiplicity of expressions: all

remaining within the realm of vin

KALI & J

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JORJA

SMITH

STAYS LOST

IN THE STARS

By Jordan Yeager

ORJA

Jorja Smith emanates self-assured

grace and confidence,

an embodiment of the duality

of being both soft-spoken and

completely badass. The young

singer is contemplative, poised,

and to the point, carefully handpicking

words to convey the

thoughts spinning around the

heights of her Gemini mind.

Though her ascent to stardom

might seem sudden, Smith

has been hard at work for years.

She started writing songs and

playing keyboard as a child;

some tracks off her debut album

Lost & Found were written

when she was 16. She’s 21 now.

“My parents always encourage

me to do what I love and

follow my dreams,” says Smith.

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BEN HOUDIJK / SHUTTERSTOCK

DARROL EPALMER

KALI

UCHIS

experimental music: Jimi

Hendrix and really just

any type of artist that

seemed like they were doing

their own thing.” PNE Forum

Tix: $49.50

For Kali, being a female

pop star in 2019 means using

her platform for philanthropic

deeds, speaking

at the podium of women’s

empowerment and approaching

life with a kind heart. She

JORJA SMITH AND

KALI UCHIS

Vancouver:

Wednesday, May 22

Toronto:

Thursday, May 30

RBC Echo Beach

Tix: $49.50 - $68.00

hometown in Colombia

with her charity, Visión

Valores Y Vida.

“I have my own charity

with my family in

Colombia and all the

proceeds go to Visión

Valores Y Vida.” The

foundation, which is primarily

geared towards

providing clothing and

toys to children was announced last

JORJA

SMITH

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has been playing music since she was year.

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tage, pin-up, and visuals of old

school Latina culture.

While all things retro may be today’s

craze , for Kali, these vintage

vibes were born out of necessity and

seven and says she was “one of those

little kids making drum beats off of

“I think growing up, my goal has

always been to be successful enough

to be an independent person who

doesn’t need help from anyone and

can do whatever I want to do and

generating a persona within limitations.

I just loved being but to other people in less fortunate

also a provider, not just for my family

“I’ve always loved all things retro.

situations.”

able to take

As a teenager, I developed my personal

style shopping for secondhand something old and home. Her father grew up on the

For Kali, the topic hits close to

clothes and creating new clothes out make it new, fresh, streets of Colombia as a kid, and her

of them. I would reinvent myself

family was deeply affected by the aftershocks

of Colombia’s decades of

modern and make it

through those expressions of fashion

and play around with vintage my own.”

political turmoil.

styles whether that was the 90s, 80s,

Through her many artistic platforms,

70s or 60s I just loved being able to pots and pans.” Encircled by music in

philanthropic expressions,

take something old and make it new,

fresh, modern and make it my own,”

she says.

Influenced by music of the 60s,

early soul, R&B, doo-wop, and jazz,

Kali bridges visuals of the past with

rhythms reminiscent of early 00s’

soulful pop and R&B: “I love artists

that are free and do what they want

to. I’ve always loved Erykah Badu,

Amy Winehouse and Selena. Growing

up I was really into all types of

her community and encouragement

by her family, Kali grew up playing

piano and saxophone, while participating

in a jazz band. She spent those

years in a bicultural upbringing in

Virginia and Colombia.

“I think being bicultural made me

very open minded to the world.”

With a global and empathetic eye,

Kali participates in many philanthropic

efforts helping children and

families in need, in and around her

and as she continues to build her empire,

Kali believes the route of true

success comes from a place of kindness

and a place of softness.

“If all of us had empathy and were

reminded of people who are in less

fortunate circumstances then we

could turn a lot of lives around and

have the opportunity to do something

greater. It’s something that I’ve

always personally tried to keep in

mind and stay passionate about.” ,

“They boosted my confidence

early. I used to sing all the time in

the house and play them songs

I’d written. My mom got me into

playing the keyboard when I was

eight.”

Some of us would be mortified

to read songs we’d written in our

Don’t compare

yourself to other

artists as we all

have our own path.

Love and believe in

what you do.”

vulnerable, awkward teenage

years, let alone perform them in

front of global audiences. But

Smith transcends that embarrassment

– she knew herself

then, just as she does now.

“It’s mad to think things I go

through now I can relate to

through my music from years

ago,” she says. “They can give me

the same feeling.”

Growing up in the small town

of Walsall, England, Smith was a

fish too big for her tank. She got

restless, and by 16, she knew she

wanted to move to London to

pursue music.

“I didn’t know any different than

Walsall when I grew up,” she says.

“When I started going to London

I realized that’s where I wanted to

be. I’m a busy body and love to be

constantly doing things.”

Smith has collaborated with

artists like Stormzy, Drake, and

most recently Kali Uchis, who is

accompanying her on this North

American tour. But she’ll never

work with someone just for the

clout. In fact, she almost said no

to working with Drake.

“I write my own songs, and ‘Get

It Together’ was a cover for me

to sing,” she says. “At first I didn’t

relate to the words, but over time

things changed in my life and I

listened back. I was like, ‘Oh, now

I get what she is saying.’”

The singer-songwriter has always

known what she wants, and

to witness her thoughtful process

is to know that she is right in her

certainty that she’ll succeed. Her

advice to anyone chasing similar

goals is poignant.

“Don’t compare yourself to

other artists as we all have our

own path. Love and believe in

what you do, explore your craft

and push yourself even further

than you think you can go. Don’t

be afraid of criticism either – it

can help. But trust yourself.” ,

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HOT AND BOTHERED

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“Right after we toured the DRIP

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HIEV’s dystopian, industrialized

tape we went on a six-month hiatus.

We were all kind of mad at

Friday, May 24

noise punk, but that doesn’t mean

The Palomino

there isn’t a beating heart at the

each other, which was partially to

Tix: $10

centre of the swirling chaos. Amid

do with not having air conditioning

harsh, grinding guitars and a twisted,

post-punk backbeat made for a manic dance crazy heat wave followed us all the way from

in the tour van,” says Crough. “This

floor, lead vocalist Carter Crough yelps and Calgary to Ontario. We were very sweaty, had

shouts lyrics about self-discovery and acceptance.

a creative brick wall.”

very few showers. At that time, we were hitting

“In the past year, I’ve been coming to terms Once they’d had a chance to chill out for a

with my gender identity and non-binary identity,”

says Crough. “Looking back at some of the boardist Kyle Crough, and guitarist/sampler

bit, Carter along with his brother, bassist/key-

older songs and reading some of the things I Dan Auger returned to the basement studios

was writing, I think I knew it before I actually of respected knob-twister Jonathan Reynolds,

knew it.

who now contributes saxophone, keys and

“For me I think a lot of the content is the samples to the group’s caustic noise rock chaos.

back and forth in my head of validating myself.

As I started to accept the feminine part of myself,

I think I was trying to kill the masculine at eager to exploit the soft emotional core at the

Carter is born for the limelight, a ringmaster

the same time. And I think that kind of tied together

my emotional dilemma of the past year Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter and Star Trek’s

heart of each song. Simultaneously channeling

and a half.”

Seven of Nine the lithe singer radiates a seductive

aura of strength and resilience.

Emerging from their chrysalis after a self-imposed

period of hibernation, Calgary’s celebrated

dirge and drone outfit DRI HIEV is ready and more importantly as people now that we’re

“I think we’ve definitely grown as musicians

to unfold its iridescent wings once again with officially into our adulthood and not in our late

Power and Pity, the genre-grinding ensemble’s teens, or early-20s, any more. We can actually

latest industrial provocation.

start looking at things in a mature way. Before

It was a necessary hiatus after their last tape it was just me being angry about things. Now

release, one that allowed them the space and it’s often coming from a place of kindness or

time to recharge creatively.

love.”

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SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

UPRISING

IN SIKSIKA

Moments Fest

provides a platform

for multiple genres

with DIY

By CHRISTINE LEONARD

The Moments

Fest annual

gathering of

hardcore and

punk loving

acts, now in Tix: $20-$25

its fifth year, is

an early kick off to festival

season.

According founder and

coordinator Carlin Black

Rabbit, it takes a village to

orchestrate the multi-genre

music event, which takes

place each May on the

beautiful Arbour grounds of

the Siksika Nation.

“Never as a kid did I think

I would be performing and

hosting events in this amazing

facility,” he remarks. “It

started out as a satirical

joke with my band, No More

Moments. Each year it kept

growing as more bands

showed their interest.”

A unique punk rock

festival operating on Indigenous

land, this grassroots

initiative now encompasses

two stages that will showcase

an impressive 30 act

line-up.

“The ability for the

MOMENTS FEST

Saturday, May 11

Gordon Yellowfly Memorial

Arbour (Siksika Nation)

festival to grow is always

an accomplishment. I feel

that there has been a youth

uprising in Siksika. A lot of

our youth are starting to

do what they love, pursue

their dreams and step out

of their comfort

zones. I’d also

like to point out

that the festival

would have not

been possible

without the

support of the bands, the

volunteers, the committee

(Quarthon Bear Chief,

Emmitt Maguire, Cory

White, Buddy Wolfleg,

James Stanley), those who

have donated backline and

financially.”

Defined by its DIY spirit

and bucolic location 45

minutes outside of Calgary,

this gathering of the black

T-shirt tribe is proudly

breaking new ground and

setting new standards.

“Moments Fest is about

overcoming barriers.

Unfortunately, there is little

representation for First Nations

metal and punk bands

at larger scale festivals. We

want to put these artists on

stage with other bands to

help them build networks,

give them this professional

experience and get them

involved in an awesome

community setting.”

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SEE AT

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The bands you know,

the bands you’ll love

at the East Town

Get Down

By SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

East Town Get Down’s lineup and

schedule is ambitious, cramming

more than 70 bands spanning

from indie rock to rap to metal

and straight up rock and roll into

one packed day at various venues

within two blocks of each other in

Forest Lawn. To make sense of the

sprawling artist roster, here are our

top 10 picks.

Anvil

Metal headliners, Anvil are Canada’s

thrash metal progenitors.

The godfathers of Canadian metal

returned to public consciousness

after an eye-opening 2008

documentary, The Story Of Anvil,

and they’ve been back playing ever

since.

A.Y.E and the

Extraordinary Gentlemen

Diversity and soulful production

are at the heart of A.Y.E and the

Extraordinary Gentlemen. A.Y.E

brings eloquent hip hop to stages

around town with a warm, inviting

energy.

EAST TOWN GET

DOWN

Saturday, May 25

Nine venues in Forest Lawn

Tix: $40, eventbrite.ca

Astral Swans

Fresh off a Japanese tour, Calgary’s

Astral Swans brings his

haunting, psychedelic folk to the

fest. Matthew Swann’s lyrics of love

and death, accompanied by sparse,

beautiful arrangements, will follow

you into your deepest dreams.

Cartel Madras

For good reason, Calgary’s Cartel

Madras are blowing up with their

party-starting, no-holds-barred

rap that drips with impossibly cool

grime and trap influences. Eboshi

and Contra bring their native South

India vibes to an often whitewashed

Calgary music scene and

there won’t be many more chances

to see them in intimate venues.

Drezus

Drezus is a Plains Cree rapper and

activist based out of Winnipeg,

MB, on Treaty 1 land. Amid periods

of violence and stints in jail, he

discovered a more powerful outlet

in music and, by 2017, he caught

the ear of Taboo of the Black

Eyed Peas with his flow and finely

produced beats.

The Dudes

Calgary music scene veterans

The Dudes are powered by

Danny Vacon’s honeyed voice and

feel-good rock anthems. They’re

enough to get anyone high kicking

and shotgunning beers and are the

perfect way to kick off the ultimate

summer jams.

Gone Cosmic

Fresh off a banger album release

weekend, Gone Cosmic will bring

heavy psychedelia to fill the room

with mastodon-sized riffs and eternal

howls through a blood-soaked

haze. Few stoners could imagine

such a world, but Gone Cosmic

rule with ease.

©Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon’s articulate, tender and

rebellious songs about growing up

non-binary in Calgary have garnered

them a long string of awards,

including a 2014 Polaris nomination

for the auto-biographical My Prairie

Home. Their skillful blend of indie,

folk, country and electronic influences

comes together in a uniquely

singular voice that speaks out for

those who may not be able to.

The Torchettes

Fuzz guitar meets 60s Motown

and soul classics as the Torchettes

amp up the grooves, the sex appeal

andthe good times. This is baby

makin’ music for a new generation,

with Deicha Carter’s powerhouse

vocals leading the charge.

Wax Mannequin

Wax Mannequin is Hamilton, Ontario’s

Christopher Adeney, a stunning

lyricist and poet that crafts folky

psychedelia condensed straight

from the human psyche. His keen

eye for observation and quirky wit

highlights weirdo human interest

stories that make this life an adventure

rather than a chore.

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International Ave opens

its doors to live music

For the downtown music and

arts crowd, heading to Forest

Lawn is more of a field trip. For

the uninitiated, we’ve prepared

a rundown of some of the more

interesting and unique participating

East Town Get Down

venues.

Border Crossing / 1814 36 Border

Crossing serves as a kind of

ground zero for East Town Get

Down, one of the only traditional

music venues on the festival

circuit. They have regular live

music programming throughout

the year, from country and

rockabilly, to indie, hip hop and

open jams.

Jane Bond BBQ

Analogous to downtown’s Palomino

Smokehouse, Jane Bond

BBQ gives live music patrons

a chance to refuel with hearty,

down-to-earth BBQ while guzzling

cheap beers. Their focus

on supporting local communities

fits in with East Town Get

Down’s vision.

Pacific Hut

2014 36 St SE / 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

This traditional Filipino cuisine

restaurant offers a variety of

Fiesta Pinoy fare during the day.

The bright, airy space is as welcoming

as Filipinos themselves

and newcomers for ETGD can

expect to dance the day away

with all the fun and flair of the

cuisine itself.

Paradise Lanes

3411 17 Ave SE / 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Some of the most fun bands at

ETGD play at this hidden gem

for a wild all ages show at Paradise

Lanes In the basement of a

strip mall on 17th Ave SE. There’s

bowling and bands in a kitschy

cavern — and it’s open late if

you want to play a few post-fest

frames.

Yegna Ethiopian Cuisine

100, 3515 17 Ave SE

10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

They’re pushing the dining

tables to the side at brand new

Ethiopian restaurant, Yegna, to

create an intimate venue for the

fest. Expect shows as welcoming

and heartening as the smells

emanating from the kitchen.

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Hip-hop duo Snotty

Nose Rez Kids think

ahead and look back

to the future with

responsibility

By SAFIYA HOPFE

Fast-rising West Coast rappers Darren

“Young D” Metz and Quinton

“Yung Trybez” Nyce remember when

their relatives in Kitimat would call

them “snotty nosed kids from the

rez” with endearment– carefree kids

who wouldn’t let a few boogers get

in their way. Now, they go by “Snotty

Nose Rez Kids” to honour being a little

rough around the edges, and that

this is what makes them beautiful.

The journey of the last couple of

years has been wild, and in many

ways unexpected– but they say it’s a

dream come true.

Since their 2017 debut, they’ve

been nominated for the Polaris, a

Juno, and best hip-hop album at the

Indigenous Music Awards.

But Nyce says, they’re not

in it for that. “At the end

of the day, it’s just to have

a positive impact on people.”

The project started as

a vision when the two

were in school preparing

to work nine-to-five

jobs. Since then, each album

has had what Metz

calls a “snowball effect.”

SNOTTY NOSE

REZ KIDS

Vancouver:

Thursday, May 30

Fortune Sound Club

Victoria:

Friday, June 7

Capital

Calgary:

Tuesday, May 21

Commonwealth

“With each project” says Metz, “trying

to get up there, trying to define

ourselves and our style, we healed

in ways that we thought we couldn’t

heal. And not just that, but helping

others heal.”

In late 2017, The Average Savage

marked Nyce and Metz’s emergence

from their shells. This sparked a

healing journey as they explored

their roots and their power through

verse. New record Traplines, signifies

that they now have their confidence.

It was this confidence in their collective

voice that brought it into being.

Last summer, the two wanted to

make a mixtape, Rez Bangers & Koolapops,

but realized a project of that

scale wouldn’t be true to them. They

wanted to make a full-length record–

and they wanted it to have a message.

And the time really couldn’t be

riper. After all, as Nyce points out,

our planet is dying, slowly but surely.

Describing the album, he says, “It’s

a reminder to people that the land

we come from comes with responsibility.

Our ancestors upheld those

responsibilities and passed those responsibilities

down to us.”

He adds, “People need inspiration

from an outside source, not necessarily

holding them up on the frontlines.

We give them a different energy. We

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make anthems for that

sort of thing.”

Although forward-thinking

action is

definitely a focus of theirs,

Snotty Nose Rez Kids are

far from forgetting where

they came from. Having

been raised in a culture

and an environment

where oral storytelling

is pivotal, their work is

in many ways shaped by

what their grandparents, parents,

aunties and uncles shared with them

in hours spent at the dinner table. “A

lot of the stuff on Trapline, is a lot of

just that,” says Nyce.. “My mum’s on

the opening skit, she’s telling us exactly

what our traplines are and what

they mean, letting us know that we

don’t own these traplines we don’t

own this land, but we have a responsibility

to preserve it, protect it, and

pass it onto the next generation for

us to survive. So we give and we take,

when it comes to storytelling.”

They aim to speak not only for

themselves but for all of those who

came before them. Nyce describes

this as a relationship of responsibility.

“Without us, there’s a missing link.

The generation before us can’t have

that information passed on to the

generation after us without our link.”

Metz says the plan for the future

is to keep building, and do whatever

they can to make a difference.

“Whether or not that means being

the first people to run through the

brick wall, you know, cause the first

one’s always the bloodiest. All we

want to do is start a ripple effect.” He

finishes on a note of hope. “We want

to help heal this one so the next generation

comes up stronger.” ,

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CALPURNIA

April 13, 2019

MacEwan Hall

After only two years in action, the young Vancouver-based

four-piece Calpurnia bring massive energy

to the stage with showmanship well beyond their

years, piling loads of charisma and energy into their

growing catalogue of material.

While Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard was the

object of many fans’ affection, the whole band performs

with a captivating earnestness. Lead guitarist

Ayla Tesler-Mabe maintains the sincerest smile while

shredding air-tight licks. Bassist Jack Anderson lays

down a heavy groove while busting moves that rival

the most seasoned performers. No stranger to performance

himself, Wolfhard plays with manic energy and

edge that is nicely rounded off by the bubbly presence

of his bandmates. The perfect harmony of teenage

angst and optimism, their musical style blends garage

rock, twang and thrash with dreamy indie-pop riffs

reminiscent of Mac Demarco’s early albums.

The crowd erupted in cheers while they strummed

out the opening chords to Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”

midway through the set. After churning out a number

of other choice covers and the majority of their recorded

material, the band closed with their first single,

“City Boy”, which brought a much more driving version

of the tune to light.

By Jesse Gillett

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32 BEATROUTE MAY 2019


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Reviews

MUSiC

Mac

rides

the indie

range

Album Review

MAC DeMARCO

Here Comes the Cowboy

MAC’S RECORD LABEL/

ROYAL MOUNTAIN RECORDS

2018 saw the rise of the “yeehaw

agenda,” a movement revolving

around the reclamation of cowboy

culture. It started slowly and gained

traction through memes, songs like

Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons,” and

even TikTok, which helped skyrocket

“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X to

stratospheric heights.

This year, we have prince of indie

rock Mac DeMarco jumping on the

yeehaw train with his fourth album,

Here Comes the Cowboy. It’s the

first album to be released on his

new label, Mac’s

Record Label.

In “Hey Cowgirl,”

DeMarco invites a

cowgirl to “try the

big city lights for a

while,” and “All of

Our Yesterdays” is a

bittersweet number

about the passage

of time, featuring

country-inspired lead

licks and an absolutely beautiful

sun-drenched chorus.

DeMarco’s previous album, This

Old Dog, his most personal release

to date, contained lyrics relating

to his relationship (or lack thereof)

with his alcoholic father. On Here

Comes the Cowboy, DeMarco still

has some serious feelings to unburden

through his usual brand of

laid back indie rock. One example

is the slow and solemn lead single

“Nobody,” where he expresses his

disillusionment with being in the

public eye and how he can’t go

back to being a nobody.

We also get to see his classic

goofball persona shine through for

the first time since his debut album,

2. On “Choo Choo,” he sings about

riding a train over funky instrumentals,

and at the end of “Baby Bye

Bye,” there’s a two-minute-long jam

outro with DeMarco falsetto singing

“yeehaw,” with plenty of screaming,

and maniacal cackling.

Here Comes the Cowboy isn’t exactly

country, but it shows DeMarco

is willing to take risks. Musically,

it’s minimalistic, but there’s beauty

in its simplicity. He wears his heart

on his sleeve through his lyrics and

proves again that he’s a compelling

songwriter and a driving force in

indie rock.

Robann Kerr


MUSiC ALBUM REVIEWS

ALEX LAHEY

The Best of Luck Club

Dead Oceans

The Best of Luck Club is the second

album from Melbourne, Australia’s

indie sweetheart Alex Lahey. A

great choice for fans of Liz Phair’s

Exile in Guyville and Lahey’s fellow

Aussie icon, Courtney Barnett.

The Best of Luck Club is a simple

but enjoyable pop album. After

her debut, Love You Like a Brother,

where fans might have hoped for

more emotional depth, they’re met

with just as catchy, slightly more

hollow pop songs.

The first single from the album,

“Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself,”

stands out with a cheesy but

charismatic saxophone solo from

Lahey as the focal point. The high

energy teen anthem, “Am I Doing It

Right?” pulls from more pop-punk

influences and certainly wouldn’t

sound out of place playing at your

local Hot Topic, especially when

she shouts “Don’t say I’ve got nothing

to prove” in the chorus.

“Unspoken History” and “I Want

to Live With You” stand out as the

emotional core of the album, both

introspective ballads dealing with

relationships.

Towards the end of the album

the songs begin to blend into each

other, fitting into a similar stylistic

pattern. Though it feels like a step

back from where the artist could’ve

gone after her debut, The Best

of Luck Club still manages to be

an entertaining sophomore effort.

Kenn Enns

AMYL AND THE

SNIFFERS

Amyl and the Sniffers

ATO/Rough Trade/Flightless

Records

Australia’s Amyl and the Sniffers

have made a name for themselves

in the past year due to their wild,

hedonistic live performances,

which often feature frontwoman

Amy Taylor completely disintegrating

the barrier between band and

audience.

Amyl and the Sniffers’ self-titled

debut harnesses this explosive

energy into a 29-minute, 11-track,

breathless sprint of an album

that is as fun as their live shows

promise.

Amyl and the Sniffers is, at its

core, an update to the breakneck

glory days of the 70s, when rock

and roll was fuelled primarily by

endless cheap booze and amphetamines.

Dirtbag anthems, such as lead

single “Got You,” are drenched

in nihilism and pandemonium as

the band swirls and rips around

Taylor, feeling like they could come

undone at any moment. And like

the best luminaries of rock and roll,

Taylor manages to hold everything

together through sheer force of

will, a testament to her strength

and power as one of the most

engaging performers today.

After the hype they garnered

at this year’s SXSW, Amyl and the

Sniffers are rocket-bound for the

highest echelons of rock royalty, an

immediate and unstoppable tour de

force that leaves you gasping for

more. Sebastian Buzzalino

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Destroyer

Dine Alone

If you’ve been missing the clean

refreshing taste of Canada’s psychrock

darlings Black Mountain, the

time is now to rejoice. Destroyer

has arrived just in time to quench

your summertime blues and transport

you to their silver mothership

in the sky.

Far from an abandonment of

their 70s space rock roots, Destroyer

pulls its sinister title from

the 1985 Dodge speed demon of

the same name.

Peeling away from the post with

the Sabbathy overture “Future

Shade,” the expanded ensemble

lays a fuzz-covered offering on the

cybernetic altar of “Horns Arising.”

Video game monitors tumble

down the hillside like granite boulders

and levitate in a field of static

electricity on “Closer to the Edge”

and the lackadaisical Beatles meltdown,

“Pretty Little Lazies.”

Hip-thrust hustle and string

bending swagger rule the galaxy

on the mercurial “High Rise”

and “License to Drive,” while the

leather-wrapped “Boogie Lover”

oozes with nocturnal heaviness.

Reboot and unwind with “FD 72”,

Black Mountain’s zero G tribute to

the man who fell to Earth, and then

return to launch sequence and

start all over again.

Christine Leonard

L7

Scatter the Rats

Blackheart Records

It’s been 20 years since L7, the

cultish Los Angeles collective, released

their last album, Slap-Happy,

but vocalist/guitarist Donita

Sparks and friends haven’t struck

the revolution off their to-do lists.

Scatter the Rats is a streetsmart

11 floor elevator ride

complete with leather fringe, mirror

balls and a giant bag of cocaine.

Ballsy Sunset Strip sizzlers like

the surfy “Burn Baby” and “Fighting

the Crave” showcase marquee

grooves and flash bomb riffs, while

roadhouse ramblers “Prototype”

and “Murky Water Cafe” betray a

brittle frailty.

Shades of a newly made over

identity emerge on the sweetly

suburban “Holding Pattern,” but

domesticity is short-lived as they

dive back into the gutter with “Cool

About Easy” and revel in the grimy

catcall of a title track.

Revving into high gear for “Ouija

Board Lies” and “Garbage Truck”

the jaded foursome summons a

western-tinged punk rock momentum

that will ultimately leave

you passed out on your front lawn

come morning.

If this anarcho-femme punk band

goes down in history for one thing

it will undoubtedly be their 1992

smash hit “Shit List,” but coincidentally

Scatter The Rats continues

with the perfect anthem for the

modern #MeToo era.

Christine Leonard

LIZZO

Cuz I Love You

Atlantic Records

Fresh off a breakthrough Coachella

performance, the genreless

singer, rapper and flautist has been

having a meteoric rise this year,

appearing as a guest judge on

RuPaul’s Drag Race and promoting

her empowering self-love anthems

across the late-night TV circuit.

Cuz I Love You is a project

infused with Lizzo’s infectious

personality, dropping quotable and

fun rap lyrics while also translating

her loud, unapologetic nature into

passionate and impressively soulful

R&B material. Thirty seconds into

the opening title track, Lizzo has already

sung a full-voiced a cappella

soul belt, and giggled as she raps.

Structured more like a series of

high-octane dancefloor fillers than

a cohesive album, it still works because

Lizzo’s all-out celebration of

all aspects of her identity is genuinely

inspiring. She celebrates body

positivity on “Tempo,” interracial

love on “Better in Color” and enjoys

the single life on “Soulmate.”

Songs written for the primary

purpose of being a feel-good anthem

can often elicit eye-rolls, but

Lizzo is both authentically herself

and inclusive enough that it’ll make

anyone want to join her party.

Ben Boddez

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MUSiC ALBUM REVIEWS

SCHOOLBOY Q

CrasH Talk

Interscope Records

TACOCAT

This Mess Is A Place

Sub Pop

TARIQ

Telegrams

Tonic Records

THE NATIONAL

I Am Easy To Find

4AD

VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Father of the Bride

Columbia Records

After delaying his fifth studio

album following the death of

his close friend Mac Miller, TDE

rapper ScHoolboy Q’s CrasH Talk

is finally here. Taking a break from

the quirky high-concept material of

his past, every song on this project

gets straight to the point.

ScHoolboy Q has never been

the most technically gifted rapper,

but he certainly has one of the

most commanding voices in the

rap game. Often rhyming over

what sounds like a horror movie

soundtrack with a trap beat, Q’s

menacing, grimy delivery slices

through and draws attention even

when he’s not saying all that much.

There’s a lot of empty space in his

flow, choosing each of his words

carefully.

CrasH Talk is one of Q’s most

cohesive projects yet in terms of its

sound. Skittering hi-hats keep the

energy up throughout, but the album

offers a few surprises as well

when Q adapts his sound to fit his

guests. “Lies” sees him playing off

the soulful Ty Dolla $ign, while he

dives into the paranoid psychedelia

of Kid Cudi on “Dangerous”. The

best guest of all proves to be 21

Savage on “Floating,” spitting the

closest thing to Q’s brand of understated

yet threatening confidence.

Ben Boddez

After 10 years surfing the soundwaves

of fun bubblegum punk,

Seattle-based quartet Tacocat shift

to a softer, more polished brand

of pop.

Featuring punchy, kick

drum-driven rhythms, Beach

Boys-esque choruses and lyrics

free of pretension, This Mess Is A

Place is an energetic jaunt through

bouncy melodies.

Singer Emily Nokes takes the

lead with her all-or-nothing singing

style that is garnished with winding

inflections that nod to the late Dolores

O’Riordan of The Cranberries.

Many tracks aren’t as straightforward

as you might expect from a

punk band. Tacocat make frequent

detours from their main chord

progressions to explore more

hook-laden melodies.

WIth This Mess Is A Place,

Tacocat wear the pop punk title

well, putting together dynamic

tracks that feel decidedly upbeat

while expressing thoughts that are

decidedly not, like on their summertime

anthem, “Crystal Ball,” when

Nokes proclaims, “What a time to

be barely alive,” like a victory cry.

Judah Schulte

For his fifth full length, Vancouver’s

Tariq offers 10 immaculately

produced folk songs with the

thoughtfulness of an artist who

has been doing so for more than

20 years. Perhaps his lushest and

most cinematic release to date, the

record has the a big-band level of

grandeur with almost every track

featuring brass and string arrangements.

Though the instrumentation

is consistently grand and sunny,

Tariq’s lyrics are unsparingly candid

while drawing deeper meaning

from everyday life in the Pacific

Northwest.

“Coquihalla” kicks things off

with plucky piano and a rhythm

that bounces. Almost nodding to

the title of the opening song, the

tracklist plays out like a road trip on

a sunny day. With instrumentation

that is almost always playful and

soaring and the lyrics meaningful

but never morose, one can imagine

listening to Telegrams around a fire

on a summer night.

The record glitters most for “Radio

Song,” a folk pop gem, while the

finishing track, “Light of the Moon,”

returns to a more traditional roots

music with an acoustic guitar and

cascading layers of vocals.

Tariq continues the folk tradition

of making extraordinary stories of

ordinary occurrences and people,

but with a modern polish and lustre.

Telegrams is an uplifting addition to

Canadiana folk music.

Judah Schulte

The National are known for their

obsession with sex, love, death and

relationships through their musical

expressions. Whether it’s dainty

piano notes or quickened drum

beats, lead singer Matt Berninger’s

iconic voice, often comparable to

Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave,

strings the pensively sad lyrics into

indie-rock instrumentals.

Their eighth album, I Am Easy To

Find, strikes with a force, bringing

new attributes to the table. Not

only is it the longest recorded

album so far, but nearly every track

also features female vocalists.

I Am Easy To Find includes Lisa

Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, Mina

Tindle, Kate Stables, and Gail

Ann Dorsey, David Bowie’s former

bandmate, heard on “Oblivions,”

“Roman Holiday” and “Hey Rosey.”

Another female contribution is

Berninger’s wife, Carin Besser,

who also wrote several songs. Her

optimistic, romantic lyrics bring the

band into a new fold, differing from

the well-known difficult lyrics highlighting

self-loathing and shattered

relationships.

Berninger’s deep, sunken

baritone lifts and soars through his

wife’s lyrics, inviting listeners into

music more hopeful than before.

In their 2013 album Trouble Will

Find Me, the album finished with

the melancholic track “Hard to

Find,” and since then, it seems

they’ve changed their minds.

Lauren Edwards

The six-year wait between Vampire

Weekend albums may have felt like

an eternity, but fear not, Father of

the Bride is here and you’ll want to

be the one catching the bouquet.

Frontman Ezra Koenig teased

early in the game via Instagram

that the band’s new album would

be “a lil more springtime” than

2013’s Modern Vampires of the

City.

Father of the Bride boasts a

whopping 18 songs, a total Koenig

reports was even tough to pair

down from the potential 23. With

its lush arrangements and bouncy

lyrics, Koenig has delivered on his

spring-like vision and brought some

friends along for the ride.

Appearances from Steve Lacy

of The Internet, Jenny Lewis of Rilo

Kiley, and David Longstreth of Dirty

Projectors add a freshness to the

band’s sound.

One previously released single

is the blissed-out “Sunflower,”

blossoming with its dream-pop

demeanor paired with plucky vocals

and a kaleidoscopic-like video

directed by Jonah Hill.

Pop aside, there are also gentle

country influences throughout,

with the help of vocals by Danielle

Haim of HAIM in “Married in a Gold

Rush” offering a back-and-forth

duet of two lovers promising a

brighter future together.

Leyland Bradley

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Celebrating its 25th year,

Toronto’s North by Northeast

creates a festival experience

that’s street-level

Destination: Downtown Toronto

When: June 7-16, 2019

Why: North By Northeast Music Festival

T

he once crowded Toronto

and area music festival

scene has thinned out

recently as festivals have

“gone on hiatus” or simply

shut their doors. Toronto’s 25 year

old street party, North by Northeast

(NXNE) music and eSports

continues to go strong , taking over

many of the city’s top venues for 10

days from June 7 – 16. Northby is a

multi-media festival that peaks with

Tinashe

NXNE

FESTIVAL

VILLAGE

Yonge &

Dundas

(JUNE 14 -16)

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massive free shows in the centre of

Toronto.

NXNE’s Yonge Street shows have

included: Flaming Lips, Iggy and

the Stooges, Run the Jewels and

last year, Chvrches, Lights and Jazz

Cartier.

NXNE features emerging-acts

club shows best seen with by club

hopping wristband that gets priority

access to over 30 shows. Most

shows are programed by Canada’s

top musicians presenting their four

favorite up-and-coming acts.

Confirmed Curators include: Jim

Cuddy, Brendan Canning (Broken

Social Scene), The Elwins, Charlotte

Navigating The Village

GETTING THERE

NXNE Yonge Street Festival Village

– Subway directly to heart of

the Festival at Dundas (mainstage)

or Queen stations.

Cornfield, Ian Blurton, Menno

Versteeg (Hollerado) and Royal

Mountain records, The Jerry Cans,

Six Shooter records and more.

Amercian Football, Cupcakke,

Haviah Mighty, Persons, Owen,

Just John x Dom Dias, Nick

Schofeld, Most People, Syngja and

Dishpit are among acts already

booked.

The festival also hosts a free

eSports tourament opening

weekend at Stackt, a cool new

shipping container marketplace

featuring competitive game play

on La Forza, Super Smash bros

and NBA 2K.

FOOD

3Eaton Centre Urban Eatery

(Food Court) --Decent food court

worth the escalator rides down. All

major chains plus less mass market.

Healthy options include: Urban

Herbivore and Fast Food Fresh.

3Fantastic, affordable Thai legend,

Salad King (340 Yonge) steps

north of Dundas stage.

3Raptors-slayer LeBron James

owns a slice of Blaze Pizza (10

Dundas E), north of the Square.

Build your own pies are a tasty deal.

3The Senator (249 Victoria) classic

diner, around corner from NXNE

been serving awesome comfort

food since the early 20th century.

ANTON MAK

Jazz Cartier

3Toronto’s original Chinatown has

great choices, west on Dundas

past Bay for cheap dim sum, noodles

and crazy popular Japanese

Cheescake. High end dim sum at

Lai Wah Heen, Hilton Double Tree

(101 Chesnut).

3Jump up Jamaican at Ritz Caribbean

(211 Yonge) festival site, steps

from the Comedy Tent.

3There’s also a grocery store in

Atrium mall basement, northwest

corner of Yonge and Dundas.

Lights gets up

close and personal

3Budget buster – Modern South

American food at Lena (176 Yonge)

festival site at Queen; modern

American at Richmond Station (1

Richmond W), old school steakhouse

at Barberians (7 Elm) or;

high-end madness at one of Toronto’s

best, George (111 Queen E).

DRINKS

NXNE has a beer and spirits garden

in Yonge Dundas Square and even

some free sampling. Happy with


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Cost: Clubland all-access wristbands -

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Where: Downtown Toronto

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The best way to discover new acts at

NXNE is to club hop with a priority access $29 wristband that gets

you into over 30 shows. Go to the gig curated by your favourite artist

but then, hit up a neighboring venue and see acts you’ve never heard

of. There are over 20 downtown NXNE venues, seasoned club hoppers

pick a neighbourhood with a few adjoining venues. Here are two

of our hop happy hoods.

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Toronto Pride

All of June

Said to be world’s largest Pride

event, activities all month but

massive parade is June 23.

warm, knapsack beers? Head into

the Atrium mall basement to the

LCBO provincial liquor store.

3Ironic dive bar or, just kind

of grimy, the Imperial Pub (54

Dundas E) has been serving cheap

beer for decades. Their free

popcorn is probably older than

you but low cost lager and decent

top floor patio make this a solid,

nearby option.

3The Brewers (275 Yonge) is a

glitzy pub with lots of craft beers

and decent food.

3Jack Astors, (10 Dundas E) is

worth the effort if you can grab

a seat on their fifth floor balcony

for an amazing view overlooking

the festival site.

CANNABIS

One of the newest – and fanciest

– legal pot shops, Tokyo Smoke

(333 Yonge), just north of the

Festival Village in former HMV

store, east side of Yonge.

Original Queen West

Queen West, near Spadina has

been a longtime musical epicenter

of Toronto.

Top rooms include: The

Horseshoe (379 Queen W)

was an old school country bar,

embraced new music in 80s,

rootsy vibe, Blue Rodeo, The Hip

and The Police all played early

shows here; The Rivoli (334

Queen W) intimate, classy music

back room – they even have air

conditioning – was early home to

Kids in the Hall and has decent

Thai food; The Cameron House

(408 Queen W) big in the 80s

and still relevant. Kids of original,

artsy-owners operate it currently,

play there as Ferraro. Jim Cuddy

got his start here, now son Devin

is a regular act; The Bovine Sex

Club (542 Queen W) gloriously

grimy with kick-you-in-thecrotch-kitsch,

reliable for late

nights and loudness at this punk

friendly place, check out upstairs

rooftop Tiki Bar; and, The Drake

Underground (1150 Queen W)

art bar vibe in the basement

of the elegantly restored, one

time dive, now diva Drake Hotel.

Check out the outdoor Sky Bar

upstairs.

Westside, Dundas and

Ossington

Near one of Toronto’s hottest

restaurant strips are more, reliable

music rooms.

Unpretentious rooms, The

Garrison (1197 Dundas W) and,

not surprisingly, smaller, The

Baby G (1608 Dundas W) share

the same owner and, commitment

to emerging indie rock;

The Dakota (249 Ossington)

hosts some of Toronto’s best

roots gigs; the Night Owl (647

College) features mixed genres

and a good kitchen and; nomadic

Toronto programming legend

Dan Burke brings his astute ear

and eye for breaking bands in the

indie and art rock world to the

Monarch (12 Clinton).

ACCOMODATION

Air BnB has tons of rooms in Toronto.

There are plenty of hotels close

to Festival Village. Biggest bargain

is Bond Place Hotel (65 Dundas

E). Decent rooms start at $139, you

can see and hear festival from the

front door.

3The Marriot in the Eaton Centre,

Pantages (200 Victoria) and the

Hilton Double Tree (101 Chesnut)

have swell rooms starting at around

$200. The Marriott and Pantages

are steps from festival,

Chesnut, two blocks away.

3Budget Buster – Swank, secret

hotel with only four rooms

($400-$500), Ivy at Verity

(111 Queen E). Rooms upstairs

above posh Verity women’s

health club. Female guests get

unlimited access to the Verity

club and spa, sorry dudes, no

fly zone for you. ,

ANTON MAK

Dundas West Fest

June 7–9

Owner/programmers of two

great west end live venues,

The Garrison and The Baby G

raise the band bar at this cool

neighbourhood’s fest with acts

like: Dilly Dally, Suuns and Teen

Anger.

Luminato

June 7-23

Lots of high brow hijinks as

Toronto “high arts” lovers take

in experimental art, dance,

opera and more.

Stackt, June 14 -16

Toronto’s awesome new shipping

container marketplace has

it’s “official” opening weekend

with tons of free stuff and live

bands. (Home of NXNE’s eSports

tourney the week before).

Toronto Jazz Fest

June 21- 30

Toronto’s long running jazz fest

takes place across down- and

midtown with a mix of free

shows, club acts and ticketed

concerts. Headliners include:

Norah Jones and Diana Ross.

Wolf Pack rugby

June9, 15, 22 and 30

Hungry for the Wolf(Pac)?

Toronto has a professional

men’s rugby team that plays

in the British Rugby Football

League, the only North

American squad. The games

are relatively cheap, lots of

action at a full on party played

at creaky and fun outdoor

Lamport Stadium. The stadium

sits in trendy Liberty Village

near the Ossington restaurant

district. Three games in June

including June 15, 1 pm versus

the Dewsbury Rams.

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KNOW

YOU’RE

WEIRD!

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MOViES|T.V.

THIS MONTH IN FILM

GODZILLA: KING

OF THE MONSTERS

May 31

In what sounds like every kid’s

dream come to life no matter

their generation, Godzilla

returns in all his CGI glory

and must battle his long-time

nemesis’ Rodan, Mothra, and the

three-headed dragon, King Ghodirah.

It’s wish-fulfillment with an

interesting cast including Kyle

Chandler, Millie Bobbie Brown

and Sally Hawkins.

ROCKET MAN

May 31

Taron Egerton has gone all in

with the Elton John ‘biopic’ he

has described as not so much

a biopic but an R-rated fantasy

musical. Committing to the role

by singing - not miming - every

song, and doing his best at

mastering the piano, Egerton

plays Elton as the film takes

our hand through various

moments in the life that saw

a child prodigy emerge as a

musical legend. Will we see

more music biopic Bohemian

Rhapsody magic here?

1985

April 25

Stories from the past often

resonate with even more

vibrancy when told through the

lens of reflection. Directed by

Yen Tan, 1985 is the story of

Adrian, played by Cory Michael

Smith, a young man who returns

home to Texas to tell his family

and friends of his contraction of

AIDS during the 80s epidemic.

ÁGA

May 9

A film almost as much about

the cold, harsh environment of

the Russian far-North as the

indigenous Yakut people who

live there. We follow Nanook

and Sedna, two elderly Yakuts

who do their best to cling to the

old ways, while everyone - and

everything - slowly slips away.

Directed by Milko Lazarov, Ága

closed out the 2018 Berlin Film

Festival.

By Brendan Lee

BiNGEWORTHY

GOOD OMENS

NETWORK:

AMAZON PRIME

AIR DATE: May 29

It was 1990 when beloved

authors Neil Gaiman and the late

Terry Pratchett published the

epic, eccentric, and wholly unique

Good Omens novel. Now, after

years in development, and after a

posthumous letter from Pratchett

to Gaiman that urged him to

continue with the series after his

death, Crowley the demon and

Arizaphale the angel are now

ready for prime time.

The story follows the two

representatives of Heaven and Hell

on Earth (played by Michael Sheen

and David Tennant), as each must

work in unison as the world prepares

for the coming of the antichrist.

With the six part miniseries

penned and showrun by Gaiman

himself, the series promises to

be proficiently ‘out there.’

WHEN THEY SEE US

NETWORK:

NETFLIX

AIR DATE: May 29

In 1989, five juvenile

males were falsely

convicted of

brutally raping a

jogger, and the

media had them

vilified. Despite

flimsy evidence

and false

confessions,

the teenagers

spent between

six and 13 years behind bars —

then private citizen Trump wanted

them executed. This is their story.

Created, written, and directed by

Avu DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time),

the limited series boasts a strong

ensemble cast and emerges in a

current climate where truth and

accuracy in the news and the justice

system has never been more

important.

INTO THE DARK: ALL THAT

WE DESTROY (EPISODE 8)

NETWORK:

HULU

AIR DATE: May 3

Hulu is trying something a little different

and it seems to be working.

In October, they released the first

episode in a year long

horror anthology series

that began a 12-episode

jigsaw that sees

episode eight, ‘All That

We Destroy,’ releasing

this May. Each episode

is based around

a holiday in the month

that it’s released,

Mother’s

Day is

the

chosen

theme

this

time

Jharrel Jerome as

Korey Wise in Netflix’s

When They See Us.

David Tennant (left) and

Michael Sheen in Good Omens.

around (oh no...).

The episode follows a geneticist

who fears her son may be on the

verge of becoming a serial killer,

so she does what any sane mother

would do. This lovely woman creates

a few clones which she uses

to stage the scene of the son’s

first murder, to hopefully cure him

of ever doing it again.

THE RAIN: SEASON 2

NETWORK:

NETFLIX

AIR DATE: May 17

A Danish post-apocalyptic Netflix

series about killer rain set to

storm into its damp and raucous

second season. The first eight

episodes told the story of a horrible

Scandinavian viral epidemic,

transmitted via rainfall, that nearly

wiped out civilization.

Six years later, a Danish

brother and sister find the nerve

to ascend from their bunker and

set out in search of their scientist

father, who left them alone and

never came back.

The children meet other

survivors in their quest throughout

season one, with the finale

foreshadowing some very dark

implications surrounding the

origin of the virus, and the terrible

possibilities of what’s to come.

It can become tiresome

watching the same old American

shows, so if you’re looking to see

a somewhat familiar story told

in an unfamiliar setting, look no

further - but don’t forget to bring

an umbrella. By Brendan Lee

MAY 2019 BEATROUTE 41


YYCOMEDY

FESTIVAL

FIRE-

CRACKIN’

FEMMES

Naomi Sniekus’

female-focused

podcasts go viral

By BRAD SIMM

N

aomi Snieckus is a busy,

connected Canadian actress

and director but

she wanted more than air

kisses and friendly waves

exchanged between all of the dynamic

women she casually meets in the

Canadian TV and film industry. She

wanted to connect, a chance to talk

with them in depth, so she invented

a podcast.

“I wanted an excuse to meet them

there. I’d see some of these people in

passing at parties and wanted to sit

down and talk with them. Someone

like Kat Barrell from Wynonna Earp.

It’s great to see her, but let’s hang out!”

These people, of course, are women

in the film, music and entertainment

industry. Women, like Snieckus

whose well-rounded career as an actress,

comedian, writer and director

includes her tenure with Second City

in Toronto, winning the Canadian

Comedy Award as Best Female Improviser

and her role in CBC’s Mr.

D as Bobbi Galka, the no-nonsense,

manipulative gym teacher.

In 2016 Snieckus created the

Firecracker Department, a podcast

production company, not

simply to meet women

she admired but also to

engage in bigger conversations

about their history,

challenges, inspirations

FIRECRACKER

DEPARTMENT

with Naomi Snieckus &

Jann Arden

Wednesday, May 22

The Grand

Tix: $25, yycomedy.ca

and what makes them tick.

“I wanted to celebrate in-depth

stories of women in this business.

You get a lot of resume talk, a list of

credits and shows that you’ve done.

But there’s not a lot of in-depth discussions

about, ‘How did you do that?

What did you say?’ There’s just so

many amazing stories we all can learn

from.”

In the past three years the Firecracker

Department has grown globally

from a three-person operation

based in Toronto to a 25-person team

that reaches from London to Los Angeles

where Snieckus now resides.

Thousands of dedicated listeners are

dialed in to their podcasts, newsletter

and events.

Reflecting on the upward curve,

Snieckus acknowledges that the timing

for a femme-fueled production

certainly paralleled the #MeToo

movement, but her charm and approach

conducting interviews can’t

be overlooked.

“My ignorance,” she chuckles, “is

sometimes the best part of it. I’m an

improviser and now have become an

interviewer who can bring in that level

of spontaneity. And that’s helpful.

But God, I think it’s just

such an exciting time to

have women’s stories

percolating in the ether.

If you look at the fanbase

we’re creating, it’s not

only for women to get inspired,

but educated.”

The tremendous community building

around Firecracker’s followers and

their shared experience also factors

large into the discussion. Snieckus

jokes about how that sometimes plays

out.

“I often hear, ‘That’s me, I also went

through something like that alone.’

We’re all so desperate not to be alone.

Aren’t we always? Like I have a weird

pain in my shoulder, and someone

says, ‘Oh, me too!’ Whew, that’s good,

at least it’s not shoulder cancer!”

YYComedy Festival is flying Snieckus

to Calgary to do a live podcast performance

with Jann Arden, the city’s

charismatic singer-songwriter who’s a

firecracker in her own right. Snieckus

looks forward to the bonding occasion.

“Jann is very present on social media

and said something about one of

my tweets. Both our mothers suffer

from Alzheimer’s and dementia, and

there’s a couple posts she made that

rung true for me. I reached out and

said, ‘Hang in there, it’s not an easy

ride.’ And that’s how we connected.

She’s so lovely and I’m so enamored

with her.” ,

TOP 5

YYCOMEDY FESTIVAL

One person’s John Mulaney is another person’s Carrot

Top. Fortunately, the YYComedy Festival has booked a

diverse lineup of comedy voices from home and abroad.

These are our 5 picks.

By Tony Binns

1

THE EL-SALOMANS

Wednesday, May 22,

The Grand

Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini

are a married couple on

a hot streak. Saloman has just

come off a Tonight Show appearance

and El-Husseini has toured

America with Patton Oswalt,

among others. The El-Salomans

are appearing with headliner and

rising star DeAnne Smith.

2

COURTNEY GILMOUR

Friday, May 24, The Grand

Toronto comic Courtney

Gilmour delivered a breakout

set at the 2017 Just for Laughs

festival that garnered her a win

in the Homegrown competition,

one of the first female comics

to achieve that in the event’s

19-year history. She’s headlining

a stacked line up that features

local favourite Lisa Baker.

3

ABDUL BUTT

Friday, May 24, The Grand

Best known for his work as a

correspondent on This Hour has

22 Minutes, the award-winning

Montreal-based comic is doing

two shows, in French with headliner

Derek Serguin. Butt’s web

series is in development with

Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.

4

PETE ZEDLACHER

Saturday, May 25,

The Grand

Fresh off another one of his sold

out Snowed In tours, Calgary’s

favourite metalhead Pete Zedlacher

has long been considered

one of the top headliners in the

country. He’s as at home onstage

as he is in a writer’s room, and he

always packs a big crowd.

5

MARITO LOPEZ

Saturday, May 25,

The Grand

Calgary native Marito Lopez

is coming home to light up the

YYComedy crowd. Lopez is a

bundle of pure energy on stage,

a consistently likeable performer

always worth seeing.

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Horoscopes

Messages from the Stars: A look into the cycles and cosmic

details of an unfolding forevermore, paired with a song

suggestion curated for your sign by Willow Herzog

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Unexpected and challenging

conditions have been surrounding

upwards momentum. You have

accomplished much since this time

last year in the realm of dream and

goal actualization. Be willing to let

go of ego to deepen into potent

heart messages. This cycle is about

the heart and deep listening.

Song suggestion for the month: “Eon”

-Meredith Monk

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Much is being excavated from your

internal waters and it’s time to

release. Release old wounds, old

hurt, old sorrows. Channeling your

chaos into creativity will bring about

ingenuity. Tap into the power of

your feelings and how feeling them

can allow you to heal. You are going

through an energetic growth spurt,

one that requires rest and attention

to recalibrate.

Song suggestion for the month: “I Go To

Sleep” - Anika

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Healing psychic secrets and letting

creativity bloom go hand in hand

this cycle. There is pain in unreleased

communications and a surge

of healing that comes from sharing

words. Let the sound of your own

vibration heal you. This is a strong

month for writing, singing, painting

and creativity of all kinds.

Song suggestion for the month: “Out of

Sight” -Jack Name

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Realization of endless change and

reaffirmation of love towards self.

You are a forever growing thing and

you’re now learning to outgrow limiting

patterns. Be soft with yourself

and accept discomfort as part of

growth, as growing pains. Trust in

your innovations and new ways of

doing things - even if you may feel

temporarily misunderstood and

possibly exhausted.

Song suggestion for the month: “Magellan”

- Felt

Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23)

You are an innovative force to be

reckoned with and ideas are coming

through you from a higher place

of mind. It has been a potent time

of connections, reimagining your

processes and seeing the past two

years of work brought to a greater

place. You have a uniqueness that

gives you a highlighted spot as a

leader and innovator within your industry.

This is a month for starting

large projects and making creative

breakthroughs.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Everybody Wants to Love You” - Japanese

Breakfast

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

It’s time to get down to business

and reconstruct some parts of your

plan if you want it to take you into

this next cycle smoothly. This past

month, you have learned formative

pieces of information about what

does and doesn’t work for you. It

is time to step outside of what is

comfortable, of what is your current

experience, and shake up the container

of your reality.

Song suggestion for the month: “Orlando”

- Exploded View

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

This could be a charmed month

ahead for you if you are willing to

experiment, reinvent, and heal parts

of your old personality. This is a cycle

to investigate your roots and pull

them up with the dirt still clinging to

them. This means bringing forward

the parts of your foundation that are

so uniquely you, while infusing them

with an analytical self-purging of the

outdated. Be willing to dive deep into

your inner world and do away with

daily distractions

Song suggestion for the month: “Sunrise

of the Planetary Dream Collector” -Terry

Riley, Ragazze Quartet

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Relationships

will be the priority, and the

unfolding potential of where you

are placing your time and energy

will be magnified. There has been

momentum in your mission and

pieces are starting to fall into place,

though often not in the way you

most expected. If something

is feeling too good to be

true, be grateful. Reclaim a

capacity for joy by purging

unnecessary relationships

and life pieces this month.

Onwards and upwards,

sweet dreamer.

Song suggestion for the

month: “Celestial Power”

-Henry Flynt

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

There is a strong urge to change

the tapestry of your life and the

industries you exist within. Check

in with where to place your energy

and who to trust your heart with.

Be open to conversation and new

collaboration within realms of

business and creativity. Don’t underestimate

your power; feel empowered

in your ability to choose

your path. Gently analyze what has

chosen to reveal itself.

Song suggestion for the month:

“Trance #2” - Angus MacLise, Tony

Conrad, John Cale

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

You have been on a powerful

trajectory of pouring your energy

towards actualizing dreams and

healing old wounds. Make sure

you take time to pause and sip

in the potency of stillness. Much

can happen in the quiet spaces,

sitting with self. Messages about

how to use your creative ingenuity

wait in these ethereal pockets for

you to listen and tap in. Trust

in the experiences life has

been presenting and know

how capable, resilient and

beautiful you are.

Song suggestion for the

month: “Towergate” -Tower

Recordings

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Energies may be conflicting this

month as you are asked to relive

parts of your past in order to create

a future that sees you in a place

of healthy boundaries and healed

trauma. You have been asserting

yourself in ways that illustrate your

worth, and this is causing energetic

support or push back depending

on the situation. Keep going with

cultivating the life that allows your

creative energy its greatest actualization.

Keep knowing your worth

and standing up for yourself in truly

realizing what is healthy. Know you

are so loved.

Song suggestion for the month: “The

Dream” - Thee Oh Sees

Pisces (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

Finally, seeds are coming to fruition

and you are tasting the fruit. You

have put in much hard work to

cultivate key areas of your life,

especially in the realm of work

innovations, career building and

solidifying of mission. It is as if you

are inside an unfinished painting

watching it take form around you.

Perceive with wonder while taking

on some of the key brushwork, to

paint a new vision into being.

Song suggestion for the month: “Rich

Witch” - Vibracathedral Orchestra

ANIKA MEREDITH MONK JAPANESE BREAKFAST THE OH SEES

MAY 2019 BEATROUTE 45


Savage Love

BY DAN SAVAGE

Workmates

When I first started dating my

girlfriend, I asked her about past

boyfriends and she said she hadn’t

met the right guy yet. After dating

for nine years, I found out about a

past boyfriend and looked through

her e-mails. I found out she dated

her married boss for three years.

She broke up with me for looking

and for judging her. I feel like she

lied, and she thinks it was none of

my business. We’ve been broken

up for five months. She’s reached

out, but I can’t get over my anger

or disgust that she was someone’s

mistress. Am I a bad person?

Still Angry And Disgusted

Yup.

“Haven’t met the right guy yet” ≠

“Haven’t met any guys ever.”

Almost everyone has done something

and/or someone they regret

doing—although it’s possible your

ex-girlfriend doesn’t regret fucking

her married boss for three years,

SAAD, and it’s possible there’s no

need for regret. Sometimes people

have affairs for all the right reasons.

Sometimes abandoning a spouse

and/or breaking up a home with

kids in it, aka “doing the right thing”

and divorcing, is the worse choice.

Life is long and complicated, and it’s

possible for a person to demonstrate

loyalty and commitment with

something other than their genitals.

Sometimes people do what they

must to stay married and stay sane,

and their affair partners are doing

good by being “bad.”

It’s also possible—and perhaps

likelier—that your ex-girlfriend

made an impulsive, shitty, selfish

choice to fuck someone else’s

husband. It’s possible he’s a serial

philanderer, a cheating piece of

shit, and then, after fucking him

that one time, your girlfriend felt

pressured to keep fucking him and

wound up having a years-long affair

with her married boss. And then,

when it was all over, she stuffed it

down the memory hole because

she wasn’t proud of it and wanted

to forget it.

It’s also possible she didn’t tell

you about this relationship when you

asked because she intuited—correctly,

as it turned out—that you are,

in your own words, a bad person, i.e.,

the kind of guy who would punish

his girlfriend for having a sexual

history, for making her fair share of

mistakes, and for deciding to keep

some things private. (Not secret,

SAAD. Private.) In other words, she

correctly intuited that you would

punish her for being human.

Finding out about a past boyfriend

doesn’t give you the right to

invade your partner’s privacy and

dig through their ancient e-mails.

Your girlfriend was right to break up

with you for snooping through her

e-mails and judging her so harshly.

And she didn’t even lie to you, dude!

Her boss clearly wasn’t “the right

guy,” seeing as he was married and

her boss, and the relationship ended

before you two even first laid thighs

on each other nine years ago.

And from where I’m sitting, SAAD,

it looks like she still hasn’t met the

right guy.

To be perfectly frank, I don’t

want to help you get over your

anger and disgust—not that you

asked me to help you get past

those feelings. It kind of sounds

like you want your anger and

disgust affirmed… and I’m going

to go with that and affirm the shit

out of those feelings: Stay angry!

Stay disgusted! Not because

those feeling are valid—they’re

not—but because those feelings

prevented you from taking your

ex back when she reached out.

She may not know it yet, but she’s

better off without you, SAAD, and

here’s hoping you stay angry and

disgusted long enough for her to

realize it.

I’m a few months into OkCupid

dating, and it’s going well! I’ve

stuck to two “automatic pass”

rules: anyone who mentions my

looks and nothing else in the

first message and anyone with

no face pic. It’s worked out great

so far. But I’ve noticed that most

kinksters on OKC don’t post face

pics. I can understand this. I once

came across a coworker on the

site—didn’t look, passed immediately—and

I can imagine nobody

wants their boss or coworkers to

know they’re looking for puppy

play and CBT. Not everyone has

the luxury of taking a risk like

that. So I’m tempted to drop my

“no face pic = pass” rule for kinksters.

But then I imagine how that

would go: “Chat, chat, chat. ‘Hey,

can I see a face pic?’ Oh no, I’m

not physically attracted to this

person!” Then I have to awkwardly

un-match and feel terribly shallow

and guilty for a while. So do I keep

my rule and pass on some very

promising profiles without face

pics to avoid hurting someone’s

feelings? Or do I bend the rules?

I’m just not looking to hurt anyone

in a bad way.

Not That Kind Of Sadist

Lead with your truth, NTKOS:

“Hey, we share a lot of common

interests—BDSM, CBT, TT—but I

usually require face pics before I

chat. I understand why you may not

be able to post your pics and why

you would want to chat for a bit

and establish trust before sharing

pics with me privately. So I’m happy

to chat so long as you’re okay with

the risk that I might pass after seeing

your face pic. Still, even if we’re

not ultimately a sexual or romantic

match, every kinkster needs some

kinky friends!

So I’ve fallen in love with one of my

good friends. I am in grad school,

and we met because we are in the

same intensive program and we

spend a lot of time together. When

we first met, I had no interest in

this person. And for the majority of

the first year we worked together,

that feeling maintained. However,

over the past few months, I’ve

found myself falling in love with

this person. Their intelligence and

beauty is simply intoxicating. I love

our friendship, but at times it is

a bit overwhelming being in their

company because I’ve developed

strong feelings for them. I don’t

think they share these feelings. Or

at least I haven’t been given any indication

that they share the same

feelings. How do I go about telling

them? I’d like them to know this is

how I feel, but I also don’t want to

lay the weight of my feelings on

them or ruin our friendship.

Growing Romantic Attachment

Disrupts Studies

You have two options: You can

be honest with this person or you

can be that unsettling “friend”

with an ulterior motive. Personally,

GRADS, I think fessing up is better

than shutting up—sublimated/

unexpressed desire has a way of

souring a friendship—but if your

grad program is ending soon,

I’d encourage you to wait. Most

graduate programs are two years

(some are less!), and you’ve been

working together for more than a

year. So there should already be

a light at the end of that intensive

tunnel. In the meantime, savor the

agony and “pray on it,” as Mike

Pence would say. (Only you should

swap out prayer for masturbation.)

And, hey, you didn’t have feelings

for them until recently. So who

knows? They may develop feelings

for you by the time your intensive

grad program ends.

And, yes, telling a friend you

have a crush on them is always a

risk—it could ruin the friendship

or make things awkward for a

while. Just be honest, direct, and

unambiguous (“I would like to date

you,” not “I hope we can hang out

sometime”), and explicitly invite

your crush to say no if the answer

is no.

46 BEATROUTE MAY 2019


A WEEKLY IFPA

TOURNAMENT

$10 ENTRY FEE

FREE PLAY DURING

TOURNAMENT

EVERY MONDAY AT 7PM

BEGINNING MAY 14 TH

W/ DJ CUT JIM AND DEE DEE TENSION

CURATING FUNK, SOUL, AND RAP

$12 FISHBOWLS I $5 PINTS I UNLIMITED PINBALL

A NIGHT OF CLASSIC ROCK AND ARCADE HITS

$12 FISHBOWLS I $5 PINTS I $10 UNLIMITED PINBALL

PBR MOnday’s

Unlimited Play Sundays

HAPPY HOUR DRINKS

$5 BEER SPECIALS

$5 PBR Pints and Tall Boys

PBR’s “Can Crusher” Pinball

game on free play all day

$10 per person or

$20 per family up to 4 people max

11am - 5pm or 5pm - close

Specially priced Mon-Fri

3:00- 6:00pm

Featuring a different 20 oz.

pint for just $5

Everyday of the week

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MAY 2019 BEATROUTE 47


CANADA’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT CONCERT PROMOTER

UPCOMING SHOWS

ORVILLE PECK

May 24 - The Starlite Room

CHRIS WEBBY

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 3 - The Gateway

CHRIS WEBBY

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 5 - Union Hall

DIZZY

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 9 - Temple

SONREAL

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 23 - The Starlite Room

REAL ESTATE

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 27 - The Starlite Room

REAL ESTATE

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

May 28 - Commonwealth Bar & Stage

OPERATORS

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

June 3 - The Starlite Room

BOBBY BAZINI

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

June 10 - Bella Concert Theatre

NIGHT LOVELL

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

June 10 - Union Hall

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT MRGCONCERTS.COM

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