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Inside TURF Club Series: SATE and Les Hôtesses D’Hilaire

If you’ve never seen SATE perform before, prepare because it isn’t gentle. From her black lipstick to her sensual smirk, she is a wild one. She doesn’t give you a warning, signal or any mercy. She does you hard, right on the stage for all to see. Once she begins, she unleashes herself and you can’t help feel a little dirty because it takes about 2 seconds before you’re trashing along with her wanting more. Last night at the Horseshoe, she had everyone panting, dancing and losing themselves in her. During the performance she ripped the crowd raw with her powerful voice paired with a  blues-rock sound. Though blues-rock doesn’t begin to describe the enthralling experience of SATE, it’s something more raw and exclusive and so good it’s indescribable.  Performing Sunday, the rock-queen is sure to bring down the stage at TURF.

Now, with an act as breath-taking as SATE, who could have possibly been as eye-catching enough to open. Well, they came from someplace where a see-through cheetah dress is called “dressing up” for the occasion.

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“Put your phone on the table, and jump on the table,”  lead, Serge Brideau said. Then the music began and head-banging possessed him. Taking the glittering glory, otherwise known as ‘the stage at The Horseshoe’, sweaty, French, and full of sass was Les Hostress D’Hilaire. If you don’t know them, don’t worry. They’ll get you excited. Vamping up the crowd with their angry French rock, the band made themselves memorable to say the least. The crowd couldn’t understand what they were saying while they played but  Brideau made sure to speak enough English to crack a few jokes between sets. Even offering up a small side of political humour.

“If you don’t buy our CD that’s okay, but that means you’re probably from Alberta.” Brideau said.”…I mean if you don’t buy it it means you love Harper.”

TURF Night One at Lee’s Palace and The Horseshoe: Inside The Bonus Club Series

Grand Analog @ The Horseshoe Tavern

And it begins. The countdown is over and festival withdrawal will be coming to an end (for now). TURF may start on Friday, but the Bonus Concert Series is well underway. Starting yesterday, Lee’s Palace and The Horseshoe opened their doors to the artists of the festival and more importantly the ever-patient music lovers. And quite frankly, it was a big night. While I spent my night fawning over The Fratellis, I couldn’t leave you high and dry without an inside peak at the club shows.

Over at the Horseshoe, Grand Analog shared the stage with Cold Specks. The meld of hip-hop and R&B produced by the five-member set-up fronted by Odario Williams, will be hitting the stage on opening day. Their energy and smooth beats make them a must see.

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At Lee’s Palace, six guys from Winnipeg came, played and reminded everyone once again that there is talent in the prairies. Royal Canoe gave a little taste of the energy to be seen at their upcoming set on Saturday, when they’ll be playing the South Stage along with other noteworthy acts like Choir! Choir! Choir!

Previewing their set, Toronto-based, HIGHS, gave their city a show to remember.

The indie rock band will adding TURF to the growing list of festivals they’ve played including Wayhome, Canadian Music Week and NXNE. The band is gaining more and more recognition with their self-titled EP, released back in 2013, that keeps drawing fans in.

HIGHS – Karrie Douglas

Tomorrow night, SATE plays The Horseshoe while Catl will be tearing down Lee’s Palace.

Grand Analog Photos shot by DGMT Photography 
HIGHS and Royal Canoe by Anthea Thomas

Live: Last Night with Hot Panda

Last night Vancouver-bound Hot Panda stopped by The Horseshoe Tavern for an intimate little set. But of course, it’s never as simple as they came and they played. Chris Connelly took the stage looking a little more relaxed than normal, though the set was anything but. They didn’t waste a moment getting into their energetic, twisted, world where Connelly is a possessed king taunted by Aaron Klassen (Drums) and encouraged by Catherine Hiltz (Bass). Their newest track, Other Spooky is, began the set and instantly had the crowd dancing and screaming for more. Though nothing is more enthralling than when Hiltz picks up that trumpet kept to the side of the stage. Plucking her bass like a boss and playing the trumpet at the same time, it’s always mind blowing. I’ve seen them before, and it’s almost better when you know it’s coming.

If you haven’t see  Hot Panda live, well then, I just don’t know what to tell you. You can’t quite love this band without experiencing them live, they are a band like no other. Here are a few photos to give you a tiny taste of the band so difficult to put into words.

Inside the Big Release: Rah Rah Celebrating “Vessels” at The Horseshoe

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Friday night—Sticky floors and drunken hipsters set the scene. A roadie walks about the glittering stage tussling instruments around as the bands mingle in the crowd, seemingly it’s another night at the Horseshoe. Though, this night was laced with something special for the, not so, little prairie band called Rah Rah. Friday marked the release of their fourth album, Vessels and they brought along a few bands to celebrate.

All the way from Regina (seemingly in the 1980’s) Snake River played to the filling room, but they might have never known. So immersed in shredding guitars and the world they’ve created with their latest album, Songs from the Adjacent Room, each band member seemed to play to themselves.

Lead, Chris Sleightholm hung his head as he played. With his face covered in sweat and hair, it was clear he only broke away from his trance to push up his glasses when they inched too far down his nose. Guitarist, John De Gennaro bearly opened his eyes after taking his place on stage left. Somewhere in guitarist land he grooved along to the set rarely moving from his place. Lost in the rhythm, they still managed to draw the crowd to the front.

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Needing no introduction to the tavern, or the crowd, Fast Romantics burst onto stage with a set so good, you sort of forgot Rah Rah was following after (but just for a second, I swear!) I must say, Matthew Angus is a treat. He runs around the stage giving everyone exactly what they want. Especially that one guy, the one with the moustache, if you were there you know who I’m talking about. The guy who was front row, dancing bobbing, jumping while everyone else, not so subtly, moved away to give him room to just…be himself. He didn’t cry exactly, but there may have been some repressed tears deep down inside when Angus jumped from the stage to sing with the die-hard fan.

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But if you didn’t see that you were too busy looking at Kirty, who wasn’t taking a backseat. The newest member took her place next to Angus and proved once again not only can she hang with the boys, but also she can also rock the hell out of keys and a tambourine as well as shred some vocals. As if their talent wasn’t enough, Fast Romantics treated The Shoe to a song written just last week. American Love was sung in the graces of The Horseshoe and it did not disappoint.

And now! Drumroll please, for the band of the evening.

Rah Rah, ran onto the stage with smiles and was met with a love from the crowd so intense that everyone pressed against the edge to the back of the bar took part. Instantly jumping in with (in my opinion) most catching track off Vessels (Be Your Man), Marshall Burns took the mic first, failing to hide his excitement he bobbed along in his suit, sans tie. –Playing a total of 15 tracks to the crowd of fans, both old and new, the set-list showed that the band cared. it was definitely a well thought-out surprise,to heard songs from previous albums filling the set along with the new. A way to make sure all groups were fully satisfied by what they heard.  It was one of the happiest shows I’ve ever been to. The crowd was enveloped in dancing and the awkward cheerful charm the members unleashed. There was never a moment when they weren’t smiling or giving the moment everything they had and that was just the beginning.

“Now begins the dance portion of the evening,” Kristina Hedlund said setting her violin aside. The jumping began as she dominated the stage as, Chip Off The Heart, amped up the already enthralled venue. Taking the mic next Erin Passmore ditched her keyboard and the stage. Finding her way onto one of the amps for, Surgery, Passmore raised her hand to the ceiling and lost herself in the night.

The energy, the fun and the talent of the band made the release something to remember and proved those prairie-folk sure know how to party.

Check out a review of Vessels.

Last Night with Zella Day + Mickey Loves Mallory

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They call themselves a “baby band”, but when they walk on stage Mickey Loves Mallory invites you into their world where they’re royalty. Tattooed, decked in leather with bleached hair, MLM—made up of Brandon DeLyzer and Dani Jean— look as if they’re about to unleash a mess of rock onto the stage. Though once the beat drops and the blond songstress begins to sway, you realize that they’re something more. There is a swagger to her movement, a cool confidence and triumph as the trick is unveiled to the crowd. The trick? They can’t be tied to a genre. Any category they attempted to fit in would be flipped and tilted into their own creation.

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Smooth beats introduced the crowd to MLM. With strong hip-hop undertones the flow is different as electronic elements work their way into the set. As you begin to understand what the band is about, they change up their dynamic, losing a little of the electronic sound, amplifying the alternative rock, and then pairing it with rap as Jean takes a step back from the mic and DeLyzer lets loose. Their sound is amplified as the set goes on and there is a raw intensity that sticks with you after the lights have dimed.

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The darling of the evening, Zella Day took the stage looking like a dream, hippy and a rock star rolled into one tiny bundle of attitude. Smiling to the crowd as she floated across the stage, she picked up her tambourine and immediately went into the zone that normally takes a few songs for musicians to get into. Often times finding the crowd at her feet, literally, she ridded any barricade between her the audience by playing to the stage’s edge.

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“This is my Canadian debut,” she said her third song in, relishing in the cheers thrown back at her. Often on her knees to meet the crowd’s eyes, Day didn’t shake off the hands grasping for her. She met them with her own, smiles and a look as thrilled as the ones centered on her. From climbing amps, to stretching herself over the crowd, as much as her tiny frame allowed, Day didn’t just perform she experienced the venue, the crowd, the evening.

“I’ve been wanting to do this since I was twelve years-old, so thank you,” Day gushed.

Zella Day @ Lee's Palace

Live: Inside The Edge’s Next Big Thing

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It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and tomorrow the lives of one band will be changed as they’re named The Edge’s Next Big Thing. On Friday, the final 6 bands: The Honest Heart Collective, Midday Swim, Small Town Lungs, Thrifty Kids, Ivory Hours and Spells of Vertigo battled it out for friends, family, and fans at The Phoenix. With $25,000 dollars, gear from Long and McQuade, studio time at the world-renowned Metalworks Studios, and not to mention, airplay on 102.1 the Edge as just a few of the perks awarded to the winners, the artists made sure they played the set of a lifetime.

The Honest Heart Collective
The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective 5First up was The Honest Heart Collective. From Thunder Bay, the five-piece band played a mix of indie-rock to a packed-enthusiastic crowd. Able to draw people to the front of the stage with their first song, the band didn’t lack crowd interaction. Slightly nervous, lead Ryan MacDonald praised himself for overcoming the nerves set off by the biggest show the band has ever played.

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Thrifty Kids

Slowing things down with their mix of beachy rock, Thrifty Kids, came, dominated and left a lingering note of mystery. They may not be well known just yet, but they left the audience wondering where the young talents came from and how could they hear more. Torontonians need not to worry, singer Sarah Cogan says the band will be Toronto-based in September.

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Midday Swim kept the chilled vibes flowing by playing  songs from their self-titled EP. The seasoned pros didn’t seem to be bothered by nerves, but rather overthrown with excitement as David Krygier-Baum explained before the show.

“We’re just excited for the energy. We can’t wait to play for friends and family [as well as] to play with some great bands,”

Spells of Vertigo
Spells of Vertigo

Bringing back classic rock, Spells of Vertigo took the stage. Grunge and hair thrashing oozed from the stage and consumed the audience. The band invited the crowd into their dark world which is made up of skilled guitar and menacing vocals so enticing the crowd couldn’t help but accept their invitation.

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Ivory Hours

The crowd went crazy when Ivory Hours hit the stage. A fan favourite the boys from London, Ont. offered up a high-energy set that enthralled the crowd from beginning to end. Running, jumping and singing up a storm Luke Ross has mastered how to give a great performance.

Small Town Lungs
Small Town Lungs

The final band of the night may have gotten the biggest reaction from the crowd. Adding some dance to the mix, Small Town Lungs played to an adoring crowd that begged for an encore once their set was finished. Backstage singer, Tom Meikle admitted to feeling bit at odds with the competition aspect.

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“Sure if we win it’d advance our careers majorly, but in the end we’re still gonna keep going,” he said before their show.

Mastering how to mix textures, layer tones and play the hell out of their instruments, you could never tell that they haven’t played a show this serious previously. It was clear they played to win.

There wasn’t a single downfall or fluke of the night. All six bands played their best show and made it impossible to rank one above the other. Each having mastered their own sounds be it from to pop or alternative rock it’s certain that all the contestants are the next big things in the making.

Tune in to 102.1 The Edge Tomorrow Morning at 10 to find out who will officially receive the title.

The Kills & The Avett Brothers @ Osheaga

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The Kills played the Scène Verte stage opening day to a gathering crowd. Hair flipping, body shaking and energy translated dully into the audience. Perhaps from the heat, the audience seemed more interested in the set up of the next act on the opposing stage.


 T H E  A V E T T  B R O T H E R S The Avett BrothersThe Avett Brothers amped up the festival, performing from the main stage. An impressive crowd gathered to see the brothers. Running out on stage the brothers Scott and Seth didn’t slow down.

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Their set involved hand-clapping, rapping, and even had Scott breathless on the ground while Seth went for the crowd, never missing a note on his guitar as fans grabbed all they could. They had the most dedicated crowd. There sure wasn’t a lack of dancing, singing or love.

Shakey Graves and Angus & Julia Stone @ Osheaga

A N G U S  & J U L I A  S T O N E Angus & Julia Stone @ Osheaga

A seductive pair they are. The brother and sister enticed crowds into swaying with their sultry voices that tempted and teased as the sunset. Julia Stone is a vixen that emanates a sexual energy, dressed innocently, she provoked with her voice and her dance moves. Angus watched, plucking his guitar and waiting for his turn to take the mic.

Angus & Julia Stone @ Osheaga 2“Hey, how you guys doing?” He asked. “You good? That’s good.” Hidden behind sunglasses, a hat, and a barricade of facial hair, his chilled demeanour seemed to diminish as soon as he poured his soul on the stage.

Changing pace for the crowd favourite, Big Jet Plane, by taking an acoustic approach and offering a different melody, the performer led fans into the change. And soon the audience offered their voices for the rest of the song.

S H A K E Y  G R A V E S

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Walking on stage to chants of “Shakey”, Alejandro Rose-Garcia otherwise known as his stage name, Shakey Graves took the stage in a different attire than fans were used to. Without a cowboy hat, the singer gave a performance that fully satisfied fans making them one of the loudest crowds at the smaller stages.

Shakey Graves @ Osheaga

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Restore Faith in Humanity @ Osheaga

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It took one man, and three friends to bring thousands to tears during Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ performance on the mainstage. The crowd was ready for a show as the band walked on the stage to welcomes that made Alex Ebert, frontman; gaze in aw at the crowd. Their performance was emotional. Changing the sound of most songs to incorporate the emotion and audience reaction the band seemed more into sharing the music than just performing. Running off the stage to let fans make up their own choruses to songs, jumping over the barricade to stand and sing in the crowd, and throwing a piece of his sunglasses into the crowd, Ebert was a fan favourite.

Though nothing was more touching than the moment a wheelchair went up in the back. Between songs, Ebert and band stopped and watched with tears in their eyes as a group of three friends carried a friend from middle school, bound to a wheelchair, to the front of the crowd. As soon as the act was shown on the giant screens, the audience cheered fighting off tears.Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's 3

“You want to come up on stage?” Ebert asked. Fans cheered as he then jumped off of the stage to help security and friends carry the man out of the audience and up to the stage. Letting tears loose, the audience watched as the men took their place on stage for the rest of the set, dancing and swaying along with the band. If there was ever a moment of pure peace and togetherness at the festival this was it, an audience came together to help someone experience something extraordinary.

Finishing up their set Ebert sat on the stages edge and asked a simple question. “Last one. What do you want to hear?”

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Without a single disagreement from the audience, Home was selected. Due to the lacking member Jade Castrinos the song, that is a duet, was sung campfire style with the audience. The performance was more than just that. It was a reminder of how touching and binding music can be.

Giant Balls and Supersoakers: Young The Giant Tares Down Osheaga

Young The Giant @ Osheaga 2If there is one band to see it has to be Young The Giant. It doesn’t matter whether or not you know anything other than their hits, the band puts on a show. Playing the mainstage, the band, Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh and Francois Comtois, made their Osheaga performance one to remember. The fans may have been the most dedicated, lining up to three hours before the band took the stage, just for a glimpse. There was no shortage of tears in the front row. Once the band began energy rushed the festival. A giant party ensued while the band unleashed more the music onto the crowd. A giant supersoaker rained down on the sweltering crowd as giant beachballs were passed overhead. Wet and muddy the crowd jumped, enthralled by the experience and gaining a new love for the band.