Out with the Old, in with the... Old
The Year of the Reunion continues into 2015, with Sleater-Kinney about to release an album and tour it, and L7 possibly picking up where they left off decades ago. Add to that list Toronto indie rockers Controller.Controller, who just started a Twitter account with the bio "Back from the grave in 2015." Over the holidays they played a birthday party at the Junction City Music Hall, they've apparently been spending time in the studio, and they're taking part in the Wavelength Music Festival, happening February 13 to 15. It makes the end-of-the-year demise of several exciting local bands - the Darcys and Crystal Castles among them - a little easier to swallow.
We've got NXNE, Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Field Trip, Heavy T.O., Digital Dreams. The list of summer festivals goes on and on. But Bonnaroo co-founder/AC Entertainment CEO Ashley Capps feels there's room for another one; in collaboration with Republic Live, he's launching a multi-day music and arts camping festival at Burl's Creek in Barrie. The as-yet-unnamed fest (it's not called HomeAway, as rumoured) takes place July 24 to 26 and will include four stages, art installations, an on-site farmers' market and a "late night forest." Sounds like Bonnaroo! Expect some big-name announcements (Elton John and Kanye played last year's Bonnaroo) in four to six weeks.
Over the holidays, rapper Azealia Banks accused Fancy hitmaker Iggy Azalea of "cultural smudging" in an emotionally charged interview with New York radio station Hot 97, prompting a torrent of responses from fans and artists - Q-Tip, Action Bronson and Azalea herself among them. The furor dredged up the Australian MC's history of racist tweets, which in turn prompted a Toronto resident to circulate a Change.org petition demanding Toronto City Hall cancel her May 3 concert at the ACC. "We simply won't tolerate racially motivated harassment," reads the petition, which has just over 200 signees.
Music & Food
Tired of subsisting on beer and shots while waiting for your favourite indie rock band to take the stage? Promoter Collective Concerts and Dupont eatery Rose & Sons are teaming up for six dinner-and-concert pairings that will expand the pre-show culinary options from 0 to 100. The first happens at the Phoenix on January 24 , with alt-country locals Elliott Brood and a meal by chef Anthony Rose.