Anya Wassenberg

Bria Skonberg is bringing us the musical future by delving into its past. It’s been a busy year for jazz trumpet player, composer, and singer Bria Skonberg. She got a last minute call earlier this year to play with the members of Sun Ra Arkestra backing up U2 at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Stephen Joffe has the sort of unique intense energy that, when casting the role of unpredictable cousin Ziggy in the Storefront’s site-specific epic Tough Jews, both the writer and director had the same “it has to […]

  Anya Wassenberg

The classic RnB revival gets a boost later this month with Toronto band YUKA‘s fourth release – their first on vinyl – called From the Ancients. For Yuka, the RnB/soul sound is anything but a trend. “Everyone in the band likes that kind of music,” says guitarist James Tayor. “The sound of that music is […]

  Kelly Bedard

Broadway’s golden boy will be taking the Roy Thompson Hall stage tomorrow night to sing Stephen Schwartz songs alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Fresh off his pre-Broadway run in the new Finding Neverland musical and a movie star turn as Jamie in the Last Five Years film adaptation, Tony-nominated (and My Theatre Award-winning!) Newsies star/Smash saviour […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Global Cabaret Festival came to an end with a rousing late-night performance from the great Jackie Richardson. I celebrated the first seven shows on my agenda in Part 1. Now that the festival is over (hopefully not forever- Global, tell us you’ll bring the festival back for year 8!), here are the rest of […]

  Nick Christophers

In today’s acting and music industries it is becoming more saturated with “wannabes” and cheap imitations. Most of these recent phenomenon’s are due to the advancement of technology. Nowadays almost anyone with a laptop and minimal tech knowledge can release music or develop a film. Yet there are those who have a vision and a […]

  Anya Wassenberg

“It’s my fifth studio album and I’m pretty excited about that,” says Karl Wolf of his new release, Stereotype. “This album is a little different.” “This album goes in a different direction – let me show the world what I have inside of me. I want even the haters to hear this album,” he says. […]

Straight up blues with an electronic chaser – that’s the winning combination of Tomás Doncker with his Tomás Doncker Band in Moanin’ at Midnight – The Howlin’ Wolf Project (independent – July 8, 2014). Tomás is the head of True Groove Records and a veteran of New York City’s music scene since the early 1980’s, […]

  Greg Dalgetty

A lot of people probably think I’m too young to be a Ramones fan. I’m 30 now, which means I was about 12 when the Ramones broke up in 1996. I discovered the Ramones around that time and fell in love with them, but I never got to see them perform. Going to concerts was […]

  Anya Wassenberg

My people are coming for what’s ours Going all out ‘cause it’s now or never, ‘breakin’ the chain, we gon’ sever… In the world of North American pop music, ‘being political’ is seen as a choice – something of a fashion statement at times. But depending on where you live, just talking about everyday realities […]

  Nick Christophers

The place was packed with pretty girls lining the bar and guys in loose jeans nursing their beers. It was Friday night so everyone was out to let loose and take in some good old rock “n” roll. The music was blaring even from outside the famous Bitter End, the same Bitter End that hosted […]

  Anya Wassenberg

April 2014 with Mounties Band and James Younger Vancouver’s The Zolas have built a cult-like following across Canada that’s grown over two CD releases, the most recent of which – Ancient Mars (2012) – was produced by Chuck Brody (Wu-Tang Clan). They’ve been on the road in support of it ever since, including a trip […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of the best weekends in Toronto’s cultural landscape is always the Global Cabaret Festival down at the Young Centre every October. It’s one of the city’s most diverse showcases for musical talent across many different genres. […]

  Nick Christophers

The bright eyed boy from the Bronx “who did good” and became an example for others to strive for more. Lou “Crazy Mario” Vanaria never thought he would ever work side by side with legends like Chazz Palminteri and Robert DeNiro. Lou was always a singer and performed in a local band for years. He […]

  Anya Wassenberg

Available at iTunes and on the music player on his website. In the dead of winter, I can’t help but react favourably to a dose of anything tropical; a hypnotic bass line and a Red Stripe can go a long way towards lightening the winter gloom. Boston-based Mighty Mystic is a fixture on the U.S. East Coast […]

  Nick Christophers

Recently dance music has seen a resurgence in popularity on a worldwide scale. This is due in part to the efforts of individuals who love the often ignored genre. Some say that artists like Lady Gaga were one of the pioneers behind the genres reincarnation. But there are also record labels that have made it […]

  Nick Christophers

As we know history sometimes repeats itself. It is most evident with one particular industry, which is music. We experienced the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll then the explosion of the disco era. Both then lost their touch and alternative music caught the spotlight. What was to come next was anyone’s guess. In the early […]

  Nick Christophers

In the past few years, Asian artists have been hitting America with one musical sensation after another. Before the “Gangnam Style” phenomenon took the dance scene by storm, there were others who spiked the industry. One such individual has found her own spotlight on the American stage. Reni Reni arrived in the US with a […]

  Nick Christophers

“The best way to predict the future is to create it!” Bold words from an artist determined on making waves in the music industry. Jaga Glassman was raised around jazz and European sounds all her life and embraced the fusion of both. As a young lady she learned to master the guitar and dabbled with […]

  Nick Christophers

In an industry that has a few “real” solid singing voices comes along a young man that stands out due to his talents. The young Stay Key is not a stranger when it comes to “cutting your teeth” in the music game. He was baptized into the pool of music at a very young age […]

DVA marks the sophomore release for the classically trained electronic singer/songwriter Emika. I went to the DVA listening party at The Standard Hotel’s breathtaking skyline bar Le Bain in New York where Emika performed in DJ mode. When I arrived the atmosphere was casual, the music was at a volume that made for good conversation. […]

  Mike Strizic

CD Release at Gallery 345, April 17 Resplendent in a purple pixie gown, Shannon Graham stands out from her band. They are clad in the trademark black suits of the gigging musician, all in varying stages of disarray. We are gathered in Gallery 345 to celebrate the launch of Graham’s new album. My first impression […]

  Brock Swinson

With a howl, “Sixteen Tons” elevates listeners to the world of Gentle Machine in the form of their debut album, Business End. Inspired by Pink Floyd, Radiohead and R.E.M., this Vancouver-based, indie-rock band embodies speakers with a combination of their musical influences along with a fusion of sounds akin to the lovechild of Modest Mouse […]