By Mike St. Jean Now a staple of Thunder Bay’s fall event calendar, Music for the Masses will be taking over the downtown core September 19and 20. With dozens of local acts and four touring artists playing at eight different venues, this year’s edition of the event will have something for everyone. Long-time fans of the [...]
Zack & the Morrises launches their EP By Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor Last week, The Argus had the opportunity to sit down with three members of the up-and-coming Thunder Bay band, Zack & the Morrises. We talked about their music, their influences, their hockey teams, and where their sound is going. Zack Santerre, [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus “Perfection takes time.” Four years in the making, Jean-Paul De Roover’s fourth studio album, Complexity in Simplicity, is certainly a prime example of that age-old adage. Produced by Juno-nominated producer Ben Leggett and De Roover, the album was recorded and mixed at Dining Room Studios here in Thunder Bay! Using [...]
End of the world, or start of a career? By Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor I can distinctly remember people complaining about the change in Avril Lavigne’s image when she grew out of her punk-kid look and started wearing her long blonde hair in big curls, and women’s instead of adolescent boys’ clothing. Some [...]
John Coleman Copy Editor Lethbridge, Alberta’s premier psych-surf-garage band, Ketamines stopped by Black Pirate’s Pub last Wednesday, May 30, smack-dab in the middle of their current Canada/US tour. The band is touring as a three-piece consisting of Paul Lawton (Endangered Ape/Myelin Sheaths/Moby Dicks) on guitar and lead vocals, Martine Ménard (Myelin Sheaths) on bass and [...]
John Coleman Copy Editor Hot off a Juno nomination for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year for 2011′s Die Miserable, Ottawa’s Fuck The Facts performed at Crocks last Tuesday night, May 22. Sunlight crept through the bar’s flyer-laden windows as the band took the stage around eight-thirty, letting feedback resonate for a minute while they [...]
Amy Szybalski Arts & Culture Editor Approaching the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on the 29th was a different experience for a concert-goer in T-Bay. Half an hour before the show, and the parking lot was packed; there were four transport trucks, and four big buses outside (presumably to transport the band and all their stuff), [...]
The most recent installment of the LUMINA concert series was the series’ highlight, in part because of the singing of Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Dean of Music. As Joy Fehrenbruck, who plays piano, and Dr. Jobin-Bevans, who sings baritone, walked into the recital hall, the crowd was mostly composed of Jobin-Bevans’ students. The only other time the students had heard their professor sing was in the mandatory Vocal Ensemble class.
“I don’t think that we need umbrellas, but we definitely need jackets. You can bring your umbrella, but we’re not going to open it,” I overheard Craig Cardiff say to his daughter. As I interviewed him about his upcoming show, he explained to me, “we’re just going out to run errands, so you’re going to hear a bit of that in the background.”
“Amy, I can’t believe you dragged me to this, I don’t even like live music!” my friend, who we’ll call Steph, said as we entered the Study for Loopy Leap Year — a show featuring Jean-Paul DeRoover and special guests Ocean City Defender, Jamie Smith of the Auditor General, and Illusions from the Bates Brothers.
Dear Amy, can you please provide a list of bands from various genres to help me seem cool to my friends?
The Thunder Bay music scene is an interesting animal. That animal analogy works, it really does: the music scene is a living, breathing thing, constantly adapting. Sometimes, like an animal, the scene gets sick, or has “died,” though that is mostly according to jaded folks who dislike its current incarnation.
Who are the grandfathers of heavy metal music? Some would argue that they are Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Others say that Judas Priest or Ozzy are the obvious answers. But Igor Stravinsky? Up until 24 hours ago, I had never heard mention of the name.
To some, it’s a difficult concept to grasp: a song without words. What does that mean? When you hear the word “song,” often thoughts of pop artists come into your head. You imagine words that speak to you, or perhaps lyrics that have no meaning, or lines that tell a story about that musician’s life experiences.
Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble, more commonly known as LUVE, wowed audience members on the evening of December 6 in the Bora Laskin auditorium. With clear direction given by conductor Dean Jobin-Bevans, the choir’s sound rang out seamlessly across filled seats.
Chinoiseries Pt. 2 is the fourth release by Parisian beat maker Onra. It is the second in the Chinoiseries series, which relies on old Chinese and Vietnamese records collected from shops in the respective countries.
Gathering for an evening of classical music, audience members were treated to rich, satisfying tones and fulfilling melody lines. Lakehead music students have been preparing for their final recital all semester.
Does The Tea Party still know how to rock and roll after a five year absence? The answer is absolutely, as the three-man band from Toronto showed at Roxy’s Nightclub on Thursday.
Many Canadians, including Lakehead students, sit down with their instruments of choice and try to recreate the musical magic that is a great Canadian song. This fall, eight bands from across Canada were chosen from thousands to try their hand at just that: covering some of the Canadian greats.