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July Talk – Push + Pull (PINEO & LOEB Ft. Ghettosocks Remix)

Canadian electro rockers Pineo & Loeb are back again in full swing with a brand new remix of Canadian talent JULY TALK – adding their classic festi-vibe energy to the mix while taking a detour into the realm of hip-hop. This has got to be some sort of moment in Canadian electronic music history.

These guys have been all over the map, working with the likes of Neon Dreams, Matt Mays, and more – keeping it local is what it’s all about.

If you’re a fan of their previous work ie. their smash remix of the Gorillaz or the Knocks, for instance, you’ll love this one:

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Paper Lions – My Number

The east coast is alive with vibrant musicians and producers lately. Paper Lions are a band from PEI that are no exception to this surge of beautiful sounds – drawing influence from such pop heavy-hitters as Tokyo Police Club, etc. the 4-piece indie rock / indietronica group create sounds that are perfect summertime soundtracks.

Intricately layered instrumentation and well-thought lyricism place this group directly at the top of the food-chain as they eat up the Canadian club circuit on their upcoming tour in support of this single and their forthcoming full-length album, Full Colour, set to be released in 2016.

The future bodes well for this young crew, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the coming months.

Upcoming Cross Canada Album Release Tour:

Sep 30 – Charlottetown – Delta Convention Center (1800 cap)
Oct 11 – London – London Music Hall
Oct 12 – Ottawa – Zaphods
Oct 13 – Montreal – Belmont
Oct 15 – Toronto – Mod Club
Nov 25 – Victoria – Luckys
Nov 26 – Vancouver – Biltmore
Nov 29 – Calgary – The Gateway
Nov 30 – Edmonton – Mercury
Dec 2 – Winnipeg – West End Cultural Center

Go here for a free download of My Number:


Four Festivals for 2014

As 2014 fast approaches so do thoughts and dreams of next year’s adventures.  It’s that time of year where we start to think about where the music will take us next. What or better yet where can offer me the best experience possible. Many people search far and wide for that new life changing festival moment that makes them say ‘I was there’ and it’s something we hold dear if we capture it.  So here we take a look at 4 festival from across the globe that are serious contenders for your travel itinerary 2014.

Day Zero – Year One at Chanolandia

Where?  Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
When? January 11 – January 12

The first up on our list is the second inception of the Day Zero festival curated by the Crosstown rebels crew. There isn’t anywhere else on earth you can party next to a Mayan Temple in a sun soaked jungle.  Those who attended last year’s inception have continued to talk about the energy and vibe of the festival. Of course the end of the world paranoia can be attributed to this as it created a sense of ‘This is the party for the end of the world vibe’ but what made it truly special was a carefully crafted line-up.

This year is no exception with Simian Mobile Disco, TEED and label head honcho Damian Lazarus amongst others guiding you through a series of cosmic sounds set to put the crowd into a state of togetherness and connectivity.

CTM Festival

Where? Berlin, Germany
When? January 24 – February 2

For those looking to have their personal boundaries of electronic acceptance pushed next year CTM is worth checking out. CTM dedicates itself to cutting edge and contemporary electronic and experimental music. The auditory and visual range on offer here is diverse to say the least.

Berlin is a hub for experimental music at the moment personified in the on-going series Boiler room berlin and heading there next year is sure to be an eye opener but it certainly isn’t for everyone.  It does however almost guarantee an entirely new experience and with Charles Cohens performance with Rabih Beani headlining its certainly worth thinking about.


snowb Where? Mayrhofen, Austria
When? 7 – 12th April

If you are one for winter fun then Snowboming is an ideal choice. There aren’t many festivals (if any others at all) where you can spend an entire week spending your days sking/boarding, then spending your nights fist pumping to some of the world’s top DJs. The Austrian festival’s line-up is consistently big, perhaps it isnt as forward thinking as other festivals but it sure does bring the big names.

2014s edition sees Carl Cox, Groove Armada, James Zabiela, Daniel Avery, Paul Woolford and many more take to the igloos of Snowbombing to deliver banging 4×4 house and techno all night long. The best part is that there are a range of luxury accommodation available, even some 4*hotels (Check Royal Holiday for the best deals) So no camping in the snow!

Gottwood Festival

Anglesey, Wales
When? 19TH – 22nd June

You might be surpassed to see a festival from of England’s closest neighbours on the list but it’s there for good reason. Many people hop across the atlantic to the UK each year to experience what is arguably the greatest place for electronic music culture in the world. Yet, when people are exposed to the commercial offerings of Creamfields or Global Gathering it can be hard to see what is so different. Enter Gottwood. This small forest residing festival is fast becoming a UK favourite and yet it is still relatively unknown. Gottwood transforms a forest in wales to deliver a truly mind blowing experience that is trippy and delightful to all the senses. This year’s line-up continues on its consistently great form with the likes of Max Coopers, Prosumer, Dense & Pika, Last Magpie and many others taking to the decks.

Best Festivals for 2014

With the summer now officially over the beats, bass and memories of this year’s festivals have almost become a long gone memory. So naturally it’s time to start thinking about where to head to next summer. A lot of focus gets given to the electronica hub that is Europe but what about Canada?

If you’re thinking of jumping on-board an air transat next summer these are 5 festivals you should definitely consider hitting.

MUTEK 2014, Montreal 

Taking place over 4 days MUTEK festival is a collision course of digital art, light creativity and sound and is arguably Canada’s coolest festival. This festival really is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to bleeding edge electronica and it draws thousands of industry professionals, DJs, producers and partygoers alike to its grounds annually.


Each year Avant-garde artists such as Germanys Brandt Brauer Frick, programmers and digital artists are invited to collaborate and perform to blur the lines between video and sound providing an experience that is more than just a music festival. In recent years Richie Hawtin has performed his ground-breaking Plastikman live sets to high appraisal.

  Connect 18, Besant
Set in the secluded hillsides of Saskatchewan is Connect 18 , Canada’s longest running electronic music festival. Sporting no huge a list stars like the previous entries this festival is a dream for those seeking real underground creativity and alternative electronic music. All bases are covered here with breaks, funk, psy-trance and tech house all on offer within an intimate setting that really is like no other.

Connect 18 has a sort of hippy edge to it but in all the right places; people from all walks of life come here to bond rave and create. Notable artists include Shamanic Technology with his bass heavy glitch hop sets or Luis Flores with his German drenched techno.

Digital Dreams 2014, Toronto

Digital Dreams festival apparently is the largest electronic music festival in Canada and with such size comes a line-up equally as big. Last year saw underground artists such as Paco Osuna, Steve Lawler and Toronto’s own Carlo Lio mixed with more cookie cutter artists like Porter Robinson and Mark knight.

digital dreams
That said, the festival offers almost every tempo and energy going with styles ranging from techno to drum and bass to deep house and dubstep all set against the city’s stunning skyline and beautiful shoreline. For sheer magnitude this festival is definitely one to check out.

Veld Music Festival

Veld is a similar offering to digital dreams and also boasts itself as the biggest electronic music festival in Canada.  According to Toronto City Events it draws the biggest names is electronic dance music with the usual heavyweights in full force.

Last year saw the likes of Steve Angello, Deadmau5, Above and beyond all lay down sets at this two day festival to a crowd in excess of 35,00 people.If you’re more on the underground tip this festival probably isn’t for you but for big room house and electro this is a must see.

Shambhala, British Colombia

Taking place in the first week of August on a 500-acre cattle ranch near Nelsom, British Colombia the festival explores all lines of electronic music but with a really heavy stance on Drum and Bass.  By taking place on a farm the festival has a real Glastonbury(UK) vibe to it with art, performance and  music coming together to form a place that seems disconnected from reality.


The stages and décor are unique and it really makes for a trippy mesmerizing experience. The music is on point too with artists ranging from Canadian underground misfits to well know A-listers such as A-track, Plump Djs and loadstar.