New mixtape courtesy of Barry from Winnipeg

My dear friend Barry from Winnipeg is back at it again with his latest mixtape called BEARBREATH. Shake what your momma gave you to this one! As an extra treat, you can have this one to keep – downloading straight from the Soundcloud link posted below.

BEARBREATH – Barry from Winnipeg


Contest: Win tickets to Steam Whistle Unsigned

What’s better than a fun-filled contest to kick off the long weekend? To rev up for the latest edition of Steam Whistle Unsigned, happening next Friday April 29th, Torontette is giving away a Steam Whistle Unsigned Prize Pack!! This might just be the best Unsigned line-up to date – Wildlife, Freedom or Death (click to read my interview with them) and The Darcys will all be taking the stage.

Here’s what you gotta do to win: Follow me (@torontetteblog) and Steam Whistle (@steamwhistle) and retweet the following, I can’t wait to see _______ at Steam Whistle Unsigned! via @torontetteblog #UNcontest – filling in the blanks with the band you are most exciting to see.

The Unsigned Prize Pack includes:

  • 2 tickets to the April 29th show
  • 2 Steam Whistle tour vouchers
  • Refreshment tickets
  • Unsigned shirt
  • iPhone sticker

If you don’t have Twitter, just e-mail me with your answer at

The contest starts immediately and will run until next Wednesday April 27th at 11:59 PM EST.

A little insight into Steam Whistle Unsigned: “Unsigned supports talented unconventional musicians with a passion and helps the indie music scene. Steam Whistle feels it’s important to stand out in the crowd and follow your dreams, so we offer as much support to musicians as possible.”

Unsigned has seen amazing talent grace its stage including The Rural Alberta Advantage, Dinosaur Bones, Young Empires, These Electric Lives, and more.

About the bands: 


The Darcys upcoming record is produced by Murray Lightburn of The Dears and if that doesn’t say enough Greg Lawrence (CBC Radio 3) describes The Darcys as “a band that can easily be shortlisted for a future Polaris Prize.”


Wildlife is five, energetic, adventurous, youthful barbarians who recently had a showcase at the Canadian Music Week, and according to Exclaim Magazine are “filled with youthful exuberance and affirming righteousness”.


Freedom or Death decided they are not followers and want to make music that they want to listen to regardless if it gets played on the radio or not. Seems as though the band has good taste with The Wall Street Journal naming Freedom or Death one of CMJ Music Marathon’s 12 best bands.

Song of the day (No. 126): Losers – The Belle Brigade

A little inner reflection with this one. “I don’t want to be laid down, no I don’t want to die knowing, that I spent so much time when I was young, just trying to be a winner.” Take that Charlie Sheen. 

Just can’t get enough of this one. Very Simon & Garfunkel circa the 21st century. Good foot-tapper and those drums…I feel them sync my heart beat.

Losers – The Belle Brigade (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 125): K is for Kelson – Bibio

We all need a lift today. The weather is gloomy, the temperature is far from t-shirt weather and the Easter Weekend is forecasting grey skies and rain. Sorry folks, if I’m the one to break the news to you.

I’m so happy to discover another track that I love by UK producer, Bibio. I hope it lifts your spirits today, like it did mine. I love the artwork of his latest album, ‘Mind Bokeh’ as well. So bubbly bright and cool.

Happy hump day. xo

K Is For Kelson – Bibio (right-click to download)

The original Bibio song that won my heart over. Give it until 1:27:

Show of the Week: Zola Jesus

What do Our Lord Jesus Christ and 19th century French author Emile Zola have in common? They inspired the birth of their lovechild Zola Jesus, otherwise known as Nika Roza Danilova.

Zola Jesus is one of the things that goes bump in the night. But don’t be afraid. From the shadows she creates brooding dark pop that will haunt your dreams and yet you’ll fight to keep from waking just to bury yourself deeper in her gloomy grasp.

She’s playing a show in Toronto on Wednesday night at The Garrison, and you’ll want to catch this progressive black dove making her lusty lo-fi magic on stage. Really there’s no excuse when tickets are only $14 a pop.

If you’re a fan of Florence Welch and Bat for Lashes, there’s a good chance you’ll like little Zola. Listen to two of my favourite songs below or if you like to live on the edge, take my word and meet me at the show Wednesday – get ready to enter an underworld full of mystery, shadowy enchantment and pop with a dark side.

Listen to Night by Zola Jesus:

Listen to Sea Talk by Zola Jesus: 

Song of the day (No. 124): Icarus – White Hinterland

RCRD LBL couldn’t have described it better. This song features “lead songstress Casey Daniel morphing into some sort of mermaid siren, coaxing you down to her underwater basscave.” I’d become a creature of the sea if there was a promise of being draped in this sound.

Listen to Icarus by White Hinterland: 


Icarus – White Hinterland (Right-click to download)

Bravestation’s new video: White Wolves

Bravestation has just released a brand-spanking new video for their song ‘White Wolves’ and Torontette wants to share it with you. Talk about worlds aligning – a friend that I went to high school with is the star of the vid.

Kudos to you BS boys and Sarah! Love it.

White Wolves – Bravestation