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Kiillswitch Engage gave a killer performance during the second day of Heavy TO 2012! Earlier that day however, we knew not to ask too much of a guitarist who just woke up. A quick, laid back interview with the zany personality of guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz ensued and our interviewer Julie got him to discuss their new-old singer, DIY promotion tips, stealing or not stealing Jägermeister Machines and life on the road.

Heavy TO 2012 brought back Slipknot, and Toronto was more than ready to welcome them. We got to a chance to speak with the ever so outspoken Shawn “Clown” Crahan before their show. Our new interviewer Julie got Clown to open up about the passing of their co-founder and bass player, the arrest of their Lamb of God friend, Knotfest, and so much more. We learn much more about his other projects, and life on the road these days. A candid interview with honest moments from a talented and masked Grammy winner.

Heavy TO… the bands were all fantastic, but the crowd might have been, at times, equally as interesting. From plenty of hot rocker women to mud men making the best of the weather, these pictures reflect the event’s true soul. Dressing to represent and braving the nasty elements that mother nature dished out those two days, these fans were more than willing to share their love of the music in front of my camera. These pictures are stills taken from a forthcoming video titled “Welcome to Heavy TO”, coming here soon. If you missed this event, you missed a coming together of all sorts of people with one common goal… to rock hard and support great music. And that they did!

Fans of alternative rock in Toronto were fortunate enough to have the up and coming English band Band of Skulls roll through town recently for a packed show. The group released their sophomore album Sweet Sour earlier this year which has scored them a major hit with the album’s title track. As a special contributor to PureGrainAudio, our friend Julie was fortunate enough to speak with Band of Skulls bassist and singer Emma Richardson on the day of the Toronto show. The girls discussed various music related issues, including song writing, making the band’s very memorable videos, Emma’s beautiful artwork, life on the road and even a little bit about poutine. Emma was as personable of a musician as you will ever meet, as well as beautiful and amazingly talented.

On Tuesday April 3rd, 2012, Toronto’s own Our Lady Peace played a very special club show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre to celebrate the release of the band’s eighth studio album on the very same day. The band had been at work on Curve for over two years and it has been called OLP’s most experimental work since their 2000 release Spiritual Machines. In the afternoon before the April 3rd show at the Phoenix, PureGrainAudio’s own Aaron Willschick spoke to the band’s bassist Duncan Coutts to learn a little more about Curve and how the band felt about being on a club tour after so many years of arena shows. The interview was filmed by PGA’s videographer extraordinaire Mike Gionet.

On Friday, March 31st, 2012, the day after having performed their song “Sweet Sour” on the David Letterman show, British alternative rock sensations Band of Skulls, graced the Phoenix concert theatere in Toronto, Canada. To our absolute surprise we met with the band in their dressing room prior to the show and were privy to a wonderful, private acoustic session. We actually scored this because another news media source cancelled. The band could have declined, but graciously offered and the end result is this outstanding, intimate acoustic performance of “The Devil Takes Care of His Own”. Special thanks to the crew who were awesome in arranging everything, even making sure the surrounding rooms were quiet for this recording.

On Friday, March 31st, 2012, the day after having performed their song “Sweet Sour” on the David Letterman show, British alternative rock sensations Band of Skulls, graced the Phoenix concert theatere in Toronto, Canada. To our absolute surprise we met with the band in their dressing room prior to the show and were privy to a wonderful, private acoustic session. We actually scored this because another news media source cancelled. The band could have declined, but graciously offered and the end result is this outstanding, intimate acoustic performance of “Sweet Sour”. Special thanks to the crew who were awesome in arranging everything, even making sure the surrounding rooms were quiet for this recording.

On Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 Megadeth rolled through Oshawa, Ontario performing at The GM Centre. They were headlining their fourth North American Gigantour with Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil as openers. Our heavy metaller Chee Kam sat down with bassist Dave Ellefson to discuss their new album Th1rte3n, working with monkeys, religion and much more. Video interview filmed by Mike Gionet of Vids4Net.