Shawna Ballik


Breathe Electric is the brainchild of Chicago, Illinois native Grant Harris. A mix of electronic, rock, pop, and a touch of hip hop, Harris’ music is sure to make fans get up and dance. Although Harris writes and records the music himself, for live performances he enlists the assistance of Kyle Fasel on bass and Aaron Eberly on guitar, ensuring that Breathe Electric’s performance is anything but your average DJ set.

Growing up, I was a pop princess. The most influential bands of my childhood were *N Sync, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, and Five (sorry… 5ive). I lived for the release of Planet Pop, hoping beyond hope that *B-Witched would be on it this time around. I’d say I was lying about all this, but, well, that’d be lying.

Venus Doom (2007)“Leave all behind now to watch her crawl through our dark gardens of insanity She’ll be the light to guide you back home Just give her a kiss worth dying for And open your arms.” These are the opening lyrics to “Venus Doom”, the title track off HIM’s latest release, and they are a good indicator of the mood of the rest of the record: dark, dreary, and depressing. The album features nine tracks, each representing one of the nine circles of Hell as outlined in Dante’s Inferno: people trapped in limbo, the lustful, the gluttonous, the hoarders, the wrathful, the heretics, the violent, the fraudulent, and the traitors.

Neil Young is easily the most influential musician in Canadian history. Born in Toronto in 1945 to sports writer Scott Young and his wife, Rassy, he spent his childhood in Winnipeg before returning to Toronto as an adult. While living in Toronto, he played a wide variety of bars and coffee houses, primarily in the district that is now known as Yorkdale. At this time, Young signed a record contract with Motown as part of the Mynah Birds, which featured Rick James on vocals. The contract, however, fell through in 1966 when James was arrested for draft evasion. Shortly afterwards, Young ventured to Los Angeles with the Mynah Birds’ bassist, Bruce Palmer, to try and establish a career in music. Upon arriving in LA, they formed a band called Buffalo Springfield alongside fellow musicians Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin.

Named for Civ’s record of the same name, Set Your Goals was dubbed by Alternative Press’ Tim Karan as “New Found Glory on eight cans of Red Bull.” That reference alone made me curious, so when I had the opportunity to review their latest album, Mutiny!, I jumped at the chance. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

When a band’s members come from big-name groups like Blink-182, The Offspring, Boxcar Racer, and The Distillers, two things can happen: 1. They will use their collective skills to produce amazing music, wowing fans all over the world, or 2. They will rely on their reputations and past successes in order to maintain their fame. Luckily for fans of Angels & Airwaves, this particular band falls into the first category. Frontman Tom DeLonge…

Ever heard the name Kenny Bridges? No? How about Peter Krpan, Erik Hughes, or Hippy Hughes? Still nothing? Well, know them. And know them well, because these four seemingly average guys are Moneen, and they’re taking the musical world by storm. Armed with an amazing show, catchy tunes, and a sense of humour, they’re changing the world, one note at a time.

Another Silverstein interview? What? No, no it’s not. I mean, yes, it’s with Shane Told, and yes, he’s the frontman for Silverstein… but if you think that’s all this guy has to offer, you’re sadly mistaken. In addition to putting out albums and touring the world, Shane has also found the time to start up his own label, Verona Records. Yeah, exactly. You’re probably wondering the same…

I’d be a liar if I said I was a diehard Hostage Life fan before ever doing this interview. In fact… I’m not positive I’d ever even heard of them. In any case, they put on a wicked show, and I must say… I’m hooked. Over the past four years, Hostage Life – whose members all come from five former Toronto-based bands – have made quite a name for themselves. After sitting…