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SASSYTIDBITS | December 17, 2017

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Same Seven: Craig Quentin McCann, Wounds

October 13, 2014 |

We often we ask people the same seven questions. It’s surprising how easily some people over share, how many like the same things and other times they really don’t have much to say. This time, please meet one forth of … Read More

Review: Marketa Irglova

October 11, 2014 |

We confess, right from the start, we loved the Marketa Irglova’s show at the Mod Club in Toronto on October 9.

If her name isn’t familiar to you, it is likely her musical accomplishments are. Marketa’s band, The Swell Season, … Read More

POP Montreal 2014: 9 Picks Off The Beaten Path

September 17, 2014 |

POP Montreal starts today and if you’re going, you’ve got some tough decisions to make. How will you ever make those important picks you ask? Fear not: SASSYTIDBITS is taking the ‘off the beaten path’ approach and looking at acts playing smaller … Read More

Riot Fest 2014 – Toronto

September 12, 2014 |

This past weekend Riot Fest 2014 stomped into and through the Toronto mud. From SASSYTIDBITS’ perspective, this is what we saw and heard, in three lines or less (sometimes more), of the artists we caught, and some artists we didn’t.

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NXNE 2013: 16 picks, Off The Beaten Path

June 12, 2013 |


NXNE 2013 is upon us.  Everyone wants your attention. Without a doubt the buzz of ‘what’s hot’ and ‘the places to be seen at’ are deafening.  SASSYTIDBITS is taking the ‘off the beaten path’ approach and looking at acts playing smaller clubs, earlier time slots or picked just because we like them. Here are 16 artists that we believe are worth checking out. Read More

I Play Records – Vol 7: THE PRETENDERS first LP

June 12, 2013 |

I was just in my local record emporium, Eastside Records in Tempe, AZ, with a friend, and Michael, the energetic owner, said he was copying some music to work out to. Lo and behold, he was playing the Pretenders first LP, a verified classic that I still listen to and play songs from when I play out. I told my friend if she didn’t have that LP, she should buy it straightaway, and she’d thank me for it later. It was $2.99 – the record isn’t really rare, but it’s essential.

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Same Seven: The Milk Carton Kids

April 27, 2013 |

Every week we ask people the same seven questions

This week meet:

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan

The Milk Carton Kids

Eagle Rock, CA

“gorgeous contemporary folk”  – NPR

“A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals”    – New York Times Read More

So, This Happened: Patti Smith

March 31, 2013 |

So, This Happened; Three nights of pure bliss with Patti Smith

March 7, 2013; Patti Smith – An Evening of Words and Song at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Was the perfect balance of  songs and reading from Just Kids. As I hadn’t seen her perform live for several years, my anticipation ran high and even as this was a small setting, she didn’t disappoint.

March 8, 2013 –  Dream of Life film screening + Q & A at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Patti and the director Steven Sebring greeted us before things started and talked about the inception of the film. I hadn’t seen this film before so was hoping for exactly what we got – an intimate (but not overly intrusive) peek into the life of this mother, painter, poet, musician and activist.

March 9, 2013 – Patti Smith Live with Jesse Paris Smith,  Jackson Smith and Tony Shanahan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. A sold out show that I was fortunate to have good friends go out of their way to ensure I could attend was a gift on many levels and ultimately the icing on top of an already delicious cake. Read More

Same Seven: Chris Hooper, The Grapes of Wrath

March 21, 2013 |

ChrisHooperEvery week we ask people the same seven questions

This week meet:

Chris Hooper

Video Director/Editor/Part-time Drummer

Vancouver, BC

  1. Where are you?
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  2. If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
    I guess our (The Grapes of Wrath) new album High Road. I like it and I need to practise the songs so I can play them live!
  3. What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment?
    Watching movies on-line.
  4. What kind of art do you live with?
    Original art by painter/photographer friends. I also collected original film posters as teenager and have a few of them on the walls. Read More

CMW 2013: Off The Beaten Path

March 20, 2013 |
Sóley Photo credit: Anne Peeters

Sóley Photo credit: Anne Peeters

Canadian Music Week 2013 is upon us with Metric, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Coheed & Cambria, Serena Ryder, and others playing.  Label, agency and management showcases are booked in clubs and hotel suites. Everyone wants your attention. Without a doubt the buzz of ‘what’s hot’ and ‘the shows to be seen at’ are deafening.  SASSYTIDBITS is taking the ‘off the beaten path’ approach and looking at acts playing smaller clubs.  Here are 12 artists that we believe might surprise you.


Who:  Esben Svane

Where:  Cameron House (Backroom) Wednesday @ 8pm or Lounge Bar (Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre) @ 7:30pm

From: Copenhagen, Denmark

Why:  60’s Greenwich Village folk by a handsome Danish song writer in 2013.

Who: Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 band

Where: Clinton’s Tavern @11PM

From: Tokyo, Japan

Why: Instrumental group fusing jazz, classical and rock and other genres. And all things Japanese are way cool.

Who: Leif Vollebekk

Where: Rivoli, Wednesday @11:30PM and Lounge Bar Marriott Hotel, Thursday @9PM

From: Montreal, QC

Why:  Americana Folk by way of Montreal, Manhattan, Woodstock NY & Paris. Inspired by his musical heroes Gillian Welch & Ryan Adams. Read More

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