An indie powerhouse in bloom Calgary band debuts new album in collaboration with famed Canadian sound engineers
Oct19

An indie powerhouse in bloom Calgary band debuts new album in collaboration with famed Canadian sound engineers

By: Anisha Rajkumar In late June, a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Ivy” by Raleigh made its way onto Indie88’s list of the best new indie tracks. Raleigh found themselves in the good company of the National, Arcade Fire and St. Vincent. This was not the last time they would find themselves amongst indie heavyweights. Raleigh’s latest album Powerhouse Bloom was produced after attending at art residency curated by members of Broken Social...

Taking a leap Into the Abyss New store by Hamilton record store veteran opens on Locke Street
Oct05

Taking a leap Into the Abyss New store by Hamilton record store veteran opens on Locke Street

An abyss is dark and bottomless. It’s a mysterious place where it’s easy to get lost in nostalgia and deep thoughts. The new record shop on the corner of Locke Street South and Canada Street is just that, but with white walls and friendly faces that will greet you with open arms. After two years of thinking about opening a record shop, Brad Germain and his wife, Jenni Germain, softly opened Into the Abyss during the Locke Street...

Hamilton: The city of music
Oct05

Hamilton: The city of music

There is no doubt that the city of Hamilton has a cultural vibrancy that is recognized by those involved within its various creative industries. In particular, the city is home to globally recognized and independent musical talent who drive the local arts and culture scene, celebrating Hamilton’s long and resilient legacy of music. The Hamilton Music Strategy is an initiative that began nearly four years ago. It seeks to put Hamilton...

Becoming the real-life Be Sharps Adam Carter’s redirects his music career while paying tribute to the music of The Simpsons
Sep28

Becoming the real-life Be Sharps Adam Carter’s redirects his music career while paying tribute to the music of The Simpsons

By: Ryan Tse What do you do when you’ve been watching The Simpsons since childhood, have two Simpsons tattoos, know Simpsons music inside and out and have some newfound free time? You start a band covering Simpsons music. At least, that’s what Adam Carter did by creating the Be Sharps, a rock tribute to the music of the beloved cartoon series. The four-piece rock outfit is made up of: Carter on guitar and vocals, Andrew Bartle on...

Making music safe and sound Hamilton activist group is paving the way for a safer music and arts scene
Sep28

Making music safe and sound Hamilton activist group is paving the way for a safer music and arts scene

Loud music and low lighting are synonymous with the typical night out, but when it comes to educational brochures and resources on crisis intervention, they’re not often the first thing to expect at local venues. Safer Gigs Hamilton is changing that. Booths covered in pamphlets on topics ranging from bystander intervention techniques to zines about consent and resources on mental health have been popping up all over bars and artist...

150 years of resilience: An untold history Exhibit shed light on strong and resilient Indigenous voice
Sep28

150 years of resilience: An untold history Exhibit shed light on strong and resilient Indigenous voice

Studio Arts student Dina Hamed was in her third year Practical Issues course when she was tasked with creating a proposal for an art installation around the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Hamed, who is Canadian born with Egyptian roots, saw similarities between the situation in Palestine and the conflict and trauma Indigenous people have faced, and continue to face in Canada. “What does it mean to celebrate being Canadian? [I...

remove comment tags if you would like footer ads -->