Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations
Mar31

Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations

When Detour played their set at the Casbah for McMaster’s Battle of the Bands finals this year, they did not expect to win. Although they had supporters in the crowd, they realized that the venue had hit maximum capacity due to the amount of people their competitors drew to the audience. Despite their pessimism, Detour earned a surprise win. Comprised of Emman Alavata, Victor Zhang, Marco Goldblatt and Jaden Raso, the fresh-faced...

Roy Wood$ Brampton native reflects on his rise to OVO Toronto hip hop royalty
Mar17

Roy Wood$ Brampton native reflects on his rise to OVO Toronto hip hop royalty

When Drake dropped “Marvin’s Room” — the lead single off the rapper’s sophomore album, Take Care — in 2011, a then 15-year-old Roy Woods had it on repeat for weeks on end. Years later, it would remain his most-played song on iTunes and become a major influence on his songwriting. Little did Woods know, he would go on to sign under Drake’s label, OVO Sound, collaborate with the “Marvin’s Room” crooner himself, and become a member of...

Nevermore The beloved Baltimore House will be closing at the end of March
Mar17

Nevermore The beloved Baltimore House will be closing at the end of March

The Baltimore House is a bar, nightclub and music venue located in Hamilton’s emerging entertainment district on King William Street. With well-rounded programming often seven nights a week, concert listings of all genres and a cafe and tea room loaded with vintage video game consoles, The Baltimore House has been a staple of entertainment in Hamilton. The past few months have come with whispers of the Baltimore House closing, but on...

You need to watch for Hamilton-based singer-songwriter IsKwé this year Rising Winnipeg-born singer songwriter set to release new album after her most successful year yet
Mar09

You need to watch for Hamilton-based singer-songwriter IsKwé this year Rising Winnipeg-born singer songwriter set to release new album after her most successful year yet

Recently named one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016” by CBC Music, IsKwé is an Irish and Cree/Dene singer-songwriter with an intricate sound that combines electrifying beats and soulful rhythms with poignant, introspective lyrics. Currently based in Hamilton, the Winnipeg-bred artist is known for her fearlessness to weave her political beliefs and cross-cultural influences into both the instrumentation and storytelling of her...

Students sing their hearts out this spring Here is your quick guide to a packed line up of spring McMaster spring productions
Mar02

Students sing their hearts out this spring Here is your quick guide to a packed line up of spring McMaster spring productions

While you may be confronted with all the coursework you neglected over reading week, the rest of this term promises more than just late nights at the library. Spring is nearly upon us, and with the fairer weather comes show season at McMaster for many arts-based initiatives. Students involved in performance arts events, from musicals to a capella spectacles, have spent hundreds of hours rehearsing since September. As the end of the...

Pious Youth Hamilton native devotes last two years to composing alt-rock and neo-psychidelica in his DIY studio
Mar02

Pious Youth Hamilton native devotes last two years to composing alt-rock and neo-psychidelica in his DIY studio

Pious Youth is the heavy, dreary experimental music passion project of Hamilton native, Jack Walker. Since 2015, the electronic shoegaze artist has constructed his own home studio, released four EPs and one full-length project titled Bouquet. After breaking off from group projects, Walker decided to strike out on his own, incorporating his musical idols, favourite movies and personal poems into his haunting production. “I had been...