StudioFeed Music Documentaries

  1. The first annual Sound In Motion festival saw the likes of multi-talented Montreal-based artist Jean-Patrice Rémillard--who makes music under the moniker of Pheek--rounding out the first group of acts for the festival's opening night.

    We had the opportunity to capture a short interview with Pheek minutes before his set, in which he outlines some of his attitudes regarding live performances and his new approaches to the live show. JP also discussed with us his experiences with the ever-growing "bridge" between Montreal and Toronto in the electronic music community; a creative force he believes to be driven by repression from government arts cuts and other factors. To JP, these unsustainable times foster the highest levels of creativity; an unsustainability which is celebrated by he and his peers.

    Check out our behind-the-scenes look at Pheek's live performance from Sound in Motion 2012. In addition to being a top-quality musician, Pheek is also a mastering engineer, and the man behind Montreal's Archipel Musique -- an important player in Canada's musical ecosystem to say the least.

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  2. The guys of Sandman Viper Command are brothers; not by blood, but by spirit. The four musicians (whose friendships date back to their early high school years in Burlington, Ontario) have been performing extensively in the GTA since the release of their first album, Everybody See This. Since the release of that album years ago, experiences on the road and in the studio have guided the band towards more focused goals; the latest being to complete their newest seven-inch record at The Barn Window studio before embarking on a tour of the North American east coast.

    Rob Janson, the band’s lead vocalist and guitar player, notes that “we’re not a young band anymore…we can’t be making the same mistakes.” Similarly, drummer Matt Meyer expresses that Sandman struggles with the same problems that so many indie bands face, namely that “there are so many bands out there, and there are not a lot of spots, and a lot of people contending for [them].” Despite being a part of an extremely competitive music market where resources are very limited, Sandman Viper Command doesn’t plan on calling it quits any time soon; a testament to their dedication to writing music and being a part of a family.

    Catch Sandman Viper Command live at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 25th in support of the release of Feel is Good.

    Check them out online at:
    http://sandmanvipercommand.com/
    http://facebook.com/sandmanvipercommand
    https://twitter.com/#!/sandmanvc

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  3. While most kids dreamt of being in a rock & roll band-- hunkering down in their garages for band practice with dreams of fame and excess fueling their passion--Jon Maharaj took a more practical approach to his music. Bypassing the smokey garages in order to "spend a few hours by myself in the living room ... just playing scales until they sound right."

    If you're a music lover in Toronto, there's a chance you've seen Jon play, you probably just don't know it. Jon is one of Toronto's busiest freelance bass players and to hear Jon describe it, the life of the working musician, "looks like a day job, which is something so many musicians dread."

    But as the unfulfilled dreams and short life span of so many bands lead players to give up their craft and move on to more traditional careers, Jon is still honing his skills, playing music and paying the bills. You're bound to see him lugging his upright bass around town at some point, he'll be doing so for years to come.

    Check out more of Jon's work Online:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/jonnymah?feature=mhee

    Special thanks to The Rex & David French's Bloomsday band:

    http://www.therex.ca/index.html

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  4. Why do you listen to music? If you are like thousands of other Canadians, your answer may lie in music's perceived ability to regulate your mood - to cheer you up or to calm you down. But is it possible that waves traveling through the air actually hold this awesome power, the power to influence how you are feeling?

    One group of researchers in Toronto is trying to find out.

    The SMART Lab is an interdisciplinary research team based out of Ryerson University that are concerned with questions at the intersection of mind, music and technology. In this study, researchers conduct a study to answer that most fundamental question: is music truly effective in regulating our mood and if so, what types of music are most effective in regulating how we feel?

    We want to hear from you. Join the discussion below and tell us why you listen to music.

    To learn more about this research visit the SMART Lab online at:
    http://www.ryerson.ca/smart/

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  5. Multi-talented Toronto artist Ian Kamau is one of the citys most fascinating creative minds. Ian is an artists in the fullest sense of the word with art acting as an opportunity to both foster conversations on important social issues and at a more personal level, "to change and evolve and transform us".

    While touring across Canada and Europe, Kamau became disillusioned with the music industry, and decided to put his musical projects on hold in order to complete his studies at York University. However, a number of recent releases have signified Kamaus return to music, the most recent of which is his full-length album, One Day Soon, which was released in the fall of 2011.

    For more information on Ian and his music, visit his website at:
    http://www.iankamau.com

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