friday faves: summer jams edition

friday faves: summer jam edition


As festival season approaches and an endless stream of new music is hitting the airwaves, we have our ears wide open for this year’s best summer jams. And when we say summer jams we really just mean songs we can’t get enough of – that, sadly, does not include anything by Fun.

1. You may recognize Frazey Ford from The Be Good Tanyas. Her latest solo album, Indian Ocean, is on repeat these days, and her break-up anthem Done is a real highlight. How sassy is that video?  2. Oh, Florence. She’s done it again with her new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Ship to Wreck is the first single, and yep – it’s on repeat too. 3. If you don’t know Alabama Shakes then you, dear friend, are missing out.  We first fell in love in 2012 with the release of their debut album, Boys & Girls. Their performance at Sasquatch Music Festival that year was one for the books, and we can’t wait to see them live at Squamish Valley Music Festival when they tour their new album, Sound & Color. The title track is a beauty.  4. Leave it to Dan Auerbach to make beautiful music with as many musicians as possible. While he’ll be in town with the Black Keys in just a few short weeks (!!!) he’s just announced a new album with The Arcs.  We’re digging this tune, Stay in My Corner.

What your favourite summer jams?

win big (data)

Victoria! We are beyond excited to announce our very first giveaway. You know that catchy as f—k tune Dangerous? We’re giving you and a pal a chance to hear it live! That’s right, we have two tickets to catch Big Data live at Sugar on Friday, April 24th and we’re just itchin’ to give them away. See our super official rules below.

How to enter:

1. Head on over to our Facebook page and like this post (you can like our page while you’re at it, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t).


2. Head on over to our Twitter account and RT this tweet (we’d suggest you follow us there too, but we don’t want to sound needy).

Bonus: If you do steps 1 AND 2, you’ll be entered twice.

That’s it. Seriously!

Contest closes Sunday, April 19th at midnight.

musical q&a: meet Acronyms

What do Joni Mitchell, Wide Mouth Mason, and these four have in common? They’re musicians from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (and we’re pretty sure that’s where the similarities end). Music lovers, meet Acronyms, the latest indie-rock band to hail from the Canadian flat lands. Today marks the start of their first Canadian tour to promote their brand new EP SimpleComplex, and on March 28th they’ll be filling Victoria’s Copper Owl with a sound that has been compared to that of Foals, Radiohead and Tame Impala. We think you’ll like it, but be your own judge and listen to their singles Fake Fear and Parts here and here.

We chatted with singer/guitarist Billy Tataryn (in the glasses) about the band’s biggest dreams and the growing music scene in Saskatoon.

What band (past or present) would you most like to tour with?

Billy Tataryn: I think we can all agree that backing up the king of pop would be tight. Starting the night off with our intergalactic sounds sweep, then parking it on the side stage to watch Michael glide across the stage like a shooting star.

What’s your dream venue?

B: Probably on the back of a semi-truck parading through downtown Manhattan. I think we might pull it off better than those U2 guys.

Where did the name Acronyms come from?

B: Thin air. We literally had a band name before we had the band. Adan and I were school mates in University and would shoot bands names back and forth, Acronyms was one of them. Although we all agree that now having defined a sound for the band that the name, the way it sounds and looks, is reminiscent of the bands identity.

What song are you most excited about on SimpleComplex? Favourite song to play?

B: Parts is one of our favourite songs to start a set with. It’s a nice fast tempo track with catchy chord progressions and melodic hooks that progress through the song tying it together quite nicely. Kingdoms is another favourite track of ours, both on the EP and to play live. It has this repeated descending riff that sorta gives me chills when we’re all full drive tearing it up on the verse – then into the chorus most effects drop off and Tyson breaks in with a tight beat holding us all in the palm of his groove.

You’ve been compared to Tame Impala, Foals and Radiohead… who are your musical inspirations?

B: We mostly inspire each other. Every jam usually starts of with one of us showing the others a new song or band that we’ve been hooked on. We inspire each other by showing one another our musical tastes and preferences.

What’s life in Saskatoon like for a band?

B: Amazing, the music scene although growing is a tight knit group of individuals eager to support each other musical endeavours. We’ve all grown up playing in numerous other groups – it’s nice to get a chance to play with a lot of different people. I think that’s how Acronyms came to be, we eventually worked our way around until we found each other and enjoyed creating together. Since then Saskatoon has been a great place to call home for the band.


friday faves: feel the heat

friday faves: feel the heat


It’s hot. Here are four cool ways to feel the heat.

1. Are you human? Then you know that swimsuit shopping sucks. Vancouver-based Nettle’s Tale gets that, and we love what they stand for – empowering women to not just accept themselves, but sincerely love themselves. They do it with locally made, thoughtfully designed swimsuits for women from all walks of life.  2. We like the idea of a tattoo, but we have commitment issues. Tattly offers awesome temporary tattoos that range from fun and quirky to powerful and beautiful. We love their recent collaboration with the lovelies that are Rifle Paper Co. You might just see us sporting some new ink this summer.  3. Three words: awesome festival hair.  4. These days we’re all about Lykke Li’s latest album, Never Learn. We can’t wait to see her perform at Squamish Valley Music Festival (where we’ll be rockin’ our awesome festival hair).

friday faves

friday faves

1. We’re not so good when it comes to plants, so this simple guide to house plants by designlovefest is just what we need to keep our home green. 2. Stacking rings are our latest obsession. catbird makes the prettiest ones and you can get yours at Violette Boutique. 3. Even those of you who don’t have boards and boards dedicated to white dresses and diamond bling will love following White Peony Bridal Boutique on Pinterest.  We do! 4. This album. Lord Huron’s Lonesome Dreams is on repeat these days.

Happy Friday.