in our ears: six albums we have on repeat

Junip by JunipHoly Fire by FoalsAncient Mars by The ZolasPure Herione by LordeAM by Arctic MonkeysFear Fun by Father John Misty

Rifflandia 101, chapter 2

Most of the time we think we’d kill at musical Jeopardy, but we have to admit that there are several acts on the Rifflandia 2013 bill we’ve never heard of.  Feeling a little sheepish, we did some homework and gave these bands a listen.  Here are three tunes we fell in love with at first play.

1. Hey Judas, Fine Times

2. Blank Maps, Cold Specks

3. Into the Atmosphere, Dusted

Go ahead, talk about these bands as if you’ve been a fan since their first EP.  We won’t tell.

Rifflandia invades Victoria September 12th to 13th, 2013. Get your tickets at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, The Royal MacPherson Theaters Society, or online.

Missed Rifflandia 101, chapter 1?  Catch up here.

Rifflandia 101, chapter 1

If you’ve ever worn the much coveted Rifflandia wristband we don’t need to tell you that Rifflandia is better than Christmas.  We don’t need to describe the way our little westcoast city erupts into the coolest, happiest, most vibrant place on earth for 4 straight days.  You already know that Rifflandia is musical magic and that’s why you snagged your Early Bird tickets months ago, before the lineup was released.  And oh what a lineup it is!  Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Hot Hot Heat, Matt & Kim, and Death From Above 1979  are just a few of the bands that will be lighting up Royal Athletic Park and venues all over the city September 12th to 15th.

We’re currently making our way through the list, picking out a few of our favourite tunes to share with you.   Check out Vance Joy, St. Lucia, and the Belle Game.

Vance Joy, Riptide

St. Lucia, Before the Dive

The Belle Game, Wait Up For You

Don’t have a ticket? Don’t fret.  Rifflandia 2013 Super Passes and VIP Passes go on sale today at 10am sharp.  Get yours at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, The Royal MacPherson Theaters Society, or online.

Stay tuned, festival lovers!  We have more Rifflandia posts to come.

oh canada

We have plenty to be proud of here in our northern paradise; maple syrup, flannel, woodland creatures, canoes, and a whole whack of talented musicians.  We put together a little true north playlist to get you in the Canada Day spirit.  Give it a listen and have a spectacular long weekend, Canada!

1. What I Wouldn’t Do – Serena Ryder

2. Time Breaks Down – Bend Sinister

3. Knot In My Heart – The Zolas

4. Elephant – Hannah Georgas

5. I Got You Babe – Bahamas

6. Firecracker ft. Esthero – Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

7. Do the Doot Da Doot Doo – Hollerado

8. Pretty Lies – The Dudes

9. Book Club – Arkells

10. Lose It – Austra

11. Avec Mes Mecs – Humans

12. It – Rich Aucoin

Find the complete playlist here.

festival forecast

Summer is officially upon us and festival season has finally arrived!  Here’s a quick look at just a few of the amazing events happening around Victoria this summer.

VIC Fest kicks off it’s third year tonight at St. Anne’s Academy.  The Vancouver Island Cultural Festival runs until Saturday night and features over 15 local music acts, art installations from Wolf/Sheep gallery, and intimate songwriter workshops and circles.  With more than 20 Island-based breweries and wineries and 10 local food vendors at the kid-friendly fest, VIC Fest truly is a celebration of Vancouver Island’s finest.  Tickets for both days are $55 and can be purchased online at  Single day passes are also available.

Tall Tree Music Festival is only a week away.  The 4th annual Tall Tree runs June 28th to June 30th on Browns Mountain in beautiful Port Renfrew.  The festival presents bands from all over the province and beyond, and boasts plenty of Victoria favourites like Mindil Beach Markets, Towers and Trees, and Sunhawk.  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s holiday!  Fun fact: proceeds from the non-profit event go to the Tall Tree Festival Society in support of local charitable organizations, like the Ancient Forest Alliance.  Get three days of music and camping for just $129 – check out for details.

Rock of the Woods celebrates its third year July 26th to July 28th in the Cowichan Valley community of Glenora.  This year’s festival takes place at the Godfrey Brownwell Winery, a 60 acre farm with 12 acres of active grape production and 30 acres of a sustainable managed forest and a salmon creek – the perfect place to enjoy sunshine and over 25 different music acts and DJs!  The impressive line up includes The Cave Singers, Hannah Georgas, Acres of Lions, Mat the Alien, and many, many more.  A three day pass with camping can be purchased for $125.  Visit for all of your ticket options.

We’ll see you out there, Victoria!