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  • Jordan Maahs

Connecticut-based Americana five-piece Parsonsfield has taken up a steady residence at The Royal Alexandra Theatre as the on-stage band for the production of The Heart of Robin Hood, and so we would like to think of them as honorary Torontonians for the time being. Their progressive bluegrass sound draws heavily on folk influences, but this rowdy and animated ensemble is definitely more Trampled By Turtles and Old Crow Medicine Show than it is Mumford & Sons.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 2013 (under their old name, Poor Old Shine), and just released their Afterparty EP in September of last year. Since joining the production of The Heart of Robin Hood, Parsonsfield has done nothing but continue to gain momentum. Tasked with not only playing their original music as the soundtrack for the production, but also providing live background music throughout the show, the ever-creative and original Parsonsfield is able to invent new sounds with a quirky choice (and use) of instruments, including a 20th century pump organ, a thumb piano made out of a gourd, a drum kit outfitted with a bike wheel, and a saw played with a fiddle bow.

The authenticity of their music is carried through to their rustic and rambunctious live performances, where their clear passion for music is undeniably illustrated. The energy and genuine spirit that they bring to their shows is infectious, and you can count on hand-clapping and foot-stomping from opening to encore. Eccentric, engaging, and wickedly entertaining — be sure to check out Parsonsfield while they are still hanging around Toronto.

You can catch them on stage at the Royal Alexandra (8 times a week!) from now until March 29th, or at The Drake Underground this coming Sunday.

Parsonfield is Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), and Erik Hischmann (drums).

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  • Jordan Maahs

“Take Me To Church” singer Hozier played Massey Hall in Toronto this past Monday, still touring his wickedly successful self-titled debut album. Though the indie Irishman, who will be returning to Canada to play WayHome Festival in July, has not released any new original material since his first album, he took to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to perform an unusual (but awesome!) cover. Watch Hozier’s creative take on Ariana Grande’s “Problem”.

#hozier #takemetochurch #masseyhall #arianagrande #problem #cover #bbcradio1 #musicvideo #wayhomefestival #livelounge #poprock #pop

  • Jordan Maahs

Ontario music fans have been buzzing since the Bonnaroo-affiliated WayHome Festival announced it would be heading North and taking up residence at Burl’s Creek in Barrie. The lineup has some international heavy hitters, including headliners Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, and Alt-J in addition to indie darlings like Hozier and Vance Joy. There is also plenty of homegrown talent on the bill, such as The Sheepdogs, Hey! Rosetta, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and many others. Of course, the names in particularly large font at the top of festival lineups normally garner the most attention—but what about the little guys? Just because their names may be written in smaller font, it doesn’t mean that they should be overlooked. Every act has to start somewhere, and in this week’s artist feature, we are starting from the bottom (of the WayHome Festival lineup). Take a look at: For Esmé.

Toronto electro-pop three-piece For Esmé released their first self-titled album in 2013, and now the band is gaining some serious momentum. 2015 looks like it’s going to be a massive year for them, with the release of Sugar, their sophomore record due out later this spring, just ahead of their performance at WayHome festival in July. The first single from their upcoming second album, “Just Yet”, was released earlier this month, and it is an exciting and exceptional preview of what is sure to be a strong album. For Esmé is electro-pop that is a little more Regina Specktor and Lana Del Ray than it is Crystal Castles. Somehow managing to be beautifully-ethereal and infectiously-dancey at the same time, For Esmé's unique sound is poised to take them far this year. Make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming tour dates and check out their single below, because this band is going places and you are definitely going to want to say that you “knew them before they were famous”.

https://soundcloud.com/foresmeforever/02-just-yet

#wayhome #foresme #burlscreek #samsmith #altj #hozier #vancejoy #sheepdogs #bonnaroo #electropop #pop #festival #barrie #kendricklamar #heyrosetta #sugar #justyet #reginaspecktor #lanadelray #crystalcastles #ethereal #indiepop

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