by Jo Hayward, OnlyReal Entertainment
This week, I’m showing the locals some love. My pals The BelleRegards have been in the studio and are releasing a new record this fall. If you’ve never heard of them, I highly suggest downloading their free EP, One Word, from their bandcamp. If you enjoy good folk or have a soft spot for a band like Mumford and Sons, then this is music you’ll be happy to hear.
The band members all met at the music school Harris Institute in downtown Toronto and created a 4-piece group consisting of acoustic guitar, violin/fiddle, mandolin and stand up bass, lead by male and female vocals. Their live show isn’t one to miss, as it’s full of energetic, foot stomping tunes to hold a glass to. Like them on Facebook to find out about their upcoming shows and release date for the full length later this fall, and be sure to follow them on Twitter.
A couple months ago, I caught the band Brothers of North at the Horseshoe Tavern. They were opening for the band I went to see and I had never really listened to them before that night. I’m glad I got to the show when I did, otherwise I’d be kicking myself for missing them.
The band put on a great live set full of catchy rock songs and I was eager to find out where I could get some of their music. I was able to listen to a few tracks off their new EP coming out later this month and I’m excited to hear the rest. In the meantime, go download (free or donation) their first single “1990’s” off the new EP. The band’s been getting more attention playing CMW (Canadian Music Week) and NXNE (North by North East) earlier this year, along with other popular venues in Toronto, so make sure you buy the Stolen Cars EP at their release party Friday, August 30th at the El Mocambo. Check them out on Facebook.