Happy Music News & Some Sad Music News

Wavelength_Festival_14_logoThe lineup for the 14th annual Wavelength Music Festival was announced earlier this week and once again, it looks like Wavelength will be brightening dreary February with some great bands and discussions.

The fun runs from Thursday, February 13 until Sunday, February 16 at a variety of downtown venues. An all-access pass will run you $49 while tickets to individual shows run from $10 to $25 and are on sale now at the usual spots, as well as online at Ticketfly.com. There are also a couple of free in-store events that feature music and a panel discussion.

Full details, including the lineup, can be found here.

I told Santa that I would like tickets to the Valentine’s Day show at Adelaide Hall that features the always fun (and loud) Marnie Stern and four talented, and varied in sound, Toronto groups: DIANA; Odonis Odonis; Weaves and Matrox. I have not seen any of these artists or yet been to Adelaide Hall so if Santa brings me a ticket to this show, it’ll be a first-filled night for me.

So there’s some happy music news. Now for some sad Toronto music news: The highly respected music blog Chromewaves has officially called it quits. Blog author Frank Yang made the announcement earlier today in a post that’s sure to put a frown on many Toronto music lovers’ faces. With over 11 years of experience, Chromewaves was a great place to get music news, concert listings and new band recommendations. It also regularly held contests including one (tickets to a Diamond Rings record release party at The Garrison) that I actually won.

Chromewaves has been slowing down even since September 2012 when Frank decided to post less frequently. He thought that this new, less structured schedule would allow him to recover from “ general tiredness, industry fatigue, declining metrics, a lack of interest from within and without” but “As it turns out, the slow lane that I supposedly pulled into for the past 16 months wasn’t all that much slower than the fast lane, and it has become evident that my only choices are to either keep my foot on the gas until the needle hit ‘E’ and I flame out spectacularly or to take the next off ramp. And so here we are.”

While I hate to see Chromewaves go, I completely understand where Frank is coming from and personally, I’m amazed that he was able to maintain his blog at the level that he did for so long. It’s truly impressive. Thanks Frank for all of the posts and enjoy all of your new free time!


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