Posts By: Blake Morneau

Dawn Pemberton and the roots of Vancouver soul

With all the indie rock and EDM emanating from the musical hotbed that is the Canadian West Coast, it’s easy to forget that the coast is also fertile ground for genres that often go overlooked in this part of the world. Dawn Pemberton is out here holding it down and doing much of the heavy… Read more »

Dâm-Funk speaks ‘from the gut’

Editor’s note: Parts of this interview have been edited for clarity. Think of all the times you’ve asked someone what their favourite kind of music is. How many of those people said “funk?” Why don’t more people give that answer? It’s how many of us describe the songs that make us dance. Funk is at… Read more »

Isobel Trigger locked and loaded

Dressed like a band ready to glam-rock the hell out of anyone within ear shot (special shout-out to guitarist to Brett Faulkner on his amazing ‘80s spandex exercise/headband combo), the band blew through a set that featured a few new songs but mainly took from last year’s impressive debut, Nocturnal.

From D.C. to B.C.

Fort Knox Five finds a second home If you’ve spent any time in the West Coast EDM scene in the last decade, chances are you’ve run across Fort Knox Five. Leaders in the ever-strengthening funk and breaks scene, Fort Knox Five embody much of what the West Coast sound is known for. Even though they… Read more »

Legendary DJ Mark Farina behind Mushroom Jazz

In the world of DJs, Mark Farina is something of a legend. A leader during the rise of house music in the late ‘80s, Farina has etched himself a spot in the pantheon of all-time greats. From playing epic eight-hour set brick parties in Chicago to diplomatic events in foreign countries, Farina has travelled far… Read more »

Canadian DJ The Gaff balances more than music

Mike Gaffney (better known as The Gaff) is one of Canada’s pre-eminent sources of funky good tunes, and he is a man of many passions. While many know him as a DJ extraordinaire, he reaches far beyond the party sets that have made him a mainstay in the DJ community. “I was a sponsored skateboarder… Read more »

The Mad Caddies celebrate 20 years of music

For 20 years now, California ska outfit the Mad Caddies have been bringing their genre-boundless grooves to the masses. When I caught up with frontman Chuck Robertson to talk about this momentous year for the band he’s called home the last two decades, there was a palpable sense of triumph in his voice. “It’s incredible…. Read more »