Upcoming Shows

Hey Everyone !

A few upcoming shows in the GTA to get your spring weekend plans rolling:

-Shad: March 27th, 2015 @ Massey Hall in Toronto, ON

-The Trews: April 1st, 2015 @ The Ale house in Kingston, ON

-OK Go: April 7th, 2015 @ The Pheonix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON

-Alex Cuba: April 10th @ The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre in Toronto, ON

-Damien Rice: April 11th @ Massey Hall in Toronto, ON

-The Tragically Hip: April 14th @ Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON

-2Cellos: April 28th @ Massey Hall in Toronto, ON

-Sufjan Stevens: April 29th @ Massey Hall in Toronto, ON

-Osheaga Line-up: July 31st-August 2nd, 2015 @ Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau

More Shows will be added Weekly !

Cheers,

–Kalyn

Ben Howard “I Forget Where We Were” (2014 Island Records)

Ben Howard fans, anticipating a follow-up to his debut full-length album “Every Kingdom” released in 2011, will find themselves completely fulfilled with his stellar 2014 release, “I Forget Where We Were”.  You can really hear his personal growth as a musician deepen and take stronger roots within these tracks. Both dripping with melancholy and yet painfully hopeful, 27 year-old Howard evokes many poignant feelings through his poetic lyricism and overall album-feel. Stand-out tracks: “Small Things“, the first thing listeners hear on the album, is a heartbreakingly strong and harrowing electric guitar-driven track that sets up the album smoothly & cleanly. With a stirring, enveloping and all-encompassing guitar delay, he captures and almost entrances the listener, then keeps thehqdefaultm locked in with his playful and creative rhythmic phrases within the lyrics. Howard is a storyteller, through and through. His lyrics skip and weave in-and-out of the music in a perfect, smooth-as-glass-partnership. “In Dreams“, a gripping acoustic-heavy song, makes for the ideal soundtrack to running away and never looking back. The title track, “I Forget Where We Were“, delivers on title track status with anthemic and ever-present melancholy in perfect fashion. It simultaneously leaves the listener with their hearts bleeding on the floor, yet air-drumming and belting out the lyrics along with him. The latter half of the album stirs the sleepy and heartbroken parts of the soul with “End of the Affair” and “Evergreen“, then ends the album with a beautifully strong and emotionally-charged “All is Now Harmed“. These tracks all make the listener feeling like they’ve been through a tough but character-building breakup, ready to take on the world with an underlying hopeful nudge from the universe. Overall, this album has embodied emotion with an edge, found in Howard’s atypical electric-guitar driven songs, coupled with in-love yet pained lyrics. An absolute privilege to listen to, Howard will be gaining more and more fans with album releases as strong as this.

–Kalyn

Canadian Artists You Should Know (If You Don’t Already!)

Shout out to the artists from our home and native land !

If you haven’t checked these musicians out yet, add them to your next playlist:

  • Dan Mangan
  • Patrick Watson
  • Leslie Feist
  • David Martel
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Bahamas
  • K-OS
  • Elizabeth Shepherd
  • Land of Talk
  • Sam Roberts Band
  • Monster Truck
  • Emily Haines (of Metric)
  • The Tea Party (Jeff Martin)
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Wintersleep
  • Zeus
  • The Arkells
  • Big Wreck (Ian Thornley)
  • Esthero
  • Pilate
  • Matthew Good
  • The Trews
  • Neverending White Lights
  • Sheepdogs
  • Jason Collett

Our Top 10 Albums

So we thought to give everyone a little glimpse into where our own musical tastes lie, we’d throw together each of our top 10 lists. It was an excruciating process to narrow it down to just 10 but here we go!

Click the album to listen to each of our favourite tracks off of that album.

In no particular order they are:

Kalyn’s Top 10 Albums

Chris’ Top 10 Albums

Welcome !

Welcome to The Broken Chord.

A place to rediscover music. A place to rediscover the music within your soul.

Sometimes, life gets in the way; of our love of music, our passions and our goals.

This is a place to help counteract all of those things through the discovery of a new soundtrack to our lives. We all have our favourite songs, albums and artists who speak to us when we need them most. But how do we find those new songs, albums and artists to get us through new phases in life, when we’re constantly  bombarded with an over saturation of prosaic music from today’s commercial industry.

Our aim is to sift through the mire that is the music industry today. To share our humble opinions on artists, songs and albums, new & old. To share how we feel music.

This is our journey to rediscover the music within our souls.