Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

Hey, I'm Michael Thomas and I am the founder of Grayowl Point.

Review – “Baby” – The Burning Hell

reviewed by Michael Thomas In 2009, a year before the word “Baby” on its own would conjure images of one of Canada’s most reviled pop musicians, The Burning Hell was still a project with Mathias Kom at its centre but … Continue reading

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Review – “Mascarade” – Rose Fargo

reviewed by Michael Thomas If this Montreal trio is what happens when three people spontaneously get together, man oh man do we need to have excellent musicians run into each other more often. I have a theory—musical taste is an ever-changing thing, … Continue reading

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One-on-One with James Irwin

by Michael Thomas James Irwin didn’t get into music until a little later in life, but his prior life experience provided a lot of material for his songs once he got into it. It wasn’t until he was 19 and … Continue reading

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Review – “Vieux Loup” – The Acorn

reviewed by Michael Thomas Sure, The Acorn, Rolf Klausener’s best-known musical project, has been inactive for a while. But since Klausener and company regrouped, it feels both like the act hasn’t changed a bit and completely evolved at the same … Continue reading

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CMW: Rich Aucoin w/ Humans, Pick a Piper, Tora, ROLEMODEL, Glass Gang

by Michael Thomas The Great Hall is a strange place with strange licensing rules, so I was relegated to a balcony for several hours to observe six acts. It was my final night of CMW and it couldn’t have ended … Continue reading

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CMW: Milk & Bone, David Vertesi, Hot Panda, Rococode

by Michael Thomas QB and BC were the order of the night, with one act from the former and three from the latter. My night began with Milk & Bone, playing for the first time ever in Toronto, at the Great … Continue reading

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CMW: James Irwin, Jack Pine and the Fire, Scattered Clouds

by Michael Thomas Thursday night had a whole lot going on, but took some effort to find the gems. My night started at the Cadillac Lounge where James Irwin performed solo. Though the venue was small, the crowd was respectful … Continue reading

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One-on-One with Jessica Jalbert (Faith Healer)

by Michael Thomas A new name doesn’t necessarily mean a new method for Jessica Jalbert, who released the stunningly excellent Cosmic Troubles back in March. Jalbert’s first album was a result of being a part of Edmonton’s fertile music scene (she names … Continue reading

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CMW: T. Nile, The Holy Gasp, Hue

by Michael Thomas Whenever I write on a day of music-festival-going, I try to find some narrative throughline connecting all the acts. Wednesday night was too brief to draw such conclusions, so what I can say is the three bands … Continue reading

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CMW: Megan Bonnell, The WAYO, Programm, Dirty Frigs

by Michael Thomas Let it be said that we don’t need a show to remind everyone that there are some kickass women making music in Toronto. But while a showcase literally called Toronto Women in Music may be a tad … Continue reading

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