Songwriter

M83 synthesizes some stardom

Gonzalez puts keyboards front and centre, and the result is a sold-out Sound Academy. Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Fri May 04 2012 When Anthony Gonzalez was seven years old, he took a hit of Oxygene that changed his life forever. Gathered around their living room with the rest of his family in Antibes, France, the future principal of M83 watched fellow Frenchman, electronic music synthesis and…


Nickelback burns up ACC

  Nick Krewen Special To The Star, Published on Sun Apr 22 2012 Rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be larger than life. Last night at the Air Canada Centre, Nickelback made it seem mammoth. Operating under the notion that bigger is better, the four deans of lustful, bone-crunching rock offered the estimated 14,000 in attendance (and pop star Avril Lavigne) everything that one would expect from a dazzling marvel:…


Of Monsters and Men another Iceland hit

Of Monsters and Men another Iceland hit | Toronto Star Surprising success with “Little Talks,” tour and album for young Arcade Fire fans.   Iceland’s sextet Of Monsters and Men, led in part by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir, top centre, sold out their visit to Toronton and made a surprise trip to the top of the iTunes Canada chart while doing so. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Wed…


Ed Sheeran makes most of an opening

Entertainment / Music Supporting Snow Patrol a career stepping-stone for red-hot Brit singer. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Apr 13 2012 Ed Sheeran, opening a pair of shows for Snow Patrol at Massey Hall next week in what’s destined to be a contemporary role as a warmup act, isn’t afraid to apply a little elbow grease in working his way to the top. In a seemingly short period…


Ingrid Michaelson, as heard on TV

Ingrid Michaelson, as heard on TV | Toronto Star Small-screen dramas and commercials are a big reason why singer’s Phoenix show is sold out.    Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Mon Apr 09 2012 Singer and songwriter Ingrid Michaelson — who performs a sold-out show Tuesday night at the Phoenix — remembers the moment when she crossed the threshold from obscurity to success. Ironically, it wasn’t during…