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CMF Quick & Dirty: Reuben and the Dark

Reuben and the Dark is a project coming from Calgary’s own Reuben Bullock.  He has created a quartet of soaring harmonies, beautiful melodies, layered texture making up an honest indie rock sound.

This quartet will take you on a journey throughout the human heart serving you raw emotions into song and making every show an adventure.

I had the opportunity to sit down to give Reuben Bullock the Pink Mafia CMW Quick and Dirty but also review his show at the 159 Manning MUSI and Lame Frame event.

(1) What is your favourite thing about playing Canadian Music Fest?

All the people. It’s nice coming to a new city and getting to see all the activity. Lots of things going on… It’s a little crazy, but good to see so many people out every night.

(2) What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you while you’ve been on tour?

We played a show in Vancouver that bombed. It’s the only time I’ve ever walked out on a show. We were double booked with a bunch of punk rock bands… I was quitting smoking, and on edge. We only played three songs, during which I ended up breaking a string, breaking someone’s guitar drinking in the audience… It was really messy.

(3) Are there any bands you would really love to see during Canadian Music Fest?

We’ve been real busy, but we played a show with Besnard Lakes, I liked those guys. Looking forward to (Michael) Rault’s set to, this afternoon.

(4) Why should people listen to Reuben and the Dark?

I don’t know… If they like it, they should listen. We put a lot into this music. It’s always nice to have someone listening.


So did Reuben’s co-sign of his music live up to the Pink Mafia seal of approval?  Getting to watch the quartet in the living room of 159 Manning was not only beautiful but showed a group of guys that exhibited a deep passion for the music they were playing.

The band’s sound of indie folk rock is slow, comforting and emotional. You feel an energy in Reuben’s booming voice that creates soul and expresses the deepest heartfelt emotion.  You felt as if Reuben was singing directly to you in this small living room show. He created a cute little banter between the crowd cracking very bad jokes and interacting as much as possible.

If you haven’t checked out Reuben and the Dark, this is definitely a band to watch and check out.

Photos by Yuli Scheidt

CMF Quick & Dirty: Michael Rault

Michael Rault, from Edmonton, brings to you a vintage indie sound that blends all things past with present.  He has developed his own brand of psychedelic country blues boogie that will leave you stomping your foot.  His sound is one you simply cannot dislike.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael at the 159 Manning MUSI and Last Frame event to provide him with the Pink Mafia Quick and Dirty.  Here were the results:

(1) What is your favourite thing about playing Canadian Music Fest?

Since I’m new to Toronto (I just moved here recently from Edmonton), it is really nice to run into a lot of friends.  You know, there will be a lot of my fellow Edmonton ex-pats here and this entire week will just turn into one big party.

(2) What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you while you’ve been on tour?

So I had just gotten my learning licenses and we were driving along the Trans Canada Highway.  Everyone was taking turns driving and everyone has passed out.  But I mean, according to the law, my frontside passenger was awake (wink).  So we’re coming around this bend and there is a HUGE flock of birds that comes out of nowhere.  I didn’t really know what to do because I couldn’t really stop in the middle of the highway.  I don’t think I ended up killing a bird, but it was definitely a sight and I was totally freaked out.

(3) What is the best thing about playing a festival like Canadian Music Fest?

It is really great for exposure.  You get to play great gigs like this one, where it is small and intimate in someone’s house.  My manager just asked me if I’d be interested in playing the show and I said, “Hell ya.”  So here I am.

(4) Are there any bands you would really love to see during Canadian Music Fest?

Mac Demarco.  Peter who plays guitar for Mac’s band use to play guitar in my band.  We all kinda grew up in Edmonton together. So we keep telling each other we’re going to see each other play.  But it’s like ships passing in the night.

(5) Why should people listen to Michael Rault?

If you enjoy chilled out psychedelic and old school rock & roll, then you’re going to like my sound.  I think people will enjoy what they hear if they take a moment to stop and listen.

Photos by Yuli Scheidt

CMF Quick & Dirty: Zoo Legacy

Formed in Ottawa,  Zoo Legacy is a band best described as the successful union of hip hop, rock and party anthems.  The group, which consists of front man Nick Pouponneau and Mark Milloy, Dominic and Samuel Goss, have started to make their mark on Canadian music thusfar having played big festivals and providing festival goers with unique flavah and sound.

I met up with them prior to their show at the SOHO HOUSE and gave them the Quick and Dirty CMW:

(1) So what is your favourite thing about playing a festival like Canadian Music Week?

The best thing about playing a festival like this is just getting to be out there live and seeing the crowd react.  So many times, you’re playing in new venues and you don’t know what to expect.  It’s that buzz that you get of the unknown from the crowd and that you might garner some new fans from that.

(2) What is the weirdest thing you’ve had happen to you on tour?  I have heard from Lin (your manager) that you’re tour van can get pretty smelly.

(band laughs) It’s dirty and it can get smelly.  But weirdest thing?  Just recently we have been working on our new album and we shot a video in New York City.  So we had all this UV face-paint all over our face, like flames and devil markings.  Just weird random things for the video.

The video is wrapped for the day and we decide to go out to a club.  So inside the club Nick (the lead singer) keeps getting all these really strange looks. So he asks us if anything is wrong and we tell him, “Nah man. You’re good.”  But meanwhile, there is a blacklight inside the club and he forgot to wash a big neon flame off of his face.

(3) Are there any bands you would like to see during your Canadian Music Week experience?

The thing is, it goes by so quickly and we don’t have that much time to get out besides our own showcase.  We’re really excited (and privileged) to be playing with the Airplane Boys.  It would have been nice to see A$AP Rocky the other night, which isn’t really a part of Canadian Music Week.  We got to hang out with him and Snoop Dogg when we played Ottawa Bluesfest. So that was something.

(4) Why should people listen to Zoo Legacy?

Because we’re fucking awesome!  Ha, don’t print that.  But really, I think it’s because we’re bringing a whole new type of fusion.  It’s the direction music is going right now, with hip hop and indie rock.  Zoo Legacy is just bringing you the best of both worlds.

Photos by Yuli Scheidt

Album Review: The Strokes – Comedown Machine


This is It was probably one of the most seminal albums of the early 2000′s. The Strokes lead the pack in the garage band boom, and seemed to have more staying power than most of the other ‘The’ bands (The Vines, The Hives, The White Stripes, The Datsuns…).

Canadian Music Festival: March 20-24, 2013 – The Reviews Are In

Canadian Music Week (or Fest, whatever you want to call it) took a lot of turd polishing before the gems could really be found.  That is saying something for a festival with over 1,000 artists in 60 venues.   Like that Slagging Off Tumblr that went viral over the CMW weekend, we were asking: is this the state of Canadian Music?

But not all was lost — as we did see some amazing acts who kept us happy, healthy and spirited.

Rihanna & ASAP Rocky @ The ACC: Diamonds

I’d say I’m not a huge fan of Rihanna but after tonight’s performance at the Air Canada Centre I truly respect her craft.

Rihanna’s beauty is breath taking from the moment she steps on stage….DAMN THOSE ABS! I can go on about her beauty, but I won’t. She may not be a strong dancer but man she’s working that stage HARD. Her interaction with the audience is mesmerizing. It’s almost as though she is speaking to each and every one of us and truly cares about Toronto. Who knows if this is all an act of if she really is this genuine. Regardless I was touched.

BAZZUL Studios for L A B & iD Debut Collection

BAZZUL Studios in collaboration with L A B & iD, would like to announce the launch of their latest collection. This collection is the little sister to BAZZUL’s capsule collection of denim and ready-to-wear set to launch Spring/Summer 2014.

BAZZUL for L A B & iD is a collection of simple quality pieces with unmistakable style. The focus of this line is the ease in wear and care with focused attention on quality and durability. These pieces are easy to pack with no ironing or dry cleaning needed. The line consists of classic silhouettes that can be styled to compliment a wide range of personal style.  All of the garments are made right here in Toronto supporting the ever dwindling clothing manufacturing market in Canada.

Love what you’re hearing? Can’t wait to make this collection your own? Check out to purchase your favorites.  Into the brand and craving more? Head over to

Get ready to party  April 5 at the official launch party for BAZZUL for LAB & iD at 1307 Dundas Street West. Come down and show us how you wear your BAZZUL!
Follow through, and download the L A B & iD for BAZZUL Mixtape “Sprang FeevR”

Canadian Music Fest & CMW – Your Guide to the 4AM Last Call

With over 1,000 artists in 60 venues over 6 days, it could only be one time of year: Canadian Music Week.  From March 19-24, 2013 – Pink Mafia has you covered with all the haps for bars to get yo’ drank on til’ 4AM.

Canadian Music Fest & CMW – Your Must See Bands & Shows of 2013

Canadian Music Fest (CMW) is here once again and as always, the shows have just gotten better with an better array of talented artists.

The event, which has been taking place for over 30 years, spans over five days and nights of performances with over 1,000 artists in 60 venues.  Your time is precious and us ladies at Pink Mafia appreciate that.  In order to capitalize on your time, we’ve decide to give you our “Must See” list of 2013.

Fresh New Music – Wild Belle + Arts & Crafts 2003-2013

Spring is finally around the corner, and to herald it’s arrival you should definitely refresh your playlist. We got the chance to listen to both Wild Belle’s debut album, Isles, due for release on March 12th and the 10 year retrospective by prolific Toronto music label Arts & Crafts,  called Arts & Crafts 2003-2013. Check out our thoughts after the jump.

Some Videos from Princess Magrat

I have a cousin who literally sits on all day long looking at the best new videos long before we, the public, care about them.

Here’s what I got this week

MTown-White Impala ft. Smooth x Ramel Shakur (sounds like A$AP Rocky)


Bones-Water (sounds like Bone Thugs)

From the curator about Bones: “ but honestly the first time i heard him and some of the producers he chose to work with i was like WOAH cus they sample so many veterans of tunes i go crazy for but mooshes them all together into some big ol soup of memphis/west coast sound but like 808 added and now this like “trill wave” and other just enchanted forests sounds but with fairies drinking lean or something ha.”-Princess Magrat

Dillon Francis ‘World Turr’ invades Toronto

In just a month, EDM’s dreamboat prankster Dillon Francis is set to take the stage at the Hoxton (March 28, 2013) as part of his new “Wurld Turr” he put together, exclusively for North America.

Known for his goofy videos, love of all things cats & tacos and being one of the Kings of Moombahton, Francis has promised to play an eclectic set that includes a lot of “Tiesto” to massive crowds of ravers who attend the ‘World Turr’ show.  Opening up for Francis will be Fool’s Gold Records, Oliver who has just released his new EP.

Tickets are still available for the Toronto show thru all the regular outlets (Rotate, Soundscapes, etc.) at $20 a pop.  Don’t miss out on all the fun.

Best/Worst Christmas Albums

As you may have noticed, Christmas is upon us. Enter any mall and your ears are assaulted with bizarre renditions of our favorite holiday classics. I don’t recall wanting to hear the Afro-Jazz version of Jingle-Bells, but it exists. For those with a more selective approach to Christmas tunes, I’ve compiled reviews of some recent Christmas albums, and one classic. In the holiday spirit, I’ve decided to rank them with snowflakes. 10 being the most Christmassy of all, and 1 being abysmal, bile inducing crap.



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