Music news from Toronto and beyond. Profiles on your favorite local bands and coverage of local gigs. Featuring columns by Jeff Jones.

That Choir

“Wow, That Choir is great!”…...

That Choir is comprised of 26 singers from all different backgrounds; classical and pop vocalists, theatre artists, teachers, arts educators and administrators, publicists, bankers; we run the gamut. What brings us together is a deep love of choral music and singing. Our performance emphasis is on contemporary choral music, by composers such as Eric Whitacre,... More


Jeff Jones highlights Music City North: Kensi...

So, as many of you know, in addition to being an intrepid music writer and a motivated (to say the least) fan of music, I’m also a musician. I play guitar, I write and I sing. I do all of this in Toronto, where I live. And, at the risk of sinking into the morass... More

Janelle Monae

Artist Review: Janelle Monáe

Pop music, if at all successful at its stated job, should be difficult to dislike. This is, to be sure, not to say that all pop music is good or even listenable, just because it’s popular. Now that pop has switched from an assessment of performance to a genre title the game is a bit... More


Band review: Beyond the Mountain

Beyond the Mountain   There’s just a whole lot to like about Beyond the Mountain. This rootsy trio from Toronto has soulful vocals, heartfelt songs, a great, honest feel and…cello. A freakin’ cello! I loves me a cello, I am a little biased. I also had a friend who used to call a well placed... More

Dancing Masthead

Dancing About Poetry: What could have been

Popular music is littered with stories of what could have been. The medium itself has arguably leveraged hope and dreams for profit so it seems fitting that it would be inordinately effected by the loss of this same hope. On February 3rd in 1959, a small plane went down in a storm near Clear Lake,... More

Shine down

Jeff Jones brings us a taste of Shinedown

In my first column for Swept, I lamented the end of the radio as a meeting place for music lovers and what that would mean for the discovery of new music. I suppose one of my goals here at Swept is to spread the word about music I come across that might be your thing.... More

Dancing Masthead

Dancing About Poetry: Music heals

“One good thing about music; when it hits, you feel no pain.” - Bob Marley Music seems to have the power to heal. Maybe not always, certainly not completely, and obviously more mentally than physically. At least, I know it does for me. Actually, I know it does for you, too. In 2001, a study... More


Goodnight, Sunrise. Give them a listen. You...

In the spirit of the previous column about introductions, let me introduce you to a great new rock band with a classic feel. Goodnight, Sunrise has a warm, dirty rock sound that sits over a tight groove. With shared lead vocals, a keytar and plenty of heart they evoke the ’70s for sure, but they are... More

Dancing Masthead

Dancing About Poetry #1: To begin with, let...

Hey, that #1 up there looks pretty good. The start of something good, perhaps? So fresh and new…but a little bit daunting too. Now, I don’t mean to begin by hurling aspersions at the inherent wisdom of iconic 80’s pop/rock wisdom but the hardest part for me has never been the waiting. Waiting is building.... More


Sandra Bouza & Redbrick

If ever you find yourself searching for music to somehow soothe your mind yet still shake your booty, look no further than Redbrick. This stripped-down, deep soul outfit will take you there. Take a few minutes and listen to them doing their thing at The Central in Toronto. You’ll be glad you did.  ... More

Jeff Jones welcomes music columnist Jeff J...

By way of introduction let me say this: I love music. It’s really this simple. Truly, madly and deeply. Love. I often struggle to express this, precisely because of its simplicity. Walls don’t break and skies don’t fall; the world turns and life keeps on keepin’ on. Yet, through the chaos of any given day... More

3v 4

Three guys, ten+ instruments, one dream

Not all people have this thing called passion. It’s a powerful force that lies within. It forces you to face your fears, pushes you to success, and brings you an indescribable and overwhelming sense of joy. Left with nothing but the drive to succeed, 3Versatile, a Toronto-based band, have committed their lives to the hopeful... More