Nadia Elkharadly: Music Festival – Where dreams and nightmares come true

13 05 2013

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoThis past weekend, my fellow Soundgarden fangirl Emy and I flew down to Washington D.C. to get our quarterly dose of SG music love at the DC 101 Chili Cook Off.  I am definitely no stranger to a music festival; I’ve been to several, both at home and in the U.S. since delving into this music journalist world.  As a result, I’ve developed an idea of what makes a good music festival, and what kind of a clusterfuck a bad one can be.  And let me tell you, DC 101 (a rock radio station in Washington) needs to go back to festival planning school, because they put on a pretty shitty festival.

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Nadia Elkharadly: My Toronto

19 04 2013

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoI’ve often called myself a Toronto snob.  I was born and raised in this city, and no matter where else I go in the world, I’ll always think of it as home.  I love Toronto so very much.  There’s no better reminder of how much I love this city than when visitors from far away places come to the city, and I get a chance to show them my Toronto.  Not the CN Tower, the Skydome (I will never call it by its other corporate name thank you!)  I’m talking about the fun little places that I have come to love, and love showing off to people who come to town.

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descender

19 04 2013

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so ive sorta here and there know of miike snow (swedish pop band – hipstery kinda thang) but it didn’t grab me. until today. because the bands front man Andrew Wyatt‘s upcoming solo album Descender, sounds like it’s going to be jusssst perfect.

check out this video on the making of Descender:

and good news folks… KCRW is streaming the debut album in it’s full length before the official release date (april 16th).

click here for the live stream >
http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/ap/ap130408andrew_wyatt_descend

Teaming up with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Wyatt offers a lush song-cycle full of grand statements made without fatal pretention.  It is unrepentantly pop, but with the kinds of iconoclastic sweeping musical gestures reminiscent of artists like Procol Harum, Sufjan Stevens, Cardinal, David Axelrod and Lee Hazlewood.  The cryptic lyrics cite Vietnam, McDonald’s, goblins, Parisian monuments and “the swimming pool sized steps of the juggernaut”…

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Nadia Elkharadly: Human Respect

19 04 2013

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoI hate the news sometimes.  I know that probably sounds like a vapid and ignorant thing to say, but I truly do.  Purveyors of news of the current events variety strike me as fear mongerers and scandal spreaders far more often than they seem to be sharing actual pertinent information.  But maybe that sentiment is just my attempt at hoping that we live in a better world that we actually do.  Turning on a local news channel, clicking into CBC Newsworld on my blackberry, or listening to newsbreaks in the car on the way home from work; I can’t escape all the truly horrible things that are happening in this world, both near and far.

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Nadia Elkharadly: A Week of Great Music

20 03 2013

My latest column for Bob Segarini’s DON’T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY!

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoIf there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my journey of becoming a…something in this crazy music/entertainment/out of the box industry, it’s that sometimes you can’t do everything by yourself.  There are many times when you just need a little help from your friends.  One of the most recent, frankly one of the nicest examples of that exact thing happened just last night – it was the Bobcast.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Adventures in live music

11 03 2013

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoSometimes the best musical adventures happen by accident.  While I try to stay on top of the musical goings on here in Toronto, things definitely slip past my notice from time to time.  I know, it’s a low down dirty shame, but I am only one person!  There is so much to keep track of, so from time to time a little help from my friends (and the persistence of a few public relations professionals) leads to me having an impromptu night of really great music.  This is the story of how I accidentally snuck into Folk Alliance, without even realizing.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Payin’ the Indie Dues – Singin’ the Indie Blues

11 03 2013

Sometimes I write for this awesome website for the intrepid Mr. Robert Segarini. Check out my latest post!

Segarini: Don't Believe a Word I Say

Nadia LogoHello, my name is Nadia and I’m a music addict.  The past couple of years I’ve been making it my (side) business to learn about, discover and most of all support local music.  I spend more nights out at bars than I do at home, always going out to listen to this or that band, checking out this singer or this guitarist, all to help nurture the thriving music scene we have right here in Toronto.  In doing so, I’ve gotten to know so many bright and talented musicians and artists, some who are just starting out, and some who have been at it for over a decade.  The dedication and perseverance that everyone I meet possesses is inspiring, and I honestly spend a lot time wondering why all of these great people aren’t wildly famous – many of them certainly deserve to be.

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