SPILL MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTORS
Born and raised in Whitby, Aaron discovered music through his love of The Beatles. This led to a career in radio, writing for various publications, and ultimately a radio show about The Beatles (Beatles Universe), which ran for over four years. When not immersed in music, Aaron enjoys spending time with the loves of his life -- his wife Andrea, and daughters Emily and Linda (all of whom have an intense love of music too).
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Aaron Badgley and Bryan Williston grew up in the same small town in southern Ontario. They did not meet until they were adults, but became friends despite a bitter cross-town rivalry between their respective high schools. Their mutual love of music and radio brought them together all those years ago, and it was responsible for their re-acquaintance in recent years, writing for Spill Magazine.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Ever since a young age I have been obsessed with music. As a songwriter myself, I like to dissect songs when I listen to them. When I studied abroad in the UK, I started writing album reviews for the Student Playlist and ever since then I’ve been wanting to pick it up again.
My name is Aldo Saltos but I go by Sonny. Just a born and raised New Yorker combining my passion for music and writing, seeing where it takes me.
Alex is a music and film writer based in Seattle, WA. His work can be found regularly at The Young Folks and Beats Per Minute.
Alex was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but has until now spent most of her adult life moonlighting as a music journalist in Sydney, Australia. If her Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, and Rolling Stones tattoos aren't a tip-off, she's a lover of all things rock and roll, and, should writing/journalism not pan out, intends to fall back on her laurels and marry Robert Plant.
Alyson is a writer, content marketer and social media manager in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Communications from the University of Winnipeg and runs her own business providing businesses and individuals with copyrighting services, and content marketing strategies and management. When not online she can be found gardening, riding her bike or sipping fancy coffee.
Andre has been writing for The Spill Magazine for over 12 years, dating back to the print days. His passion for music goes far beyond writing reviews for new music and live concerts, he is also an active musician and producer on the Canadian music scene. Having toured North America and Europe with various acts, he is no stranger to dedication and work ethic new bands must endure to make the grade in today's market; Andre always delivers perspective writing that is authentic and to the point. Mr. Skinner typically covers indie rock, grass roots, electronica and is our resident hard rock and heavy metal specialist. He is extremely selective on what bands he covers for articles and you can rest assured they are ALWAYS band to watch with something left of centre to offer.
Native Quebecer and freelance writer Andrea Paré first began using music as a drug in her teen years to escape the drab experience of growing up in the suburbs. Now as a full grown adult and living in Toronto, she has a healthier addiction to discovering new musical artists and watching as much live and local music in her adopted city as she can.
After majoring in business & entrepreneurship at UCSB and traveling the world, Andrew moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and not give up his love for surfing, hiking and yoga. He is also in a couple really cool, up and coming, indie-rock bands in LA - Mothlight & Lone Kodiak.
Based in Montreal but raised across Western Europe, Andrew feels at home both everywhere and nowhere. Having picked up the piano at age four, he has since gone on to add clarinet, saxophone and guitar to his musical arsenal. As well as crafting music, Andrew spends a lot of time listening both at home and in live contexts. Rather than focusing on a particular style or calibre of artist, he is keen to explore music of any shape or size. Outside music, Andrew's passions lie in philosophical writing, visual art and sharing positivity with the world around him.
Andrew is an aspiring photographer hailing from Toronto, who is currently in his final year at OCAD University. Ever since he took pictures with his old iPhone at an Imagine Dragons concert in 2018, it began his goals and dreams to pursue a career to photograph live music, and to work in the music industry. He loves concert photography because it combines his passion for photographing memories and listening to music. His favourite genres of music are pop, electronic, and alternative rock.
Angelica is a Freelance Writer based in Toronto, ON. Her passion for music started at a young age when she received a guitar for her birthday, and it has taken over her life in the best possible way ever since. When she’s not searching for additions to her vinyl collection, discovering new upcoming bands on Spotify, or attending any live show she can get tickets to, she can be found in her room jamming on her guitar.
Anthony Pedroza is a husband, father, musician and creator of Fellow Robot.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Music is at the heart of any city’s culture. Being born and brought up in the GTA, Arya is a multimedia journalist who wants to showcase Toronto’s diverse music roots.
Having deep roots in the concert photography world, Audra Hopkins is a music enthusiast from Upstate New York. When not shooting shows or writing reviews, Audra spends her time at home wishing her cat would stop ignoring her.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Bianca Mazziotti has been a music addict ever since she was six-years-old and won an acoustic guitar in a contest. Her passion for music only continued to grow, and you can now find her enjoying live shows all over Toronto. She hopes to continue combining her two passions, music and writing, well into the future.
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. He rose through the ranks at Skope Magazine, eventually becoming Editor-in-chief. When that magazine ceased publication, readers and associates encouraged Bill to start a blog. Musoscribe launched in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then. The interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues, and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album.
Bobby Singh is most comfortable and content with camera in hand, shooting artists big and small, on stage and off. A freelance photographer based in Toronto, Bobby's heart remains in New York City. Bobby's rise to fame was not one without heartbreak and hurdles. From the time he started working the clubs on Queen Street West battling low light and dodging spilled drinks, elbowing his way to the front of stage, he knew one day he would be accepted into the prestigious Pit, bestowed with the almighty Lanyard. It has been a long, strange trip. Some of his most prized accomplishments include being yelled at by Patti Smith, having his lens kicked off the stage by that guy in Imagine Dragons, being covered in various liquids by Leah Fay of July Talk, and most notably, patting Prince on the shoulder after a show. Currently Bobby still makes an effort to remain humble, occasionally gracing those old clubs with his prowess behind the lens. Please do not disturb him.
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Br. lives in southern Ontario, grew up on The Beatles and The Journeymen, spent his adolescence immersed in grunge, and his adulthood in British alternative. His greatest joy is seeing his son dance and grow into his own appreciation of the indescribable joy of music...
Brandon Maahs is a Dallas-based musician and writer. He scores music for film and television, and is also the guitarist for the band Color Failure. Brandon loves to interview artists, discuss the technical aspects of the creative process, and systemize music in the larger oeuvre. He has a cat named Sniblet.
Born the son of a lifelong musician, and brother to a professional travel photographer, Braydon has combined his passion for music and photos to carve his own path in the creative world. Based in Toronto, he can be found either at a concert or on the way to a photoshoot – always with a set of headphones in-ear.
Brian Capitao is a freelance writer and editor of https://deepfreezechillin.com. He has a passion for hip hop and hosts a podcast in Toronto called The Freeze, your weekly dose of hip hop chatter.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Brianna Lawson is a lover of all things music (good music of course). Hailing from Fayetteville, NC byway of Charlotte, NC, she likes to lift heavy things and discuss the essence of hip-hop in her spare time.
Musician, writer, and grandad Bryan Williston is a fan of music in all of its forms. He loves to listen to, play, and talk about music, and to share his ideas with others. Despite the failings of humans, he is hopeful about the future, and thinks that Spill Magazine readers are just the best. Bryan lives in Whitby with an assortment of people and dogs.
One part art. Two parts hooliganism. Bryce is a writer and creative producer from Edmonton, Alberta.
I’m a recent music graduate from the University of York. I enjoy listening to music, as well as writing about it and making up some of my own. Previous publications I’ve written for include mxdwn and Right Chord Music, as well as my blog, Musical Sound Bites.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Carlos Cajina is a documentary photographer and writer based out of Toronto. With a passion for storytelling, his love of photography is equally matched by his passion for music. At night, he moonlights as a freelance writer and music journalist, covering the latest in local and independent music culture for various blogs and outlets.
Céline Klein is a filmmaker and photographer based in Kingston, ON. Over the last few years, she has directed and collaborated on a variety of film and video projects, mainly including work with musicians. With a passion for working with artists, she is ambitious and tireless, thriving on the process of bringing ideas to life.
Tal Rolande (née Chantal Rolande Kathleen Plourde) is a Toronto-based audiophile, writer and promoter. Her first live show was Pearl Jam in 2005. Today, you’ll find her gravitating stage left at any show, hula hooping at a music festival or playing guitar on her balcony.
Charles T. Stokes is a nonprofit resource development coordinator and donor researcher based in Denver, USA. He’s also a tennis player and writer looking to make a racket with his own noises. “There are places in the world where one cannot publicly listen to or perform whatever music they choose without fear of harassment or prosecution. The freedom to write about new music is power, a privilege.”
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Born in Sicily and living in Cardiff, UK, Chiara is a novelist and journalist who has written for Gigwise, DSCVRD Magazine, and more. Her first great love was classic rock, but she is also passionate about punk, electronica, blues, glam rock, and always eager to discover artists who are doing something bold and new.
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Hi I'm Chris and I like guitar and I like comics and I like skateboarding.
Christopher Patterson is an aspiring writer from Sumter, South Carolina. He is soon to receive his associate degree from Central Carolina Technical College. He spends his time writing and examining music.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Claudia is a student from the GTA in her last year of high school and is working towards studying journalism in the next few years. She has a passion for all spectrums of rock and alternative music and loves discovering and listening to new bands. Writing has always been of great importance to her, whether it be reading someone else’s stories or creating her own. She is a hardworking individual and eagerly awaits the next chapter of her life to unfold.
Hello! I’m Cody McIntosh! I’m a lifelong music fan, blogger, student, writer, and musician, and guitar teacher. I’ve been playing and listening for over half of my life now and I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon. Some of my favorite genres are 80’s New Wave and Post-punk, Hardcore, Jazz, Garage Rock, and IDM. You can find me at a few places online, but below are the main few.
SPILL NEWS strives to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Conrad Gayle is a jazz pianist, composer, and writer. He released three albums, "Genesis EP", "Foundations" and "The Live Sessions 09/10", his first book "The Real Conrad Black", has an active YouTube channel and maintains his own blog site called "The Conrad Gayle Review". He is a graduate from York University with a degree in sociology. He is also active in the city of Toronto as a solo artist and leader of his own trio, as well as being the regular pianist in his home church. He has written for the Spill Magazine for over four years and is planning on continuing the course to become a very successful writer.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Cory is a film maker and music lover raised in the GTA. Ever since a young age music has been a big part of Cory’s life and he often combined his love for music and film together, creating videos of him and his friends skateboarding to their favourite songs. This trend continues in his life as everything he surrounds himself with is always involved with or inspired by music.
Courtney is a music enthusiast based in the US. She enjoys going to concerts. While she likes a variety of music, her favourite genres are pop and rock.
Cynthia Gould is a writer, artist, graphic designer, musician, tequila aficionado and weirdo who lives at www.cynthiagould.com. She's the singer of Toronto's notoriously addictive comedy party rock band High Heels Lo Fi - www.highheelslofi.com and writes about kicking fear's ass and improving your life at www.ihaveasecret.com. She believes in the power of live music, strong coffee, complimenting strangers, and the Oxford Comma.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Dan Kennard is an English teacher and fiction writer living outside Kansas City, Kansas where he lives with his wife and children. More about his work can be found at amazon.com/author/dankennard. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram @kennardistry or contact him at [email protected].
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Daniel is an illustrator/graphic designer based out of Austin Texas. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelors degree in Illustration and an Associates degree in Graphic Design. Daniel started his career in graphic design in the world of online casinos. Since then he’s worked with various clients from around the United States and Canada including but not limited to NHL, Subway, Paraco Propane, Pitney Bowes, Xerox, Conduent, Nestle Waters, The Spill Magazine, Stamford CT’s DSSD, Beechnut Baby Foods, Elizabeth Arden and much more.
Daniel Mallett is a young journalist from London, Ontario pursuing a career in arts and entertainment writing. He enjoys music, theatre and visual arts and hopes to learn as much as possible about the artists working in Canada today. Mallett is also one half of the Toronto based folk duo Howl & Other Problems.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Daniel Smith is a lover of all music, especially anything metal, an experienced concert photographer and a barista at Show and Tell Coffee in Kitchener, Ontario.
Dariya’s a writer, with an obsession for smoked earl grey tea and dissecting song meanings, and believes that most things can be made to sound better on paper.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Spill Magazine strives to keep our readers up-to-date with new releases by your favourite artists, keeping you informed of new album, single, and video releases. Stay tuned -- who knows, you might just discover your new favourite band.
David is an avid fan and strong advocate of live vocal and instrumental music. The local act, the artist on the big stage and every act in between will tweak his interest. Every city has a vibrant music scene which is an integral part of acclimatization. The highly active Toronto music scene always offers new discoveries.
David MacDonald is a Scottish musician and writer who moved to Toronto on a humid day in May 2017, wishing to move away from tourists and to continue to see excellent music in small venues and house shows.
D.L. Smith-Lee is a writer and music lover based in Chicago. He has fiction published in multiple venues and is a graduate of DePaul University. He is currently an MFA candidate at Chicago State University.
Spill Magazine strives to keep our readers up-to-date with new releases by your favourite artists, keeping you informed of new album, single, and video releases. Stay tuned -- who knows, you might just discover your new favourite band.
Drayton is a college student from North Carolina with aspirations to work in the music industry. She enjoys photography, concerts, and discovering new music. Concert photography is her passion because it combines her favorite hobbies. She likes all genres of music, but her favorites are alternative and indie rock.
Drew is a Hamilton, Ontario based photographer who likes to think he can string two words together. His passion for music and photography is matched only by his love for his wife, dog and the Leafs.
A dedicated writer, musician, and content creator. After working professionally in the music industry for over a decade, a unique perspective has developed, along with a keen eye for inventive content. Forever committed to the telling of stories and appreciating everything that the creative world has to offer.
Just a monkey in fancy threads with a passion for art, music & culture. Long live Rock n Roll! Dylanweller.com
For all of his life, Dylan has loved music and writing, but it wasn’t until 2020 that he decided to give a shot at music journalism, which is the perfect marriage of his two passions. Since then, he has written for Exclaim!, Antidote, and now Spill Magazine. His favourite genres are rock and folk, but he’ll listen to anything. He has a BA in English from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Postgraduate certificate in Public Relations at Sheridan College.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Growing up in the dull suburbs of Southern Ontario, Elijah gravitated towards the city at a young age. With a healthy addiction to live music, and a constant itch for discovering his new favourite band, he finds himself happily submerged in Toronto's music scene. With his work appearing thus far in Sock Monkey Sound, and The Spill Magazine, he's going to keep this writing thing going for a while.
Elizabeth is a Toronto via Caledon writer whose rural upbringing left a lasting love of anything with a banjo and an upright bass. She scours Toronto venues for both the musical talent and the beers on tap.
Elizabeth Shepherd is a Montreal-based multi JUNO/Polaris Prize nominated souljazz pianist / vocalist, music educator and award-winning author.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Eleonora (a.k.a. Ellie) is a freelance music writer. Her work is dedicated to exploring the intersections between sound and culture. At the moment she is embracing the digital nomad lifestyle, while travelling the world and documenting the music and cultures she encounters.
Emily Fin is an illustration student at OCAD University in Toronto. She really digs the many sub-genres of punk music and dogs. You can scope out her artwork at romaniranch.tumblr.com.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Emily is a sociology student at McMaster University with a passion for social change, focused on issues surrounding gender equality and societal mental health. She believes that music, whether going to concerts or listening alone, is the best way for people to feel connected. After abandoning her small-town roots for opportunities in Toronto, she intends to merge her two loves of writing and music in the hopes of satiating her wayward soul. Follow her on Twitter at @emmniic18.
Emily Rubin is a lifestyle writer who focuses most of her efforts in the fashion & digital marketing spaces. She forayed her modern version of pen to paper time into the world of Spill Magazine to uncover new music aside from the “Discover” playlist on Spotify. With an eclectic musical palette, Emily reviews a wide host of tunes for Spill, but her concert coverage exclusively explores the scene of her native Montreal.
Emily Nutson is a photographer currently based out of Sarnia, Ontario. Her profound love for music and the industry that comes along with it has greatly affected her photography and style. While drawing inspiration from her mentors she has been able to meld together both her own style and draw inspiration from those around her. When not immersing herself in music, Emily can enjoys venturing around South-Western Ontario to find new and unique locations for photo shoots.
Emily Badgley is currently living in Los Angeles, CA pursuing her dreams in the film industry. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, and had the pleasure of working at SCAD Radio as a Promotions Director. Born and raised in Toronto, ON, her love of music comes from her family.
Eoghan Lyng is the author of U2: Every Album, Every Song. Further writing credits can be read at We Are Cult, The Playlist, Culture Sonar and Far Out Magazine.
SPILL WRITERS strive to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Erica went to school for television broadcasting, which gave her no help whatsoever in preparing for a writing career. Erica has been writing for over 15 years for magazines such as monkeybiz.ca, Fangoria and The Spill Magazine. She loves movies, music, and her cat LJ.
Erik Berkman is a Columbia School of Journalism drop out, jazz acid head, hip-hop soothsayer, he can be found reading sci-fi in dusty coffee shops sipping Earl Grey.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Freda Looker has been a music enthusiast since her mother first got her dabbing at a young age to Engelbert Humperdinck, The Beatles, and ABBA. Her passion still lives on today, avidly attending music festivals, blogging, and studying Music Business. She hopes to continue writing and engaging with like-minded music enthusiasts wherever the rhythms and beats lead her.
G. Roe Upshaw is a servant of mighty Music in this life, all previous lives, and on into the next. He barters his sumptuous time for tinkling coins doing this and that for him, her, and them.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Gabrielle Mueller is a lover of all things music, writing and charcuterie boards. Gabrielle has a particular passion for music of the 1960s and the hippie movement in Toronto’s Yorkville district. Gabrielle runs her own music website, The Hippie Historian, where she reviews concerts, interviews musicians and writes about music history that spans the ages.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
A passion for music has always been a part of Gerrod’s life. As a young boy, he was raised on a steady diet of the music from The Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, The Stones, Prince, and others from his mum. Raised in the GTA, Gerrod continued to foster his love for music by attending a wide range of concerts and learning the drums. His unapologetic passion for music has no bounds and has spread to a wide variety of styles, whether it be the 90’s rock that sound tracked his teenage years, the jazz he studied in university, or his newfound love for hip-hop. He recently received his bachelors in music and education from York University and is passionate about writing and reviewing good (and less than good) music. Gerrod is also the drummer and songwriter for a Toronto based rock & roll band, One In The Chamber.
Gerry Young is President of Current Records and Management, and author of the 2011 biography Pop Goes The Weasel: Rock And Roll Off The Record, available at Indigo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. He has recorded and managed Juno Award winning bands Martha And The Muffins and The Parachute Club among others.
Originally from Toronto, Giselle is exploring the worlds of entertainment and social change through a musician's lens. With a background in Environmental Studies and Music Business, she works to establish her own voice in the music scene.
Grzegorz Kieszkowski originally hails from Bydgoszcz, Poland. After his father was released from prison in 1984, for his involvement with the Solidarity movement, Greg and his family escaped to Canada in 1985. He makes Cobourg his home, along with his wife and two small children. Greg is a graduate of York University, with a double major in English and Philosophy. Music has always been in his blood, and although his tastes have matured, he will always have a soft spot for the Metal days of the late 1980’s. He is a full time English teacher and a professional photographer. Part of the allure of writing is the possibility of conversation, and he would love to hear your comments and opinions. Please feel free to visit his personal website - grzegorzkieszkowski.com.
Gypsy Forsyth is a student at The Australian Institute Of Music who loves rock ‘n’ roll and a good book. Gypsy is also a band manager and a prolific writer.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Igor Bannikov has been working as a music writer and showrunner of music shows since 2011. His work has appeared in Esquire, Maxim, Northern Transmissions, God Is in the TV, and PopMatters, among other publications. He specializes in folk, indie, and all kinds of guitar music, as well as pop and R&B. Igor also focuses on up-and-coming musicians and new music trends.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Isabel is an English major at the University of Toronto, and spends most of her time reading books, listening to punk rock music, and writing for anyone and everyone willing to read it. Raised in Toronto, her somewhat eclectic music taste has been shaped by a healthy mixture of mosh pits and Mirvish musicals. She thinks live music is the highest form of entertainment.
J.R. Leyvas is a Freelance Writer / Music Journalist / Aspiring Fantasy Novelist / Playwright / Screenwriter from Orange County, California. J.R.’s work has appeared in Amplifier Magazine, TrendLand Magazine, Zouch Magazine and The Spill Magazine. J.R.’s passion for the underground music scene stems from his obsession with Incubus’ “Drive”. To him, everything is a song. He can be reached via email.
J. S. Mason, of the hinterlands of Indiana, U.S.A., is a former mailman with an overly-robust record collection and an affinity the early works of Cameron Crowe and Ben Fong-Torres.
Photographer/Mediocre Writer.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Jacqueline Tucci is a journalist in Toronto. She’s new to Spill, but has been interviewing bands and writing about music since she was a teenager. You can almost always find her on the web, in record stores, or in bars looking for new and exciting local music.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Ex-pat living in Geneva, Switzerland from the hard streets of Baltimore, Maryland. Ex-radio-monkey and avid listener of all things that are supposed to be cool.
James Stefanuk has an unbridled passion for good original music. He has been involved in the Toronto Indie scene for over a decade, and currently fronts the Alt-Blues band 'Jim Dan Dee'. In his spare time James plays with his Australian Shepherd 'Indie', drinks bourbon on the rocks and writes about himself in the third person.
James David Patrick has a B.A. in film studies from Emory University, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in PANK, Monkeybicycle, Squalorly, Specter Lit, and Bartleby Snopes among other wordy magazines. While he does not like to brag (much), he has interviewed Tom Hanks and James Bond and is pretty sure you haven't. He bl-gs about music, movies, and nostalgia at thirtyhertzrumble.com and hosts the Cinema Shame Podcast. James lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jamie Lawlis is a singer-songwriter from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He currently resides in Toronto.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland. Live in Edmonton, Alberta. I play guitar, drums and harmonica and just generally love music. I love playing it, writing it, and just being a part of it. Photography is also a huge part of my life and I'm glad to have found a way to combine my passions.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
From a Scandinavian record player in the middle of Copenhagen Jens Trapp brings you some new Scandinavian stuff. His favorite albums include: David Bowie: Honky Dory and Ziggy Stardust plus everything until Let's Dance The Clash: London Calling Elvis Costello: This Year's Model Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Pink Floyd: especially Wish You Were Here If I should name one, but most of it will do 😉
Jessica is a writer and music enthusiast withering away in the Midwestern Wasteland of Central Indiana. She can often be found crouched over her laptop or cradling her bass guitar, probably surrounded by plants.
I am an Edmonton based musicophile and photographer who loves experiencing music whether it's live or on my turntable. I play seven instruments and go to a lot of concerts.
John Graham is a Vancouver-area resident who typically spends most days admiring music of all genres. When not listening to music, John is usually at a live show, somewhere in the bowels of Vancouver.
Since he was a boy (some would say he still is) born in Preston, John Porter has always filled his life with music. Now living in the music capital of the North, Manchester, John is looking to write strong, humorous, witty articles that introduce everyone to the gloriousness of music.
I'm a just lover of hip-hop and photography who grew up in Ajax Ontario. Through this platform I hope to share my opinion on the world of rap and bring a new perspective to new upcoming acts, artist, and the music scene. In addition to being a lover of hip-hop, I love to capture photos of these artist in the mean while.
Jonathan Del Pozo is a content creator with a passion for music hailing from Oakville, Ont. Del Pozo enjoys a multitude of genres, but admits his angsty teenage years created a bias toward anything heavy. When Del Pozo isn’t attending shows in the Golden Horseshoe, you can catch him in his room devouring coffee and creating content for local bands under his small business moniker, The Scene Remedy.
J.D. McIvor is a journalist covering Arts & Entertainment whenever possible. Serving a genuine passion for the arts, McIvor is constantly looking to bridge the gap between creativity and the importance it plays in our everyday lives.
Joseph Dominguez resides in a small-town from Southern California. In 2018, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from San Diego State University. Here is where he broadened his love for music and writing. He took these strengthened bonds back to his hometown, where he plays drums in a band, writes music journalism and fiction, and exercises his love for pop culture.
Joseph Mastel is from Calgary, AB. He always loves discovering new or old bands and sharing them with his friends and family. Writing about music and connecting with others over music is one of his favourite things to do. He hopes that his writing will allow people to experience new artists.
Josh is a 20 year old creative story-teller who has submersed himself in a wide range of rock and roll sub-genres. You can find him at one of Toronto's many concert venues or exploring the city - usually behind the camera.
Josh Stern is a financial analyst living in New York. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied User Experience and Data Analysis while writing for various publications. He loves watching sports and attending concerts, and is always on the lookout for the next great Alternative/Indie band.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Josie is a student in her third year of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. She loves going to concerts, exploring the city and often indulges in an endless stream of cat videos. She is also minoring in politics, but is completely unsure why.
Raised among downtown Vancouver’s thriving underground indie music scene, Josie moved to Toronto to study architecture and to check out the self-titled “music city.” She is now on the hunt to find the intersection of music and the built environment, and thrives on exciting collaborations with creative individuals.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
My love for music and writing has led me to be a music journalist. My favorite music era is the 70s. I want to help save the music from that era, so it is not forgotten, and writing about it helps me do that.
Juliette Jagger is a rock and roll journalist and freelance writer based out of Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in Vice’s Noisey, The Huffington Post, Exclaim!, and AUX amongst others. She is also the curator of New Music From The Inbox, a weekly independent music segment that runs at AlanCross.ca.
Justin is a videographer, photographer and filmmaker from Niagara Falls, currently studying Film Studies at Ryerson University. With a passion for electronic music and the art of film, he combines the two together to bring the life of a concert and festival to your screen through visual mediums and live reviews.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Karl J. Paloucek has a writing bio that's long and interesting, and a music bio that's even longer. Trust him.
Hailing from Liverpool in the UK, I discovered my passion for music through bands like The Beatles and Pixies, after being introduced to circles of independent artists I developed a passion for highlighting smaller artists with big potential.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Kathy Nichols, from the land of cheese and beer, has been writing off and on since elementary school. Her passions include hugging trees and trying to make a positive difference in the world, to which end she completed a degree in Mass Communications coupled with Environmental Science. Kathy appreciates all types of music, mainly industrial and punk and the like (especially bands who use their fame and fortune to try to make social or political statements), but with a little bit of Beastie Boys and Billie Holiday thrown in to switch things up a bit. She is the owner and CEO of www.industrialstrengthpublicity.com and enjoys long walks on the beach and (skinny) puppies.
Kieran Davey is a freelance writer and music enthusiast from Vancouver, Canada. He particularly enjoys alternative rock, groovy hip-hop, and basically any music from the 60's. Aside from reviewing music, he also loves playing guitar and spending time in nature.
Flying the flag for Spill Magazine in northern Europe, Killian has been reviewing albums in his head from an early age. Very much a part-time member of the team, loves a bit of guitar, but no fretwa**k.
Kirsten Inneski was born and raised in Scotland but fled to Canada in 2016, settling in Toronto in order to have the opportunity to see bands who rarely, if ever, make it to the UK. If her mum asks, however, the official party line is "Kirsten moved 3000 miles away from everybody she knows and loves for the totally rational reason of pursuing career in her field of TV production". Inneski writes, daydreams about making music videos she will never have the budget for* and obsesses over music and comedy, all while trying to make pals with everybody. *Eccentric billionaires can hit her up on Instagram.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
After borrowing her parents’ 35mm Yashica film camera and never returning it, Kristen discovered her love for photographing artists, particularly live performances. She spends her free time playing with her golden retriever and buying too many plants that she doesn’t have room for.
King Dawit considers himself the Psychedelic Cowboy. Raised on The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, you will never find Dawit listening to the same thing two days in a row, whether it be '70s progressive rock or late '60s Baroque pop. Dawit is also a Toronto-based writer, filmmaker, and music producer. Among his favourite writers are Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Southern and Lester Bangs.
Kysan Kwan hails from Ajax, but is currently in the Music Business program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His love for music started in high school, where he went through his "rebellious teen alt-rock" phase before becoming open to all genres of music from EDM to smooth jazz. Kysan also is an enthusiastic concert photographer and has his own college radio show, where he seeks to introduce the American public to the best of Canadian indie.
As a music industry professional, Liam has seen all sides of the industry. Working as a venue and operations manager for the Calgary Folk Music Festival, specifically their stunning black box concert hall Festival Hall, he has put on countless concerts and music events. In the evenings you'll find him writing bios and copy for artists as well as shooting promotional and live still photos for bands and presenters. You might even see him brewing up his own introspective and self conscious anti-folk in Calgary's DIY music seen as well. His palpable musical network and knowledge of every facet of live music production make him an invaluable resource. He is currently at the Canada's Music Incubator Artist Manager Program in Toronto. (Photo Credit: Michael Grondin Photography)
Libby Emmons reviews heartfelt indie rock, writes plays and stories, lives in Brooklyn, and knows that makes her a stereotype.
As a Mexican journalist student, I focus my work on arts and music. Through my writings, I expect people to get closer to new artists and experiences.
Formerly a lot of things, including a journalist and a translator, currently a freelance writer living in The Netherlands.
I’m a geeky weirdo with her fingers in all sorts of pies. I paint and illustrate all sorts of nonsense, I make strange noises. I rant and rave, set things on fire, I’m an awesome cook and I throw a mean party.
Lucy Rendler-Kaplan is a native Chicagoan, recently returning home after 10 years in Los Angeles. Having worked in field marketing for the past 17 years, Lucy recently left corporate America to work as a consultant. When not running, Lucy can most often be found out with her dog, watching an NFL game, or listening to live local music. Passionate about writing, Lucy enjoys writing about music in lieu of playing it.
Music makes the worst situations bearable and the best situations even better. I'm just here to share the inside scoop and anything you may have missed, while I establish my own voice in the industry. Born and raised in Ottawa, I never go anywhere without a set of headphones. Live music has been my vice for as long as I can remember and sharing stage side stories is a major bonus.
From London to Liverpool and back again, Lynda-Louise has gained a masters degree in The Beatles and managed bands and events throughout London and England. An avid gig goer and Sir Rod Stewart fanatic, this budding journalist enjoys music of all genres but especially that of the 1950's and '60s.
Raised in Toronto, Canada. 22 Years Old. Aspiring Film Maker with a love of everything Hip Hop. Amateur Comedian. If you ever find yourself at a Rap Concert in Toronto, feel free to say hi. I'm probably there. Favourite Artists: RA The Rugged Man, Aerosmith, Passion Pit, El-P, 50 Cent, Scorpions & Mick Jenkins.
Mackenzie is a writer and mosh enthusiast from Kitchener, Ontario. Currently travelling and working in British Columbia with her van, Delores.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Maria Sokulsky-Dolnycky is a 23-year-old culture enthusiast born and raised in Toronto. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied linguistics, German, and music history & culture. When not listening to or making music, she can be found exploring the city’s many neighbourhoods on foot, cycling by the lake, devouring films, or scouring Toronto’s many libraries in search of her next favourite book.
Mariko is a freelance writer and photographer based out of Vancouver, BC. She is a music junkie, an intrepid optimist and a fish taco enthusiast. She lives in a campervan full time and is dedicated to exploring the connection humans have with music and sound via her personal blog Earthly Pursuits. When she’s not at a concert or stuffing her face with fish tacos you can find her outside either near water or in the mountains.
I'm a 40 + music fan. Fond mostly of Rock and Metal my staple-musical food delights. Originally from Northern Ireland I am now based in the UK-Manchester. I have a hectic musical existence with regular shows and interviews. Been writing freelance for five years now with several international websites. Passionate about what I do I have been fortunate already to interview many of my all time musical heroes. My music passion was first created by seeing Status Quo at the tender age of 15. While I still am passionate about my Rock and Metal I have found that with age my taste has diversified so that now I am actually dipping into different musical genres and styles for the first time.
A native to Toronto, Mark has spent his time on this earth swaying to decades of live music in dark and dirty venues. When not writing or collecting a massive amount of vinyl, he enjoys travelling and photography. His hobbies are tolerated by his lovely, patient wife and beautiful daughter.
Marko Woloshyn is a Mississauga-based writer and musician. He owns a limited edition repressing of Mclusky Do Dallas and one time at a concert a drunk woman told him he looked like Keira Knightley.
Spill Magazine strives to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Matt Owczarz is a freelance writer/journalist based in Mississauga, Ontario.
Matt Gilberto is a Cleveland, Ohio native and music enthusiast with a soft spot for alternative and punk rock. Life for him began in middle school when he first heard Nirvana’s In Utero. He enjoys writing, photography, concerts and spending time with friends and family.
Maya Koparkar is in her second year at McGill University, where she is currently studying International Development and Political Science. She is very passionate about social issues both international as well as close to home, and has blogged and written for various publications surrounding these sorts of topics. She is also very passionate about music and enjoys all sorts of genres and styles. You can follow her on Twitter at mkoparks.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
McKenzie is an aspiring journalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has a passion for music. She started off her career as a weekly host on WHIP’s alternative rock show called the Core and is now freelancing. When she's not doing either of these, she’s probably at a house show or at home watching a documentary.
Melinda is a music enthusiast from the US who grew up on vinyl in the 70s and 80s. She's a lover of all genres, but rock/metal runs through her veins. Music is always in the background and in her head. Unfortunately, she has to have a "regular 8-5" job since "Professional Concert Go-er" doesn't pay the bills. Her bliss would be to follow more musicians and bands than "People she may know" on social media. Her ultimate long term goal is to be the old lady just enjoying the show down in front at the barricades at live shows. Her favorite quote is "Where words fail, music speaks".
Mercedes is a Toronto native with a huge passion for photography and creative writing. Her love of being behind the lens has given her the opportunity to capture captivating images for national campaigns and earned her publications in renowned international magazines. Beyond her photographic pursuits, Mercedes is an avid attendee of concerts, immersing herself in the live music experience and documenting it from the photo pit. While her musical tastes lean towards rock alternative, she also embarks on an indie rock journey, and on a day to day, she also indulges in coffee to an extent that rivals the Gilmore Girls, while her Italian heritage instilled a lifelong love for pasta, meatballs, and pizza (as long as it’s gluten-free and vegan).
Merry Mercurial blogs about all things music on her website, The Music According to Merry. She also reviews for Modern Rock Review and writes features for Cover Me. Her fiction has appeared in Stockholm Review of Literature, Front Porch Review, and Crack the Spine, among other publications. She lives in North Carolina with her daughter.
Meryl has loved music from the early days when she'd bring her parents' records up to her bedroom and play them on her plastic Sesame Street record player. She is an appreciator of a wide variety of genres, an enthusiastic concertgoer, and a musician. She has also been a writer and editor for years, so combining these passions to review music was a no-brainer. She currently lives in Toronto; you might find her honing her skills at open mics around town. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Michael Mitchell's love of music started at an early age and slowly became an addiction that courses through his veins to this very day. It is guaranteed that if you are in his proximity, he will try to get you to travel to the nearest record store and make you buy beyond your means. His wife and two children acknowledge his problem and continue to encourage him into rehab. He currently writes for Torched, Stereo Embers, God is in the TV, ReGen and Spill magazines.
SPILL MAGAZINE strives to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Tyler Spivey began his writing career while studying at Troy University. Since graduating in 2013, he’s written for Creative Control Magazine and Disarm Magazine. Music is his passion and motivation in life.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Michelle La is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Editor of Cat Brain Land, a music blog that loves new and alternative music from Asia and Australia.
Michelle Morgan is a queer ENFP living in New Haven CT, USofA. By day she works in digital accessibility. By night/weekend, she is an embroidery artist, DJ at 89.5fm WPKN, and purveyor of too muchness. She takes being a Gemini seriously.
Writer of things. Listener of music. Bass player. Coffee addict.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
I’m Mike from Peterborough, ON. I have spent the majority of my life obsessing over music. I am enamoured with the evolution of music, and the stories behind the artists creating it.
Raised in Ajax, Ontario. 19 Years Old. Currently going to Durham College for Interactive Media Design. Anytime I’m free you’ll catch me heading to concerts or trying to find new music. I’m huge fan of rap. My favourite artists include, Ski Mask the Slump God, 88GLAM, Lil Peep, Travis Scott, Killy, MadeinTYO, CMDWN, Lil Uzi Vert and Juice Wrld. If there’s a Rap concert in Toronto you most likely will see me there!
Raised on Don McLean and Zeppelin, Molly knew every word to “American Pie” before she could walk. A natural born writer and musician, Molly has worked in and out of the entertainment industry for almost a decade, from singing Italian opera to having managed an award-winning heavy metal radio station, and now working as a publicist for world changing companies around the globe. Molly graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Public Relations and currently lives in Jersey City with her lifelong sister soldier and her bug defeating cat Clementine.
Photographer by choice, writer by necessity. Since moving to Toronto in 2011 Morgan has become an active member of Toronto’s music scene. On any given night he can be found at various venues with his camera in hand. There’s nothing he loves more than exploring all the venues this wonderful city has to offer, discovering new bands and genres along the way.
It took the recommendation of a best friend to get me into the pages of music magazine writing. Armed with the deepest appreciation for all the music, a ridiculous sense of humour, and the apparent ability to string a few words together, these fingers started giving. Who knew it would become one of my favourite things many years later and that I'd enjoy seeing my works published the world over?!
I enjoy writing about music. I despise dancing about architecture.
Nicholas Power is a Canadian born photographer from Whitby, Ontario. He has been photographing live shows for three years, and is now getting into shooting for media outlets. He is currently a member of a band called Punchu, and is enrolled in Humber College's Creative Photography programme.
Originally from NJ, Nicholas is an architect residing in Toronto. His most memorable moments in music: Crying during Roger Waters set at Newport Folk Festival, Nas performing all of Illmatic at Governors Ball, and Manchester Orchestra performing Cope in a church in New Haven, Connecticut.
Nick Hemming is a music enthusiast from Louisville, Kentucky. His favorite music is hip-hop, but he also has passion for classic rock, alternative, pop, and just about anything that involves a piano.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Nicole Swanson has recently made the move to Toronto from Fernie, BC, trading mountain life in pursuit of a career in the music industry. She can usually be found at live shows throughout the week, always in search of great new music.
Norman Darwen grew up in north-west England admiring Elvis’ gold lamé jacket, Lord Kitchener’s way with words, and his much older brother’s and sister’s dancing to The Rolling Stones’ ‘Little Red Rooster’ on the telly. He’d wind aforementioned brother up by reading the entire contents of an R’n’B magazine he used to have to collect from his local shop for him and then reciting back as much as he could remember. Some years later he’d wind up his own friends by telling them who these people were that Led Zeppelin etc were covering – Willie Dixon, Howling Wolf, Otis Rush etc. These days he still listens to the blues, but has added a taste for reggae, zouk, rap, folk and anything else that takes his fancy…
An educator who also tries to introduce others to great music. It's a never ending job.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Paul is the Dutch-Canadian techno music producer and DJ “apaull”. For Spill Magazine he strives to write thoughtful record reviews and feature articles.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Quinn Brown is a writer and total music nerd. He doesn’t have any social media, but you can reach him at [email protected].
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Rachel Callan is a 21-year-old photographer, tea addict and vinyl collector from Port Perry, Ontario. An enormous love for music, an open mind to various genres and her love for concert photography lead her to apply for a position at Spill Magazine. With knowledge of music of various ages and a love for anything from Marilyn Manson to Shakira (and literally everything in between), she has the ability to be open to everything Spill will send her way. Rachel is most likely to be found enjoying a cup of tea or taking pictures with some of her favourite music playing in the background and will continue doing so for Spill Magazine.
Rachel Fucci is an avid reader, haphazard essayist, pop culture fiend, and the aspiring ghost author of Hayley Williams’s memoir. She was often voted a pleasure to have in class.
Randy Radic is a former super model who succumbed to the ravages of time and age. Totally bereft of talent, he took up writing “because anyone can do it.” He smokes cigars (a disgusting habit) and has pet snakes (which is just gross). And some people say he’s aloof.
Raquel likes music a lot, especially indie music. This sometimes results in her writing about it. When she's not doing that, she is working at a tech startup in Vancouver. And when she's not doing that she's in school, learning about human resources. And in her spare time she sips wine while watching the west coast sunset.
Photographer, creative, and hip-hop enthusiast based out of Toronto, Canada. Looking to learn more about this field, contribute my talents, and bring my visions to life through this publication.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
RJ Vandrish (alias Rory Jade Grey) is a writer, artist and musician, having first written for Spill Magazine in 2010. They have also published articles for Daily Xtra and Shameless Magazine, and have written/staged two plays, Electric Sheep and Chimera. RJ’s most recently performed as a solo musical act and with the band I. M. Brown & The Transcendents.
Spill Magazine writers strive to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Robert Defina is an avid critic both on paper and in person. He spends more time writing album reviews than he does worrying about his future. He hopes that this sort of procrastination never grows old.
Robert Janes is a journalist and conversationalist from Guelph, ON. He wears his pants with a belt and most likely listens to the same music as your parents.
At 16, I began a process of reshaping my passion for poetry and spoken word into an appreciation of hip-hop music. Realising that I could align both through music journalism, I started opening myself up to new genres outside of hip-hop whilst still writing – I am now at a point where I have not just only produced articles, but talked with a variety of artists and DJs and learned more about their creative process. Highlights include being featured on Medium’s global page for my article about mental health in hip-hop, or interviewing fantastic electronic artists like Clams Casino and Gigi Masin.
Ross Andersen is a second-year Print-Journalism student attending Sheridan College. He has been writing for the Sheridan Sun for more than a year, and is passionate about what he writes. In addition, Ross is versatile although he specializes in classic rock and music theory.
As a child growing up in the suburbs, Ryan found music as a way to soothe his boredom. After first hearing AC/DC at the age of 10, he was hooked on music. Tracing its roots to the ‘50s, he became obsessed with Elvis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. Somehow that led to grunge, then psych-rock, then jazz, etc. The list goes on and on and his collection of vinyl records continues to grow.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Based out of Louisiana, Ryan is someone who cherishes the opportunity to transfer his thoughts and dissection of music with others, with a penchant for the underground. Across several writing projects such as novels, short stories, blogs, and podcasts, he is always looking for ways to connect with readers and listeners across multiple mediums, and hopefully show them their next favorite artist.
Music and writing have always been a big part of Sabrina's life. She would "borrow" her dad's rock and metal CDs from his collection and listen to them while going through the art books. Although she doesn't write angsty poetry anymore, she does have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism which she uses to pursue a creative career path. When she's not writing, Sabrina can be found juggling a coffee cup and DSLR or Instagramming her food.
Sadie Kromm is a journalist specializing in human interest and human rights located in Toronto, Ontario. Sadie’s digest includes recognizable names in the music industry and beyond including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bif Naked, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, and many more. To her, it’s those behind the occupation that makes the story so fascinating.
Samantha “Sam” Stevens is half a music journalist, and half an academic scholar. With a graduate diploma and MA in Journalism, Sam has covered musicians all over the world and her work has appeared in Guitar Girl magazine, North Bay Nugget newspaper, The Link newspaper, and a few others. She even founded and managed her own music blog The Littlest Voice for 5 years, in which the spotlight was thrown on new and emerging indie artists around the globe. Currently, Sam is a PhD student at Carleton University in the School of Indigenous and Canadian studies where she is continuing her MA research on colonial language in Canadian news and government institutions.
Samantha is both a writer and a fan of the arts and has been able to find numerous ways to pair the two. Eager to dive head first into writing for Spill, Samantha is an avid partaker and reviewer of live art in Toronto serving as an editor at Mooney on Theatre exploring live local theatre, she's a photojournalist for Go Globehopper, a travel, dining and tourism blog that focuses on Toronto and abroad and previously for Lithium Magazine. She's passionate about music, theatre, photography, and writing -- not necessarily in that order. She drinks tea more than coffee, prefers ciders over beers, and sings karaoke way too loudly. You can follow her on various social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Sam Harton is an over-caffeinated Jack White fanatic from the Georgia mountains. She spends her time boring her friends with stories from Bonnaroo, playing guitar in her band, Tiny Amp, and not drinking enough water.
Samantha Andujar is also a music journalist for Outburn Magazine and creator of Into The Void. She loves rock music, video games, wrestling, anime, and horror movies.
Sarah is a journalism student, music blog chief editor and music lover. Growing up with the music of Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen and Prince, she got into the world of rock music. Discovering new music and writing about artists and records has always been one of her biggest passions. In 2013 she founded the German music blog ‘Old Vinyl’ and is chief editor ever since. Her biggest dream is being a music journalist for the rest of her life.
Scott was raised in southern Minnesota, attended the University of Wisconsin – Stout, spent some time abroad and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and their two daughters, only son and two dogs. Long time music lover and concert-goer, Scott has attended countless concerts and festivals since 1996. His fondest concert memories include meeting the love of his life at his first music festival. Sneaking into Linkin Park’s first Minnesota show. Hosting the second stage on the Projekt Revolution stop in Somerset in 2004 and pretty much every show he’s attended with his concert cohort, Scott. Yes, there’s two of them! As of late, Scott has started making memories and sharing his love of attending concerts with his children. Shinedown was his oldest daughters’ first show thanks to his cohort, The Interrupters was his youngest daughters’ first show. His son’s first show is still to be determined.
Sebastian Mahecha is a postgraduate journalism student at Humber College. I’m passionate about music, I enjoy listening to mostly any kind of music, from thrash metal to most underground salsa. Politics and social justice have been of my interest for many years, so whenever a new musician records a song about controversial topics I’ll be there to take a look.
Shane believes in music – the more honest, the better. He listens with his ears, which are really just a tool of the brain, which is definitely and completely subject to the whims of the heart. It's really a team effort.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Simone Torn is a 22-year-old college graduate and aspiring writer. She lives in Chicago with her four puppies and twin sister. The two spend their time making up song parodies and traveling as much as they can.
Stan is a metalhead, musician, and freelance writer (for hire!) In that order. Yes, looks are deceiving. No, metal is not (all) about Satan.
This Toronto-based artist has worked as a photographer, graphic designer, web designer and motion-graphics designer for the better part of 25 years. His love of music both old and new shines brightly through his dedication to The Spill Magazine as Editor and Creative Director.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Canadian based Venezuelan Journalist. Passionate about silent films, cats, dancing and live music of genres as varied as EBM, ska, post punk, punk, jazz and swing, among many others.
SPILL WRITERS strive to keep our readers up to date with news and events in the music industry. We keep you informed of the most recent information regarding new releases, tour dates, and information items about your favourite artists.
Talia Wooldridge is an avid music lover, composer and ethnomusicologist who contributes artist interviews, live concerts, festivals and album reviews for Spill Magazine. She has written extensively on the intersection of music, personal identity and cultural symbolism with an early focus on Latin American Hip Hop and female Cuban rappers. In her spare time, Talia writes, composes music and manages Music Can Heal, a non-profit that brings live, award-winning musicians to inspire healing in hospitals, hospices and communities in need. Her next project is an interactive music-travelogue exploring music cultures and music travel around the globe. Follow her here: www.taliawooldridge.com + www.movetoyourownbeat.com.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast.
Fearless and well-traveled journalist with a penchant for the truth.
Taylor Hodgkins is a freelance popular culture writer based in Music City, USA who spends her time writing love letters + tributes to her favorite pop culture of yesteryear. When she isn't writing, you can find Taylor listening to 80's college rock and petting her cats. She's probably eating a baked potato, too.
The Spill Magazine is a Toronto-based online publication dedicated to covering the independent music scene with a strong focus on our thriving hometown talent. Our writers bring you up-to-date news, in-depth features on musicians and reviews for the latest CD releases. We also travel to the front lines for all local festivals including Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all daily Spill updates.
Tony is a professional musician and a retired high school band director. He is also the host of several radio programs. He lives with his spouse Cynthia in Perth, Ontario.
Trish Melanson lives in the Toronto area with her dogs Strijpe and Hunter, and her cats Max and McCartney. She is the former host and producer of Canadian Kickass, a weekly two-hour radio production on New Jersey's Chestnut Radio, showcasing Canadian Music. In a past life she was a teacher and school administrator in Durham Region. She loves spending time with her three boys, Nicholas, Justin, and Eric. "Music is what feelings sound like.", Georgia Cates
Trista’s a music addict who’s taste in music spans over numerous genres. She enjoys playing her bass guitar, but honestly she’s not very good at it. So she goes to concerts and watches real musicians who are far more talented than her. You’ll find her there in the front row, because, well, she’s short and wouldn’t be able to see the stage very well otherwise, and because she strives to get the perfect photo to capture the experience.
Troy Black is a photographer from Mississauga, Ontario. Formerly signed to play professional baseball, injuries ended his career and set him on the path that see him picking up his first camera, and developing a passion for concert photography. Although mainly a hip-hop fan, Troy has musical preferences include metal and electronic music as well. You can follow Troy’s photography on Instagram at @troycblack, or on twitter via the same name.
Music enthusiast, morning radio DJ and writer who enjoys listening to and reviewing records.
Combining a lifelong love of writing with a mutual obsession for music and marketing, Vanessa is all about inspiring artists to break personal and creative boundaries, whether it be through a writing a compelling opinion piece, mentoring and coaching developing artists to reach their potential, or building and managing strategies to take successful artists to the next level.
Vicki Mahony is taking her hobbies of concerts, photography, and ranting and putting them to good use! She is a live-music photographer and reviewer.
I am an avid connoisseur of music experiences but never had the courage to share them until now. My inspiration comes from the '90s alternative and punk rock music I grew up listening to. Bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, Eve 6 and Everclear shaped my worldview and taste in music. I want to capture some of their energy and spirit in my stories. Thanks for checking out my bio and my work!
Wayne grew up in southwestern Virginia on a steady diet of country music before graduating to the Clash, Danzig, Fugazi and the indie and grunge scenes in the 1990s. He lives for live music and writes for Spill as a backup plan in case Trump wins re-election and he needs some Canadian connections.
Wilson Knight is a pop artist and songwriter. He was born and raised in southern California and first found his love of music through the pop wave that took over the world in the late ‘90s. Since then, he has found love in all types of music and artists. He has written for Huffington Post and has had his music featured on numerous publications.
Zolen Georgievska is a Toronto-based photographer and writer with over 10 years of experience in journalism and media.

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