Alex Southey

This is Alex Southey.  Born in Vancouver, Alex moved to Toronto when he was 6, growing up in the suburb of Markham.  Like many suburban teens, he grew up on popular music, especially U.S. artists.   But by 25, he had developed his own musical tastes and styles, committed to becoming an artist and learning from bands like the Tragically Hip about how to write songs about Canada, without being “cringey.”

Alex is as prolific as he is vulnerable.  Since 2019, Alex, has released 3 full length albums and 2 EPs, with the most recent LP, “…And the Country Stirred,” released in 2021 received critical acclaim with its cinematic sound and lyrical storytelling.  His upcoming EP, “My Nights On The Island”, set for release on Sept. 17th, opens up about the break-up of a relationship while also addressing the fragmentation we have all been feeling during this ‘inbetween’ period of life.

The second single from the new EP, “The Gods are Fighting” is as much about the pressure a city can put on its population, as the pressure one partner can put on another.” Alex said, “It’s about a frayed relationship coming to a close, acknowledging the perspectives of the people involved, and seeing the malicious behaviour you’re exhibiting.”

The music scene in Toronto has sometimes been called cold and insular by those trying to break in.  While still a self-proclaimed outsider, with each release, Alex has been building his audience and getting closer to feeling part of the scene.   During the pandemic, Alex was compelled to keep creating.  His compulsion to write and create also helped work through challenges with depression, a break-up, feelings of isolation due to the lockdown and mental health.

A big turning point for Alex was connecting with Daniel Monkman aka Zoon, who was recently nominated for a 2021 Polaris Prize for his ‘moccasin gaze’ album, Bleached Wavves.  Alex reached out to Daniel about his album and Daniel was incredibly generous with his time, response and advice to Alex.  Daniel helped Alex better navigate the world of PR & publicity and ultimately increase the exposure his music has been getting.

You can catch Alex every Tuesday at an open mic night he runs at the Imperial Pub at Dundas St East & Yonge St with fellow musician Mitch MacEachern (who goes by the band name ‘understandtrees’) which feels more like musical improv with a tight knit group of musicians jamming with each other creating a truly familial vibe.  You can also catch Alex on Sept. 16th at the Free Times Cafe at 9pm with Gaby Grice opening at 7pm.   

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The Spiral Theory

Welcome to The Spiral Theory, a local DIY band with strong vocal harmonies, and modern rock sound with a Gin Blossoms meets the Police vibe.  Made up of Sandeep Swaminathan (vocals), Joe Liranzo (Guitars) and Alan Dennis (Drums), they have been perfecting their “clean” sound since 2018.   Like many indie bands during the pandemic, they did lose their bassist due to the lack of shows and lack of income from the past 18 months+ (note: any bass players reading this, auditions are open and they will be auditioning in September).

Lead singer, Sandeep arrived in Canada in 2018 from India.  After a few open mic nights at the Cavern in the King & Church area and being new to the city, Sandeep was encouraged by people he met at the open mic to find other band members through Kijiji.   After finding the current line-up, plus their bass player, who came from a Blue Rodeo tribute band, they practiced and rehearsed for most of 2018 & 2019, and began booking festivals in 2019.  Through their rehearsals, they found their own niche, sometimes performing original music, sometimes performing note-for-note as a tribute band to The Police, U2, R.E.M. and often a mix of both.

They started to build an audience at the Linsmore tavern on the Danforth and were heading into 2020 with strong momentum, including over 25 booked gigs before the pandemic shut everything down.

They were still able to do a few stripped down acoustic sets through 2020, including shows in Ancaster, Burlington and Midtown Toronto, but spent most of their time, like many other bands, amping up their social media with livestreams from home, Instagram reels & IGTV.  

Paid gigs are still difficult these days as the city re-opens and bars have limited capacity.  So, when you have a moment, check out the Spiral Theory debut album, “Turn of the Tide” and their recent single, “Shoreline” on your favorite streaming service.    

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