Cashbox: Ruthless Ones

March 19, 2015 - 10:45am

Cashbox Canada:

Not so much with East side power punks Ruthless Ones, whose new EP That Static (produced by Chris Wardman), hits you over the head and beats you about the chest and body with no regrets. This is straight from the shoulder, hard hitting stuff so you know the song, ‘The Boardwalk. Tonight’ isn’t an invitation for a stroll in the moonlight. Ruthless Ones cross the bridge to play Cherry Cola’s and The Horseshoe later this month. More on Joe Strummer’s kids later. Music by the Ruthless Ones is available with worldwide distribution on Believe Digital, For more info visit 

Ruthless Ones ‘Pitiful Power Trip’ Live at Johnny Land Presents: The Opera House, Toronto

Art Bergmann Live Recording from Sneaky Dees

February 24, 2015 - 10:44am

Recording: Art Bergmann
Artist: Art Bergmann
Songs: My Empty House + Drones of Democracy

Empty House:
Empty House.mp3
Drones of Democracy:
Drones Of Democracy.mp3

Recorded at Sneaky Dee's ("Wavelength FIFTEEN - Night 1"), February 13, 2015.


LiveInLimbo: Art Bergmann at Sneaky Dee's

February 24, 2015 - 10:21am

After a short intermission, Art Bergmann took to the stage. A key figure in Canadian punk rock, the 62-year-old Calgary native has likely seen livelier days. That said, he still puts on a strong-sounding show (albeit a far too long show, given the circumstances.) He’s very much all snarled, near-spoken word lyrics while his band backs him up with aggressive, bordering-jazz instrumentals. Bergmann teeters around on stage, but he knows what he’s doing. Though crowd reception was slightly tepid, his stream of consciousness lyricism was transfixing and bewildering, even referencing Beyonce, Jay Z, and Kanye West.

Wavelength 15: controller.controller, Art Bergmann and tribute sets

February 17, 2015 - 5:47pm

Picture: Chris Wardman, Art Bergmann, Jason Sniderman, Glenn Milchem (on drums)

The tribute sets went by quickly, and a little past 11:30 it was time to switch formats. Out came the Canadian punk icon and his backing band, still packing a wallop. At 62, Bergmann still has plenty of fire in him, throwing out sarcastic remarks between songs and even asking the audience to insult him. His set was long, and it noticeably made some audience members restless, but Art Bergmann did not and does not give a shit. His rambling vocal style, a la Lou Reed, helped bring his highly political lyrics to life, and his backing band helped bring the noise. Later in the set he inspired some audience participation on “Company Store,” and he concluded his set after 80 minutes with “Drones of Democracy.”

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Wavelength: Art Bergmann

January 17, 2015 - 5:28pm

I'm playing guitar again for Art Bergmann at Sneaky Dee's:

Wavelength: Art Bergmann

February 13, 2015 at 7:30PM
with Controller Controller and Brides

Sneaky Dee’s

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ART BERGMANN (Calgary - Canadian punk pioneer & living legend - former member of The Young Canadians, Poisoned & long-time solo artists - playing songs from across his entire career w/ Toronto all-star backing band - Weewerk Recordings)

CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER (Toronto / REUNION SHOW for iconic mid-'00s dance-punk band - Paper Bag Records)
BRIDES (Guelph/Toronto - REUNION SHOW for skronky late-'00s no-wave crew)

Plus Classic Wavelength/Toronto Song Tribute Sets:
MOST PEOPLE Plays Broken Social Scene
DELTA WILL Plays Caribou
HERVANA Plays Constantines
MORE OR LES Plays Toronto Hip-Hop Classics