Monday, December 29, 2014

80 Canadian Bands You Should Check out

Hey readers!

  This is a list of Canadian bands (old and new), in alphabetical order.  Canadian music goes way deeper than just Nickelback (crap), The Tragically Hip (crap), Justin Bieber (super crap) Drake (I'm personally not a fan of his music), Rush, Avril Lavigne and Shania Twain, like a lot of people from outside Canada may think.  If I missed a bunch of
good ones, I've either not heard of them, I'm not into the music, or I totally forgot about them.. I know this list is incomplete- it's just off the top of my head, so enjoy!  Support Canadian talent, and all of us from Jamsterdam Radio wish you the best of luck in 2015! - @JerZGrlinCanada

1. A Rebel Few
2. Adam’s Mind
3. Alexisonfire
4. April Wine
5. Arcade Fire
6. Aurganic
5. Bedouin Soundclash
7. Belle Ayre
8. Belvedere
9. Bennett
10. Bet Your Life
11. Bike Thiefs
12. Blue Rodeo
13. Broke Social Scene
14. Cause For Alarm
15. Coeur De Pirate
16. Cuff The Duke
17. Dead Penny
18. Death From Above 1979
19. Denim Skeletons
20. Different Skeletons
21. Dystonia
22. Evans Blue
23. Everything At Once
24. Faithdown
25. Gay Nineties
26. Heart
27. Here Below
28. I Hate Todd
29. illScarlett
30. In My Coma
31. Intervals
32. IVS
33. J Blizz
34. J’Nai
35. Joatmm
36. July Talk
37. K.D. Lang
38. K-Man and the 45s
39. Mackenzie Porter
40. Metric
41. Monster Truck
42. Mother Mother
43. Neno Rocwell
45. One Bad Son
46. Organ Thieves
47. Our Lady Peace
48. Overtime Heroes
49. Platinum Blonde
50. Polarity
51. Propagandhi
52. Protest The Hero
53. Red Handed Denial
54. Rosedale
55. Sam Roberts
56. Silent Army
57. Stigmachine
58. Synerah
59. The After Hours
60. The Ballroom Babies
61. The Filthy Radicals
62. The Gentlemen Thieves
63. The Johnstones
64. The Kindred
65. The Lad Classic
66. The Marvelous Beauhunks
67. The New Pornographers
68. The Post War
69. The Posts
70. The Rathburns
71. The Tea Party
72. Thornley
73. Tokyo Police Club
74. Tomahawk Love
75. Trouble & Daughter
77. Uforia
78. We Outspoken
79. Whiskey Trench Riders

80. Youthinasia

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dead Letter Circus: How Did I Just Hear Of This Band The Other Day??

Hey readers!

I was hanging with a friend the other day who was totally hyping up this Australian band called Dead Letter Circus.. I thought "Ok cool- new music!" then I realized this band has been around for 10 years, which made
From the "Òne Step" video.
me think about all the crappy music the mainstream Canadian radio stations have been pumping our shriveling brains with.  Definitely glad I finally found out about them, but angers me that Canadian standards of radio are so beyond sub-par.

This is where Jamsterdam Radio comes in- to play fresh music where you wouldn't hear it on the mainstream radio A) because it's different from what you'd normally hear on the unnamed mainstream stations B) because even if we've played a couple of shitty tunes in the past, most of our music is damn good, and will only get better C) with the team's different music tastes, together we know and understand the meaning of "good music", regardless of genre.

I know there are some Toronto radio stations (which will remain nameless here) that claim to have the best indie music... but literally, they've mainly been playing all these folk-type bands who try too hard to sound exactly like a crossbreed of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, and Of Monsters And Men, on loop, that I find the music and bands played these days all interchangeable.

Bands like Dead Letter Circus have that sound you can hear on mainstream American radio stations, and that is what makes me feel homesick when I get full reception of those stations while closer to the CanAmerican border, because American rock stations kind of rule.

I know this band has a pretty big following, so they're not exactly considered "indie" or "Unknown", but like a lot of other bands out there, they're underrated and deserve more recognition for their contribution towards the music playing in the airwaves.

Anyway, on that note, I`ll leave you with a video from 4 years ago that I should`ve heard 4 years ago, but instead heard for the first time last night.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gemstones on Chicago's South Side

On Chicago's South Side, surrounded by loved ones and supporters, Demarco "Gemstones" Castle exposed the world to his mixtape "Elephant In The Room". As he played the mixtape, he explained each track and rapped along with each song. This is "Fire In My Heart".

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jersey Girl in Canada Interviews Anthony Mascarin from We Outspoken!

Hey readers!

I am stoked to share with you my interview, via email, with frontman, Anthony Mascarin of Toronto-area based
L-R: Chris, Alex, Anthony, Joe.
band, We Outspoken!  Ever since I saw them play back in June with Belvedere, I was floored by their performance!  Great live band, great performers.  Check them out!

JGIC:  Who are the current members of the band?
AM: Anthony- Vocals/Guitar, Alex-Drums, Joe- Guitar/Vocals, Chris- Bass

JGIC: How did you get into music? 
AM:There is a quote, “you don’t choose music, music chooses you”. That basically sums up how we all got into it. We all had an attraction at an early age. Music was always around us growing up, being introduced by our parents, friends, and media such as MTV, Much Music, FM Radio etc. Music made us want to learn an instrument.
JGIC: How did you form the band?
AM: In 2001 my brother, Alex and I decided that we wanted to start a band. I was 12 and Alex was 10 years old. We didn’t know much about our instruments so we both enrolled in guitar and drum lessons. We practiced with our child hood friends and it wasn’t until I was 16 that we played our first show. From that point on we started to play more, tour, songwrite, release records, open for bigger bands, these were some amazing years. We learned a lot about each other.
JGIC: What musical influences inspired your sound?
AM: A lot of music and bands from the early and late 90s such as Green Day, Blink 182, Stone Temple Pilots, Ever Clear, Pennywise, and even newer bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Biffy Clyro and The Swellers.
JGIC: So you have a new EP- tell us about it.  What's it called and where can we buy it?  What is the first single off it called?
AM: We just released our Musicomania EP on November 13, 2014! You can pick up the album at all digital stores such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Beats Music, Sony Music Unlimited, XBOX, and many more. Physical copies will be made shortly after. The first single is “ It’s Not Alright”. We wanted to create an album that is would make people fall back in love with music as the definition of Musicomania suggests. We all have an attraction to music and we all fall under its beautiful spell. This phenomenon is called Musicomania. This was exactly what we were after when we started to record these songs. The feeling of music, if that makes sense?

JGIC: Absolutely!  Great music is just like love= the universal language.  Your band has a very seamless sound.  How often do you rehearse?
AM: Thank you. That means a lot. We do work hard. It depends really, when we were younger we made it an effort to practice at least 3-4 times a week. Now, we only practice that much if we have a tour or show coming up, sometimes more depending.
JGIC: I've noticed on social media that you have toured around Europe and South America a few times.  How did you guys land these amazing tours?
AM: Yeah, we have been all over the world, its been a blessing for us to be able to tour, travel, see different parts of the world, and play music. We booked all of the tours on our own. Speaking with bands and clubs
EP Cover
all over the world, offering show trade offs, it really is amazing how much we have accomplished.
JGIC: If you have significant others, how do you keep them close while you're on the road?  How do you make time for them with your busy schedules?
AM: Yes, some of us do. They all understand. I mean, this is what we want to do. This is who we are.  It is hard at times, especially when we are gone for weeks at a time, you can become very homesick but we have each other on the road so it really helps having your friends with you. I guess on the other side of that coin, it is hard for our loved ones at home, but we try and communicate with them every day while we are on the road. In a way, it feels like home isn’t so far away after all, especially with some of the technology that is already out there, Face Time, iChat, Skype etc. We make the time to see them as well especially in between tours and records.
JGIC: That's great! Any advice for new bands?
AM: Just keep at it. You need to focus on song writing and getting tight. Practice, practice, practice. Start to play more shows, venture out on tours, show trade off with other bands. Learn how to fail and succeed—you will learn from your mistakes and become better for it. There is no right or wrong way on how to do succeed in this business. The biggest thing is the music. It always is about the music. Focus on songwriting, see what your favourite artists are doing. Write with other songwriters, write with your band members; all of this will help.
JGIC: Upcoming shows you want the readers to come out to?
AM: We will be playing our cd release party as soon as our physical CDs are ready. We will have more information up at
JGIC: Oooh- Looking forward to that! Any shout outs?
AM: Thank you Krystal and Jamsterdam for doing this interview with us! I want to say hey to all of the bands that we have toured and played with, our friends and fans. We love you guys.

JGIC: We all love you guys too! Thank you for your time, Anthony!  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more from you guys!


Friday, November 21, 2014


Amazing acapella on Shady's CXVPHER featuring Kxng Crooked (Long Beach), Joe Budden (Jersey), Yelawolf (Alabama), Joell Ortiz (Brooklyn), Royce Da 5'9 and Eminem (Detroit). Just watch!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jersey Girl In Canada's Interview With Matt Hamilton of Polarity!

Hey readers!
Jasmine with Matt: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

I know it's been a good minute, but I am back!  Back in September, I got the chance to sit down with progressive-rock band, Polarity's newest member, Mississauga-based musician/director Matt Hamilton, formerly of melodic-punk band, IVS!  Finally got the time to sit down and type it out for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

JGIC: This is Jersey Girl in Canada on Jamsterdam Radio on the patio of East Side Mario's with Mr. Matt Hamilton of Polarity!  How are you doing?

MH: I'm good- how are you?

JGIC: Good, good!  Yeah- he's actually formerly from (the melodic-punk band), IVS.  He's the newest member and bass player for Polarity, both who you've heard on Jamsterdam. So Matt, tell me: there's a huge difference between the sound of IVS and the sound of Polarity- what made you do the transition?

MH: Well, I was always a fan of both styles of music, I'm a bigger fan of progressive, more experimental music.  As much as I love IVS and they have a fantastic sound and I have nothing bad to say about the music, Polarity is just more of a natural fit for me because, I guess, by my nature, I'm kind of a more experimental guy when it comes to the art that I do.  So, there's a lot of room in Polarity for me to have fun and Polarity has so many different dimensions and I feel like it captures more breath into what I want to do in music.. if that makes any sense..
Photo by

JGIC: Oh, absolutely!

MH: ..Yeah, and so it's like, I love the music- I've always been a fan of Polarity and to be in the band now, they're easily my best friends. I've known them for a while- did video work for them. I always kind of secretly said as I was watching their shows "I think they should go in that direction (creatively)!" So, lo and behold, when they show me their new stuff, while doing video work for them covering the process of their new album (Action Potential due out next year), they show me their new songs and I'm like "Holy shit! That's kind of where I thought you guys were going!"  It was cool- it just really goes to show that we're in the same band, and we're really on the same wavelengths.  Yeah- it was a very seamless transition. Does that answer your question?

JGIC: Oh, absolutely! (sound of airplanes flying overhead) I hope you all could hear that (part of the interview), because we're in some kind of flight path right now- you hear some airplanes passing overhead!

MH: Yeah- people coming from fun places, I'm sure, vacationing unlike me- broke musician, stuck in Toronto (laughs) - well at least I'm hanging out here with you- I'm enjoying myself!

JGIC: Yeah, cheers!

MH: Fucking right! Cheers to Coors Lights for 5 bucks! Yeah!
Mike, Jasmine and Matt: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: Woo!  Go, East Side Marios!  Anyway, so how do you feel like the energy has changed on stage in comparison to IVS because that was like a really high-energy kind of band- but Polarity is high energy as well, it's a different kind of energy.  Like, how do you compare the two- like, how do you feel on stage with Polarity?

MH: With IVS it's pretty technical fast music and oddly enough, the irony of that is that playing that fast, technical stuff- there's room to move around here and there, but when you have a shred-solo, you're pretty much stuck in one place.. unless you're (one of Matt's fave bands) Dillinger Escape Plan - they're not perfect, right they fuck up still, thrashing around playing.. but you watch them live when they have to play certain parts they stop. IVS was to a certain degree, I mean there were two members of the band who had to play instruments and sing at times.. so there were two guys on the wing that were the guys that worked the crowd, but with Polarity it's like the music is still very technical- there's a lot of technical parts to it. The music's a little groovier at times, it could (also) be a lot heavier at times.  There are not really that many parts where the band has to be really static, especially (front woman) Jasmine- I mean, fuck- all respect to her- she's a great singer and she has great energy.
Jasmine. Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: and she's gorgeous!!

MH: For sure- and she's got a lot of energy and she's not afraid to throw herself around. In Polarity, the people in the band like to throw themselves around a little bit more, so it kind of encourages that because no one has to really do two things at once and be stuck in their place, you know?  So the energy, yeah because of that I think it looks like there's a lot more going on- it looks a little bit more dynamic.

JGIC: Nice! So wait- rewind- you guys are working on a new album. What are the fans to expect for the new sound? I know you probably can't give too much away, which is understandable but.. what's the difference between the sound that we've been hearing from Polarity and the new sound.. if you can possibly elaborate?

MH:  Oh, I certainly can- I can use key terms here (laughs) and I can go in a little bit of detail because some of the stuff in the P3 documentary (below) I did was released there..

JGIC: (to the readers/listeners) Yeah- so he's also a director- he's not just a guitarist or bass player.  He's really good by the way- you should check out his work online!  

MH: Yeah, I'm ok, I guess. Thank you- I appreciate that.

JGIC: Actually, can you tell people where they can find your video work online?

MH: Ok cool- you can check us out on  The thing I did was P3- I've done a bunch of really small things since then for Polarity but that's the big thing- the one worth looking at, because that's the one that will give you a better sneak peek than the one I'm about to give you with our new music.  But to answer your question: Fans should expect something that is dirty as fuck. Dirty, dirty, dirty as fuck!  There are some songs that are like anthems that are just going to just destroy people's faces.
Eric and Jay: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: (laughs)

MH: Yes.  No word of a lie! The band has so much more dimension to it- long, long passages of beautiful instrumentation, you know? Tonnes of stuff going on- music that crawls all over the place. There are Tool moments on the album, probably some kind of Marilyn Manson moments visible at his most anthemic.. there are softer acoustic moments... aw, man. There's just a lot of stuff to this album so expect something that's HUGE!!  ... I'm gonna end the ramble there.

JGIC: Yeah.. he likes to ramble... (laughs).  So you've got some big shoes to fill, stepping in as the replacement for bass player, Mike (Smith).  How did you feel when they asked you to join the band?

MH: At first I was.. it was surreal because these guys have been my friends for so long, doing video work for them, I guess I had a Hardcore Logo moment where the documentarian becomes part of the act. At first I thought it would be really weird, and then I started thinking about it like "This is what I've always wanted", you know? I've always been a fan of that band, always wanted to play that kind of music so when I hear "Matt Hamilton in Polarity", it's awesome because it just makes sense like I belong there, you know.  I mean Smith was in the band for 7 years so certainly big shoes to fill.  Funny enough, our show we played a few nights ago, he was there watching us!

JGIC:  That's awesome- did you feel any pressure?

Matt and Mike: Photo by James Nicoll Photography
MH:  I didn't know he was there until Jasmine, in the middle of the set said "We're gonna do a shout out to Mike Smith" and I was like (in a Scooby Doo voice) "Huh???"

JGIC: (laughs)

MH: So it was interesting- I don't think he had much time to stay- he runs his own business- he's a busy guy. But yeah- it was a little bit strange knowing that he was watching because it was kinda like.. it's almost like an ex-girlfriend kind of thing- you're seeing her with her latest new boyfriend, so I'm sure for him it must've been weird, and I wanted to get a chance to speak to him, like "Hey bud", you know, touch base on that note.  But I mean he's a cool guy and he's always been really nice to me in the past.  I know he's really happy for us and he's moved on and he's in a really good place right now so..

JGIC: It's pretty awesome that he decided to go to your show.  That's really like, you know.. almost like passing the torch?

MH: Oh, for sure.  I was actually really happy to see that he was there.  He's still good friends with everyone in the band and so it was nice to see they were all happy to see him there too, and that there was no ill will. We all try to be friends, that's very important, and I feel him coming out that night was sealing that.

JGIC:  You guys recently played a show with the band In My Coma, The Rathburns, and who else was there?

MH: Setback.  They're a young band from Milton- we've been friends with them for a little while.

Polarity: Photo by James Nicoll Photograpy
JGIC: Nice. How was that show?

MH: It was fucking awesome!  It was a great show!  I had a blast and the crowd was just so good to us like... at the end of the show, I was literally bowing to them- you guys are the best!

JGIC: I'm sure they appreciated that!

MH: I'm sure they did.  I probably smelled really bad and..

JGIC: Oh my God.. I just hit a wasp...

MH: Uh-oh..

JGIC: I just hit a wasp, everybody, and it's struggling.. (stomps on it) and I just put it out of its misery- sorry- animal cruelty on the radio here.  Sorry.. go on..
Matt and Jay: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

MH: Wow- Jesus! You got some powers there!

JGIC: I hit it with my pinky!

MH: Shit!  Really?!

JGIC: Yeah- it was flying around my beer and it was ridiculous but anyway.. yeah!  I'm sure they really appreciated your whole like "Ahh- I'm not worthy" you know, response to their love for your band.

MH:  Yeah,well I smelled really bad at that point so I was probably fanning all my stink at them and didn't realize that til later.. actually til now.

JGIC: (Laughs)

MH: But yeah I'm sure they appreciated that- we try to be a humble band and we're not the type of people who think we're like 'kings of the universe' or anything like that.  It's very much about sharing the musical experience, we want people to enjoy it.  We try to be personable with people that come up and see us because we really appreciate people coming out to see us play, and to see you never met before
wearing Polarity shirts.

JGIC: Yeah, I saw some photo online like that somewhere the other day! I was like "Wow- that's awesome!"

Photo by James Nicoll Photography
MH:  Yeah, I only know two of those people so for a young band like us where we're trying to still build our following to see people are catching on is really... it makes my day. It really was awesome to see.

JGIC: Nice! Speaking of shows- do you have any coming up that you want to let people know about?

MH: Yeah, certainly, you can go to to confirm this, but we're playing in Kitchener October 17th... or mid-October - some time around there... if you check out the website, you'll be able to figure that all out.

JGIC: Any shout outs?

MH: Oh, fuck yeah!

JGIC: Oh wait.. do you wanna drink your beer?

MH: Uh.. well..

JGIC: Take a sip!

L-R: Mike, Matt, Jay, Eric, Jasmine: Photo by Andrew Marshall Photography
MH: Ah, ok.. (in a Southern-ish accent) "Mmmm five dollas, five dollas.. tastes goooood!"  Obviously I wanna shout out to my band: Jasmine, Eric, Jay, Mike Sitana- you guys are my family.  I like to shout out to our lovely production crew: Joey Virgilo, Rich Stewart, Phil Kluba, and the one and only Chris Creglia, as well as our lovely producer, David Bottrill. Shout out to our friends Jeff Aguiar, Wes Laverty, Taalor Stackhouse, Mike Urszeni.  Shout out to my family: my mum, dad, my lovely sister, Heather.  Shout out to all the fine people at Jamsterdam, Jersey Girl right here who's doing this great interview!  Last but not least, I want to send a shout out to our fans.  We love you guys- we love your energy. We love every time we see you out at our shows wearing Polarity t-shirts- you guys rock!  You're the reason why we do this.  Thank you so much!

JGIC:  Wicked!  Thanks so much for your time, Matt!  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Polarity in the years to come!





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Marriage Proposals: Are They Even About The Love Anymore??

Hey readers!

  I was on Facebook, and ran into this article someone had posted entitled Rejected Marriage Proposals: The Top 5 Reasons People Say "No" To Getting Engaged, and thought: "Wow- is marriage even sacred
Totally say yes to the pizza.
anymore?  Are we in such a superficial society that puts too much emphasis on trivial details, solely for the sake of impressing others with the "cute story" of how we get engaged/married??"

According to this article, the top 5 reasons are listed as follows:

1. Unromantic proposal setting: 67 %
I get it: You have dreamed up this "perfect setting" for the day your man (or woman) gets down on bended knee and asks you to marry them, but unfortunately, unless you've put a lot of emphasis on how you'd want the day to happen, you're more than likely going to be disappointed.  On top of that, what ever happened to good surprises?  If you've mapped it all out for your partner, and they actually go through with your plan, chances are, you are not going to have that genuine, heart-melting reaction accompanied by tears of joy that should go along with someone asking you to enter a new chapter in your lives together.

Poor ring choice: 53 % 
If you actually say "no" to whatever ring your partner has spent time, money, and brain power picking out for you, then you don't actually love that person.  Some of you many be reading this like, "Jersey Girl- you're
just a bitter, lonely bitch who wouldn't understand a goddamn thing about engagement rings because you're probably single... blah blah.."  I've been engaged before.  I've said "Yes" to the ugly, lack-lustre ring that I felt didn't suit my taste.  Am I married now?  Never.  It wasn't the ring that was the problem- he was simply the wrong guy for me... but I still said "Yes" because it felt right at the time for whatever my reasons were (and whatever number of glasses of wine I was on at that time). 

My point is, if you want so badly for your partner to propose, but you would say "no" to the ring he or she thinks would be perfect for you, but you hate it... wouldn't you want to consider maybe keeping the ring they put their heart, soul, and hard-earned cash to buy for your ass, and maybe... I dunno... make some upgrades?  If the ring is real, you can definitely customize it, whilst wearing the same ring your partner got
Custom R2D2 ring: Well thought out, I'd say.
down on bent knee with.

Some may argue that if the partner chooses the wrong ring, their partner doesn't know them well enough, so they deserve the reply "No" to the wrong ring... Then if they don't know you that well, why the rush and putting so much importance on marriage???

You know what?  I say, hit up the corner store gum machine, get a 25 cent ring, and propose with THAT.  If she says "Yes", you know it's love and so you can give her the real ring after.. I mean the second right after she accepts your proposal.  

Bad wording of the proposal: 51 %
How do you word this wrong?  There must be a book or online article somewhere entitled Great Ways To Word Your Marriage Proposal. I kind of agree that the wrong choice of words could ruin the moment, as this moment is about genuine expression of feelings so the right words should come naturally, but in the same way of ruining the moment, so would cue cards.  

Not everyone is good with their words, so anyone out there reading this that would love to get better with wording your proposal, maybe try writing down a list of things you love about your partner, why you want to spend the rest of your life with them, remember all this, recite this mini speech (keep it under a minute or two) right before getting down one knee, then pop the question. Bam. You're welcome.


Lack of trust in the relationship: 39 %
Leave the person- if you don't trust them now (and your relationship is far along enough to even think about marriage), are you actually convinced that you're going to eventually all of a sudden magically trust them the minute they put your perfect ring on your finger?? No- you won't. Seriously.

Scared of the commitment: 36 %                
If you're scared of commitment, why are you in a relationship then?  You probably don't trust this person you're with anyway, because if you did, your fear of commitment would be flushed down the toilet because you are a smitten kitten with someone who you share mutual feelings and life goals with.  Scared of commitment?  Stay single, and don't dick anyone around to believe they have a chance at a future with you if they don't.  Easy peasy.

  If you love someone, a fancy ring, a big fancy wedding, and all that other fluff is trivial and doesn't matter.  Just being with them, appreciating and living in the moment, encouraging and supporting each other, and enjoying each other should be your priorities.  Life is too short to not allow things to work out organically. If you wanna get married to them and change your last name to theirs, getting hitched at City Hall is $550.00 (last time I checked years ago it was anyway).  

  I've heard one too many ridiculous stories on how the thought of marriage has ruined relationships (I'm sorry to hear those stories and best of luck to you all who have shared them with me, as I'm sure your next relationships will be 100 times better), so rather than get frustrated about how you're not married yet, or whatever it is you're after, consider the fact it's just a piece of jewelry followed by a huge, overpriced party.  If you get these, great and congrats.  If not, life goes on so enjoy it either way.