Greg Jarvis
Greg Jarvis is the bandleader of the Flowers Of Hell, a trans-Atlantic experimental ensemble whose work has been praised by members of The Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3 and other defining bands of their genre along with the international music press. The group formed in London in the early 2000s and expanded across the ocean in 2007 when Jarvis relocated to his native Toronto. He’s in the midst of completing a symphony which he’s been awarded a FACTOR grant to create, and he holds a day job lecturing on the music business and music history at Durham College. Many of Jarvis’s compositions are based on his synesthesia – he sees all sounds as shapes around him – and he’s the founder of the Canadian Synesthesia Association.

Entries by Greg Jarvis

The U.S. Border Is Killing Canadian Bands

(45) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 2:05 PM

On a map, Toronto looks like a great city for a band to be based in -- Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philly, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Boston are all within a day's drive. Unfortunately though, thousands of dollars in fees and a quagmire of paperwork stand between Canadian bands and...

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Let's Ban Ticket Resale Sites

(12) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 7:42 AM

When you try to buy a concert or sporting event ticket, you're not competing against fellow fans refreshing their browsers. You're competing against the software and buying teams of international corporations and professional ticket flipping organizations.

You know when a show's on-sale date is, you might even have a pre-sale...

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20 Years Ago, I Watched Nirvana's Penultimate Show in Slovenia

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:57 AM

It was February 27, 1994 and Nirvana was headed into the fire of the Yugoslav war, no one knowing it would be their second last show. While we waited for our names to be checked at the backstage entrance of a Slovenian arena, we felt a wave of excitement around...

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Westerners Don't Get That Russia Needs Putin

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Russia. The very word sends a shiver of excitement and fear through me. As an 80s teenager in the cadets and briefly the reserves, I always thought I'd see the Soviet Union in a radiation suit with a rifle. I was polishing boots, playing glockenspiel & trombone in a marching...

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I'm Glad Godspeed You! Black Emperor Stood Up for Their Beliefs

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Godspeed are the kind of artists that inspire an underground group like mine to keep going. They're encouragement to keep ploughing away, sticking to making music that's true to oneself rather than making stuff that's easily sellable, tunes that one could hope to live off. Their win says one day...

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