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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | MAJOR

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2005
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"Wildlife Adelaide Hall, Toronto ON, May 10 2014"

Toronto indie rockers Wildlife took to the stage late last night at Adelaide Hall for an energetic, powerful set. Despite it being one of the last shows on the last day of Canadian Music Week — as was obvious from fatigued members of the audience — the band evoked cheers and howls as they filled the room with their massive pop hooks and layered arrangements.

Drawing heavily from their recent LP, On the Heart, they played with a certain controlled chaos that only comes after years of experience. The band's five members can let loose, turn their amps up to 11 and still sound perfect. It was a revelatory show that closed Canadian Music Week with a bang. - Exclaim!

"Wildlife at Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week"

Wildlife, a favourite of the Toronto indie-rock scene, and the winners of the 2014 SiriusXM Indie Award for the best Rock Artist/Group Or Duo Of The Year, played a highly energized set at Adelaide Hall on Saturday night. Focusing attention on material from their sophomore album On The Heart, the 5-piece had fans enraptured from the first guitar-string pluck of "Born To Ruin" until their set-closer, and personal favourite, "Killing For Fun" from 2010's Strike Hard, Young Diamond.

Anyone who has seen a Wildlife show before knows this band pushes the boundaries whenever on stage, and although their live performances have an almost palpable sense of urgency, they are still masterful musicians that do not sacrifice musical quality or self-control despite their enthusiasm and Saturday night was no exception.

As Wildlife continue to gain momentum and popularity, the venues in which they play will also grow in size, evidenced by their attendance at Montreal's Osheaga Music Festival. Being that this band is a must-see live, and should be enjoyed in intimate spaces like Adelaide Hall, buy a ticket the next time an upcoming Wildlife show is announced and while the opportunity still exists. - Examiner


The great thing about a sold-out show, especially at The Troubadour, is that it brings out more people to see the opening band. And for those that caught Toronto’s Wildlife to kick off the night, most found a new group to love. It’s not often a relatively unknown band draws the response Wildlife did, but fans just seemed like they couldn’t get enough of their indie rock sound. While this was the band’s first trip to Los Angeles, we can only hope that it’s the first of many more to come. - L.A. Record

"Canadian Music Week Television Feature"

Wildlife featured on CBC Television's "The National" for Canadian Music Week. - The National (CBC Television)

"Wildlife - Strike Hard, Young Diamond"

"It may be late in the game, but these twelve tracks feel like one of the most memorable finds of the entire year, channeling the stomp-pop of contemporaries like Wolf Parade, mixed with the quirk of bands like the Harlem Shakes." - Baeble Music

"This Week's Feature - Wildlife - Strike Hard, Young Diamond"

"Simply put, every single track is amazing, crackling with an urgency and a vibrancy that brings to mind albums like Apologies to the Queen Mary or A Lesson In Crime or Shine A Light." - iHeart Music

"Wildlife - Strike Hard, Young Diamond"

"The five songs are bold, full of angst and to the point, but they're also filled with youthful exuberance and affirming righteousness..." - Exclaim Magazine

"Disc Review - Wildlife - Strike Hard, Young Diamond"

"It’s fast-strummed, passionately delivered indie rock, and when the gang vocals and reverb roll in, as in opener Stand In The Water, a punkier Arcade Fire comes to mind." - NOW Magazine (Toronto)

"Reviews:: Wildlife Strike Hard, Young Diamond EP"

"They have the infectious energy and intensity that have become standard for many new bands since Spencer, Dan, Arlen and Dante exploded on the scene, but Wildlife adds a recklessness – more akin to West Coast, bearded drunkards like Ladyhawk" - Herohill



...On The Heart, 2013 (Easy Tiger Records/Wax Records)

Strike Hard, Young Diamond, 2010 (Easy Tiger Records/Wax Records)

Wildlife EP (Self-Titled), 2008 (Self Released)



The heart is a funny thing. Its strong, vulnerable, vital, but unlike
most of the important things in our lives, its not protected by bricks
or Kevlar. Unless you have a Kevlar heart and if so, where did you get
it? Can I have one? For the rest of us, we put ourselves out into the
world blind and unguarded; we love, we live and sometimes we get hit
(possibly hard). When we mess-up or get messed-up, our hearts help us
use those mess-ups to learn, to light the way, and get a bit closer to a
less messed-up truth.

Wildlife has always kind of been about a similar kind of thinking. Were
all in this together, so lets get movin, always forward, never back,
dont dwell on the past, lets build on our mistakes, try new things and
stop pretending you know everything cause you dont and thats
annoying. AND Thats pretty much what our entire first record was about!
Strike Hard, Young Diamond (our first record) was a study of letting
go, an observation of youth, what it means to be young, reckless, nave
and all of the incredible things that can come out of happy accidents.
We used themes of adventure, exploration and vitality to explain jumping
into the dark, deep water not knowing or caring where you came up for

I guess it only makes sense that our new record is about realization. It
probably asks more questions than gives answers. The one answer it does
give is really nothing new, but it has a lot of meaning to me either
way, which is why we call it On The Heart. We view it as an essay, a
love letter, a tribute to the heart itself. Everything it does for us,
to us, how it helps us and hurts us. How it heals us, holds us up and
pushes us forward. It keeps us going, keeps us living and gives us a
place to be free. Dont stop believin? Follow your dreams? Sure. But it
seems to me that the heart is too complex to be summed up in a
catchphrase. I think it would be fair to say that this new album was
created to try to make a little sense of that complex, mysterious, vital
muscle. Maybe with a couple catchphrases thrown in for good measure. We
buried our hearts deep inside this thing, and we hope you love it as
much as we do.

Dean Povinsky + Wildlife

(Dean Povinsky is some guy who just wrote this thing you read. He is the
lead singer and guitarist of Wildlife, along with Derek Bosomworth
(bass), Dwayne Christie (drums) and Graham Plant (guitar). Their
critically acclaimed, not so good selling first album Strike Hard, Young
Diamond came out in November 2010. But what they care about right now
is On The Heart, to be released March 5 2013 on Wax Records. It was
recorded with some really awesome guys named Peter Katis (The National,
Interpol) Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado). Wildlife
lives in Toronto, but they want to come meet you in person and spoil you

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