Nadia Elkharadly: Giving Thanks for Good Music

Happy post turkey coma day everyone!  Today I’d like to give thanks for good friends, good times, and most of all, good music.  So happy birthday to Kim, Shevaughn, Anne Marie, Marwah, Ivy, Nadine, Ashley and all the other lovely Libras that I know.  Happy wedding and new marriage to my dear friends Melissa and Chris.  And happy awesome show to Xprime who played a killer set on Sunday night at my favourite bar Cherry Cola!  And thank you to Bob for turning me on to this amazing band.

Ever seen a band that not only gives you goose bumps, but makes it impossible to keep your ass in your chair?  If not, you haven’t seen Xprime.  Hailing from Niagara Falls, the boys from Xprime are:  Gab Sid, Steph Mercier, Neil Carson and Phil Taylor.  Neil is exactly how I picture Bob as a young man – curly haired and lanky, with the charisma and star power that most people never achieve in their whole lives.  Gab and Phil are adorably towheaded, clean cut young men in their ties and vests, the type of boys that parents would be thrilled to see on their doorsteps taking their daughters out on dates.  And the daughters wouldn’t complain either – they are as handsome as they are adorable.  Steph, the tallest and scruffiest of the bunch is as close to a bad boy as this group will get, and definitely seemed to have some wannabe groupies in the crowd.  As a band they function perfectly.  All sing, all play and interchange instruments, and it’s all seamless and completely natural.  If here were every people that were born to be musicians, it’s these guys.

What I love most about this band is that they truly have universal appeal.  There’s something for everyone – every type of music fan can find something to love and enjoy at an Xprime show.  Seasoned musicians can admire their talent and skill on each of their instruments.  Vocalists can appreciate the quality of their vocal harmonies, managed while playing their instruments extremely well.  Rock music lovers can dig their true to original covers by some of the greats; Rolling Stones (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Neil’s Mick Jagger impression), CCR, and the Beatles.  Funk and soul music lovers can too – Xprime does a killer cover of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” among others.  Gen X, Y and Z’ers can rejoice in hearing the songs they loved growing up live and true to the originals – Smashmouth’s “All Stars”, Mr. Brightside by the Killers, and my personal favourite, “I believe in a thing called love” by the Darkness.  And pop and rock music lovers alike can enjoy their original songs and be exposed to something fresh and new.  They’ve even got a brand new EP out entitled Here We Are.  And here they are indeed.

I don’t intend for this column to be a review.  In fact, the past two times I have seen Xprime play live, I’ve had too much fun singing, dancing and generally having a fantastic time to take photos, make notes or do any of the standard music reviewer type stuff I keep telling people I do.  Instead, take my words as a recommendation to the highest degree.  Bob has said it, and now I’m saying it: GO SEE XPRIME LIVE.  Take your mom, take your dad, take your girlfriend, take your boyfriend, take that guy or girl you’ve had a crush on for who knows how long, take your friends or just take yourself.  I will personally guarantee you a great time.  That is, unless you hate fun.  In that case, you’re probably better off staying home.

I’m lucky enough that I encounter new music that I love all the time, but every once in a while a band comes along that really makes me stand up and take notice.  And most recently, that band is Xprime.  This foursome has all the ingredients that make up fantastic band – exceptional musical skill, positive, infectious energy, and great stage presence.  All of these things come together to make for an extremely entertaining show, and an Xprime show is a great way to spend any night of the week that ends in “Y”.  If you’re in Toronto this Thursday, be sure to come see Xprime play at 1:00 am for Indie Week  at DBAWIS’s favourite bar, Cherry Cola’s.  And be sure to say hi!  I won’t’ be hard to find – I’ll be the one dancing like a fool right in front of the stage. You can also find them at Cherry’s every Sunday night. They thrilled the owners so much, they got a weekly residency.

Until next time,



Nadia’s column appears every Tuesday

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Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet.  Nadia writes for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada.  She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine.  Check in every Tuesday for musings about music, love, life and whatever else that comes to mind.

3 Responses to “Nadia Elkharadly: Giving Thanks for Good Music”

  1. The drummer is my brother!!! wooooo
    so proud!

  2. Between you and Bob, I’ve been having this insatiable urge for a cherry coke. Hard to find a good one. The ones in the can or bottle just don’t do it. Bob sez Cherry Cola’s has them. Are they any good?

  3. Sharon the Duck Says:

    Someome fnally got XPrime right. way to go Nadia for a great review

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