Reeves Gabrels “I’m the new guy, so I can still say: wow.” The Cure are Not a Nostalgia Act. Are You? Or, The Sky Looked as Perfect as Cats.
Billy Bragg “After a short break, Joe and I resume our tour tonight in Minneapolis onstage at 7:30 pm. Here’s the story so far.” There is Power in a Union: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Shine a Light
“A superb review from Sunday.” The Farm: All Together Now at Shiiine On Weekender
DISARM Magazine (formerly Step On Magazine) was founded in January 2016 by Dave MacIntyre, a professional photo-journalist with over 10 years of experience in Toronto’s competitive arts & culture scene and Jacqueline Howlett, a journalism & literature graduate with a focus on literary criticism and post-colonial lit, film buff and media critic. Since then, with the help of freelance writers, we’ve published over 600 original articles on music (mostly) as well as on film, TV, art & culture including reviews, recommendations, live events, music gigs, artist interviews and long-form culture essays & critical reviews. We also feature an original & exclusive live music / festival and cultural photography archive.
We’ve had stellar feedback from the industry, our subjects and readers alike. We’ve also created over 30 original music playlists featuring our recommendations of new music and musical discoveries from different genres and eras. Our freelance writing contributors have hailed from across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. and our work is seen by many thousands of readers, creators, industry players, artists and fans in those countries and beyond every month.
We are creating a new type of magazine with 90s values and a traditional level of quality. Always original, and always authentic. We only cover bands, festivals, events, art, film, books and other creative works that we are genuine (often life-long) fans of. We are 100% Independent and write with honesty and integrity about the music that defined our generation and the music that will define our current time. What side are you on?
DISARM is not named after any song. It’s named for an approach, a skill, and a style.
Good music is never trendy or out of style. Nostalgia is for Christmas.
Thank you for visiting. Tell your friends. See you in the crowd.
Shiiine On Weekender “A brilliant write up by Step On Magazine about last weekend’s shenanigans. Give it a read – hits the nail right on the head.”
Will Potter (Guitarist, Cud) “Great pic from Dave MacIntyre from last weekend. Rare to see me stood still #concentrating.” “Good title for a fine review of last weekend’s Shiiine On” Purple Love Balloon: Our 72 Hour Shiiine On Weekender Diary / 90s Manifesto
Thousand Yard Stare ” Big love to our Torontonian brothers at Step On Magazine for a chipper review from Shiiine On Weekender – ‘The lads threatened to blow the roof off the building, firing a relentless slew of guitar driven rock that quickly drew in spectators and packed the room Saturday night.” Thousand Yard Stare Live at Shiiine On Weekender
HORACE PANTER AKA SIR HORACE GENTLEMAN
Founding & current member of The Specials, Bass Legend, Fine Artist/Painter, Author, Gentleman
Horace Panter “No skimping on this interview…thanks guys! Smart photos, too!” The Specials Triumph in Toronto at Sold Out Show
PETE FIJ & TERRY BICKERS (ADORABLE / POLAK & HOUSE OF LOVE)
Pete Fij “Step On Magazine have an interview with Pete where he talks about elements of his career, including his relationship with Terry.” Pete Fij on Books, Film and Life After Adorable
“Pete Fij “Step On Magazine have a nice review of our show at Shiiine On Weekender, and have come in with the first suggestion for album #2’s title” Shiiine On Weekender Sunday: I Don’t Want to Fade Out, I Want to Fade In
THE FOREIGN RESORT (DENMARK)
LOGAN LYNN: ADIEU (ALBUM REVIEW)
ZOE HOWE (ROCK WRITER & BIOGRAPHER, U.K.)
“I am so touched that they took the time to really listen to our record the way they so clearly did. What a review!”
“Am absolutely bowled over by this amazing review, courtesy of Jacqueline Howell at the super cool Step On Magazine.
Here’s an extract: ‘Zoë Howe is well matched with the subject as our guide for this wild ride, infusing the occasional bleak darkness and left turns of a colourful life with wit and poetry in abundance, much like Stevie Nicks herself. Unlike some prominent legacy dragging biographers who’ve use their privileged position to tear down icons, Howe is not and does not write like a jealous groupie or failed artist or with an agenda; rather, she is a strong artist in her own right, one with the confidence and spark to lightly return a sense of dignity, relevance and sparkling artistry to the tradition of music biography…. Clearly, Nicks would be proud.’
MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP (DOCUMENTARY FILM REVIEW)
“Thank you, Step On, for one of the most thoughtful reviews we’ve read for a film we worked so very hard to craft. Rodney (Bigenheimer) remains an enigma to us all: the prince and the pauper with a heart of gold, a super-tuned ear, and an uncanny knack for introducing his enormously talented friends to one another, sparking magical collaborations that took the world by storm. He’s never been rich or famous, but has helped others become rich and famous around the world. Still, in such a hard-fought business, so many talents have fallen by the wayside. So yes, we believe what you see is as close as any film can get to the heart of Rodney.
Thank you for bringing our film to light again to such an appreciative audience. All the best to you and your Step On readers!”
– Julie Janata, Mayor of the Sunset Strip Co-Producer / Editor – on Mayor of The Sunset Strip: What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.
EDEN MUSIC FEST (OUR FIRST EVER CAMPING MULTI DAY MUSIC FEST, 1996, & our touchstone)
“I was there, loved it. I remember Robert Smith wearing a Leafs jersey, Perry Farrell drinking a bottle of wine for his whole set, I don’t remember any fires but I do remember tonnes of food flying through the air, coolers, tents, pretty much everything not nailed down made its way down the hill. All in all it was a great time, I still have an unused ticket somewhere which wasn’t cheap lol ($135). Great piece you’ve written here. Took me right back there. – Jason, on Eden Music Fest Manifesto: A Group of Fans Take the Story Back
“You guys did a great job bringing a great ( and largely forgotten) festival back into relevance…and thanks for bringing me back to my youth.” – Brian, on Eden Music Fest Manifesto: A Group of Fans Take the Story Back
Featured Facebook Comments: “Fucking Hell. Great Article.” Paul On “Gotta Be a Loose Fit: Our Happy Mondays”
“What a brilliant depiction. One love.” (Sharon)”The 4 days they’ve written up has really captured the spirit of the weekend.”(Phil) on Shiiine On Weekender: Saturday – Atmosphere
BEN RAYNER, TORONTO STAR MUSIC & CULTURE JOURNALIST & CRITIC SINCE 1998
Ben Rayner gave some kind support for our Wayhome 2016 wrap up on twitter” ‘ Wayhome 2016 cracked the code for stronger female led representation in the overwhelmingly male rock/musis space’ saying “It really did. So good to be at a festival that wasn’t a total sausage fest. Much chiller, much friendlier.” EVERYTHING WAYHOME 2016
More Press mentions / Acknowledgements for Step On Magazine / DISARM Magazine
The Churchill Garden (Included on our Best of 2016 feature) Great Lake Swimmers (Great Lake Swimmers featured on our (virtual) Mix Tape #1) Creation Records – Adorable Isolation Records – Spectres Taste of Edmonton – The Watchmen Crashing Through Publicity – American Culture Eric Alper – The Music Industry’s Most Loved Albums of All Time (series) The Lonesome Wilderness
The Cobbie “Great review of the less obvious attractions across an amazing weekend.” The Resurrection and the Light: Cover Bands at Shiiine On Weekender
The Watchmen “Well written piece for you Can rock lovers.” The Watchmen: Life in Stereo (Live Review and Historical Look at One of Canada’s Very Best Bands) The Danforth Music Hall ” Relive the magic of Toots and the Maytals with review and photos of Monday’s show.” The Coolest and the Warmest: Toots and the Maytals Live in Toronto
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Some artists we follow / have had the privilege to write on, interview or photograph. We are grateful for each and every one’s time and altruism. And are bigger fans than ever:
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