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Interview: Skydiggers, “Warmth of the Sun”

From the first few chords of “Warmth of the Sun,” it’s utterly clear that the Skydiggers are not only not resting on past laurels, but they are fired up with an urgency and energy to speak their truth.  The album, just… Continue Reading →

Commonwealth Connections: Seafret

“Reflections in the water help to clear my mind, stretching out before me to the other side. We didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. Give me something to live for, something to die for.” Do you ever experience… Continue Reading →

On Tour: Brodie Moniker

Several months ago, we had the opportunity to speak with Saskatchewan-based Brodie Moniker about his recent album, “Nowhere Left to Ghost.”  Brodie is now taking this terrific material out on the road in midwestern and western Canada, with a tour… Continue Reading →

Review: Walrus, “Family Hangover”

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the indie-fuzz band Walrus recently released their new album “Family Hangover.”  Liking the retro nineties indie vibe of their opening track “Later Days,” I received a very harsh wake-up call around the sixty second mark… Continue Reading →

Interview: Petunia and the Vipers, “Lonesome Heavy and Lonesome”

I first discovered the awesome uniqueness that is Petunia and the Vipers’ music when exploring last year’s album releases from British Columbia.  Their last album, “Dead Bird on the Highway,” was a wickedly cool mix of horns, pedal steel, and… Continue Reading →

Review: Terra Lightfoot, “New Mistakes”

I have often mentioned that given the seemingly endless supply of new Canadian music, an artist has to offer up something special to separate themselves from the pack and grab my attention.  Prior to her 2014 release “Every Time My… Continue Reading →

New Single: Iskwé, “Soldier”

In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred, Hamilton-based Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) are a rare breed. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch’ by CBC Music, Iskwé… Continue Reading →

Finding God in Everything: Annie Sumi, “In the Unknown”

Way back in another lifetime, I wrote a paper for a theology course in which I intimated that God is present and visible in all things – and was roundly roasted by my professor for borderline heretical thinking.  So hearing… Continue Reading →

Commonwealth Connections: Bastille in Philadelphia

Not only is this a new entry in our Commonwealth Connections series, but it’s our first post by a guest writer!  Martina Keogan brings us her recap of British band Bastille’s recent performance in Philadelphia. Energetic and appreciative, British alt… Continue Reading →

New Single: Olympic Symphonium, “Coat of Arms”

The Olympic Symphonium have emerged from a three-year silence with a new song, “Coat of Arms.”  The song, says band member Graeme Walker, “wrestles with figuring out an identity and then bringing that individual into relationships. What qualities do we… Continue Reading →

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