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Interview: Flypaper Orchestra, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Many of us with parents who grew up in the Great Depression undoubtedly heard stories about its miseries, and perhaps also heard some of the songs that came out of that era.  However, many of these songs have lain dormant… Continue Reading →

A Saturday Night With Matt Mays and The Arkells in London, ON

Continuing our series of the ‘Thanksgiving Weekend 3 concerts in 3 nights,’ we found ourselves in London, ON for the third consecutive evening of live music.  And in contrast to the intimate shows spent with both Emm Gryner and The… Continue Reading →

Interview: Thelonious Hank, “Walk Between the Raindrops”

As I was listening to the new album from Thelonious Hank the other night, M stopped in his tracks and said, “Wow – that’s old school.”  And yes, that’s precisely what “Walk Between the Raindrops” is – a delightful visit… Continue Reading →

Review: Black Suit Devil, “The Freedom Sessions”

On a recent road trip that saw Team GDW once again heading north to catch a live show in Southern Ontario, L took charge of the DJ duties and was incredibly eager to share some new tunes with me that… Continue Reading →

Interview: Ambre McLean, “My Heart”

We’ve been waiting three years for Ambre McLean to release a new album – but “My Heart,” released just last month, was well worth the wait.  This collection of reflective, thoughtful songs, with Ambre’s astonishing voice over a primarily acoustic… Continue Reading →

Interview: Holly Blazina, “Transcendencia”

In the time we’ve been writing this blog, it’s become even more apparent to us that Canada has a vibrant, talented, and diverse music community.  We’ve been wowed by the work of so many artists of all genres – and… Continue Reading →

The Fortunate Ones: An Intimate Evening at The Sanderson Centre

It is well known that Team GDW has a strong bond with The Sanderson Centre in Brantford, ON.  Retuning once again to this wonderful venue, we chose to spend our Black Friday in the company of the Newfoundland folk duo,… Continue Reading →

Interview: Maxim and Gervais Cormier, “Cape Breton Guitar”

The superb flatpicking skills of Maxim Cormier first came to our attention with his last album, a collection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Now, he has released a fabulous album of Cape Breton tunes with his father, multi-instrumentalist Gervais… Continue Reading →

Interview: Piper Hayes, “Piper and Carson”

With her gorgeous new album (out 8 December), “Piper & Carson,” Piper Hayes has created a soundscape not only of her life (depicted as a day, start to finish) but also a statement about how we can and should live… Continue Reading →

Emm Gryner: Live in Forest, ON

One of the wonderful things about the US Thanksgiving Holiday is that it gives Team GDW a great opportunity to savor one last ‘long’ weekend in Southern Ontario before the close of the year.  Always happy to venture up north… Continue Reading →

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