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November 2016

The Franklin Electric: No One Left ‘Unsatisfied’ at Horseshoe Tavern

While most American families prepared to tuck into their turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, Team GDW hit the road and headed back to southern Ontario for a “3 concerts in 3 nights” weekend.  Reviews of all three evenings will follow, but… Continue Reading →

Interview: Os Tropies, “The Soil”

Os Tropies’ latest project, “The Soil,” is quite likely a very different listen from anything else you will hear this year. It’s firmly rooted in the Brazilian tropicália tradition, but elements of psychedelic rock creep in as well – I… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: Birds of Bellwoods

While killing some time surfing Bandcamp (a bad habit I’ve recently developed), I came across the group Birds of Bellwoods and their 2015 EP, “The Fifth.”  Thirty seconds into the sample, I was blown away and purchased the download immediately. … Continue Reading →

Already Planning for the 2017 Concert Season!

  With our 2016 concert season winding down into the last remaining weeks of the year, we are looking forward to the shows on offer for the year ahead.  Over the last few days, we have selected several shows for… Continue Reading →

Musings: The Darcys, “Centerfold”

I’m the first to admit that, at least musically, I didn’t enjoy the 1980s so much the first time around.  My tastes were so firmly rooted in the 1970s that I had a tough time making the transition to the… Continue Reading →

Blue Rodeo Returns to the US: Ardmore Music Hall

We arrived at the Ardmore Music Hall (just outside of Philadelphia, PA) on a beautiful fall evening for the highly anticipated opening night for the Blue Rodeo 2016 US tour. Upon parking at the rear of the venue, we encountered… Continue Reading →

Album Release Date Alert – Daniel Bélanger, Paloma

Finally, after such a long wait after “Chic de ville,” Daniel Bélanger has announced the release date for his newest project, “Paloma.”  The album is set to release on 25 November, with preorder available on iTunes. Given the stylistic variety… Continue Reading →

Musings: The Jerry Cans, “Inuusiq/Life”

Thank heaven for CBC – I can honestly say that I would probably not have so many of the things I’ve enjoyed most in life (Montréal Canadiens hockey, Canadian music in general, just to name two) without it. CBC featured… Continue Reading →

One Day and Counting to Blue Rodeo in Pennsylvania!

It is probably impossible for us to hide the fact that we are, and remain, devoted fans to the music of Blue Rodeo.  That wonderful “alt-country/folk/rock/blues/you name it” band fronted by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy provide one of the… Continue Reading →

Musings: #fbf Good, Pinsent, & Keelor, “Down and Out in Upalong”

I first became aware of Gordon Pinsent through his work on “Due South” – for the longest time, the only Canadian television to which many of us south of the border had access.  For me, his portrayal of Sergeant Fraser… Continue Reading →

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