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December 2016

2016 in Review: Team GDW Select Our Favorites

Both halves of Team GDW selected lists of favorites from 2016 – as you’ll see, we took quite different approaches.  We hope that if you have not yet heard some of these projects, you’ll give them a try, and hopefully… Continue Reading →

The British Invasion: 21st Century Version

Having followed the Canadian indie rock-folk music scene for a while now, we have heard the occasional ‘non-domestic’ artist across the airwaves when tuning in to CBC Sonica, CBC Radio 2, Indie88 or The Verge.  Being fine tuned to the… Continue Reading →

2016 Favorites: Ontario

Given the great year in Canadian music generally, it would be dead easy to focus on the bigger artists working on Ontario (and there were some terrific releases from them) but instead, we prefer to focus on some musicians who may… Continue Reading →

Alberta and Manitoba: 2016 Favorites

As we continue to explore a banner year in releases province by province, we come to Alberta and Manitoba.  Once again, I’ve found a crop of new artists to explore, and my playlist has grown to even more unmanageable proportions… Continue Reading →

Some Favorites From 2016 New Brunswick Releases

I had already decided to continue on our theme of favorites-by-province when Music/Musique NB released their 2016 releases poll, so I was happy to see a new list to dig through.  As with Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Québec, New Brunswick… Continue Reading →

Some 2016 Favorites From Québec

My love for Canadian music began with a trip to Montréal in 1999 that happened to coincide with the Francofolies festival.  My first introduction to a very vibrant music scene has stayed with me now for nearly 20 years, with… Continue Reading →

British Columbia’s Turn for the Marathon Romp

BeatRouteBC’s “best of Vancouver” releases list prompted me to spend some time digging through 2016 releases from British Columbia.  It seems only fair, since I dug into Saskatchewan’s list last week.  I started with BeatRouteBC’s list, but certainly did not… Continue Reading →

2016 Concerts: Looking Back at 10 Memorable Live Tracks

Given that Team GDW have enjoyed a decent volume of live concert material throughout 2016, I wanted to share some of the performances that stood out from the crowd and gave me a stronger appreciation for a particular artist/song based… Continue Reading →

A Marathon Run Through Saskatchewan Music’s Best of 2016 Longlist

Recently Saskatchewan Music posted their 2016 longlist for voting, complete with a Spotify playlist containing many of the nominated projects.  Because I was mostly (and sadly) unfamiliar with the Saskatchewan music scene, I thought this was a great opportunity to… Continue Reading →

Wintersleep Show No Signs of Hibernation at Guelph Concert Theatre

After our wonderful experience in London, ON, with Elliott Brood and the Great Lake Swimmers, the next evening found us travelling to Guelph for a concert featuring Hannah Georgas and Wintersleep.  Having been a fan of Hannah for a few… Continue Reading →

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