Great Dark Wonder

Written for and by fans of the fantastic Canadian music scene...


January 2017

Hometown Heroes: Laura Cole and Tomi Swick, Live and Loud

Having spent considerable time in “concert hibernation,” Team GDW were certainly ready and willing to grab the passports, load up the car, and enjoy a weekend getaway in southern Ontario for our first taste of live music in 2017.   We returned… Continue Reading →

Interview: Chris Gostling & The Tempo, “Breath, Blood & Tempo”

With the recent release of their first album, “Breath, Blood & Tempo,” Chris Gostling & The Tempo have marked a transitional point: from frequent live performers in the Toronto area to recording artists who hopefully will gain an audience across… Continue Reading →

Review: Les soeurs Boulay, “Lendemains”

“Lendemains,” the new EP from Les soeurs Boulay, is a quieter, more reflective, and more intimate set of songs than their previous albums, “Le poid des confettis” and “4488 de l’amour.”  Where their previous work by turns rocks and soothes,… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: The Glorious Sons

Having heard an abundance of ‘new’ music coming out of Canada over the last few years, it occurred to me that of all the genres I frequently listen to, there has been very little in the way of true old-fashioned… Continue Reading →

Interview: Amanda Sadler Releases New Single, “Drop the Needle Down”

Kingston-based singer/songwriter Amanda Sadler released a new single on 20 January, “Drop the Needle Down.”  Following on the success of her debut EP “The Light,” Sadler is exploring new vocal and lyrical territory with her new song, produced by Dave “Dwave”… Continue Reading →

Interview: Abigail Lapell, “Hide Nor Hair”

With her new release, “Hide Nor Hair,” singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell has delivered an exquisite set of songs, equally beautifully played.  Building on the foundation of her previous album, “Great Survivor,” this project features stunning guitar playing, haunting harmonies, and lyrics that… Continue Reading →

Random Record Revival: “Thrash Rock Legacy” by The Mounties

The latest Friday morning commute to the office was delayed due to yet another ‘incident ahead’ on the highway, so whilst struggling to maintain a 5mph average speed (at best, it seemed), I turned to my trusty MP3 player and… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: Elliott Brood

Although I had heard and enjoyed all of Elliott Brood’s albums, I did not transition to the level of passionate fan until we saw them live last December in London, ON.  Their energetic performance really fired up my enjoyment of… Continue Reading →

Tuneful Introspection: Stephen Fearing, “Every Soul’s a Sailor”

Umm I put an album out two days ago. I know you got a copy… @cbcmusic was it something I said or… ? #tragicallyunhip ???? — Stephen Fearing (@StephenFearing) January 14, 2017 While CBC Music may have overlooked Stephen… Continue Reading →

Steve Strongman: New Single and Interview

Already a well-regarded blues musician, Hamilton, ON-based Steve Strongman has released a new single, “No Time Like Now,” featuring a striking rock sound – an enjoyable, but not surprising, departure for the award-winning artist.  The song is the title track from… Continue Reading →

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