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February 2017

Review: Real Ponchos, “To the Dusty World”

Within four or five bars of the opening track of Real Ponchos’ “To the Dusty World,” a listener (at least of a certain age, like me) will likely be strongly reminded of 1970s Southern rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd. … Continue Reading →

Scotty Hills Releases New EP, “Nature Girl”

The latest EP from Scotty Hills, “Nature Girl,” releases today!  Hills, who is currently based on Vancouver Island, has built on the foundations of his previous album, the soulful “Year of Septembers,” and expanded his musical horizons with this new… Continue Reading →

Monster Truck: Sittin’ Heavy

One of the benefits of subscribing to Sirius/XM radio here in the US is the access it gives to a select handful of Canadian stations and fresh music from north of the border.  It was around summer of 2016 when… Continue Reading →

Random Record Revival: Remembering a Summer in Montréal

I’ve written here before about my 1999 journey to Québec and my first experience of Les Francofolies, discovering the Québecois music scene for the first time.  I was so entranced by the music I heard during those cool Montréal summer days… Continue Reading →

Interview: Ron Hawkins

We’ve made many references in this blog to the Blue Rodeo concert at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford, ON, that we attended back in September 2016.  For Team GDW, this was a turning point in our concert-going adventures, as we… Continue Reading →

Snappy Snippets: Fancey, Ludovic Alarie, JP Maurice, AUTOMAT

Starting a new series from Team GDW – here are some brief reviews of recently released albums to which we’re listening. Fancey, “Love Mirage” I fully acknowledge that, musically as well as chronologically, I am totally a child of the 1970s. … Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: The Fortunate Ones

Although the Fortunate Ones have been on the Canadian folk scene for a few years now, their name only came across our musical radar in the last twelve months or so.  Indeed, it was probably during our visit to Canada… Continue Reading →

First Look: Video Release From Luke Nicholson

We’re pleased to feature the video for “All Your Dresses” by Luke Nicholson here on Great Dark Wonder!  This terrific song is releasing to radio next week; we hope you’ll listen for it and ask your local radio station to… Continue Reading →

Review: Megan Bonnell, “Magnolia”

Team GDW had the opportunity to see Great Lake Swimmers live in 2016, and two of the shows introduced us to Megan Bonnell, who took care of the backing vocals and harmonies in the absence of Miranda Mulholland, who could… Continue Reading →

Interview: Common Deer, EP I

Last November, we had the opportunity to hear Common Deer open for The Franklin Electric at the Horseshoe Tavern.  We found ourselves immediately struck not only by their musical talent, but also by their ability to capture and hold an… Continue Reading →

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