Great Dark Wonder

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


May 2017

Find a New Favorite: Adam Baldwin

As we have mentioned several times on this blog, having access to Canadian stations on satellite radio has been instrumental in bringing hordes of new artists to our attention.  One of the most recent tracks heard was “Daylight” by ‘newcomer’… Continue Reading →

New Video: “For Loving You,” Nancy Laberge

Alberta-based Nancy Laberge has released a new video for the song “For Loving You,” the latest single from her current album “When We Were Friends.” Many Albertans are already familiar with the Calgary-based singer/songwriter through her past efforts, as well… Continue Reading →

Cassie and Maggie: Spring US Tour Finale in Corning, NY

Team GDW were unfortunately out of town and committed to another event when sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald performed in our part of Pennsylvania last autumn.  After kicking ourselves for this missed opportunity, once the sisters announced their most recent… Continue Reading →

Interview: Declan O’Donovan, “Broken Sky”

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a full-on sucker for piano-based music, especially music that draws on multiple soundscapes at the same time. So Declan O’Donovan’s new album “Broken Sky,” which releases 2 June, was a completely perfect listening… Continue Reading →

Feist: (An Absolute Listening) Pleasure

It was not too long ago when the media buzz increased surrounding the upcoming release of a new album by Leslie Feist, and it certainly prompted me to rediscover her 2011 album, ‘Metals’ (see review here).  After such a lengthy… Continue Reading →

Have You Added the Gateway Festival to Your Summer Plans?

If you’re looking for a great festival choice for your summer vacation, and especially if you’re located anywhere near Saskatchewan, look no further than the Gateway Festival, being held in Bengough, SK, July 21-23. This year’s lineup is fantastic and… Continue Reading →

Take a Chance on Me: The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, “Apocalipstick”

On a recent trip up north, M and I were surprised beyond belief to find not one but several new releases already in a used CD store bin.  (Before any artists panic at the thought that their hard work has… Continue Reading →

Interview: Jeffery Straker, “Dirt Road Confessional”

Over two years after Jeffery Straker released the successful “North Star Falling,” he returns with an outstanding new collection of songs, “Dirt Road Confessional.”  Straker is already known for his piano prowess and skill as a keyboard-oriented balladeer, but here… Continue Reading →

Interview: Lakes and Pines, “Peace Comes at Last”

I was scrolling through a list of new and upcoming releases recently when I came across an intriguing band from Manitoba called Lakes and Pines.  Curious, I clicked to listen to “Yukon Princess,” the first song released from their debut… Continue Reading →

The Wilderness of Manitoba: Live in St. Catharines, ON

Our most recent stop in Ontario was for the Matthew and Jill Barber concert in Oakville, as reviewed earlier this week.  The original plan was to head back home the following morning, but just a few weeks ago, we learned… Continue Reading →

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