Great Dark Wonder

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


June 2017

Montréal Live Music: Francofolies Experience

When Team GDW saw that both the Montréal Francofolies festival and Festival Folk sur le Canal were taking place over the same weekend, the decision to drive 560 miles for some music was easily agreed upon.  L has mentioned several… Continue Reading →

New Single: Mitchell Bailey, “So Simple”

Nova Scotia-based hip-hop artist Mitchell Bailey has just released his newest single, “So Simple.”  Haven’t heard of him yet?  You probably will soon, given how his career is progressing. Mitchell combines storytelling lyrics with obscure, almost humorous, descriptions of what… Continue Reading →

Listen to The Raven & the Fox’s Debut Album Before Release Day

Alberta-based The Raven & the Fox are releasing their eponymous debut album later this week, but you can listen to it here first! Like their namesakes, Alberta folk duo The Raven & The Fox offer a sound with a sly,… Continue Reading →

Guy Bélanger – Surprises In Every Part of “Traces and Scars”

Some months ago, I began seeing hints that a new album was forthcoming from Guy Bélanger, who is (rightly) considered one of the best harmonica players in Québec if not North America.  Although I was not terribly familiar with his work,… Continue Reading →

Fast Romantics – The Eagerly Awaited “American Love” Release

As a fresh, but very dedicated Canadian music blogger, one of the toughest tasks is finding that next great thing.  It is easy to rehash articles about seasoned performers, personal favorites and the like, but with the seemingly endless emergence… Continue Reading →

Gateway Festival Highlight Interview: Ava Wild

I first heard Ava Wild’s terrific debut album, “Bare,” via the Saskatchewan Music 2016 longlist, in which it was included amongst scores of terrific projects.  Ava’s album, however, stood out from the pack thanks to her singing, creative guitar playing… Continue Reading →

Interview: Dylan Ireland, “Every Other Night”

After several years performing as Express and Company, Dylan Ireland has stepped into new territory with his bluesy, rocking debut solo album “Every Other Night,” which releases today. With great lyrics and toe-tapping melodies, the album features such highlights as… Continue Reading →

Making a Pilgrimage to Teen City: Interview With Oh Susanna

When the announcement came out several months that Oh Susanna (the name under which Suzie Ungerleider performs) was releasing a new album this year, we here at Team GDW were hugely excited.  We came to her music via her previous… Continue Reading →

Gateway Festival Highlight Interview: The Karpinka Brothers

Among the many talented artists appearing at this year’s Gateway Festival are Saskatchewan’s own Karpinka Brothers, who provide a delightful blend of folk, country, blues, and fuzz in their unique style of music.  They will be emceeing the event, as… Continue Reading →

Harrow Fair: An Impromptu Stop in Virginia

As mentioned in my previous concert review, we spent time last Saturday in VA to enjoy Leif Vollebekk perform at Jammin’ Java.  Sitting outside in the parking lot prior to the show, L was browsing through our Twitter feed when she… Continue Reading →

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