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December 2017

2017 Year-End Roundup: Our Final Four (Each)

Late last week, M texted me (L) that he wanted to do a set of snappy snippets of his four absolute favorite albums from 2017.  Okay, I said… but it didn’t seem quite right that his favorites should go up… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: The Top Twenty Lists

As we wrap up a terrific 2017, M and L have put together our respective top twenty year-end lists.  We weren’t really surprised at how little overlap there is between our lists – only seven albums – as some of… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Favorite Classical Albums

One of the most delightful discoveries I’ve made this year as I’ve delved deeper into Canadian music has been the wealth of classical talent.  I’ve written elsewhere that my first introduction to the Canadian music scene was via Les Francofolies… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Favorite Jazz and Blues Albums

As our regular readers know, we most frequently focus on Canadian roots and folk music.  But we are eclectic listeners here, and we’ve started expanding our spotlight to include other genres.  Canada, after all, has a vibrant and diverse music… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: 10 Memorable Live Moments

Around this time last year I compiled 10 tracks that were experienced live that stood out for me personally and gave a stronger appreciation to a particular song/artist.  Having seen many artists in a live setting again over the last… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part V: Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

For the final part of our geographic year-end roundup, we focus on releases this year from Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.  If you have suggestions of albums we haven’t listed and you think we should, tweet… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part IV: Manitoba & Saskatchewan

For the fourth part of our geographic year-end roundup, we focus on releases this year from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  There are some seriously terrific artists working in those provinces – wow!  It was tough to narrow this list down.  If you have… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part III: Ontario

Westward we go, to the third part of our year-end roundup, focusing on releases this year from Ontario.  As with Québec, so many great albums from which to choose!   And, if you have suggestions of albums we haven’t listed and you… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part II: Québec

We move on in this second part of our roundup series to Québec, which (as always) provided a wealth of terrific new releases in 2017.  So many to choose from – and, as we’ve said before, we’ve likely missed some… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part I: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

Ready for this year’s roundup of favorite albums?  This year, we’re doing this in five parts – four organized regionally and then one overall recap with M’s and my lists.  We’ll start out on the East Coast and move westward… Continue Reading →

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