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January 2018

Discovering Tango in Toronto: Payadora Tango Ensemble, “Volando”

One of the most delightful aspects of writing this blog is continually discovering new facets of the breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene.  One such discovery has been the music of Toronto’s Payadora Tango Ensemble, which just released… Continue Reading →

Ron Hawkins: Live at the Mule Spinner

Hitting the road to Southern Ontario for our first concert weekend north of the border this year, our journey was accompanied by clear skies, no snow, and unseasonably warm temperatures for late January. Encountering no delays with our Canadian crossing,… Continue Reading →

Exploring New Territory: An Interview With Laila Biali

It’s a telling point that Laila Biali has chosen this, her seventh album, as the one to carry her name as the title.  This collection of thoughtful and heartfelt songs is, she says, ‘fully representative’ of who she is as… Continue Reading →

Review: The Fugitives, “The Promise Of Strangers”

We have been incredibly fortunate to work with several new artists over the last few months and share their first or new album releases with our audience.  Indeed, if there is one thing that constantly fuels our passion for Canadian… Continue Reading →

Interview: Collette Savard and the Savants, “Collette Savard and the Savants”

Sometimes in life, if we’re very fortunate, it’s possible to turn an ending into a do-over.  With her new band and new album, Collette Savard has done precisely that – transformed painful personal circumstances into a new beginning.  The self-titled… Continue Reading →

Interview: Good Lovelies, “Shapeshifters”

With their new album, “Shapeshifters,” the Good Lovelies have stepped into a new era of their musicmaking.  “We are the heavy lifters, we are the shapeshifters,” they sing in the album’s opening track, “I See Gold,” and so they are. … Continue Reading →

Interview: Harley Card, “The Greatest Invention”

The more I listen to jazz, the more deeply appreciative I become both of jazz musicians’ monster skills and of their ability to fuse seamlessly into a group that seems to live and breathe as one, to the point that… Continue Reading →

New Single: Belle Plaine, “Golden Ring”

We first wrote about Belle Plaine’s terrific music in 2016 when we were exploring the SaskMusic end-of-year longlist.  Her 2016 project, Unrequited Love, was a tour de force live album that left us anxious for fresh music from this incredible talent…. Continue Reading →

New Single: Big Little Lions, “Alive and Well”

Big Little Lions have released a new single, “Alive and Well,” in advance of their next studio album, set for release on 23 February. It will feature 13 original songs that deliver their signature pop-folk shimmer with a new lyrical… Continue Reading →

Interview: Ché Aimee Dorval, “Between the Walls & the Window”

Since Vancouver-based Ché Aimee Dorval’s latest release, “Between the Walls & the Window,” landed in my player, it has remained there.  It’s a collection of great songs, all anchored by her tremendous singing.  This, her second full-length solo album, reflects… Continue Reading →

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