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February 2018

Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane to Release “Grit” This Friday

After 548 concerts in 11 countries since coming together in 2014, including Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) and National Folk Festival (Canberra, Australia), Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane are finally releasing their debut album. This collection of songs dropping on 2 March… Continue Reading →

Jim Cuddy Band – Constellation Tour, Hamilton, ON

Following our wonderful Saturday evening in Belleville, we headed west on Highway 401 the next morning for the second show in consecutive nights.  Arriving in downtown Hamilton, ON, it was hard to not smile knowing that being in Hamilton during… Continue Reading →

The Sadies: Live at The Tweedsmuir Tavern

With tickets in hand to a show on a Sunday evening in southern Ontario, Team GDW were eager to find a similar event on the Saturday evening to maximize our weekend getaway with plenty of live music.  For a while,… Continue Reading →

Listen Exclusively Here: Elk Run & Riot, “Animalia”

Available exclusively here on GDW before the album drops next Friday: the new album from Elk Run & Riot, “Animalia.” Since forming in 2013, Elk Run & Riot have made it their priority to write songs that reflect who they… Continue Reading →

“Alive and Well” With Big Little Lions

With their latest album releasing today, Helen Austin and Paul Otten of Big Little Lions have a great deal to celebrate.  “Alive and Well” is a wonderfully optimistic and uplifting set of songs, one of those rare albums that can… Continue Reading →

Exploring the “Canciones” of Spain: Interview With Adam Cicchillitti

With his debut album, “Canciones,” classical guitarist Adam Cicchillitti explores some delightful territory in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish repertoire.  This terrific project (which officially releases tomorrow) features works by Albéniz, Turina, de Falla, Torroba, Garcia Lorca, and Rodrigo.  Some of… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 2: Special Constellation Tour Edition

Join us for this week’s episode of Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Great Dark Wonder’s podcast.  We’ve themed this edition around the Jim Cuddy Band’s “Constellation” tour, which we were lucky enough to catch last weekend in Hamilton, ON.  We feature songs… Continue Reading →

Finding Space in the Noir: Chris Wallace’s Many Names, “Somewhere Sacred”

Since I’m still somewhat of a jazz neophyte (at least from the standpoint of listening it with a semi-critical ear), I can’t claim an authoritative voice as a tastemaker. As a music lover, though, I can certainly attempt to articulate… Continue Reading →

#NewMusicFriday Roundup: Donovan Woods, Jeremy Dutcher, Kutch, Suuns

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve received a slew of great new songs and videos in our inbox.  We thought we’d share a few of our favorites with you here for #NewMusicFriday. Donovan Woods, “Burn That Bridge” We here… Continue Reading →

The JUNOS: Four Jazz Nominees Reflect and Respond

Last week saw the announcement of the 2018 JUNO nominations – and a terrific slate of musicians it is, too.  There are a number of artists with whom Team GDW is familiar, for whom we’re absolutely thrilled, and we’re also… Continue Reading →

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