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


February 2018

#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 →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 1

In this episode of Gossip Talkin’ Blues, our VERY FIRST!, we feature songs from Alvvays, Elliott BROOD, Lowest of the Low, Andrea Nixon, Payadora Tango Ensemble, and Plants & Animals. SOCAN license #5052874

Review: Signs to the City, “Not Made Of Miracles”

Team GDW recently received a copy of “Not Made Of Miracles,” the debut full-length album from Signs to the City, and I was curious to explore the music of this Winnipeg based alt-rock band.  Previously performing under the name ‘The… Continue Reading →

Finding a Way Back Home: Ryan Hicks, “Pulsing Colours”

Working through grief is often a personal, internal process, but Saskatchewan-based singer/songwriter Ryan Hicks has given us a great gift in opening up those musings in his songwriting.  “Pulsing Colours,” his new album (just released last Friday), is billed as… Continue Reading →

Two Announcements Coming This Week! (Here is the first…)

By now you all are well aware of our huge passion for Canadian music.  But even before we came to love the tremendous Canadian music scene, both M and I were enthusiastic lovers of all sorts of music. The resurgence… Continue Reading →

Elliott BROOD: Live in Pittsburgh

Team GDW spent another evening in Pittsburgh last Thursday, returning to Club Café  for an eagerly awaited night of live music with Elliott BROOD.  Having last seen the trio of Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin just after the… Continue Reading →

Finding “Beauty in the Tension” – The Olympic Symphonium

It’s only February, and already there’s a contender for my favorite album of the year: “Beauty in the Tension,” the new album from the Olympic Symphonium.  This utterly gorgeous, occasionally ethereal album is equal parts folk and prog rock, and… Continue Reading →

Sam Polley & The Old Tomorrows Live

Our first encounter with Sam Polley took place last year at The Sawdust City Music and Arts festival, in which he formed part of the Jim Cuddy Family band during the Saturday night headline event.  With his share of lead… Continue Reading →

Singing Songs of Real Life: Andrea Nixon, “Diary of a Housewife”

With her latest album, Andrea Nixon is opening her diary to us in song… a diary full of reflections about love, life, and making all the disparate parts of both balance.  “Diary of a Housewife” is chock full of songs… Continue Reading →

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