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


April 2018

#InternationalJazzDay: Build a List of Canadian Jazz Albums

In celebration of #InternationalJazzDay, we’re crowdsourcing a list of Canadian jazz albums; we’ve added a few but we’re counting on you, dear readers, to help us fill it up.  So, pull out those great Canadian jazz records (yes, Canadians as… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 12: Home County Music and Art Festival Preview

Darin Addison, artistic director of the Home County Music and Art Festival in London, ON, joins Team GDW to preview this awesome event.  Songs from The Once, Donovan Woods, and Sultans of String. SOCAN license #5052874

Alan Doyle and The Fortunate Ones: Party in PA

Team GDW returned recently to Sellersville, PA, for another evening of music with Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies.  Having enjoyed seeing the band perform at the Sellersville Theater just last year, we quickly bought our tickets when Alan made… Continue Reading →

“Something New” – Interview With Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer’s latest album, “Something New,” strongly evokes the best feelings of New Orleans (if you’ve ever been there, you’ll perhaps know what I mean) – no surprise since his work is heavily influenced by that city’s musical scene.  Featuring… Continue Reading →

The East Pointers: Sharing Their PEI Music in Central PA

We have written previously about how much we enjoy seeing our local Susquehanna Folk Music Society finding ways to bring at least one Canadian act to the PA mid-state each year.  Just last fall we enjoyed a local evening with… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 11: Midweek Special – Interview With Ava Wild and Brodie Moniker

We were fortunate enough to be able to catch Ava Wild and Brodie Moniker in the middle of their tour of Eastern Canada, so we decided to post this before their tour ends.  Dates still to come in Windsor, Toronto,… Continue Reading →

Women in Jazz: Aline Homzy and Emma Smith in Conversation About “Bitches Brew”

Toronto-based jazz violinist Aline Homzy is curating a concert on Saturday night (28 April) at the Canadian Music Centre.  Why, you may ask, is this noteworthy?  This performance, titled “The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew,” will feature four female-led groups… Continue Reading →

Cool Splendor: “Sky Glow,” The Chris Platt Trio

I’ve been living with this album for a while, letting it seep into my senses – some albums just need that space to breathe in one’s heart and mind, to get truly well acquainted.  “Sky Glow,” the recent release from… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 10: Haven’t I Heard You Somewhere Before?

This week’s episode features some of our favorite artists in bands or solo work that aren’t where we originally heard them.  Songs included from The Cedar Sisters, Jimmy Bowskill, Kacy & Clayton, Glenn Milchem (The Swallows), Eliza Mary Doyle, and… Continue Reading →

Nadia Labrie: A “Flute Passion” for Schubert

Franz Schubert’s passionate, romantic music seems a perfect place for a fresh start – which is exactly what flutist Nadia Labrie is launching with her new album, “Flute Passion: Schubert.”  Some might know her work as half of the duo… Continue Reading →

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