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September 2018

Single Release: Hearts & Knives – “Braggadocio”

Hailing from Regina, SK, the retro indie-synth duo Hearts and Knives recently released their debut single, “Braggadocio.”  Comprised of Steven Eisler (vocals/keyboards) and Robert Lane (bass), Hearts and Knives have spent the last twelve months writing and recording material at… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 31: We’re Not Gonna Take It!

In the latest episode, we explore songs of protest, politics, and advocacy.  Artists include Hollerado, Joel Plaskett, Rosie & the Riveters, Lowest of the Low, Whitehorse, The Trews, Blue Rodeo, and Molly Johnson. SOCAN license #5052874

Interview: Craig Robertson, “Late Mornings”

Today, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Craig Robertson is releasing his third full-length album, “Late Mornings.”  Produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), this is an enjoyable and insightful collection of songs exploring stories and characters immersed in the darker, occasionally joyless sides of… Continue Reading →

Review: Tampa, “Belated Love”

Tampa’s debut album “Belated Love” is brimming with memorable moments and lyrics; it’s difficult to narrow down my favorites. The ability to take familiar pop/rock sonic landscapes but, make them definitively your own, is a delicate and tricky balance, which Tampa… Continue Reading →

Single Premiere: T. Buckley, “Half a Heart”

We’re delighted to premiere “Half a Heart,” the new single from T. Buckley.  A roots singer/songwriter based in Alberta, T. Buckley will release his fifth studio album, “Miles We Put Behind,” on 19 October 2018, and will tour western Canada… Continue Reading →

#TuesdayTunesDay, 11 September 2018: nêhiyawak, Wooden Horsemen, The Bandicoots, S.K. Wellington

We’ve accumulated another great collection of new songs in our inbox, so sit back with a beverage of your choice, kick your feet up, and enjoy some great new Canadian music. nêhiyawak, “page” (featuring Marilyn Dumont) nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy… Continue Reading →

Review: Kalle Mattson, “Youth.”

Of his new project, Kalle Mattson says, “‘Youth.’ is a coming of age album. It’s about when your dreams becomes your regrets, when your friends become strangers, & when your first love becomes your first loss.”  As I’ve been listening… Continue Reading →

Review: Newport Electric, “Thin Wild Mercury”

Winding down well into the latter half of 2018, there remains no shortage of great new album releases within the Canadian folk-rock genre.  We recently heard from John Couture, lead singer/guitarist from Newport Electric, who was very excited to share… Continue Reading →

Review: Chris Monson, “Seldom in the Well”

Chris Monson has astoundingly created a sultry, smoky and languid debut. Each instrument is masterfully played and captured in this timeless collection of jazz originals. In the first track, “Where the Leaf Has Been,” bandleader Monson takes a backseat, letting… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: Terence Jack

We picked up a copy of the 2016 release “Never Get Back” recently at the Philadelphia Folk Festival after hearing a few tracks performed by Terence and his band.  Impressed by our first introduction to this music from Vancouver’s Terence… Continue Reading →

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