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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 →

Ben Caplan and Harrow Fair: Live in Pittsburgh, PA

With our scaled down travel schedule through December, we were definitely fighting the effects of ‘cabin fever’ (also known as ‘no live music’), and eager to greet the arrival of a New Year and new concert schedule.  In 2017, we… Continue Reading →

Interview: Emily Burgess, “Are We in Love”

With her new album, “Are We in Love?,” Toronto-based blues guitarist Emily Burgess has stormed onto the scene with a vengeance. This absolutely phenomenal album is a tour de force, and if folks weren’t paying attention before, this project should… Continue Reading →

The Wolfe Debut New Single, Video Today: “Tip of My Tongue”

Some great news for a Friday morning – The Wolfe are opening up 2018 with a bang: a terrific new single, “Tip of My Tongue.”  (Crank this one up, folks!) We first became acquainted with The Wolfe last summer as… Continue Reading →

Review: VK, “Terms and Conditions”

As music bloggers, we are always happy to share the music of artists both firmly established and previously unknown to us.  Social media has led us to many new artists from all over Canada, and recently, musicians have discovered our… Continue Reading →

Interview: Justin Gray & Synthesis, “New Horizons”

One of the advantages of having eclectic musical tastes is that it keeps me open to new artists and projects that I might not otherwise try.  “New Horizons,” the new project from Toronto-based bassist and composer Justin Gray with his… Continue Reading →

Review: Steve Maloney, “The Memory Game”

In response to our year-end roundups, a Facebook reader pointed us to the longlist for the 2017 Borealis Music Prize for more terrific albums from Newfoundland.  I’m delighted that he took the time to make the suggestion.  There are several… Continue Reading →

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