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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 →

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 →

Take A Chance On Me: The Mississippi Kings

It was during one of the last excursions to Ontario in late 2017 that we stumbled across a ‘local music’ section within a used CD store.  Sifting through a rack of bands completely unknown to us, we saw a perfect… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: Kelly Song Collective, “Unless and Until”

Every now and then, we encounter the music of a new (or recently established) artist, and naturally want to share their music with a wider audience.  Glancing back at our last two “Find a new Favorite” articles, we featured The… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Our Final Four (Each)

Late last week, M texted me (L) that he wanted to do a set of snappy snippets of his four absolute favorite albums from 2017.  Okay, I said… but it didn’t seem quite right that his favorites should go up… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: The Top Twenty Lists

As we wrap up a terrific 2017, M and L have put together our respective top twenty year-end lists.  We weren’t really surprised at how little overlap there is between our lists – only seven albums – as some of… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Favorite Classical Albums

One of the most delightful discoveries I’ve made this year as I’ve delved deeper into Canadian music has been the wealth of classical talent.  I’ve written elsewhere that my first introduction to the Canadian music scene was via Les Francofolies… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup: Favorite Jazz and Blues Albums

As our regular readers know, we most frequently focus on Canadian roots and folk music.  But we are eclectic listeners here, and we’ve started expanding our spotlight to include other genres.  Canada, after all, has a vibrant and diverse music… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part V: Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

For the final part of our geographic year-end roundup, we focus on releases this year from Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.  If you have suggestions of albums we haven’t listed and you think we should, tweet… Continue Reading →

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part IV: Manitoba & Saskatchewan

For the fourth part of our geographic year-end roundup, we focus on releases this year from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  There are some seriously terrific artists working in those provinces – wow!  It was tough to narrow this list down.  If you have… Continue Reading →

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