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Gateway Festival Highlight Interview: Ava Wild

I first heard Ava Wild’s terrific debut album, “Bare,” via the Saskatchewan Music 2016 longlist, in which it was included amongst scores of terrific projects.  Ava’s album, however, stood out from the pack thanks to her singing, creative guitar playing… Continue Reading →

Interview: Dylan Ireland, “Every Other Night”

After several years performing as Express and Company, Dylan Ireland has stepped into new territory with his bluesy, rocking debut solo album “Every Other Night,” which releases today. With great lyrics and toe-tapping melodies, the album features such highlights as… Continue Reading →

Making a Pilgrimage to Teen City: Interview With Oh Susanna

When the announcement came out several months that Oh Susanna (the name under which Suzie Ungerleider performs) was releasing a new album this year, we here at Team GDW were hugely excited.  We came to her music via her previous… Continue Reading →

Interview: Declan O’Donovan, “Broken Sky”

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a full-on sucker for piano-based music, especially music that draws on multiple soundscapes at the same time. So Declan O’Donovan’s new album “Broken Sky,” which releases 2 June, was a completely perfect listening… Continue Reading →

Interview: Jeffery Straker, “Dirt Road Confessional”

Over two years after Jeffery Straker released the successful “North Star Falling,” he returns with an outstanding new collection of songs, “Dirt Road Confessional.”  Straker is already known for his piano prowess and skill as a keyboard-oriented balladeer, but here… Continue Reading →

Interview: Lakes and Pines, “Peace Comes at Last”

I was scrolling through a list of new and upcoming releases recently when I came across an intriguing band from Manitoba called Lakes and Pines.  Curious, I clicked to listen to “Yukon Princess,” the first song released from their debut… Continue Reading →

Sawdust City Music Festival: Interview With Curator/Founder Miranda Mulholland

Miranda Mulholland is already well-known to Canadian music fans for her work with Great Lake Swimmers and Harrow Fair, as well as her music label Roaring Girl Records, home to such artists as Tim Moxam and Liz Stringer.  This year,… Continue Reading →

Interview: Steph Cameron, “Daybreak Over Jackson Street”

I first paid serious attention to the Polaris Music Prize with the announcement of the 2015 longlist – and what a collection of albums that was.  I added a number of artists to my watchlist as a result, but one… Continue Reading →

Interview: Rodney DeCroo, “Old Tenement Man”

Once I’d heard Rodney DeCroo’s forthcoming album, “Old Tenement Man,” I absolutely could not get it out of my mind. Songs like “I’ve Got a Mirror, I’ve Got a Gun” (exploring how pain can turn into art, sometimes in unhealthy ways) and… Continue Reading →

Interview: The Wellington Folk, “Reverie”

I was meandering through the Regional Top Ten lists from this year’s CBC Searchlight competition not too long ago when I came across one band that especially caught my ear.  The Wellington Folk, based in Calgary, feature an uptempo sound that… Continue Reading →

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