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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 →

The Challenges of an Independent Musician: An Interview With Jory Nash

With his latest album “Wilderness Years” (reviewed here recently as part of a “Snappy Snippets” article), Toronto based musician Jory Nash returns with eleven original and deeply personal tracks that offer a narrative of what almost never was.  For Nash,… Continue Reading →

Interview: Adrean Farrugia and Joel Frahm, “Blued Dharma”

You would think that after nearly two years of almost daily music blogging, new music would no longer be a cause for excitement in our house, but when projects like “Blued Dharma,” the recent duo project from pianist Adrean Farrugia… Continue Reading →

“Confidences”: Interview With Caroline Gélinas

With her debut album, “Confidences,” mezzo-soprano Caroline Gélinas, one of Ici Musique’s 2017-2018 Révélations artists, launched her recording career with a profoundly gorgeous collection of songs.  Choosing a program of pieces from Ravel, Debussy, Schumann, and Canadian composer Robert Fleming,… Continue Reading →

Interview: Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish, “Pardes”

The breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene is an ongoing delight to me, and “Pardes,” the recent project from Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish, is yet another example of the surprises to be discovered.  The album, a collection… Continue Reading →

Interview: The Hearts, “Sunshine”

Regular readers of this blog will know by now that I am a sucker for any music hearkening back to the 1970s.  “Sunshine,” the new EP from The Hearts, delivers that nostalgic punch in droves with songs rife with sumptuous… Continue Reading →

Interview: Wax Mannequin, “Have a New Name”

Without exception, new acquaintances inevitably ask us why we focus exclusively on Canadian music – “there’s so much great music where you are…”  My answer is simple: no matter how many new Canadian artists we discover, there are countless more… Continue Reading →

Interview: Northern Quarter, “Cold Dark Night”

Here at Team GDW, we are encountering an overwhelming volume of music from Canadian artists lately.  Don’t let anybody fool you into believing that good new music is hard to find; such naysayers are either looking in all of the… Continue Reading →

Le Festival de Lanaudière: Interview With Artistic Director Gregory Charles

We’ve been fortunate here at Great Dark Wonder to preview some terrific folk/roots festivals happening in Canada this summer; now, it’s classical music’s turn to share the spotlight as we focus on the Festival de Lanaudière, taking place in and around… Continue Reading →

Exploring the Facets of Love: Interview, Deanne Matley, “Because I Loved”

The fifth album from Canadian jazz vocalist Deanne Matley, “Because I Loved,” is a tour de force, taking the listener on an emotional journey from despair to quiet contentment, with stops at red-hot passion and the excitement of new love… Continue Reading →

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