Great Dark Wonder

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Interview: Ron Hawkins

We’ve made many references in this blog to the Blue Rodeo concert at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford, ON, that we attended back in September 2016.  For Team GDW, this was a turning point in our concert-going adventures, as we… Continue Reading →

Interview: Common Deer, EP I

Last November, we had the opportunity to hear Common Deer open for The Franklin Electric at the Horseshoe Tavern.  We found ourselves immediately struck not only by their musical talent, but also by their ability to capture and hold an… Continue Reading →

Interview: Chris Gostling & The Tempo, “Breath, Blood & Tempo”

With the recent release of their first album, “Breath, Blood & Tempo,” Chris Gostling & The Tempo have marked a transitional point: from frequent live performers in the Toronto area to recording artists who hopefully will gain an audience across… Continue Reading →

Interview: Amanda Sadler Releases New Single, “Drop the Needle Down”

Kingston-based singer/songwriter Amanda Sadler released a new single on 20 January, “Drop the Needle Down.”  Following on the success of her debut EP “The Light,” Sadler is exploring new vocal and lyrical territory with her new song, produced by Dave “Dwave”… Continue Reading →

Interview: Abigail Lapell, “Hide Nor Hair”

With her new release, “Hide Nor Hair,” singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell has delivered an exquisite set of songs, equally beautifully played.  Building on the foundation of her previous album, “Great Survivor,” this project features stunning guitar playing, haunting harmonies, and lyrics that… Continue Reading →

Steve Strongman: New Single and Interview

Already a well-regarded blues musician, Hamilton, ON-based Steve Strongman has released a new single, “No Time Like Now,” featuring a striking rock sound – an enjoyable, but not surprising, departure for the award-winning artist.  The song is the title track from… Continue Reading →

Interview: 100 Mile House, “Hiraeth”

For Alberta-based folk duo 100 Mile House, 2016 has been a banner year professionally.  Their current release “Hiraeth,” a stunning collection of acoustic gems, came out in November to wide acclaim.  Just last week, their song “Run,” about the Fort… Continue Reading →

Interview: Os Tropies, “The Soil”

Os Tropies’ latest project, “The Soil,” is quite likely a very different listen from anything else you will hear this year. It’s firmly rooted in the Brazilian tropicália tradition, but elements of psychedelic rock creep in as well – I… Continue Reading →

Interview: Ken Yates, “Huntsville”

In his latest project, “Huntsville,” Ken Yates anchors his music firmly in the soil of northern Ontario, a place he clearly loves. “It’s the kind of place where you wonder what it would be like to leave civilization behind, build… Continue Reading →

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