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Brookside Mall: A Pulsing, Soaring, Anthemic Gem

Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Brookside Mall’s self-titled album is a bombastic, enthusiastic collection.  These fellas seem ready to raise the rafters of your hometown arena.   Dreamy synths meet howling vocals.  I loved this album immediately and my enthusiasm has grown with… Continue Reading →

See the New Video From Saskatchewan’s Johnny McCuaig Band: “HERE WE GO” debuted the new video from Saskatchewan’s Johnny McCuaig Band yesterday for Canadian viewers, but for those of you south of the border, here it is for you as well. Saskatchewan bagpipe fueled rockers, The Johnny McCuaig Band have officially… Continue Reading →

The Sheepdogs: Retro Rockers Make a Triumphant Return to Niagara

Team GDW were very excited last year when The Sheepdogs were announced as one of the events on the annual Jackson-Triggs summer concert series calendar.  As one of our concert-going highlights in 2017, we were amazed at the live experience… Continue Reading →

#NewMusicFriday – New Song Roundup, 29 June 2018

Although most of these songs were released officially before today, we’re still going to enjoy a great collection of new music on this #NewMusicFriday from a variety of artists in advance of this holiday weekend. The Hope State – Just… Continue Reading →

Review: The Savilles, “Something Strange”

We recently attended the “Grilled Cheese Challenge” in western Toronto and randomly encountered some great live music from The Savilles, a four-piece local indie-rock band that quickly caught my attention. Virtually impossible to not notice the band in their very… Continue Reading →

Terra Lightfoot: Live in Harrisburg, PA

Whenever one of our favorite Canadian artists tours in PA, we try our best to get to the show when the venue is a little closer to home than Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.  Living here in the PA mid-state, we have… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 18: Great Dark Wonder on a Great Dark Wander

In this episode, we feature songs heard on our recent wanderings in Pennsylvania and southern Ontario (including the Grilled Cheese Challenge in Toronto and the Burlington Sound of Music Festival).  Artists included: Justin Rutledge, Stephen Stanley, Terra Lightfoot, Lydia Persaud,… Continue Reading →

Interview: Blackie Jackett, Jr., “For a Good Time Call”

If you’re in the Burlington, ON, area this week and are trying to decide what to catch at the annual Sound of Music event, here’s one option: Blackie Jackett, Jr., who recently released their album “For a Good Time Call.” … Continue Reading →

#TuesdayTunesDay: New Song Roundup, 12 June 2018

Some great new music has been released in the last couple of weeks!  Grab a comforting beverage, put your feet up, and enjoy some new songs here. Cowboy Junkies, “The Things We Do to Each Other” Today, Cowboy Junkies share… Continue Reading →

Snappy Snippets: Nick Faye & the Deputies, Reuben and the Dark, Hugh Christopher Brown, C&C Surf Factory

The life of a music blogger is never a dull one.  With so many new album releases, there is just so little time to get to them all, it seems.  Listening to as many as possible, it is impossible to… Continue Reading →

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