Great Dark Wonder Interviews

Now collected on one page: we’ve had the great good fortune to interview some terrific artists here at Great Dark Wonder.  Scroll through, discover some new artists, and get reacquainted with others you thought you knew.

Interview: The O’Pears, “Stay Warm”

Amidst the deluge of new holiday music this year (much of which has been truly excellent), one album has stood out from the rest…

Interview: Denim Daddies, “Thinkin'”

Recently we were fortunate to preview the Denim Daddies’ new EP, “Thinkin’.” Today, we’re delighted to follow that up with an interview with the…

Interview: Rob Moir, “Solo Record”

Question: Which Canadian artists seem to always be on the road?  Right now, I’m pretty confident that a high percentage of respondents would fire…

Interview: Kyp Harness, “Kyp Harness”

One advantage of being a music blogger is the continuous stream of artist submissions and new releases landing in your email inbox.  Yet with…

Interview: Jeremy Ledbetter Trio, “Got a Light?”

Very few sounds can attract my attention more quickly than well-played piano.  “Got a Light?,” released by the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio in July, features…

Interview: Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, “Ovation”

Last Friday saw the release of “Ovation,” recorded at the Palais Montcalm (Québec City) performance during La Pietà’s 2017 “One Last Time” tour.  After…

Beethoven, Violin Sonatas No. 6, 7, and 8: An Interview With Andrew Wan

With this sparkling new disc of Beethoven’s Op. 30 violin sonatas, Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin are embarking on a multi-disc journey through Beethoven’s…

Melanie Brulée, “Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind”

It’s hard to believe that it was just a little over a year ago when we first became aware of musician Melanie Brulée, seeing…

Interview: John Pittman, “Kinship”

It might seem quite odd indeed to admit that the first time I heard trumpeter John Pittman’s debut album, “Kinship,” was under water.  I…

Interview: Roxanne Potvin, “All It Was”

With the recent release of her five-song EP, “All It Was,” Roxanne Potvin has delivered a tantalizing set of songs not only exploring love…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Interview: Steve Dawson, “Lucky Hand”

Ever since a chance encounter with Leo Kottke many eons ago at a festival in Alabama, I’ve been a huge fan of fingerstyle guitar…

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,…

Interview: Miller | MacDonald | Cormier, “South Haven”

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic…

Interview: Dana Sipos, “Trick of the Light”

When we first heard Dana Sipos live last summer at the Home County Music and Art Festival in London, ON, we knew this was…

Interview: Mariel Buckley, “Driving in the Dark”

Do you ever find an album that sticks in your head, one that you compulsively play on repeat?  “Driving in the Dark,” Mariel Buckley’s…

Exploring “My Heart Away” – A Conversation With Avery Raquel

With her new album of self-penned compositions, jazz/soul singer Avery Raquel takes a major step forward in her progression as a musician.  Embracing a…

“Landscapes” – Interview With The Long War

If you caught any of the 2017 CBC Searchlight competition, you probably heard “Breathe In, Breathe Out” from Vancouver-based The Long War, the group…

“The One-Man Blues Rock Band” – Interview With Steve Hill

I would suspect that the first response that a listener might make to Steve Hill’s new album, “The One-Man Blues Rock Band,” would be…

Recreating History: Detroit Bop Quintet, “Two Birds”

In 1947, saxophonist Charlie Parker gathered a group of talented musicians (including a young Miles Davis) for a recording session in Detroit’s historic United…

“in city and country” – Interview With The Young Novelists

With “in city and country,” their third album, The Young Novelists present a magnificent set of songs inspired by – naturally – city and…

Interview: Apollo Suns Talk About Their Upcoming Tour

The Winnipeg-based instrumental group Apollo Suns have just announced tours of eastern Canada in May and June, and western Canada in July.  They’ll get…

“Things Change”- An Interview With Dennis Ellsworth

Here at Team GDW, we first became acquainted with the music of Dennis Ellsworth via his 2017 project with Kinley Dowling, “Everyone Needs to…

“Something New” – Interview With Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer’s latest album, “Something New,” strongly evokes the best feelings of New Orleans (if you’ve ever been there, you’ll perhaps know what I…

Women in Jazz: Aline Homzy and Emma Smith in Conversation About “Bitches Brew”

Toronto-based jazz violinist Aline Homzy is curating a concert on Saturday night (28 April) at the Canadian Music Centre.  Why, you may ask, is…

Nadia Labrie: A “Flute Passion” for Schubert

Franz Schubert’s passionate, romantic music seems a perfect place for a fresh start – which is exactly what flutist Nadia Labrie is launching with…

Interview: Exploring the “Lost Villages” With Robert Diack

With his new album “Lost Villages,” jazz drummer Robert Diack is exploring not only the geography of Ontario’s nine “Lost” villages (submerged as part…

“Priceless” – Interview With Joey Niceforo

With the release of his first solo album, Joey Niceforo has stepped onto the international musical stage in a big way – most artists,…

Learning to Be “Ms. Behave” – Interview With Rosie & the Riveters

Do a search for Saskatchewan-based trio Rosie & the Riveters in your favorite search engine and you’ll see this meta description under the link:…

Thinking About Body Bandits and Teaching Men: Interview With The Solhounds

As most people who know both M and me are aware, his musical past includes a fair amount of metal; mine, none.  And while…

Discovering the “Night Sky” – Interview With Raine Hamilton

Listening to Raine Hamilton’s new album “Night Sky” is a rare, exquisite experience.  Her style – which some describe as chamber folk – is…

Interview: Kristi Lane Sinclair, “The Ability to Judge Distance”

With her new EP, Kristi Lane Sinclair explores a vast range of sounds, drawing not only from her Haida/Cree ancestry but also from her…

Meeting on “The Bridge” – Interview With West of Mabou

The Saskatchewan-based Celtic group West of Mabou first came to our attention shortly after their self-titled debut was released – a deft, delightful set…

Discovering “Animalia” – Interview with Elk Run & Riot

With their third full-length album, Alberta-based band Elk Run & Riot continue to explore their environment and the lives of those around them with…

“Speak in Rhythms”: Interview With Carmanah

Ever so often, an album comes along that is utterly impossible to take out of the player.  “Speak in Rhythms,” the first national release…

On Dreams, Radio, and the Road: An Interview With Devin Cuddy

It was early 2016 when we first discovered the music of Devin Cuddy, and immediately fell for his fun and lively interpretation of New…

Sparking the Imagination: Living Fossil, “NEVER DIE!”

If there’s one thing I’m learning about jazz as I dig more deeply into Canada’s jazz scene, it’s that the music can not only…

Exploring “This City” With The Heavyweights Brass Band

Being a music blogger presents unique challenges; one particularly painful thrill is hearing new music before it’s released and being so anxious to share…

Visiting “Notionside” – Interview With Kutch

With their new album “Notionside,” Colin Kutchyear and La+ch – collectively known as Kutch – present a shimmering set of pop songs that will…

Find A New Favorite: Steel City Rovers

It is pretty well known that Team GDW enjoy travelling to Southern Ontario on a regular basis for adventures in all things ‘music.’  Given…

“Alive and Well” With Big Little Lions

With their latest album releasing today, Helen Austin and Paul Otten of Big Little Lions have a great deal to celebrate.  “Alive and Well”…

Exploring the “Canciones” of Spain: Interview With Adam Cicchillitti

With his debut album, “Canciones,” classical guitarist Adam Cicchillitti explores some delightful territory in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish repertoire.  This terrific project (which officially…

The JUNOS: Four Jazz Nominees Reflect and Respond

Last week saw the announcement of the 2018 JUNO nominations – and a terrific slate of musicians it is, too.  There are a number…

Finding a Way Back Home: Ryan Hicks, “Pulsing Colours”

Working through grief is often a personal, internal process, but Saskatchewan-based singer/songwriter Ryan Hicks has given us a great gift in opening up those…

Finding “Beauty in the Tension” – The Olympic Symphonium

It’s only February, and already there’s a contender for my favorite album of the year: “Beauty in the Tension,” the new album from the…

Singing Songs of Real Life: Andrea Nixon, “Diary of a Housewife”

With her latest album, Andrea Nixon is opening her diary to us in song… a diary full of reflections about love, life, and making…

Exploring a Different Voice: Interview With Sarah Cripps

With this latest release, a self-titled album, singer/songwriter Sarah Cripps is stepping out of the Canadian country scene, choosing a gritty, intense alt rock…

New Insights at a Familiar Corner: Derek Harrison, “Blossington”

Although he’s now based in Fort Frances, Ontario (nearly 1700 km from Toronto), Derek Harrison’s latest project takes its inspiration – and its title…

Discovering Tango in Toronto: Payadora Tango Ensemble, “Volando”

One of the most delightful aspects of writing this blog is continually discovering new facets of the breadth and depth of the Canadian music…

Exploring New Territory: An Interview With Laila Biali

It’s a telling point that Laila Biali has chosen this, her seventh album, as the one to carry her name as the title.  This…

Interview: Good Lovelies, “Shapeshifters”

With their new album, “Shapeshifters,” the Good Lovelies have stepped into a new era of their musicmaking.  “We are the heavy lifters, we are…

Interview: Harley Card, “The Greatest Invention”

The more I listen to jazz, the more deeply appreciative I become both of jazz musicians’ monster skills and of their ability to fuse…

Interview: Ché Aimee Dorval, “Between the Walls & the Window”

Since Vancouver-based Ché Aimee Dorval’s latest release, “Between the Walls & the Window,” landed in my player, it has remained there.  It’s a collection…

Interview: Emily Burgess, “Are We in Love”

With her new album, “Are We in Love?,” Toronto-based blues guitarist Emily Burgess has stormed onto the scene with a vengeance. This absolutely phenomenal…

Interview: Justin Gray & Synthesis, “New Horizons”

One of the advantages of having eclectic musical tastes is that it keeps me open to new artists and projects that I might not…

Interview: Steve Sainas, “Simple as This”

After nearly twenty years with the Vancouver band Mud Dog, blues guitarist and educator Steve Sainas has stepped out into a solo career with…

Interview: Dave Liebman/Mike Murley Quartet, “Live at U of T”

The pairing of saxophonists Dave Liebman and Mike Murley could reasonably be considered a supergroup – both are masters of their instruments, and their…

Interview: Taivi, “Rising Tide”

With her new album “Rising Tide,” singer-songwriter Taivi is breaking fresh ground for herself, exploring a bluegrass sound with the help of her mentor…

Interview: Qristina Brooke, “Linger”

Last September, we had the opportunity to hear Qristina and Quinn Bachand during their fabulous appearance at the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA.  We…

Interview: Alex Pangman, “Alex Pangman’s Hot Three”

Although I am of a certain age to recall fondly my record player with tinny speakers and my spindle of 45’s (borrowed, I admit,…

Interview: Flypaper Orchestra, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Many of us with parents who grew up in the Great Depression undoubtedly heard stories about its miseries, and perhaps also heard some of…

Interview: Thelonious Hank, “Walk Between the Raindrops”

As I was listening to the new album from Thelonious Hank the other night, M stopped in his tracks and said, “Wow – that’s…

Interview: Ambre McLean, “My Heart”

We’ve been waiting three years for Ambre McLean to release a new album – but “My Heart,” released just last month, was well worth…

Interview: Holly Blazina, “Transcendencia”

In the time we’ve been writing this blog, it’s become even more apparent to us that Canada has a vibrant, talented, and diverse music…

Interview: Maxim and Gervais Cormier, “Cape Breton Guitar”

The superb flatpicking skills of Maxim Cormier first came to our attention with his last album, a collection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. …

Interview: Piper Hayes, “Piper and Carson”

With her gorgeous new album (out 8 December), “Piper & Carson,” Piper Hayes has created a soundscape not only of her life (depicted as…

Interview: The Dreadnoughts, “Foreign Skies”

As regular readers of GDW know, we’re big fans of folk music and write about it frequently.  What you may not know is that…

Interview: Josh Sahunta, “Dissonance”

With his recent release “Dissonance,” Edmonton-based artist Josh Sahunta has made a bold statement – of musicianship, of creativity, of talent.  This seven-song EP…

Interview: Dave Allen, “When the Demons Come”

Toronto singer/songwriter Dave Allen recently released his debut solo album, “When the Demons Come,” a tour de force exploration of love, loss, and questions…

Interview: The Lesters, “The Promise”

Tory Cassis, Murray Foster, and Jeff Ulster have each enjoyed significant careers, but (as for other musicians) there were still some musical avenues awaiting…

Interview: Lydia Persaud, “Low Light”

A few weeks ago, we were privileged to be able to feature a video from Lydia Persaud.  As soon as we heard her fabulous…

Interview: Kat Goldman, “The Workingman’s Blues”

With her new album, “The Workingman’s Blues,” singer/songwriter Kat Goldman is stretching into deep and occasionally dark waters: the plight of the working class…

Interview: Diana Panton, “solstice/equinox”

Today, two-time Juno winner Diana Panton celebrates the release of her new album, “solstice/equinox,” a celebration of the four seasons in song.  Together with…

Interview: Wilderness of Manitoba, “Across the Dark”

No matter who the artist or what type of music, when one of your favorite bands are set to release a new album, the…

Interview: VISSIA, “Place Holder”

Listening to this terrific new album from Edmonton-based VISSIA, it’s perfectly evident that it is the fruit of significant effort on her part.  The…

Interview: Skydiggers, “Warmth of the Sun”

From the first few chords of “Warmth of the Sun,” it’s utterly clear that the Skydiggers are not only not resting on past laurels, but…

Interview: Petunia and the Vipers, “Lonesome Heavy and Lonesome”

I first discovered the awesome uniqueness that is Petunia and the Vipers’ music when exploring last year’s album releases from British Columbia.  Their last…

Interview: Beatrice Keeler, “Bygone”

In 2016, Beatrice Keeler, a creative writing student at Concordia University, surprised many by reaching the semifinals of “La Voix” (Québec’s version of “The…

Interview: O Frontera, “In the Arms of Stoics”

O Frontera, an experimental post-rock group based in Toronto, will release their new album, “In the Arms of Stoics,” tomorrow (6 October).  They’ll also…

Interview: Winona Wilde, “Wasted Time”

A few weeks ago, I was offered the chance to hear Winona Wilde’s latest album, “Wasted Time.”  I am so, so very glad that…

Interview: Jason Buie, “Driftin’ Heart”

Sometimes here at Team GDW, we’re a bit slow to pick up on great music that we should have heard ages ago.  “Driftin’ Heart,”…

Interview: The Karpinka Brothers, “Talk Is Cheap”

The Karpinka Brothers first came to our attention when we interviewed them prior to their performance at this summer’s Gateway Festival in their home…

Interview: Civil Wray

if you don’t recognize the name Civil Wray, that’s perhaps understandable – for now, anyway.  Andrea de Boer might be better known to you…

Elliott BROOD: Interview, “Ghost Gardens”

Here at Team GDW, we thrive on juggling our listening habits to experience as many great Canadian artists as is possible (both for our…

Lowest of the Low: Pre-Album Release Interview

For many fans of Canadian indie-rock music, the mere mention of The Lowest of the Low probably conjures up immediate memories of their 1991…

Interview: Shawn William Clarke, “Topaz”

This Friday, Shawn William Clarke releases his latest album, the gorgeous “Topaz.”  This terrific album starts with the lovely instrumental “Back to Breath,” rolls…

Interview: Tony Dekker – New Music and New Challenges

Team GDW have been strong fans of Great Lake Swimmers for several years now, and we were fortunate to catch them live twice last…

Interview: Bill Plaskett

When Joel Plaskett announced that he was releasing an album with his father, we immediately knew that we would not only be picking up…

Interview: Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck, “When I Get Better”

With the release of “When I Get Better,” Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Sarah Jickling is boldly stepping out – not only as a solo artist (she…

Interview: Quantum Tangle, “Shelter as we go…”

Hailing from Canada’s North, Quantum Tangle broke into the limelight earlier this year with their Juno for Indigenous Album of the Year (for their…

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…

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…

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,…

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….

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.”…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Release Day Interview: Chris Antonik, “Monarch”

With the release of his new album, “Monarch,” Chris Antonik is opening a new chapter in his musical career – a more personal, inward-focused…

Glenn Milchem: The GDW Interview

Team GDW recently reached out to Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem, and are both thrilled and grateful to have an exclusive interview with this…

Interview: Cassie and Maggie

Earlier this year, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald released “The Willow Collection,” a stellar and sprightly collection of traditional music delivered in their unique style….

Interview: Brodie Moniker

Today Brodie Moniker releases his new album, “Nowhere Left to Ghost” – the product of over fifteen years of active music-making in the Saskatchewan…

Interview: Kayla Luky

In January, Manitoba-based singer-songwriter Kayla Luky released her latest album, “Back to Dirt.”  The project offers a self-assured set of songs that finds Luky…

Interview: Scotty Hills

Last month saw the release of Scotty Hills’ latest EP, “Nature Girl,” a tour de force both musically and lyrically.  Thoughtful and deep lyrics…

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…

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…

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…

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,”…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…