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Preview: Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, 4-8 September

Next week, Toronto will come alive with a fabulous cacophony of jazz, as this year’s edition of the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival gets underway.  This is a unique opportunity for young musicians to shine, as 28 ensembles headed by young… Continue Reading →

Review: Great Lake Swimmers, “The Waves, The Wake”

Tony Dekker, lead singer and songwriter for Great Lake Swimmers, has long been a master of musical introspection.  The band’s previous albums have explored the interior depths with wit and wisdom; their latest project, “The Waves, The Wake,” steps even… Continue Reading →

Canadians Converge at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

Having lived in PA now for well over a decade, it was hard to believe that we had not yet made it to the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival held over a mid-August weekend near Schwenksville, PA.  With the weekend open… Continue Reading →

#TuesdayTunesDay, 28 August 2018: Lydia Persaud, Kalle Mattson, Major Love, Kaia Kater

Now that summer is nearing its end, the pace of new music releases is ramping back up.  Here are a few noteworthy examples that have hit our inbox recently. Lydia Persaud, “Honey Child” We were fortunate to hear this spectacular… Continue Reading →

Sawdust City Music Festival: Saturday Night Concert

Rewind to August 2017, and the first Sawdust City Music Festival, where event founder and curator Miranda Mulholland pulled out all the stops to bring a fantastic Saturday night show to the town of Gravenhurst, ON.  Boasting a line up… Continue Reading →

Review: Basement Revolver, “Heavy Eyes”

Grungy, fuzzed-out guitars and breathy, reverb heavy vocals make it easy to compare Basement Revolver to Alvvays and Snail Mail.  There’s no reason “Heavy Eyes” shouldn’t garner similar praise and accolades to these recent critic darlings. That being said, do… Continue Reading →

Review: Little Kid, “Might As Well With My Soul”

Toronto’s Little Kid have created a perfect carousel of gentle, quirky, alt-rock sonic pleasures with “Might As Well With My Soul.” At times relaxed… sometimes jarring and propulsive, elsewhere honeyed and sugary… the instrumentation melds languidly with the eloquent, sometimes… Continue Reading →

Singer-Songwriter Circle at The Sawdust City Music Festival

One of the popular features from the original Sawdust City Music Festival was the singer-songwriter circle, which last year included Devin Cuddy, Liz Stringer, Justin Rutledge, and Jeremy Dutcher.  Having enjoyed this moment last time around, we were more than… Continue Reading →

Gossip Talkin’ Blues, Episode 29: Canadians in the Commonwealth

Team GDW caught a day of the 57th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival and heard several amazing Canadian artists there.  Hear live audio from Dana Sipos, Terence Jack, Jay Gilday, David Myles, and The Small Glories. SOCAN license #5052874

2018-2019 Canadian Orchestra Preview Part 2: Ontario and Québec

In the previous installment of our 2018-2019 orchestra preview, we focused on western provinces.  This week, we look at orchestras in Ontario and Québec – and as with the western part of Canada, those provinces can look forward to some terrific… Continue Reading →

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