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Heat

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Parallels

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Monica Chapman

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Andrew Collins Trio

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Drive-By Truckers

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Mstrkrft

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Old 97's

Graveyard Whistling

Venerable Americana/alt-country band Old 97's are now on their 11th album, and over 20 years together as a band. Along with bands like Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo, they essentially invented the alt-country genre. Songwriter and...

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By Steve Marlow
Jun 28, 2017

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Needles//Pins

Goodnight, Tomorrow

Vancouver's Needles//Pins are part of the fine tradition of punk rock from the West Coast. They are made up of three friends who wanted to hang out more together and formed a band. They've had...

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By Steve Marlow
Jun 17, 2017

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Ohama

Grrlz Monosynth Tower

Calgary’s Tona Ohama is a true survivor of the Canadian music industry. He’s been recording in relative obscurity since 1979, sticking almost exclusively to electronic music. To call him just a synth-pop artist would be...

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By Steve Marlow
May 1, 2017

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Nicolas Horvath

Glassworlds 5

Four years ago, Monaco-born pianist Nicolas Horvath began to record Glassworks, his project to make all of U.S. composer Philip Glass’ solo piano works available. This is the fifth and final volume in the Glassworks project,...

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By Catherine Fisher
May 1, 2017

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Hugo Wolf Quartet

Imagined Memories – Bîranînen Xeyalî

Imagined Memories, the Hugo Wolf Quartet’s 2016 double release, was recorded in just six hours in the famous acoustics of the Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA. The CD pairs Ralf Yusuf Gawlick’s most...

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By Catherine Fisher
Apr 24, 2017

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Heat

Overnight

Montreal's Heat had a great breakthrough debut album back in 2015 with Rooms. It was a critical and college chart success, channelling the feel of angular psychedelic bands like The Velvet Underground with 80s new...

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By Steve Marlow
Apr 23, 2017

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Parallels

Metropolis

Toronto’s Parallels have become the go to band in Canada if you’re looking for pure 80s style synthpop. Their latest album, Metropolis, is their third full length and is pretty similar to what they’ve already...

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By Steve Marlow
Apr 23, 2017

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Monica Chapman

Small World

Toronto jazz vocalist Monica Chapman has released her third CD Small World, a recording that showcases her passion for Hollywood movies and musicals.  She has carefully curated a dozen songs that have left a lasting impression on her through...

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By Shelley Gummeson
Apr 7, 2017

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Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

Sugar Rush

Alexis Baro has quickly become one of Canada's pre-eminent jazz trumpet players and band leaders. Originally from Cuba, Baro is now based in Toronto. While his earliest work was a more traditionally Cuban jazz style,...

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 11, 2017

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

A Soup

Some wonderfully inventive things can happen when a distinctly American style of music is interpreted by non-Americans. In this case, it's classic blues and country. Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings hail from the UK...

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 3, 2017

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Andrew Collins Trio

And It Was Good

Toronto mandolin-player Andrew Collins has put his mark on Canadian folk music over the years, as a member of the bluegrass band the Foggy Hogtown Boys, and in the more traditional folk stylings of the...

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By Steve Marlow
Dec 28, 2016

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Drive-By Truckers

American Band

Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers have set a gruelling pace for themselves, releasing an album almost every year since 2001. American Band sees the band taking a much more political take on their music, which has always...

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By Steve Marlow
Dec 19, 2016

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Parker Abbott

Elevation

The  Parker Abbott Trio is a group of three individucals from Toronto.  Teri Parker - keyboards, Simeon Abbott - keyboards, and Mark Segger - drums and percussion.

This 'piano-centric' trio soars above the mundane with...

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By Shelley Gummeson
Dec 9, 2016

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Petunia & The Vipers

Dead Bird On The Highway

Vancouver's Petunia is a multi-talented roots musician. He's served in bands fronted by Phil Alvin, Paul Rigby and Paul Pigat. He has several solo records to his credits, plus a few with his current band,...

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By Steve Marlow
Sep 24, 2016

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Mstrkrft

Operator

Toronto electronic band, remixers and producers MSTRKRFT had been on a break for about five years, as Jesse Keeler returned to work with his former band, Death from Above 1979, for a reunion tour. MSTRKRFT's...

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By Steve Marlow
Sep 12, 2016

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Ana Alcaide

Leyenda

Spanish singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Ana Alcaide’s world album Leyenda is Spanish for the word ‘Legend’. Closing my eyes and listening to the intro track ‘Tlalli’ transcended me straight into the Avatar dimension (not the...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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Autobahn

Of The Tree

This album is comprised of a power trio by the names of James Hill (Piano), Jeff LaRochelle (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), and Ian Wright (Drums). Based out of Toronto, these guys release their second album...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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Brandi Disterheft

Blue Canvas

Brandi Disterheft is a Canadian bassist and composer who has previously been awarded the Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year (2008). Her new project Blue Canvas is a work of composition by...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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June Garber

This I Know

June Garber, a vibrant jazz vocalist from Toronto, has released her third album This I Know.  She's gathered energy from the experiences of her life so far, and infused 12 songs with it.

Garber has...

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By Shelley Gummeson
Jun 28, 2016

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Avataar

Petal

The intro track ‘Agra’ sets quite a Sanskrit tone leading into some stunning vocals by lead singer Felicity Williams. Tracks such as ‘The Long Dream’, ‘Infinite Open’, ‘Raudra’, and ‘Petal (The Space Between)’ highlight the...

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By Showering Thoughts
Jun 6, 2016

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