Blues, Concert Reviews, Music, World Music

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival: The Record Company, Rusted Root 09/14/12

No Comments 17 September 2012

by: Laura Feeney

Despite their separate venues, Rusted Root and The Record Company brought similar enthusiasm and style to their performances on Friday night at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. These shows were not originally on my to-see list, but enthusiastic reviews persuaded me to take a chance. I soon found myself being swept up in lively, dancing crowds and losing track of time.

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The Record Company’s Chris Vos (guitar) and Marc Cazorla (drums) [Photo: Scott Greer]

The Record Company is a newly formed modern blues-rock band from Los Angeles. The opening number set the tone for their performance: upbeat, energetic, and soulful. Frontman Chris Vos proceeded to introduce the band’s style as good time music and encouraged the audience to have fun. Their classic blues sound was highlighted through Vos’ raw vocals, soulful lyrics, and funky slide guitar solos. Transitions between songs were filled with singing or storytelling about the band’s connection to blues music. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Harvest Jazz & Blues: Big Head Todd, Groove-a-Matics, Matt Andersen, and more 09/13/12

No Comments 14 September 2012

by Laura Feeney

Since our Wednesday night at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival was jam-packed, last night my Harvest-buddy and I decided that we should enjoy the festival “like normal people.” What did this involve? Selecting a few acts to pop into and getting fully distracted by buskers, food, and friends – of course!

I love the Harvest.

We stumbled onto Queen Street after a marathon photo-editing session and decided to check out a few minutes of Big Head Todd and The Monsters. This produced one of my most memorable Harvest memories to date – the Colorado-based band rocked a bluesy cover of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ on steel guitar. We left the already-packed Blues Tent beaming, now fully prepared for another fantastic night of music and unexpected turns.

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The Groove-a-matics featuring Johnny Whitehill (left) and Mick Cantwell (right). [Photo: Scott Greer]

Our next stop was the Mojo Tent, where the winners of the Harvest UK-NB Battle of the Blues were set to play. The Groove-a-Matics, featuring guitarist Johnny Whitehill, were selected from nearly 100 UK bands as the next big blues band, so naturally my curiosity was piqued. Mick Cantwell’s deep soulful voice and saxophone solos caught my attention during the first few numbers, but my focus shifted once Johnny Whitehill gained some momentum and began producing one electric guitar solo after another. They played through an enjoyable electric blues-rock set with crisp guitar solos, plenty of saxophone, and classic blues lyrics. In case you missed them, they’ll be playing one last set at the Hoodoo House Stage on Saturday at 7:30. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival: Keb’ Mo’, Garrett Mason, Keith Hallett 09/12/2012

No Comments 14 September 2012

by Laura Feeney

If last night’s performances are any indication, then this year’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is going to be one of the best yet. The calm, unseasonably warm night saw Fredericton come alive as the two main tents opened their doors for the first round of performances this week.

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Keith Hallett (left) and Garrett Mason (far right) [Photo: Scott Greer]

Starting off the night in the Blues Tent was Garrett Mason of Truro, NS, and Keith Hallett from Fredericton, NB. These guys are young, talented, and energetic – their guitar-focused set enlivened the already eager crowd. Mason turned up the heat during his crowd-pleasing tribute to Bo Diddly, while Hallett brought raw vocals and slide guitar prowess to the stage. They showcased an electrified and youthful take on the blues and shared the spotlight admirably. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Jazz

10 Things to See at the 2012 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

No Comments 11 September 2012

by Laura Feeney

The end of the summer in Fredericton is sweetened by the anticipation of one of the finest Music Festivals on the East Coast – the Harvest Jazz and Blues. This is the largest annual music festival in Atlantic Canada, featuring an impressive 150 performances (35% of which feature New Brunswick’s own musicians) on 26 stages (including 4 completely free venues). 

I’ll be covering the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival as only a Maritimer can – starting with this list of 10 things to see at this year’s festival. After much research, discussion, and debating, this is a peek at what my (anticipated) week will look like: Continue Reading

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Fun Fact – Two By Two

No Comments 25 July 2012

by Tiana Feng

London Ontario’s Fun Fact have a lovely blues rock vibe going on that are kind of like old school chili peppers. Loving this track in particular called Two By Two. They’re releasing an EP sometime soon, so more great things are coming soon!

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Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Music

[NXNE] CATL @ The Horseshoe @ 06/16/2012

No Comments 27 June 2012

by Tiana Feng
CATL @ The Horseshoe @ 06/16/2012
It’s pretty random to end my NXNE with CATL, but I did. The rock n’ blues trio was the perfect thing to keep my energy up this late at night. The audience was full of drunk people who could probably party to anything. Few were almost naked even, it was crazy. Everyone was dancing and having a joyous time. There was supposed to be a band after them, but everyone asked for a CATL encore, and they got it.

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Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Cold Specks- “Holland” and “Old Stepstone”

No Comments 10 April 2012


Hailing from Etobicoke, Ontario Cold Specks graces us with her stunning voice. Her voice is soulful but there’s a calm melancholic atmosphere about it. Signed to Arts & Crafts, she’ll be releasing a full album titled I Predict A Graceful Expulsion on May 22nd, 2012. Her bluesy songs are so lovely I get goosebumps whenever I listen to them. Check out the textured filled Holland and then the a cappella Old Stepstone. The fact that she sounds wonderful even without background music says a ton about her talent. She’s definitely one to keep an eye on this 2012.

Album Reviews, Blues, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Album Review/Stream] Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas

No Comments 09 February 2012

by Nash Bussieres

It’s really difficult to come into an album like Old Ideas without preconceived notions. We all know who Leonard Cohen is and the weight the name carries in this country. As a songwriter, it’s very hard to not trace a trail of influence back to him regardless of the style of music you write. For me, there is no trail: Leo is the be-all-end-all of Canadian songwriting as far as overall package is concerned – in my not-so-humble opinion – so there wasn’t much of a chance for me to be able to listen to the album with a clean ear-slate. I made the mistake of doing this with Tom Waits new album and found that after a while it wasn’t nearly as good as I was giving it credit for. I had ridden a wave of past elation over the choppy seas of Bad as Me’s sub-par (by Waits’ standards) songwriting and arrangement. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Covers, Jazz

Pretzel Logic: giving Toronto its Steely Dan fix

No Comments 31 December 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Thursday nights are a good time to be at the Orbit Room – specifically, the last Thursday of every month. Live music regularly draws a crowd to this upstairs bar, which would almost be hidden from passersby if it weren’t for the sign out on the sidewalk. In fact, I almost walked past it two nights ago when I went to see what has easily been my favourite musical discovery of the year.

Meet Pretzel Logic, a collection of career musicians – all of them impressive in their own right – who come together every few weeks to play some Steely Dan songs in what their website calls their “labour of love.” And the audience, mostly (and inevitably) comprised of the middle-aged, loves every minute of it. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] No Island- Sign of the Times

1 Comment 09 December 2011

by Tiana Feng

From Vancouver BC, No Island is a something little different for your Friday. Their music is a smooth jazz rock that is ornamented with saxophones. Check out the track Sign of Times off their latest EP of the same name.
No Island- Sign of the Times
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Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen/Download] The Speaking Tongues- Karma Blues

No Comments 28 November 2011

by Tiana Feng

Sometimes I get so many submissions and good finds that I download them all and put them in a playlist on shuffle. Today this track just kept me rocking. It is by Toronto garage rock band The Speaking Tongues from their self-titled release earlier this October. Been posting a ton of electro-pop recently, but here’s finally something to rock to!
The Speaking Tongues- Karma Blues
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Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen/Download] Amanita Bloom- Often in the Springtime

1 Comment 04 September 2011

by Tiana Feng

Amanita Bloom hails from Quebec with a bluesy retro rock sound. They’ll be making an appearance at Pop Montreal at the end of the month so check them out! Here’s a track off their debut full length which was out last October:
Amanita Bloom- Often in the Springtime
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Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] The Sheepdogs- Who

1 Comment 15 April 2011

by Tiana Feng

Remember the good ol’ days of 70s rock n roll? Well Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs are here to bring back a similar style of blues rock with old school guitar riffs and classic rhythm section. If you close your eyes and listen to Who you’d probably get lost thinking it was an old classic standard of some sort.
The Sheep Dogs- Who

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Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen/Download] Clara Engel- Lick My Fins

No Comments 28 February 2011

by Tiana Feng

Now that I got all this hosting stuff figured out, back to my regular posting. I feel like I haven’t posted anything Canadian in a little bit. I don’t remember how I first came across Clara Engel. At first, I thought she was friggin weird. Her avante-garde blues and psychadelic fusion isn’t for you if you are close-minded. In midst of strangeness like in Lick My Fins you still have elements of a great song, a hook, and a simple but hypnotic rhythmic groove.
Clara Engel- Lick My Fins
MYSPACE|Bandcamp

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Harlan Pepper- Great Lakes

1 Comment 17 February 2011

by Tiana Feng

When I listen to Harlan Pepper all I can think to myself is how Canadian the sound is. They’re four dudes straight out of high school, but they sound like they are veterans of this land. Their sound is a mixture of folk, country and blues with a youthlike playfulness and hook choruses. Their first album, Young and Old was released February 11th on Bandcamp and Maple Music.
Harlan Pepper- Great Lakes
WEBSITE|BANDCAMP

Stream Harlan Pepper’s Great Lakes at albums.ridethetempo.com

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