Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Punk, Roots


No Comments 28 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Tarnidhed gold

“Seasick” by The Seahags? A shanty from Cape Breton, no doubt? Hardly. It’s actually some cowpunk from Saskatchewan. No matter — it’s good old rootsy fun regardless.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, French, Listen, Music

[Listen] Les soeurs Boulay- Ça

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Les Soeurs Boulay have a cute single out called “Ça”. It’s so beautifully simple.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Pop


No Comments 26 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Jay Pollock’s new album is as bright and colourful as the titular sunflowers on the cover. He breezes through a set of rootsy but contemporary songs, and incorporates blues, country, folk and jazz with seeming ease. Most satisfying is the nice fat sound that you can really sink your teeth into. Highlighted is “Circus”, a rather whimsical song with a touch of southern funk.

Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Pop, Singer/songwriter


No Comments 19 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Evan Bourque’s brand of country/folk rock is lively and infectious. He was the Zone 91.3 (Victoria) “Band of the Month” for March, 2014 and rightly so.

Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Under 2000


No Comments 09 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Hawk and Steel

‘Year After Year’ is Side B of the Snoqualmie / Hawk and Steel Split 7 Inch record (out 08/08/2014). A lovely, soft slice of alt-country folk rock.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Tim Moxam- Blue Son

No Comments 01 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Hope you are enjoying cottage country like Tim Moxam in his video for “Blue Son”.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Patrick Ballantyne- Days of Rain

No Comments 01 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 29th, 2014
Label: Independent

Patrick Ballantyne isn’t exactly a household name, but there is a good chance you’ve heard his songs before. Up until recently, Ballantyne’s musical talents have been funneled into writing songs for others, such as Big Sugar and The Trews. However, he makes it abundantly clear on his latest release ‘Days of Rain’ that we have been missing out in not hearing him perform his songs himself. Continue Reading

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Sleepy Driver- Ignatius

No Comments 24 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Sleepy Driver aka Fredericton singer-songwriter Pete Hicks dropped an album in June titled Ignatius. If you’re into a mix of alt-country and blues, Sleepy Driver is worth checking out. The band will be playing the Canada’s Day show in their home town alongside Rich Aucoin.

Alternative, Concert Reviews, Country, Music

[NXNE] David Rosales @ The Dakota Tavern 6/18/2014

No Comments 22 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
David Rosales @ The Dakota Tavern 6/18/2014
Between sets at the Garrison, I caught a bit of California’s David Rosales at the Dakota Tavern delivering some Americana to a crowd that was still riled up from whoever played before them to be quiet enough to appreciate Rosales’ tunes.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Bry Webb- Free Will

No Comments 09 June 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: May 20th, 2014
Label: Idee Fixe Records

After spending ten years fronting a high-octane rock band like the Constantines it’s understandable that with his first solo effort Bry Webb would explore music at the other end of the spectrum. ‘Provider‘ offered up a collection of mellow folk songs, revealing the thoughts of a man coming to terms with being a father. On his second outing Webb shows no signs of changing his tune, quite literally. The album ‘Free Will‘ is again inspired by the musician’s son, Asa, which may well provide the artist the opportunity for some musing but it does not necessarily make for the best of musical outings. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Chad VanGaalen- Shrink Dust

No Comments 15 May 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Label: Flemish Eye/Sub Pop

On the cover of Shrink Dust is an animated version of a naked boy being dissolved into a monster. It’s slightly disturbing when you think too much of it but that’s a lot like VanGaalen’s music. On the surface is it is charming and beautiful but beneath it can be some terrifying things. Continue Reading

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Real Ponchos – Outta This Place

No Comments 07 April 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee



Vancouver’s Real Ponchos are bringing their flavour of Canadiana all across this great country of ours this May and June. The four-piece are independently releasing their full length debut Since I Let You Go on May 6th, and bringing the party to Toronto on May 16. To get a preview of their folk, country and roots concoction, you can stream the track “Outta This Place”. The song has enough twang to please the country folks and grooving melodies to keep the others humming.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] New Country Rehab- Lost Highway EP

No Comments 20 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
New Country Rehab are kicking off an extensive North American tour today and to celebrate they dropped a FREE EP on Bandcamp, Lost Highway. It features “Lost Highway” from their 2013 album Ghost of Your Charms as well as 2 covers: “Effigy” by John Fogerty and “Alone and Forsaken” by Hank Williams.

Tour Dates Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Kalle Mattson- Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold

No Comments 03 March 2014

by Tiana Feng



Release Date February 11th, 2014
Label: Parliament of Trees

I thought I wouldn’t find another album as human and full of heart as Evening Hymns’ Spectral Dusk ever again. That is until I finally sat down to listen to Kalle Mattson’s Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Gunner and Smith- He Once Was A Good Man

No Comments 02 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
Here’s my Bandcamp find of the day. Some easy listening for your Sunday from Saskatoon’s Gunner and Smith. The project started in 2010 as a solo thing by Geoff Smith, but the album includes some other performers.

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