Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Brian Christensen- Blue Museum

No Comments 22 July 2014

Tiana Feng
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Relax tonight with Edmonton singer-songwriter Brian Christensen.

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Folk, Jazz

THE JESSICA STUART FEW, WEST MY FRIEND @ SOLSTICE CAFE (Victoria, BC) 7/19/2014

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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There is nothing finer than spending time in the funky confines of the Solstice Cafe on a lovely Victoria summer evening. Nothing, that is, unless you add some terrific music by two of Canada’s classier acts. Continue Reading

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

[LISTEN] EVAN BOURQUE – FROM OUT OF THE WOODS (EP)

No Comments 19 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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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, Folk, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] JOHN SOUTHWORTH – HEY I GOT NEWS FOR YOU

No Comments 19 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Intriguing video from Toronto singer-songwriter John Southworth. This single “Hey I Got News For You” is released in advance of his new double album ‘Niagara’ coming out this Fall.

Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Sharon Van Etten, Boy & Bear, Old Man Canyon, Shakey Graves and more @ Winnipeg Folk Festival 7/13/2014

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

BeautifulWeather
Sunday started out as a murky cold affair extending to spritz of rainfall intermittently throughout the day and evening. But, the endurance of the Folk Festers was rewarded with impressive music. Good things come to those who stick around, right? Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Jake Shimabukuro, Whitney Rose, Andi DiFranco, His Gold Messenger, Calypso Rose @ Winnipeg Folk Festival July 12th, 2014

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

AnotherSunset

The generosity of the weather Gods temporarily ceased on Day 4, as Environment Canada issued a tornado warning around Winnipeg, affecting shows in the afternoon for a few hours. Thankfully, the stormy conditions morphed into chilly late afternoon sunshine as performances started up on Main Stage. Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Baskery, The Rua Mamillan Trio, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Grace and Tony, Fortunate ones and More @ Winnipeg Folk Festival 7/11/2014

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

Sunset

Friday was the start to the weekend part of the festival that featured music as early as 11 in the morning at the smaller stages including collaborative workshops. Despite increased opportunities to see more acts, I had to juggle artist interviews all day limiting the coverage. Oh the tough life! Continue Reading

Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Wood Brothers, Danny Barnes, Chic Gamine, Cara Luft, Della Mae @ Winnipeg Folk Festival 7/10/2014

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

DellaMae

Della Mae

The streak of summer bliss continued on for Day 2 of the Festival. Similar to Day 1, the acts were consolidated all on the Main Stage, with performances starting a bit after 6 in the evening. Continue Reading

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Punk, World Music

[LISTEN] TOWER OF DUDES – MAKE YOUR OWN CULTURE

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The first twenty seconds of “Make Your Own Culture” may leave you thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into a Greek wedding. But no, this is the crazy world of Victoria’s Tower of Dudes. They describe themselves as a gypsy punk accordion rock band. Who am I to argue? It’s zany, lively, irreverent, funny and always entertaining.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen

[LISTEN] WEST MY FRIEND – WHEN THE INK DRIES

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
west my friend

West Coast indie folk that could only come from Vancouver Island. “When The Ink Dries” by West My Friend is a topical cautionary song about our environment and our future. And it’s a beautiful listen to boot.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Bride & Groom- Bride and Groom EP

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Bride & Groom is an indie folk duo from Montreal made of guitar-wielding singer/songwriter Jesse Daniel and cellist Kaitlyn Raitz. The result is quite harmonious as proven by their recent self-titled EP.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] MINDIL BEACH – LOVE LIKE MINE

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Mindil Beach Markets recently shortened their bench (losing founding member, Daniel Kingsbury) and shortened their name (now it’s simply Mindil Beach). How does all that affect their sound? You be the judge. Check out their latest, a rollicking, fun number called “Love Like Mine”.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Clara Engel- Looking-Glass Fire

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
clara engel

Clara Engel’s Looking Glass-Fire might be one of the most over-looked things this year. It’s a poetic 6-song masterpiece that is dense enough to arguably be an album. Her unique and distinct style and sound make her one of the most interesting song-writers to follow in Canada. Do yourself a favour and stream Looking-Glass Fire below.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music, Pop

Great Lake Swimmers @ Massey Hall 7/8/2014

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy
greatlakeswimmers

This past Wednesday Great Lake Swimmers took the stage after what appeared to be a raucous Rural Alberta Advantage set (which I sadly missed thanks to poor work/life balance). The night was a part of a Live at Massey Hall, a new live concert and concert film series. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Greg Smith and the Bad Dreamers- Dreamers

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: April 14th, 2014
Label: Independent

Right from the start ‘Dreamers’ makes you feel at home. The way Greg Smith delivers the opening line to “Loyalist Parkway” with a quaver and that distinctive rolling of his r’s leaves no doubt that he is a Canadian singer and this is Canadian music. He and his band, the Bad Dreamers, breeze through a set of solid songs that are as comfortingly familiar as a backyard barbeque complete with some Molsons and a few of your hoser friends. This latest project by the Weakerthans’ bass player is a collection of folk rock numbers which are charming and fun, if somewhat undemanding. Continue Reading

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