Canadian, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen] Diane Roblin and Reconnect – Fasten Your Seatbelt

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dinae roblin

Hmm, it’s turning out to be a cool and sophisticated morning here at RTT. Toronto’s Diane Roblin leads her band, Reconnect, on the piano and electric piano. The highly talented group offer up a smooth blend of jazz-fusion and funk.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] The Sands – Magnolia

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the sands

Singer-songwriter Julie McGeer teams up with cellist-composer Peggy Lee to form The Sands. On their debut album they gather together some of the finest musicians in Vancouver (and beyond) and call upon Jesse Zubot to produce. “Magnolia” is a good example of the result — a richly orchestrated indie folk song infused with jazz and brimming with originality.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Muerte Pan Alley – Rich Man’s Grave

No Comments 09 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
muerte pan alley

Muerte Pan Alley’s music is rooted in early blues and bluegrass but they mix it up with electric jazz/psych/alt rock to come up with a dizzying, rambunctious brew. Good Tuesday fare.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen] Falcon Punch – Show Me Your Moves (EP)

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
falcon punch

The Toronto trio Falcon Punch are a drum and bass band. No, wait, they’re probably more electronica. Well, modern jazz, really. But, it’s math rock …. er, progressive. Anyway, it’s definitely post-rock. Maybe you should just listen to them? It’s cool.

Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Little Coyote – Blood & Bones

No Comments 19 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
little coyote

Teagan Johnston (aka Little Coyote) is a classically trained pianist, which is in full evidence on her latest 2-track EP “Blood & Bones”. The two tracks of jazz-tinged indie folk offer up some lyrical depth as well as some deft touches on both the piano and leopards.

Canadian, Chillwave, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Superbloom – You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends

No Comments 14 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Superbloom have made the move from Edmonton to Montreal and released the double single “You Are My Wave/Always With My Friends”. Don’t let the hoser image fool you, this is urbane, sophisticated music — chillwave grooves with hints of jazz, dreampop vocals and indie folk sensibilities.

Canadian, Jazz, Listen, Music, Soul

[Listen] Dawn Pemberton – say Somethin’

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Not sure how the weather is where you are but it’s a rainy Sunday afternoon here, just perfect for the smooth sounds of Dawn Pemberton. “Say Somethin'” is contemporary soul with a jazzy edge served up with a breezy vocal delivery from Pemberton.

Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Drumhand – No Rush

No Comments 26 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Multi-voice harmonies, modern jazz and world percussions. Add those all together and you get the enticing sounds of Toronto’s Drumhand.

Alternative, Canadian, Chillwave, Jazz, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[Listen] BADBADNOTGOOD – Velvet

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Not content to sit on their laurels, the alt jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have dropped another golden nugget in our laps. “Velvet” is smooth, but it has those interesting twists and turns that we’ve come to expect from these guys.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Jazz, Roots, Watch, World Music

[Watch] Kiran Ahluwalia – Hayat

No Comments 07 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Kiran Ahluwalia infuses traditional Indian music with western rock and jazz to create a sound of her own.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Jazz, Music, Soul, World Music

[Album Review] Elizabeth Shepherd- The Signal

1 Comment 01 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Label: True North Records/Pinwheel Music

The word “stunning” is probably overused. Reviewers often dish out the term when all they really mean is that the music is very good or that it’s the best thing they have heard all week. But it should only be used when you hear something that literally makes you stop in your tracks and go, “wow”. Like, you’re stunned. OK? ‘The Signal’ by Elizabeth Shepherd is stunning.

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Alternative, Canadian, Jazz, Pop, Watch


No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Peter Sagar takes some time off from his role as guitarist for Mac DeMarco to work on his own project, Homeshake. On “Making a Fool of You” he shows off his signature guitar style.

Canadian, Jazz, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop


No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) are joined by Ghettosocks and Brandon Dramatic (man, it must be crowded in that studio booth!) for the jazzy hip hop track “The Quota”.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Petunia- Inside of You

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: July 21, 2014
Label: Trapline

Petunia is a bizarre and mysterious character. I cannot determine his real name, but I do know that he is originally from rural Quebec and is now based in Vancouver, although he seems to have spent time in almost every corner of the country (both Toronto and Fredericton claim him as a former resident, just as examples). What I do know is that he’s an entertainer – I mean in the old-school sense of someone who sings anything, plays anything, does anything in the name of entertainment. He’s Buffalo Bill Cody, he’s P.T. Barnum, he’s Ed Sullivan and he’s a carnival sideshow barker. He wants to take you go on a wild ride with his album ‘Inside of You’, so step right on up, folks. 

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Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music


No Comments 06 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Victoria’s Carmanah infuse their indie folk with some breezy jazz on the song “Burn Slowly” from the album ‘Out of the Woodwork’.

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