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Songwriters say ‘Thank You’ to front line workers with charity ...

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian singer-songwriter Jay Aymar was moved to write a song for his friend who was suffering from work-related distress in her nursing role. “From watching patients die without the presence of family members ...
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Gordie Tentrees’ Mean Old World Tour returns to Canada in ...

  For a seasoned road warrior such as Gordie Tentrees, being unable to tour due to pandemic restrictions put him in a spot unlike anything he’d ever experienced before. Even worse, he’d just released his most acclaimed album to date ...
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Edmonton’s Payphones make dynamic debut with Rioting Heart

Although soft-released digitally at the end of 2022, the debut album from Edmonton alt-folk outfit Payphones will surely get your year off to a moving start with eight songs that explore isolation, illness, queer heartbreak and personal growth, all written ...
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John Borra returns with tribute to Toronto’s forgotten songwriters and ...

It’s fair to say that John Borra has seen and done it all within the Toronto alternative music scene, from witnessing the first stirrings of punk as a kid in the late 1970s, to joining his first bands at the ...
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JJ Voss embraces his family legacy on new single ‘A ...

Raised on a small farm in southern Saskatchewan, JJ Voss began his journey in music at age eight when he picked up his Dad’s old flat top, and has been following in the footsteps of legendary troubadours like Steve Earle, ...
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Lily Monaghan makes a stunning first impression with debut single ...

With delicately plucked acoustic guitar and a vocal performance as pure and soulful as a Prairie sunrise, Lily Monaghan’s debut single, “Sleeping Alone,” heralds the arrival of a compelling new voice on the Canadian roots music scene. Based in Edmonton, ...
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Drea Lake releases enchanting new single ‘Dreaming Peacefully’

One of the things that has always made Canadian music unique is many artists’ close relationships with the environment. The inherent intertwining of the beauty of the natural world with the creation of unforgettable lyrics and melodies will always shape ...
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CanRock veterans Brown / Hawkins / Stanley announce autumn tour ...

There’s nothing quite like touring Canada in the fall. The temperature is just right, the leaves are changing, and students are back on campus creating a renewed sense of energy. Hugh Christopher Brown, Ron Hawkins and Stephen Stanley have each ...
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Kyle McKearney releases poignant new single “River Rain”

It’s been a whirlwind summer so far for Kyle McKearney, between having his debut LP Down-Home being nominated for Alternative Country Album of the Year for the upcoming Canadian Country Music Awards and touring with top-selling U.S. artist Kip Moore, ...
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Andrea Nixon is coming at you like an ‘Earthquake’ on ...

As anticipation builds for her forthcoming album, Barbed Wire Dreams, Andrea Nixon is sharing a new single, “Earthquake,” a song as emotionally devastating as its title suggests. Rooted in a swampy blues groove, “Earthquake” follows the previous two samples of ...