Album review

Tim Baker – Forever Overhead

Hey Rosetta! front man Tim Baker released his much-anticipated debut solo album, Forever Overhead, last year. He co-produced the album with Marcus Paquin, who also mixed and engineered it. Here’s my review of the vinyl version of the album, now ...
Album review

Great Lake Swimmers – The Waves, The Wake (acoustic)

In 2018, Canadian folk-rock band Great Lake Swimmers released their seventh studio album, The Waves, The Wake. The record constituted a significant pivot for the band because Tony Dekker decided to abandon his typical instrument of choice when it came ...
Concert review

Blue Rodeo – Feb. 8 at Budweiser Gardens, London

Canada’s Blue Rodeo returned to London, ON on Feb. 8 to celebrate their eighth appearance at Budweiser Gardens, but the night was special for an even more important reason. Thirty-five years ago to the date, Blue Rodeo made their debut ...
Album review

The Pairs – Noise

Apparently 2020 is the year of the rat, but in my opinion, it’ll turn out to be the year of the pair. The Pairs to be exact. If you haven’t already heard of the band, I expect you will be ...
Album review

The Rheostatics – Here Come the Wolves

The Rheostatics released their first album in 15 years last September on Six Shooter Records, and it’s a masterpiece of Canadian art that should be included in any serious Canadian music fan’s collection. By the third track, I was hooked on ...
Album review

John Borra – Blue Wine

Alt-country troubadour and stalwart of Toronto’s music scene John Borra (Rattlesnake Choir, Change of Heart, A Neon Rome) is set to release his first solo album in nearly 20 years on Jan. 31. Unfortunately, I’ve only ever seen John perform ...
Concert review

The Good Lovelies – Dec. 14 at Dublin Street United ...

The Dublin Street United Church sits nestled among beautiful century homes on a tree-lined street on the edge of downtown Guelph. Last Saturday evening while cars swished by on slushy streets a merry crowd of revelers gathered on the city ...
Concert review

Tim Baker – Dec. 6 at War Memorial Hall, Guelph

I was fortunate enough to catch Tim Baker’s sold-out show at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall last Friday. The former member of Hey Rosetta! is currently touring in support of his debut solo album, Forever Overhead, released April ...
Feature

What makes a great live show? Ted Ferris asks ...

Ted Ferris is a huge fan of live music so he’s been using his recent interviews to get musicians’ takes on what makes a great live show.  Here are some of their answers.  Jerry Leger The best time is when ...
Feature

Joshua Hyslop on his forthcoming album and why he loves ...

I attended the second annual Troubadour Festival in Barrie, ON last month and I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down and chat with Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop before his Friday night set.  Joshua is busier than ever these days. ...