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Dub Debut: The Dub Chronicles’ record brings new riddims to ...

After years of making a name for themselves in clubs around the city, Toronto’s The Dub Chronicles released their long-awaited debut album, Simba (Return to the Throne), on April 23. As a live dub band, the group is somewhat of an ...
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Nicolas Boulerice – Maison de Pierres 

It is said that English is a very technical language, and that in contrast, French is much more poetic. You hear this nature of the language very clearly on this new recording in the perfect and atmospheric singing of Nicolas ...
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Alexis Chartrand and Colin Savoie-Levac – Le Tranino

Two of the finest young players in Québec’s traditional music scene got together in a studio one weekend last September and jammed, improvising arrangements while their friend recorded them.  The result is a simply superb collection of tunes from the ...
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Nathan Smith – Let It Rest, Let It Rise

Lovely and listenable. That’s my first reaction to this fantastic new CD from Toronto fiddler Nathan Smith. It’s a first studio album from Nathan, who grew up in northern Ontario, in North Bay, where he had French Canadian, classical, bluegrass, ...
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Braden Gates – Kitchen Days

Preamble The dignity of labour has been a theme central to the folk music tradition forever, but it became politicized over class lines in former times, by songs and artists that polarized worker versus administration conflicts. I can’t recall many ...
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Gordon Belsher (Jar O’ Comfort, Richard Wood) – Aging Gratefully

In 1968, Gordon Belsher’s band, the Heat, supported the Who at the Edmonton Gardens. With too many guitar players in the band, and having purchased a “Beatles” Hofner bass two years earlier, Gordon was glad to take up the duties ...
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The North Sound – As the Stars Explode

As the Stars Explode, the second full-length album from The North Sound, brings 11 new songs (plus spoken word intro and outro) from Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter Forrest Eaglespeaker.  Currently comprising Forrest and vocalist/partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound is an idea ...
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Paul Reddick and the Gamblers – Alive in Italia

In 2001 on his award-winning album Rattlebag, Toronto bluesman Paul Reddick sang, “…there’s no good place to have the blues,” and now almost 20 years later, he is testing that theory with his recent Stony Plain release Alive in Italia.  ...
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Rube and Rake are ‘unchained and more open’ on sophomore ...

With the release of their new album Leaving With Nothing, Newfoundland duo Rube and Rake—comprising Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite—have made a significant step forward with their sound. Their debut album Back And Forth, released in 2017, featured their harmony ...
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Lynn Miles – We’ll Look For Stars 

The atelier of Ottawa passionista Lynn Miles has just unveiled her new ready-to-hear line for 2020. Lifting off from the runway on July 3, We’ll Look For Stars is her 15th release and is already peaking at number one on ...