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Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

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Andrew Collins Trio

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Drive-By Truckers

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Parker Abbott Trio

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Petunia & The Vipers

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Mstrkrft

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Ana Alcaide

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Autobahn

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Brandi Disterheft

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June Garber

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Avataar

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Pale Eyes

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Kym Brown

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My Son The Hurricane

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Michael Torke

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William Bolcom

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Brian Eno

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Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

Sugar Rush

Alexis Baro has quickly become one of Canada's pre-eminent jazz trumpet players and band leaders. Originally from Cuba, Baro is now based in Toronto. While his earliest work was a more traditionally Cuban jazz style,...

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 11, 2017

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Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

A Soup

Some wonderfully inventive things can happen when a distinctly American style of music is interpreted by non-Americans. In this case, it's classic blues and country. Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings hail from the UK...

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 3, 2017

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Andrew Collins Trio

And It Was Good

Toronto mandolin-player Andrew Collins has put his mark on Canadian folk music over the years, as a member of the bluegrass band the Foggy Hogtown Boys, and in the more traditional folk stylings of the...

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By Steve Marlow
Dec 28, 2016

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Drive-By Truckers

American Band

Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers have set a gruelling pace for themselves, releasing an album almost every year since 2001. American Band sees the band taking a much more political take on their music, which has always...

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By Steve Marlow
Dec 19, 2016

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Parker Abbott

Elevation

The  Parker Abbott Trio is a group of three individucals from Toronto.  Teri Parker - keyboards, Simeon Abbott - keyboards, and Mark Segger - drums and percussion.

This 'piano-centric' trio soars above the mundane with...

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By Shelley Gummeson
Dec 9, 2016

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Petunia & The Vipers

Dead Bird On The Highway

Vancouver's Petunia is a multi-talented roots musician. He's served in bands fronted by Phil Alvin, Paul Rigby and Paul Pigat. He has several solo records to his credits, plus a few with his current band,...

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By Steve Marlow
Sep 24, 2016

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Mstrkrft

Operator

Toronto electronic band, remixers and producers MSTRKRFT had been on a break for about five years, as Jesse Keeler returned to work with his former band, Death from Above 1979, for a reunion tour. MSTRKRFT's...

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By Steve Marlow
Sep 12, 2016

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Ana Alcaide

Leyenda

Spanish singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Ana Alcaide’s world album Leyenda is Spanish for the word ‘Legend’. Closing my eyes and listening to the intro track ‘Tlalli’ transcended me straight into the Avatar dimension (not the...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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Autobahn

Of The Tree

This album is comprised of a power trio by the names of James Hill (Piano), Jeff LaRochelle (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), and Ian Wright (Drums). Based out of Toronto, these guys release their second album...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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Brandi Disterheft

Blue Canvas

Brandi Disterheft is a Canadian bassist and composer who has previously been awarded the Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year (2008). Her new project Blue Canvas is a work of composition by...

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By Showering Thoughts
Sep 5, 2016

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June Garber

This I Know

June Garber, a vibrant jazz vocalist from Toronto, has released her third album This I Know.  She's gathered energy from the experiences of her life so far, and infused 12 songs with it.

Garber has...

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By Shelley Gummeson
Jun 28, 2016

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Avataar

Petal

The intro track ‘Agra’ sets quite a Sanskrit tone leading into some stunning vocals by lead singer Felicity Williams. Tracks such as ‘The Long Dream’, ‘Infinite Open’, ‘Raudra’, and ‘Petal (The Space Between)’ highlight the...

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By Showering Thoughts
Jun 6, 2016

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Pale Eyes

Worth The Sorrow

‘There's no nature (dirty faker). There are only memes.’

In the times of post-post-irony and plethora of sad-boy internet memes, Worth the Sorrow arises as an 8-track album with jittery instrumentation in a carefully mastered...

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By Showering Thoughts
Jun 30, 2016

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Kym Brown

Cursery Rhymes

God her accent is so hot. This Vancouver born, London raised artist has influences from artists ranging from The Beatles to legendary Icelandic singer Björk. This poppy album starts with the track ‘Almost Happy’, which...

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By Showering Thoughts
Jun 6, 2016

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My Son The Hurricane

Is This What You Want?!

My Son The Hurricane is a 14 piece “brasshop” band that forges hip-hop, funk and jazzy brass band style with enough propulsion to blow your hair straight back.

Headquartered in St. Catharines, The Hurricane have...

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By Shelley Gummeson
May 31, 2016

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Michael Torke

Concerto for Orchestra, Bliss, Oracle, Iphenenia

The music of Michael Torke (b. Milwaukee, WI, 1961) is rooted in the “minimalist” tradition of Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and John Adams. Large musical structures evolve out of the repetition of small sequences and...

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By Jim Hayes
May 17, 2016

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William Bolcom

Canciones de Lorca; Prometheus

William Bolcom (born 1938, Seattle) has composed chamber, operatic, vocal, choral cabaret, ragtime and symphonic music. The two works on this disc are big “occasional” pieces—commissioned for a special occasion, intended for maximum impact on...

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By Jim Hayes
Jun 16, 2016

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Brian Eno

The Ship

Brian Eno is a musical genius; he's a producer, a writer, a perfume maker. He's worked with every influential musician you can think of since his career started back in the early 70s with Roxy...

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By Steve Marlow
May 7, 2016

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Pigs

Wronger

There are a number of aggressive musical acts who refer to our friendly fauna with their names: Pelican, Swans, Horse the Band, and Mastodon to name a few. The cutest of the lot, Kittens, developed...

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By Sean Warkentine
Mar 28, 2016

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Sofy Major

Waste

Sofy Major are a 3-piece band of riffy noisy rock and sludgy distortion. They come from Clermont-Ferrand, France, a place potentially famous abroad for little more than Blaise Pascal, Audrey Tautou, and Michelin tires. Their...

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By Sean Warkentine
Mar 28, 2016

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