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February 24, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The St. John's -based singer/songwriter releases a new album, Live It Down, tomorrow. Here he discusses its creation, his two favorite songs, a memorable video, pandemic life on The Rock, and his hopes for live performance.

Photo: Kate Morgan
February 21, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The eclectic Ottawa-based singer/songwriter has just released a fourth album, This ‘n’ That. Here he discusses the record, the significance of the classic La Vie en Rose, his love of travel, his other gig as a philosophy professor, and a desire to perform in-person shows.

Photo: Kate Dockery
February 17, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto rock sextet he heads releases its fourth album, Real One, this week. Here he discusses the new record, his favourite songs, the plight of the homeless, fun with TikTok, and the urgent desire to play real shows again.

February 10, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Juno-winning roots/bluegrass band has released a double live album and will soon hold a Bingo event to fundraise for endangered international live music venues. The group’s frontman discusses the record, the concept of the game, engaging with fans in a pandemic, and hopes for real shows this summer.

February 7, 2021
by Jason Schneider

This Toronto quartet has delivered shantified material since 2013 and has just released a second album,  Across The Western Ocean. Here one of the members describes that record, its favourite songs, the thrill of seeing sea shanties go viral, and engaging with fans of the genre online.

Photo: Patrick Hodgson
February 3, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Trini-Canadian author and hip-hop artist has a memoir, Saga Boy, out and an album ready to roll. Here he discusses the book, the recounting of a painful past, his struggle to be accepted, the need for change, and his upcoming record.

January 31, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The singer/songwriter has had hits in both the country and pop realms, and his new country album, The Good Ones, is spawning more hit singles. Here he describes the record, the ways he’s adapting to the pandemic, his pleasure at seeing the genre become more diverse, and hopes for 2021.

January 27, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The veteran Montreal psych-rock band delivers a new album this week. Here its co-founder discusses the record, a favourite song, the group’s loyal audience, the challenges of a curfew, and hopes for 2021.

January 24, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The highly-respected Toronto music journalist and broadcaster will host a new CBC Music show, Frequencies. Here he discusses the show, his quest to improve, the need to narrow the diversity gap in Canadian music, and a favourite new album.

January 20, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto-based indie rock band releases its second album, Cooler Returns, on famed label Sub Pop tomorrow. Here members Jeremy Gaudet and Brian Murphy discuss the new record, its favourite songs, the Sub Pop connection, and all the comparisons to ‘90s bands.

Photo: T. Kenta Kikuchi
January 17, 2021
by Jason Schneider

Two BC folk singer/songwriters forged a musical and personal relationship two years ago. A debut full-length album, Just Beyond The Shine, is now out and here the pair describe their backstory, the making of the album, work with Steve Dawson, and hopes for 2021.

January 13, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto Blues Society’s Maple Blues Awards traditionally kicks off the music award season in Canada every January.