Elliott Brood are a band drawn to history. Their most recent album Days into Years was inspired by a visit to a military cemetery in France where Canadian veterans are buried. The album before that, Mountain Meadows, despite the deceptively peaceful title, was named after a massacre.
Evening Hymns’ music is filled with the sounds of nature. The band’s second album, Spectral Dusk, was recorded in a log cabin near Perth, Ontario. It is mostly calm acoustic guitar layered with an assortment of other instruments. I spoke with Jonas Bonetta, the man at the heart of Evening Hymns, over the phone.
Erika Angell makes up half of the dynamic duo that are at the forefront of Thus:Owls and their experimental folk pop sound, alongside her husband Simon Angell. I spoke with her by phone on a warm day from her apartment in Montreal.
He has Jack Johnson’s easy optimism, a maritime feel that is reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, and the cronning voice of classic folk music. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is fond of wearing suits. He has won five East Coast Music Awards. He recently won the Juno for rap recording of the year for Inner Ninja.
Joel Plaskett has been a fixture in the Canadian music industry since he was a teenager. In that time he built a successful solo career and a distinctive sound. When he’s not touring or recording, he is helping to produce the music of other artists.
The Young Benjamins are one of the latest bands to come out of Saskatoon’s vibrant music scene of late. They recently released their first album, Less Argue, which combines energetic indie pop with song writing that reflects their Simon & Garfunkel inspired roots.
When Transit first came to Calgary, he was surprised at the reception he got. Some told him that the city wouldn’t be receptive to his particular brand of hip-hop; that it just wouldn’t work. Those people were wrong. Since first moving to Calgary from Victoria for university, he has become a voice of the city and built a solid fan base here.
About ten years ago I was asked to write a magazine profile of a young up and coming musician with a very interesting story–he was a guy born in Moscow into a family steeped in music and musical tradition, but here in Toronto he was busking on the street playing his violin in a style that is not just wonderful, but incomparable.
When organizers in Austin, Texas launched the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in 1987, they anticipated it would be a regional event drawing in less than 200 people–then over 700 showed up.
The Stogies are a band who would maybe probably rather burn out than fade away, but knowing their penchant for all things raucous and unbridled, they’d just light another one up anyways. I had the esteemed pleasure of hosting these 5 boys in my small apartment for two days during CMF. And what pleasurable chaps they were. What really blew me away about this rock ‘n’roll band with heavy classic rock and jam band elements, was that these quiet, and somewhat shy Halifax, N.S. boys really ripped on stage. A sweaty, psychedelic assault, if you will.