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New Music: Neil Young

By Stephen Lee, October 12 2017 — Neil Young has never been one to chase a synthetic sound. Hitchhiker resonates with raw, unnerving and subtle energy beneath a simple sound that perfectly encapsulates Young’s songwriting. Young’s lyrics don’t need to be dissected for meaning. There’s something powerful about the way he tells a story —…

New Music: Lights

By Hurmut Humayun, October 3 2017 —  Lights is an established force in alt-pop music circles. Moving away from her niche alt-pop sound, Skin&Earth is Lights’ attempt to reach a more mainstream audience. Though it’s her most commercially friendly work, the album remains true to her synth-pop origins. Each of the album’s tracks fit perfectly…

New Music: The Wilderness of Manitoba

By Rachel Woodward, September 28 2017 — Toronto folk-rock band The Wilderness of Manitoba have had a busy eight years. Between five albums, three EPs and tours around the world, the group boasts the kind of experience and discography in their short career that many bands dream of. Their fifth studio album, Across The Dark,…

New Music: Allie X

By Derek Baker, June 15, 2017 — After a string of EPs and singles, Toronto synth-pop artist Alexandra Hughes — better known under the stage name Allie X — released her first full-length album, CollXtion II. In an electro-pop scene currently plagued with unsubstantial songs, the carefully crafted album is a refreshing addition to the…

Canadian artistry celebrated on annual Polaris Music Prize short list

July 26, 2016 — The Polaris Music Prize released its 2016 short list on July 14. The annual award, along with $50,000, is given to the Canadian artist whose album is considered to have the most artistic merit, without taking into consideration factors like genre or sales. This year’s 10 shortlisted nominees range from Vancouver…

Montreal post-punk band Ought debuts sophomore album of road-trip fuel

By Jarrett Edmund, October 6 2015 — Montreal post-punk four-piece Ought understand that school is important, even when you’re a successful rock band fresh off the release of your second full-length album and riding the tailwinds of critical praise. After meeting at Montreal’s McGill University and completing their degrees, Ought began crafting meticulous post-punk replete…

Ottawa songwriter Kalle Mattson brings angsty alt-rock tunes to the prairies

By Jason Herring, September 29 2015 — Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson is on the cusp of hitting it big, even if he doesn’t admit it. His 2014 album, Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold, was an intimate record that made waves with a long-list Polaris Prize nod and widespread critical acclaim. Now Mattson returns with…

Chris Hadfield releases first album with songs recorded in outer space

By Jason Herring, September 10 2015 — Chris Hadfield has lived an extraordinary life. He was the first Canadian to walk in space, spent two months as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and has since become a global icon and an ambassador for space exploration. The retired astronaut has now moved towards…

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