Tagged canadian music

Victoria band goes back to the roots of folk music

By Jason Herring, September 3 2015 — The tradition of sharing folk music is alive and well with Victoria quartet Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (TMO), who released their fourth full-length album, LOVE., on August 21. They’re now setting off on a tour across 25 cities in B.C. and Alberta. TMO’s music is an organic mix of…

Artists contend for Polaris Prize

The 2015 Polaris Prize short list was announced July 16. The annual award, selected by a panel of 11 Canadian music journalists, recognizes exceptional Canadian full-length albums. Factors like sales or genre aren’t taken into consideration — the albums are judged solely on artistic merit. The 10-album short list for the award was announced following…

Owen Pallett talks new album, movie scores and working with Arcade Fire

By Jason Herring, June 18 2015 — Owen Pallett is a busy man. Over the last few years, the Canadian violinist and composer released In Conflict, his fourth full-length album, toured with Arcade Fire in support of their album Reflektor and helped compose the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to the film Her. Pallett recently stopped in Calgary…

Purity Ring brings signature future-pop back to the prairies

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, June 11 2015 — Edmonton synth-pop duo Purity Ring are returning to their home province after touring their sophomore album another eternity. The group combines Corin Roddick’s electronic atmospheres with Megan James’ dreamy vocalizations into music the band describes as “future-pop.” Though Roddick and James originally met as teenagers in their hometown…

Desert landscapes inspire Calgary art-pop band

By Jason Herring, June 4 2015 — Montreal-based art-pop band Braids underwent a lot of change before constructing their new album, Deep in the Iris. After parting ways with keyboardist Katie Lee during recording sessions for their previous record, Flourish//Perish, the group altered their approach to writing and creating music. And it worked. Braids, now…

New album marks big changes for Dan Mangan

By Jason Herring, March 5 2015 — Canadian indie sweetheart Dan Mangan is loved across the country for his thought-provoking albums and engaging live shows. But when Mangan and his band set out to record their new album, Club Meds, after a brief hiatus from touring, the group decided they needed a change, in both…

Winnipeg punk Greg Rekus brings the ruckus

By Connor Sadler, January 15 2015 — Though Winnipeg is more known for its cold winters than its experimental music, the city is home to a provocative musical fusion. Winnipeg musician Greg Rekus mixes punk music with acoustic guitar in what he calls “punkoustic.” Rekus will bring the genre, along with his latest album, Punkoustic,…

Self-described “lazy” musician Ryan Hemsworth keeps busy

By Andy Williams, November 20 2014 — Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s uncanny ability to combine southern hip hop, indie rock, j-pop and video game samples in his sets has attracted a large following. He has remixed the work of artists like Frank Ocean, Grimes, Lorde and Mikky Ekko to much acclaim. After releasing eight EPs…

Tokyo Police Club refine pop sound on new album

By Jason Herring, November 13 2014 — You might not know it by looking at them, but Tokyo Police Club are one of the hardest working bands in music today. The four-piece band from Newmarket, Ontario released their third full-length album, Forcefield, earlier this year —their first album in nearly four years. According to the…

The Rural Alberta Advantage brings new album to MacHall

By Jason Herring, October 16 2014 — Even though he formed the Rural Alberta Advantage in Toronto, lead singer Nils Edenloff has focused much of the group’s efforts on capturing what it’s like to grow up and live in our province, reflecting on his childhood in Fort McMurray. Alongside backup vocalist and keyboard player Amy…

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