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Month: August 2012

Good, Pinsent, and Keelor @ CBC Radio 1

. : : April 12th, 2012 : : . At my old job, I used to have time to listen to Jian Ghomeshi‘s Q most mornings. I especially loved Fridays, when he usually has a local band in to play a few songs. Sometimes the bands are well known, sometimes not. Sometimes they fall somewhere in between. With Good, Pinsent and Keelor, the individuals are perhaps more well-known than this particular project, which I’d never heard before this program, but immediately grabbed my attention. Marrying the talents of The Sadies‘ Travis Good and Blue Rodeo‘s Greg Keelor with the whiskey warm, almost Cohen-esque voice of actor and poet Gordon Pinsent is an…

54.40 @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : November 4th, 2011 : : . 54.40 is a band with a long history. In fact, the group formed some two years before I was even born, over thirty years ago, and have been steadily releasing albums every two-to-three years ever since. Still, I wasn’t very familiar with the band prior to their headlining spot at the WWF Fundraiser last November. Unknowingly, I knew them best through another band’s cover: my dad was a big Hootie and the Blowfish fan in the mid-90s, so their cover of 54.40’s I Go Blind is etched fairly deeply in the recesses of my subconscious. I didn’t attribute…

Jully Black @ Glenn Gould Studio

. : : November 4th, 2011 : : . Being so completely into indie rock and roots-folk, it’s sometimes really easy to forget there’s a whole diverse world of other independent music being made in Canada worth of attention. Amongst the biggest — to the extent that it’s mind-boggling how little awareness I have of it — is Urban music. It was an unusual and somewhat unexpected treat to not only be introduced to Jully Black at a WWF-fundraiser at Glenn Gould Studio last November, but to really enjoy her performance as well. Jully worked the crowd into a frenzy with a non-stop, heart-racingly energetic show…