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Month: January 2014

Julie Doiron @ Danforth Music Hall

. : : October 14th, 2012 : : . Julie Doiron is kind of a big name in Canadian music — especially for Canadian music fans in the early 90s. I was a bit too young to catch her beloved band, Eric’s Trip, which signed to Sub Pop records and consequently blew up in a big way for a little band from New Brunswick, Canada. And I wasn’t too into Canadian indie rock when Julie struck out on her solo career, originally performing as Broken Girl before ditching the pseudonym to some success. By the time my interest in Canadian music evolved, I heard her name…

Blue Rodeo @ Keelor Family Farmhouse

. : : September, 2013 : : . Blue Rodeo invited CBC Music up to Greg Keelor‘s farm, where their most recent album In Our Nature was recorded. Originally intended to be a rehearsal space to work out demos, the band quickly realized there was magic and began putting the songs to tape. Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and co. wanted to recreate that magic, and recorded a collection of many of these new songs live for CBC, performing each in a different room or area of the property, and in differing configurations. The band has officially invited frequent collaborator Colin Cripps into the fold as lead guitarist and backing…

Whitehorse @ the Carlu

. : : September 23rd, 2013 : : . Most fans of HaterHigh will need no introduction to Whitehorse or its parts Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, so I’ll skip the how’dyados and get right down to business. The Polaris Music Prize is a coveted music award that started as a sort-of underground alternative award to Canada’s generally commercialized North-of-the-border Grammy award, the Juno. It has gained huge notoriety in its seven short years of existence due to its tendency to award smaller, lesser known, fringe and alternative acts that are generally otherwise ignored by the mainstream media. Its inaugural event awarded Final Fantasy for the crassly named album He…