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Meaghan Smith @ [various TV]

. : : April 14/17th, 2014 : : .

Four and a half years after her brilliant début major label album, The Cricket’s Orchestra, Meaghan Smith is back with her sophomore follow-up, Have A Heart.

Gone is influence of the big band and early jazz of the 40’s and 50’s, replaced an eccentric mix of modern and 60’s/70’s pop. Although jumping ahead several decades in influence and sound, all you have to do is listen to songs like Friends Like You and you’ll rest assured that at the heart of these bigger, bolder, and largely produced songs is still that sweet and wry Canadian gal who won a Best New Artist Juno in 2011.

Meaghan and her hus-band, Jason Mingo, seemed to have also upped the ante with their live set-up, replacing the stripped down almost-all-acoustic set enhanced by samples with a full live band. Jason now brandishes an electric guitar, and is rounded out by a keyboardist, bassist and live drummer.

Meaghan Smith @ Pearl Company

. : : December 5th, 2012 : : . A lot can change in a year. This time last year, I wasn’t feeling very festive. Years of working in a shopping mall have soured me on Christmas a bit. The incessant Christmas songs blaring over the PA the minute Hallowe’en ends, the unabashed consumerism, the entitlement and attitudes from stressed out holiday shoppers, the hustle-bustle of the crowds… well, it wasn’t the magical season of merriment that it was when I was a kid. If there’s one thing Canadian singer-songwriter and Juno award winner Meaghan Smith isn’t lacking, however, it’s youthful merriment and…

Meaghan Smith @ Bay/Bloor Indigo

. : : December 14th, 2011 : : . I didn’t know I was going to get a chance at redemption for the technically marred recording of Meaghan Smith from last week until I was writing the final paragraphs of my review for the blog. In an off-hand statement, Meaghan threw a special in-store appearance at the Indigo Bookstore at the Manulife Centre in Toronto in amongst the final dates of the previously announced tour. I rubbed my eyes. Was I dreaming? Did I miss something? I checked the blog, her Facebook, and other tour listings online, and this second Toronto show was not to be…

Meaghan Smith @ Rivoli

. : : December 7th, 2011 : : . Time for the seasonable blog updates to come in, folks! First, I started off with my “re-gift” of a CBC Radio-sourced Colleen Brown recording, which leads into my next update quite nicely. You see, it was Colleen Brown who introduced me to the inimitable Meaghan Smith. Colleen opened for Meaghan about a year and a half ago and, initially, I was a little vexed at the higher ticket price necessitated by the draw of a headliner I’d never heard of. Of course, that spite melted away the second the stunning beautiful took the stage and started…

Meaghan Smith @ Dundas Square

      . : : July 16th, 2011 : : . I hate outdoor concerts. Outside of the fact that I’m fair-skinned and go from pale to burnt in under 60 seconds, the sound is always horrible, the sight-lines atrocious, the sets too short, and the crowd either wildly aggressive or disappointingly ambivalent. Needless to say, it takes a special performer to drag me out to one of these types of things. This goes double when the festival is held not in some big park in the middle of nowhere, but rather smack-dab in the middle of the heart of Toronto. This was…

Meaghan Smith @ Rivoli

      . : : July 2nd, 2011 : : . If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (or worse, following me on Twitter), you probably know that I pretty much adore Juno Best New Artist (2011) winner Meaghan Smith to pieces. Her debut album, The Cricket’s Orchestra, was one of my favourites of 2010 — and is certainly my most often lent to friends, whose arms I have to twist to eventually get it back. I’ll be seeing her for a fourth time in a little less than a year next week, and although I’ve since learned the endearing between-song banter…

Junofest 2011 @ [Various Venues]

Around this time last year, I was mostly ambivalent about Canadian music. That’s not to say there weren’t Canadian bands I enjoyed, but it extended only so far. Most of my interest was focused on north-west bands, primarily Seattle and Portland-area bands on the great Barsuk Records. The much-blogged about NXNE showcase set last year introduced me to handfuls of great local Canadian talent, who has in turn by pursuing them, introduced me to even more. At last year’s Junos kick-off party, which I was lucky enough to win a guest list spot to (to see Kathleen Edwards perform a unique solo set), I was…

Meaghan Smith @ Drake Underground

. : : July 26th, 2010 : : . When Spring rolls around, you can usually count on a few big concert announcements that get you really jazzed for the summer season. This year, it was announcements that Roger Waters would come in September and play Pink Floyd‘s The Wall in its entirety. Paul McCartney was also coming to town, which is a big deal, whether he’s promoting a new album or not. But where were all the important indie shows? Even Canadian Ryan Dahle, formally of Limblifter and Age of Electric, keeps teasing at Ontario dates, but hasn’t made it over since a show I regrettably missed last November. Ra Ra Riot would be…