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December 1, 2011

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Coeur de Pirate

Béatrice Martin released her debut album as Coeur de Pirate at the bitter end of adolescence. Eighteen is a vulnerable year at the best of times, never mind spending it handing your life in part over to the public, but with the success of the self-titled album at home and abroad in places like France [...]

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November 1, 2011

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Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin

The afternoon of the day of Rich Aucoin‘s album release show in Halifax, he’s mostly alone in St. Matthew’s Church, sitting behind a piano in jeans and a t-shirt and a ball cap, his head near swallowed by huge headphones as he tinkers on his laptop and checks his phone. Later, he’ll be surrounded by [...]

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October 3, 2011

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Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan has had a rather romantic career trajectory over the past two years: modest singer-songwriter builds a small but dedicated grassroots following, releases an album (his second) on a small but dedicated local indie label, which catches the ear of a small but dedicated number of indie Canadian radio programmers. Cue then the awards [...]

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September 7, 2011

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Library Voices

Library Voices

Michael Dawson is sitting outside his Regina, SK home, taking in the scenery in his yard on a Friday afternoon. “It feels a little bit like Jumanji out here,” he says…

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August 2, 2011

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Junior Boys

Junior Boys

Jeremy Greenspan may be camped out in a Zurich hotel room on the current Junior Boys tour, but his heart is in Hamilton.

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June 30, 2011

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Handsome Furs

Handsome Furs

The duo of Handsome Furs, comprised of Montreal residents Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and his wife Alexei Perry, began as an idea in the winter of 2005. Dark and minimal while noisy and earnest, the point was to be as sparse and repetitive as possible with the help of little more than vocals, guitars, and [...]

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June 3, 2011

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Fucked Up

Fucked Up

The Toronto art-core six-piece have created a modern opus. An eighteen-track rock opera that (sort of) tells the story of love and loss and redemption (and light bulbs?), David Comes to Life pushes the band to inspiring musical peaks; they’ve outgrown their punk music roots to write a sprawling, often times beautiful guitar record, all still fronted by a hardcore singer. Speaking with half of the band in downtown Toronto, it’s reassuring to find out that they’re a bit stumped too.

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