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“This is my old-time mountain song. It has this foot-stomping vibe,” Justin Hines said of "Lay My Burdens Down" during a recent recording session at CBC Music. The track is one of many strong numbers from his fifth album "How We Fly, which features a string of top-flight collaborators (as Kerry Doole notes in his review of the record here) and this live performance video is suffused with a soft golden light, some mean slide guitar, and the oustanding blusey drawl of Hines himself. Guaranteed to make you a convert.
It’s not strictly CanCon, but hearing Chilly Gonzales discuss his contributions to the new Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories, he gets us psyched for that album’s May 21 release. In this installment of the Intel/Vice webseries "The Collaborators", the piano man explains his role as a chord-builder and melody maker, and his role in bridging old world classicism with futuristic electronica, and his earlier involvement as collaborator with Feist and Drake. When the A-list asks you personally to fulfill a specific musical role, how can you decline?
Victoria-based indie-folkie Aidan Knight has been hard at work on the touring circuit since the release of his second long player "Small Reveal" in October 2012. In March, he stopped by CMW in Toronto and performed the album's opening track "Dream Team" at The Church of the Holy Trinity, and the elegiac swells of the 8 minute song were captured by CBC Radio 3 and posted on YouTube yesterday. Help support Aidan's tour (currently hitting the East Coast) by purchasing his latest EP on Bandcamp.
Exclaim! TV has just posted a wonderful rooftop performance by Toronto "art-country" folkies Beams, whose back-to-basics musical style includes a banjo, a mandolin, lap steel guitar and – ready for it? – a springy metal saw played with a violin bow. The group's vocal duties are deftly handled by Anna Mernieks and Heather Mazhar, whose intertwined harmonizing recalls Heart's Wilson sisters at their best. "Just Rivers" is streaming now on Bandcamp.
Burlington natives and YouTube sensation Walk Off The Earth are back with another video on the verge of going viral: an amusing cover of Madonna's "Material Girl" that has chalked up over 800,000 views in less than a week. Shot in the Great Hall on Toronto's Queen Street West, the seamless, single-take performance features a very pregnant Sarah Blackwood leading the proceedings, and the singer shows no signs of slowing down, with WOTE shows planned for BC and Peterborough in July.
The Flip Side
By David Farrell Taking Care of Business From An Artist Perspective Perception is everything, right? Imagine you are looking for work. Then, imagine having a resume that has incorrect contact information, and gaps in the resume wide enough to drive a Mack truck through. NCM weekly goes to a great deal of effort to pull together a wide variety of data points to populate the review pages. It's not always easy. More →