A good bet for the next Canadian folk combo to break big(ger) would be The Once. This talented trio has earned a JUNO nomination and three Canadian Folk Music Awards for two earlier albums, and the fact that a video for their cool cover of Queen's "You're My Best Friend" nabbed 113k views shows word has spread. Still, their recent signing to Nettwerk is a likely career boost. As is a neat connection with labelmate Passenger, with whom they have just begun a world tour (North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia). The title of new album Departures is appropriate then. It was recorded in Toronto with ace producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran), and it's new single "We Are All Running" showcases Geraldine Hollett's crystal-clear vocals and the group's strong songwriting and instrumental prowess.
The Passenger/The Once shows in Montreal (Aug. 14) and Toronto (Aug. 16) are already both sold out.