February 08, 2016

Basia Bulat's new album "Good Advice" is going on sale soon.  If the single is any indication we have some great listening ahead of us.  Bulat grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario where her mother was a music teacher who taught piano and guitar. 

January 08, 2016

Mummers dance

"Mummering" is a Newfoundland custom that dates back to the time of the earliest settlers who came from England and Ireland.   You dress up and go to someones house and see if they know who you are.

Loreena McKennitt came up with the Mummers dance in the 1990's and it has woven its way through Canada.

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light

We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

"A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of Our Lord's hand"

December 26, 2015

November 28, 2015

Briia - Making it?

After being featured in the “RockThe Sweater" sports-anthem by 'Annakin Slayd' and performing at the Bell Centre in Montreal during the 2014 NHL Playoffs; B R II A became a signed artist of FiveOnFour, a Montreal based record label. She is currently recording her debut E.P.

'B R II A' has had the opportunity to perform showcases in both Canada (Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver) as well as the United States (New York, Los Angeles). Most recently, she sang the National Anthems for the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center.

BRIIA - Fake It Till You Make It [Lyric Video] from 5ON4 Records Inc. on Vimeo.

September 24, 2015

Hey Rosetta!

Hey Rosetta!

Canadian seven-piece indie rock band from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and led by singer/songwriter Tim Baker. Known for its energized live shows, the band creates a large, layered sound by incorporating piano, violin, cello, and brass into the traditional four-piece rock setup.

Studio albums
2006: Plan Your Escape
2008: Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)
2011: Seeds
2014: Second Sight

2005: Hey Rosetta! EP
2007: Plan Your Escape EP (Sonic Records)
2010: Red Songs EP
2012: Sing Sing Sessions EP No. 74 CAN
2012: A Cup of Kindness Yet EP (Christmas Album)

August 07, 2015

Yukon Blonde! 80's band in the 2015's.

Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. Formed in 2005 as a quintet called Alphababy, the band members changed the name in late 2008 at the suggestion of Jon-Rae Fletcher, with whom the band was touring.

The band has been based in Vancouver since 2009. They are now a trio with some guest touring members.

As Alphababy, the group released two EPs that received favourable critical reviews. Yukon Blonde's debut EP was Everything in Everyway. Their debut self-titled album, which was recorded live-to-tape, came out in 2010. For both, they worked with record producer Shawn Cole, who has previously worked with such bands as Bend Sinister and You Say Party! We Say Die!

The band has toured the US and Canada, and played at such festivals as South by Southwest. The band was named one of the "10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010" by the CBC, and Chart called the band the best of the 2010 Canadian Music Week festival.