Watch Jenn Grant’s Video for “Bring Me a Rose”
ft. Justin Rutledge

Jenn Grant shares the new video for “Bring Me a Rose” from her JUNO-nominated album Compostela, featuring Jenn & the song’s collaborator Justin Rutledge meeting on a frozen lake in Nova Scotia. CBC Music premiered the video saying:

The bittersweet longing of lines like, “When I grow up I wanna be/ a picture of my mother holding on to me,” tucked against the winter-white landscape is a perfect juxtaposition, visually and emotionally, of working through the grief of losing a parent.

Jenn will appear this weekend at the JUNO Awards in Hamilton as part of the Songwriting Circle event.

Folly & the Hunter Announce AWAKE;
Share Trailer with New Music

We are so pleased to announce Awake, the brand new album from Montreal’s Folly & The Hunter to be released May 26th on Outside Music.

Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band’s new direction:

“Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music.”

Folly & the Hunter are excited to share the album trailer featuring new songs “Travelling” and the title track. ‘Like’ Folly & the Hunter on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for tour dates, new music & videos.

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The Weather Station Details Loyalty;
Tour Dates Announced

The Weather Station - Photo Credit Yuula Benivolski

The Weather Station – Photo Credit Yuula Benivolski

Pre-order Loyalty on iTunes + instant download of new song “Way It Is, Way It Could Be”

The Weather Station, the musical project of Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman, has announced a new album, entitled Loyalty.

Her first release on the Outside Music label in Canada wrestles with knotty notions of faithfulness and faithlessness to our idealism, our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers representing a bold step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It’s a natural progression for Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist), Loyalty crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her own.

With breathless momentum, Lindeman sings of the way we live amid multiple truths, sometimes for better or for worse. On “Way It Is, Way It Could Be“, she depicts a mysterious moment when 2 brown dogs die underwheel and she reels back gut-sick before glancing a second time to see that they survived; the sin is redeemed. 

The Weather Station will perform live shows in Ontario & Quebec, and supporting Great Lake Swimmers across western Canada starting May 2015. Full details below:

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Matthew Barber Announces Toronto Show;
New Music Video “Hold Me”

Matthew Barber takes a wintery walk-about for his new music video for “Hold Me” off his recent album Big Romance. The video was directed and filmed by Ilia Horsburgh in Banff, Alberta in 2014 and Matthew shared some thoughts on making the video:

I had a day off in Banff on tour and thought it would be a great opportunity to shoot a video with Ilia who is based in Calgary. Being from Toronto myself, it seemed like a chance to feature dramatic natural scenery of the sort we don’t have at home. I’ve always loved the mountains and majestic beauty of the Rockies. In thinking about which song to make a video for, ‘Hold Me’ seemed like the best fit from new album because of the themes of nature and time and feeling small within a vast universe. Ilia’s slow-motion images of a lone man set against the backdrop of a landscape millions of years in the making are a perfect cinematic complement to the meditative ballad. 

Matthew performs at Toronto’s Great Hall presented by Massey Hall on May 21 with Tim Chaisson and tickets are on-sale now.

Matthew Barber tour dates