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WIDE MOUTH MASON – NO BAD DAYS

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No Bad Days is the band's seventh album, they already have multiple gold records and several Juno nominations for their efforts. From their beginnings, performing in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Wide Mouth Mason exploded onto the Canadian and global music scene. Their heavy touring schedule has put them on the same stages as AC/DC, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones and The Guess Who, as well as a performance at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and as one of the first North American bands to tour China in the 21st Century.

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BIG SUGAR – REVOLUTION PER MINUTE

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BIG SUGAR – REVOLUTION...

Long before the Black Keys were winning grammys and Jack White's Dead Weather supergroup reclaimed swamp-rock riffs for the iGeneration, a little band from southwestern Ontario called Big Sugar conquered grunge and the charts with a Zeppelin-heavy mix of blues and reggae. After a ten year hiatus, Big sugar is officially back! Hot out of the studio having recorded REVOLUTION PER MINUTE, Big Sugar is ready to grove as only Big Sugar can.

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JOE BONAMASSA & BETH HART – DON’T EXPLAIN

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One of music’s most powerful female voices and one of the world’s greatest guitar players come together on the new album Don’t Explain, featuring soulful covers that both celebrate and rethink the original recordings. Each known for their potent and expressive blues-rock sounds, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa deliver scorching versions of ten classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin. The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of four days in early 2011, with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes) capturing the raw energy generated by Hart and Bonamassa’s spirited collaboration. As charged as the tracks are, Hart also colors her interpretations with tenderness and vulnerability, adding nuance in equal measure to passion. Hart, Bonamassa, and Shirley considered a long list of songs before distilling it down to ...

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MURRAY McLAUCHLAN – HUMAN WRITES

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Most artists spend their entire careers chasing that “middle space;” few artists find it. Then there is an artist like Murray McLauchlan who doesn’t search at all. For over 40 years, that “middle space,” the space between where our world exists and where it exists in song, is a world McLauchlan has meticulously woven through his melodies, poetry and most of all, stories. It’s a world he most recently explores on his new album, Human Writes. Often compared to the likes of Gordon Lightfoot and Bruce Cockburn, McLauchlan is a Canadian icon and household name and has crafted an unparalleled career, creating album after album of musical masterpieces. Murray’s first album in six years, Human Writes, is a breathtaking journey with one ofCanada’s most influential songwriters. In this 10 song collection of new original songs, Murray illuminates the tapestry of the human experience and reveals the world though his eyes. Simply put, ...

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ARKELLS – MICHIGAN LEFT

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ARKELLS – MICHIGAN LEFT

Formed in Hamilton, Ontario, Arkells (Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Dan Griffin, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford) have become one of Canada’s most acclaimed rock outfits. In 2008, the band released their super-charged debut CD, Jackson Square and toured relentlessly coast-to-coast impressing fans and critics alike with their adrenalin-infused live show. In 2010, Arkells were propelled further into the national spotlight, garnering The Juno Award for ‘New Group of The Year’; The Canadian Music Week Indie Award for ‘Favourite Live Artist/Group’; and Canadian Radio Music Award for ‘FACTOR Breakthrough Artist’. Whistleblower from their new album Michigan Left is a top 5 at Alternative and Modern Rock radio, heading into the top 10 at Active and Rock and is in heavy rotation on Much Music The new video for the second album track “Kiss Cam” is already climbing the charts  and a tour with over 20 dates has been announced.

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ALEXANDER EBERT – ALEXANDER

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Alexander Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, has released his debut solo album Alexander via Community Music. The album includes ten brand new songs that Alexander wrote and composed entirely himself.  During breaks from touring with the Zeroes over the past year, Alexander began building and recording the pieces that would become the songs for this album alone in his bedroom. Before this album, all of the music he worked on had been collaborative, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeroes. "I wanted to be able to build an album basically with my hands, like building a house by myself," Alexander remarked of his inspiration for making this album without outside help. There isn't a single sound on the ten-song album that Alexander didn't perform himself. Alone in his room, he had his guitar, a Lowery organ he picked up at a St. Vincent's thrift store in ...

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PINK MARTINI – 1969

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PINK MARTINI – 1969

The album 1969 is a collaboration with the legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki, widely considered to be the "Barbara Streisand of Japan. Yuki discovered Pink Martini after the band covered her song "Taya Tan" for their 2007 album Hey Eugene! While all the recording was done in Pink Martini’s Portland studio, pianist and bandleader, Thomas M. Lauderdale, was involved the whole way so the album really kept Pink Martini’s famous sound. 1969 celebrates all cover songs that were originally released by Yuki in her debut album in 1969, many that are Japanese, but also some international hits like "Mas Que Nada" and "Puff the Magic Dragon".

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FEIST – METALS

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FEIST – METALS

On October 4, FEIST returned with her highly anticipated new album, METALS. It’s the follow-up to her 2007 breakout The Reminder, which earned her four Grammy nominations, six Juno wins and the opportunity to teach Muppets to count on Sesame Street. Recorded in Big Sur, California and co-produced by longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, as well as newcomer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), METALS is released in Canada on Arts & Crafts, marking Feist’s celebratory return to the world stage. METALS was written over three autumn months in 2010 in a tiny garage behind her house, after a year away from the spotlight. The songs range from low rumbling and moody ambiences to brutal and intense, as if it sonically maps the fog rolling in and the resulting cracking of thunder. Like The Reminder, this album is astoundingly intimate, yet often exuberant; rife with transcendent and unforgettable pop gems. Feist performs "Graveyard" in ...

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STRAWBS – ACOUSTIC GOLD

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STRAWBS – ACOUSTIC GOLD

As Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. David Cousins, who leads the group, has been described by All Music Guide as one of the most distinctive and enduring talents to come out of the mid to late 1960s British folk-rock boom, one if the shining alumnus in the field. Over the past ten years Strawbs have built up a huge following in their unique acoustic line-up and have receive rave reviews at home and abroad. “Unlike many groups that are past their commercial prime and churn out inferior, dispirited versions of the hits from their glory days, the Acoustic Strawbs stand out as a band that performs their old material with passion and precision.” (Chicago Tribune)

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BILL LASWELL/RAOUL BJORKENHEIM/MORGAN AGREN – BLIXT

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Bassist Bill Laswell has been a major figure in creative music for 3 decades as a performer as well as a producer. The list of major names in jazz and rock he has worked with is voluminous. His stamp is on literally hundreds of albums; the majority of them characterized by a sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of dub and funk. Guitarist Raoul Björkenheim emerged from Finland in the 1980s with Edward Vesala then recorded two albums for ECM. A major if under-appreciated guitar hero, he has kept an active profile most recently with Scorch Trio, with whom he has released 4 albums. Drummer Morgan Ågren was voted the #1 best fusion drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll of 2010! He has worked with keyboardist Mats Öberg as Mats/Morgan for over 30 years (since he was 14 and Mats was 10!) and they have ...

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