Review and interview: Christine Fellows’ Femmes de chez nous

Review and interview published in Exclaim! Take a black-and-white photograph and bring it to life — that’s what Winnipeg, MB’s Christine Fellows did with her fifth and most innovative release, Femmes de chez nous. The 13-track record and accompanying DVD, Reliquary/Reliquaire, were written during, and inspired by, Fellows’ six-month residency at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface. Femmes de chez … Continue reading

Vancouver singer-songwriter Louise Burns sets a new musical fire

Story published in the Vancouver Sun on February 1, 2011. Louise Burns has played sidekick for pretty much her entire musical career. She’s Batman’s Robin. Maverick’s Goose. Han Solo’s Chewbacca. From the age of 11 when she co-founded the all-girl, Juno-nominated band Lillix to her present day involvement in groups such as The Blue Violets, … Continue reading

Pop goes Rae Spoon

By Amanda Ash “I was writing love songs ― I guess I was writing love-pop songs,” singer-songwriter Rae Spoon says, describing the tunes he penned for his latest release Love Is A Hunter. Spoon pauses, then jokingly laughs at how the “love-pop” label must portray him. “This is terrible for my career!” Spoon may have ventured … Continue reading

My latest obsession: Kathryn Calder

In 2007, Kathryn Calder decided to explore her songwriting capabilities. Her musical talents had always been leant to a larger group ― either Victoria, BC’s Immaculate Machine or the infamous New Pornographers ― so Calder chose to experiment with her sound and style to see what would emerge. Over the past few years, Calder cut … Continue reading

An interview with: Evening Hymns

Jonas Bonnetta, better known by his musical pseudonym Evening Hymns, had to leech wifi from a roadside McDonalds somewhere in Alberta to answer the following questions. Yup. The Toronto-based folk musician (who plays Sunday, July 11 at the Railway Club in Vancouver, BC) took the time from his current Canadian tour to do a quick e-mail … Continue reading

An interview with Poirier

Montréal-based DJ and producer Poirier brought his dancehall beats and soca energy to Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on May 1. Before the show, local music journalist Miné Salkin and I got a chance to sit down with him to discuss his latest two-disc album, Running High. If you’re confused by my last comment in the video, check … Continue reading

An interview with Brasstronaut’s Edo Van Breemen

Last week, I had the chance to catch up with Edo Van Breemen from the Vancouver-based rock group Brasstronaut. It was an interesting chat. Van Breemen’s day had been so insane (Brasstronaut’s bass player had a baby that afternoon) he’d hardly eaten. When I met him, he had to play his show at St. James … Continue reading

Basia Bulat’s romantic interlude

“I’m kind of all over the place right now,” Basia Bulat says over the phone about her current “homeless” state. Today, the 25-year-old is fighting her way through the bitter cold Montreal weather to get to the office of her label Secret City Records. Tomorrow, she has no idea where she’ll be. Thus has been … Continue reading

Woodpigeon talks Die Stadt Muzikanten, home, and oil money

Mark Hamilton, a.k.a. the main man and foundation of folk-pop band Woodpigeon, took the time before his show at the Biltmore Cabaret yesterday to chat about his new album, Die Stadt Muzikanten. Die Stadt Muzikanten is the Calgary musician’s third release, largely influenced by Hamilton’s explorations and ruminations about his heritage. Sonically, Die Stadt Muzikanten … Continue reading

Basia Bulat discusses her new record Heart Of My Own

I had a chance to interview folk-pop musician Basia Bulat before Christmas about her upcoming January 26 release, Heart Of My Own. The interview was done for Exclaim! Magazine, and you can read the entire feature in February’s issue. For now, though, here’s a snippet of what the past Polaris-nominated artist has to say about … Continue reading

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