His songs have been covered by the likes of Rumer, the Cowboy Junkies, the Black Crows, the Jayhawks, Roger McGuinn, Harry Belafonte, Tom Rush, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and Jerry Jeff Walker. Yet despite such a wide appreciation and respect for his song-writing, English-born Canadian singer and guitarist David Wiffen has not become the household name that he deserves to be.
Wiffen was born on 11 March 1942 in Redhill, Surrey. In 1956, the family moved to nearby Claygate and whil...more
Le p'tit popy / La generation d'aujourd'hui - 7"
The seeds of Les Chanceliers started to germinate in Montreal as far back as 1963 when guitarist Gilles Briere formed an instrumental quartet and dubbed it Les Chancellords. But it wasn't until 1965, after going through several personnel changes and renaming themselves Les Chanceliers, that the band started to make their mark. Like most francophone acts at the time, the four spent much of their energies translating popular rock and soul songs into French and setting those to celluloid in th...more
After the seventies soft-pop of their We Were Strangers in Paddington Green, Brent Randall and the Pinecones quit the east coast for the big smoke - Toronto to out-of-towners - in 2010. There, they hooked up with guitarist Paul Linklater and as the shortened Pinecones turned the calendar back a few years to 1969, releasing the Brit-infused Sage, an album so thoroughly ridden with psych-rock references as to seem like a long-lost curio from the era.
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Bricolage I & II
Thierry Larose goes by the name of Tapeheads and Bricolage I & II is his first true album of music. The limited-edition cassette of mostly instrumental bedroom recordings is what the young Marieville, Quebec native flippantly dubs "small sound pieces destined to be glued together nicely in a celestial scrapbook...or something as cheesy and ambiguous". These somewhat hastily edited snippets of music - they are mostly one or two minutes long - run the gamut from trippy electro-acoustic...more
The Souljazz Orchestra
The Souljazz Orchestra have been at it for a dozen years or so and on their latest full-length they appear to be once again in fine form. The Ottawa-based afro-jazz sextet have definitely come a long way from the days when they could fire up blistering note-perfect homages to Fela Kuti, like 2007's 'Mista President', from their breakthrough Freedom No Go Die. Inner Fire is their third for the UK-based Strut Records and is about as eclectic as ever, effortlessly mixing East Af...more