2021 new music has started to roll out and we've got a pile of it to start things off today. We also take a look at one of my favourite albums of all time, veer into some great Canadian classics, and announce the details of my brand new show, coming this week!
Not a lot of new music these days, leaving time to celebrate two beloved Canadian musical institutions. Borealis Records has served the Canadian folk & roots community like no other label over the past 25 years, so it's with a bit of sadness but a lot of gratitude that we pay tribute to the end of the road for founders Grit Laskin and Bill Garrett. Winnipeg's beloved Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club is one of the most important musical breeding grounds in the country (world?) and it celebrates 20 years this week. John Scoles has stared down the end of the road and refused to quit many times and we're looking forward to the eventual post-COVID resurrection of the club with a look back at some of the amazing moments from the past 20 years.
Back in the saddle for the first "regular" episode of the new year. After a couple of 4-hour specials the past couple of weeks and a bunch of Christmas business before that, we've got a bit of a backlog of new and new-to-me music to get through, as well as some requests and a trip back in time to some Can-con glory days spearheaded by one of our most loyal listeners.
4 straight hours of nothing but my favourite music released in 2020. The year may have been a disaster in many areas, but it was an exceptional year for music, so much so that I couldn't even fit it all into 4 hours. There's much more great stuff to be heard, but this represents a pretty good overview of many of my favourite releases from the year.