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Emm Gryner – musical multi-tasker

  Between her new solo album, her bands Trent Severn and Trapper, and her family, singer stays busy but focused. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Oct 12 2015   Emm Gryner has become quite the proficient juggler. A couple of weeks ago, the Juno-nominated, Sarnia-born singer and songwriter released her 16th studio album, 21st Century Ballads. On Oct. 9, Trillium — the sophomore effort from Trent Severn, Gryner’s hoser…


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Siblings Jill and Matthew Barber play Massey Hall Nov. 15

Jill will showcase material from Fool’s Gold, while Matthew has new album Big Romance Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Nov 14 2014   Jill Barber has been waiting for this. When the 34-year-old singer and songwriter takes to the Massey Hall stage on Saturday night as headliner, it will be the crowning achievement thus far of a career that has taken the Port Credit native through numerous styles, seven…


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Homegrown acts Moist, Tea Party return after long absences

New touring circuits, more cash and ego spark musical reunion craze. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Nov 20 2014 With the imminent return to Toronto of acts like Moist and The Tea Party after lengthy hiatuses, reunion fever is running high. While it isn’t necessarily a new trend, many domestic and international acts are mending fences in 2014 and flaunting new leases on life. Whether it’s the recent return…


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Bob Dylan and The Band’s complete Basement Tapes resurface at last

Toronto duo largely responsible for lifting the veil off “the most sought after and mysterious recordings from the post-nuclear, pre-digital era.” Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Nov 05 2014   Sitting at Johnny Rockets, a ’50s-style burger joint in Yonge-Dundas Square, my dining companion pulls out a cardboard envelope and hands it over. “Open it up and have a look. Have a little whiff,” he insists. Inside is a…


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John Southworth finds inspiration on both sides of Niagara

Southworth’s latest theme album is a double disc, with an “American” and “Canadian” side. He plays Toronto’s Music Gallery on Sunday. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sat Oct 11 2014 For his latest album Niagara, technically constructed as a double album with a nine-song “Canadian” disc and an 11-song “American” disc, John Southworth has specific instructions as to how it should be heard. “It’s not meant to be listened to…