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Dan Mangan forges new frontiers with Blacksmith

The Juno-winning musician and songwriter rides a layered new album into Saturday’s Massey Hall show. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Feb 25 2015 Dan Mangan is going deep. The 31-year-old eloquent, observant singer and songwriter has returned with a newly named band Blacksmith to introduce what’s arguably his finest album to date in Club Meds. The Smithers, B.C., native views the CD, his first since 2011’s Juno-winning Oh Fortune,…


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Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Toronto musician plays R&B at the Horseshoe one night, partakes in folk festival the next. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Feb 12 2015 Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up. For example, those headed to the Horseshoe on Saturday night will experience the full electrifying and soulful R&B glory of the eight-piece Julian Taylor Band as they perform songs from their acclaimed album Tech Noir. On Friday and…


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Jamie T: Out of sight, not out of work

British singer-songwriter Jamie T seemingly disappeared, but he never stopped writing music. Touring a new album, he plays the Mod Club on Saturday. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Dec 05 2014 In the seven years since acclaimed British singer and songwriter Jamie T released his Mercury Prize-nominated Panic Prevention, he hasn’t exactly been the most publicly prolific of musicians. Indeed, aside from this fall’s release of Carry on the…


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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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Sinéad O’Connor gives audience what they want

Controversial Irish singer delivers a mostly solid set of old and new favourites to adoring Toronto fans.   Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sat Oct 25 2014 Sinéad O’ Connor at Massey Hall 3 stars Boy, have they missed her. The moment the diminutive Sinéad O’Connor stepped on the Massey Hall stage on Friday night, she was greeted with a standing ovation so thunderous, she literally couldn’t start the show…