Category Archives: Grayowl Rants & Raves

NXNE 2015: Who to see

Wavelength @ Smiling Buddha (June 17-21) Put simply, Wavelength knows its shit and will never not book an excellent show, and it’s taking over Smiling Buddha for the entirety of the festival. Lots of Wavelength favourites are scattered across the … Continue reading

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2014 – The Year That Was

by Jack Derricourt Well, it’s been a good 12 months. There were highs and there were lows; mostly highs in my opinion. In no particular order: 1) Mac DeMarco at the Polaris Ceremony Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days is a favourite record of … Continue reading

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Michael’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Despite my previous few years ignoring the conventional “Top 10″ lists, this year I naturally arrived at 10 albums with no internal debate. So here are my top 10 Canadian albums of the year, in alphabetical order: Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral … Continue reading

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Michael’s Top 7 EPs of 2014

This has been a wonderful, wonderful year for EPs. Here I will go over my seven favourites, in alphabetical order. Diamond Mind – Fake Tape They’re a fairly new band to the scene but are already, to use a cliche, killing … Continue reading

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Laura’s Top 10 Releases of 2014

by Laura Stanley  I’m running out of (snarky) introductions for my year-end lists! Sooo…please enjoy my opinion of outstanding albums, ordered alphabetically, from 2014. It’s been a weird year. Kind regards: Alvvays – S/T Making an appearance on many year-end lists, … Continue reading

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Why Basia Bulat Should Win The Polaris Prize

by Chris Wheeler  On the evening of the 21st of September, 2013, following an in-store performance at the smaller of Rough Trade’s two London locations, I found myself sitting on the stoop of a stereotypically British townhouse with my phone … Continue reading

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Why Tanya Tagaq Should Win The Polaris Music Prize

“It seems that everybody wants to conform, to follow the same rhythms, four bars, and a chorus. I find that boring.” – Tanya Tagaq in Exclaim “[…] I know music is changing. Inuit music is changing. And there’s no stopping … Continue reading

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Why Timber Timbre Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Michael Thomas A mere three years ago, Timber Timbre was in the running for the aptly-named Creep on Creepin’ On. It brought an expansion to the band’s previously sparse sound and may have single-handedly birthed the “creep-folk” genre. And then, … Continue reading

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Why YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Jack Derricourt It’s a bleak time for rock and roll. It always ebbs and flows, this guitar music of the soul, between the charts and the trash can; right now, there are guiding lights, but the air feels stale, like … Continue reading

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Why Drake Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Eleni Armenakis Drake’s place on the Polaris short list might be the most contentious nomination this year. While the Polaris is awarded on merit, there’s a strong undercurrent of thought that suggests the prize, and it’s $30,000 reward, are … Continue reading

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