From Michael Thomas:
Here we are, at the end of 2014. The new year is right around the corner and with it, likely another great year of music and shows.
2014 was a pretty good year for the blog: we reached our 250,000th pageview and more significantly, we (quietly) turned five years old. When I started this blog, just barely out of high school, I had no idea that it would continue this long. I’m proud that Grayowl Point is still one of the few sites on the good old internet exclusively focused on Canadian music.
Not to sound too patriotic or whatever, but we live in an awesome country for music. We live in a country that has produced all kinds of wonderful weirdness, from a guy who turns Aesop’s fables into songs to a one of a handful of Canadian gypsy punk bands to a guy who makes great electronic music while wearing glowing goggles. And there’s space for everyone.
So all in all it’s been a great year for Canadian music, and Laura and I have a few ideas for what we want to accomplish by the time 2015 is done. In the meantime, we’ll continue to do what we always do: bring you as many reviews of albums and EPs as we can handle among our six-person team, continue to check out great music across the city and make a copious amount of owl puns.
We will be resting our feathers for the first day of the new year, but we’ll be back on Friday for a stream of uninterrupted Canadian-music goodness.
In the midst of finishing my Master’s thesis (woot), Grayowl Point has been a place of comfort in 2014. You would think that by doing a thesis on the Canadian music industry I would get sick of Canadian music but rarely did that happen. Instead, the music that was submitted to us as well as the writing from the other contributors at the blog inspired and encouraged my studies. The copious amount of Canadian music also provided the soundtrack that I needed.
While some of my favourites returned with new releases that delighted me, most notably The Weather Station and Hey Rosetta!, new acts like Alvvays, Slow Leaves, and Mulligrub became new favourites. Seeing another new favourite, Tanya Tagaq, win the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, and thereby continuing my streak of writing the Polaris essay of the winner, was a big highlight for me this year too.
As Michael said, we have a few things planned for 2015 but most importantly we are going to remain dedicated to writing as many thoughtful reviews we can about any music you throw our way.
Love + hoots.