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Laser: Night Driver

Lisa Lobsinger has logged many hours with Broken Social Scene and is an excellent performer. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't find her living up to her full potential.

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The Dirty Sheep: Sleep Under the Lights

While Sleep Under the Lights may not be the end all and be all of roots music, fans of this sort of thing should like it immensely.

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wotts: a EP

This EP is perfect for anyone who wants to hear the style of ‘80s rap mixed with the thematic concerns of the present.

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The BCASA: 'Tis the Season to Praise Satan EP

I’ll bet you’ve never heard a Christmas album quite like this.

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Blake Bliss: Friend, Enemy, Stranger

This album is so distraught and, I hate to say it, silly in its studied seriousness, that it’s what people might kick around as the punchline to a perverse joke.

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Flying Fortress: Dirty Rain

If you like Japandroids but wish they played louder, harder and faster, Flying Fortress will certainly be the kind of thing to fix you up.

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The Rickaneers: Ghost Town EP

From ‘60s garage to ‘70s glam to ‘90s grunge, the band distinctly has its own sound, and that can be heard on their sophomore EP, Ghost Town.

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Just Poets: Painting Pictures in the Darkness

This Canadian rap album is stupendous, not just lyrically and stylistically in the vocal delivery, but in terms of what Just Poets do with their sampled material.

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Gold & Marrow: Forever

Big things are bound to happen for this Ottawa, Ontario, singer-songwriter on the basis of her debut as Gold & Marrow.

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Shane Koyczan: Silence Is a Song I Know All the Words To

Whether or not you like this disc is going to hinge upon how you feel about spoken word/slam poetry.

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Jacob Earl: Before the Flood

Earl has effortlessly created something artistic and worthy of being the soundtrack to a vernissage.

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Vyc Vypyr: A Hero’s Grave Part One

Is this old school speed metal album entertaining and exciting? Oh hells yes!

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The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band: Wanted EP

Singing of cowboys, ramblers and lovers, Wanted is certainly a top-notch release.

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Community Theatre: Northern Register

Northern Register serves as a much needed reminder that, hey, there’s music being made in Canada’s Arctic.

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Skydiggers: Angels

This Christmas album from a veteran Canadian roots rock group is not your standard album of holiday carols, which is a bold and courageous move.

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Kate Weekes: Frost on Black Fur

If you're looking to take a vacation without leaving your own home, this record should do the trick.

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Future States: Future States EP

While the music on the Future States EP is fairly one-of-a-kind, its charms are subtle and don’t quite bowl you over.

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Zex: Fight for Yourself

Zex blitzes though 10 songs in a half-hour on this record and prove that they’re contenders and not pretenders.

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Heavy Bedroom: I Saw An End EP

My Gosh, what a lasting impression this EP makes.

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Slow Leaves: Beauty Is So Common

Slow Leaves is an outfit that has brought forth an excellent LP, and country-folk-rock fans will clutch this close to their chests.

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I Spell It Nature: North

If you want to hear something glorious, romantic and triumphant, you would do no wrong in checking these guys out.

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Emmas Ringer: Generations

For an indie album from a "boring" Canadian city, this is professionally recorded, immensely entertaining and full of hooky songs.

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Astrakhan: A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin EP

Astrakhan is a band you’d better pay attention to, because they’re kicking down doors, taking names, and making some absolutely furious and fuzzy rock.

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Meligrove Band: Bones of Things

Bones of Things is a great platter and a welcome addition to an already storied career.

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Tommy Kruise: Fête Foreign EP

You'll best appreciate this when you’re just concentrating on the music and the beats from this Montreal DJ, rather than his sexist lyrics.

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Bart: Bart By Bart EP

If you like ‘70s music with the hint of a modern edge, Bart By Bart will more than fit the bill.

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Roly Platt: Inside Out

Have you ever wanted to hear “Over the Rainbow” played on a blues harmonica? Well, here’s your chance!

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Open Sails: Open Sails

Calgary, Alberta’s Open Sails is essentially an Evanescence clone, but a pretty good clone at that.

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Dawn Pemberton: Say Somethin’

This is a record for the blue-haired crowd, but there’s enough here for those who like soul, R&B, and jazz rock to make Pemberton an appreciative force.

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Close Talker: Flux

Deftly penchant, heart rending, and thoughtful, Close Talker is certainly a band worth chatting about.

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Seaway: All in My Head EP

Indeed, this material will get all up in your head. And Seaway will, I’m hopeful, open the locks and let more ships of music through in the future.

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Lisa LeBlanc: Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted EP

LeBlanc's brand of music has been dubbed by publicity as being "folk-trash", and that’s a fairly apt descriptor, but her style owes quite a bit to bluegrass and just as much to the frenetic energy of punk rock.

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Merna: The Calling

This is a callout to an impressive and crucial female artist who aptly puts the pop in modern day pop music.

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Coyote: Proof of Life EP

This EP is an intriguing concoction, even though it doesn’t rise above its obvious influences.

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Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce: Live

Live is a fun disc, full of hip swaying boogies.

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Matt Brevner: Eclectricity

This album shows that Canadian hip-hop is certainly eye-opening and something to take seriously.

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Roxanna: Exotica

Roxanna does possess expressive vocal talents, and, given her nursing background, this is music that is healing and soothing.

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