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Joe Sacco's 'Paying the Land' Reflects Journalistic Nuance in a Way Other Media Does Not

The insights Joe Sacco shares in his comics journalism offer important lessons in understanding and compassion to readers around the world. No less so with his latest work, the excellent Paying the Land.

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Oh, Canada! (in Ass-kicking Comics)

It's probably to Canada's credit that it's never produced a best-selling superhero like Captain America. Instead, we've got five comics here that'll thrill one's identity politics for Canada Day -- and kick some ass, too.

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Common Deer - "Glass" (video) (premiere)

This latest offering from the Canadian "orchestral indie" quintet is a charming and somber gem.

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Soviet Misfit: The Life and Music of BB Gabor

A Hungarian-born refugee haunted by a host of personal demons, BB Gabor made a startling impression in Toronto's punk scene of the early '80s, producing arresting works of pop music which have left an indelible mark in Canada's rock music history.

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Living Hour: Living Hour

Canadian four-piece Living Hour float onto the scene with this dreamy debut.

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'Neil Young: American Traveller' Annotates Young's Musical Map

Martin Halliwell takes obvious joy in exploring Neil Young's famous wanderlust, and illustrates the sometimes complicated relationship between musician and landscape.

Music

Kellylee Evans: I Remember When

Kellylee Evans delivers a diverse, eclectic album with I Remember When.

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Tre Mission: Stigmata

Tre Mission proves nonconformity pays off on debut Stigmata.

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Tanya Tagaq: Animism

One of the most radically bewildering symbioses of voice and field recording I've ever heard.

Music

Dear Frederic - "Stare Into the Light and Dana" (video) (Premiere)

Dear Frederic's latest music video combines the songs "Stare Into the Light" and "Dana" into a single, slow-mo heavy short film.

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The Darcys: Warring

No doubt they have talent and ambition, but most of this album ends up feeling forced and a little bloated.

Music

Weaves: Weaves EP

Canadian newcomers weave their way through indie-rock conventions to produce overdone, mediocre material.

Music

Wake Owl: Wild Country EP

A fantastic folk-pop record with its biggest fault being it’s only five songs.

Music

Various Artists: Lula Lounge: Essential Tracks Vol. 1

The blurb's argument about the quality of the city's migrant Cuban musicians is proven as Lula convinces you while the songs twitch their arses like beautiful metronomes.

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Richard Ford's 'Canada' Is His Most Impermanent Work Yet

Richard Ford writes the way Robert Altman directs: meandering, wavering, opaque and loose but not unfocused or ADHD-hyper, long sentences like long takes zooming in and pulling back and fluttering like passing daydreams.

Music

The Tom Fun Orchestra: Earthworm Heart

Earthworm Heart is the sound of coming home.

Music

The City Is Mine: An Interview with Cadence Weapon

With his encyclopedic genre knowledge honed by time as a critic himself, Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) aims to put Canada on the hip-hop map via Hope in Dirt City, his innovative indie debut.

Dean Van Nguyen
Music

Royal Wood: We Were Born to Glory

Royal Wood's sixth outing eschews lush, nocturnal tales of romance for a more pop-oriented approach.

Imran Khan
Music

The Best Canadian Albums of 2012

From extraordinary singer-songwriters to blistering punk, experimental electronica to shimmery pop, this list demonstrates something of the breadth of talent, and the range of possibilities being explored in Canadian music today.

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Stars: The North

Stars recover slightly from the disappointing monotony of The Five Ghosts, but The North is still short on the high drama that invigorates the band's best work.

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Imaginary Cities: Temporary Resident

Temporary Resident is a joy from start to finish. It's also (finally) getting a US release.

Music

Nu Sensae: Sundowning

Never straying from their hardcore roots, Nu Sensae has used their expansion to a trio as a chance to expand their sound, bringing in an unexpected sun-kissed influence to their Canadian screams.

Music

My Darkest Days: Sick and Twisted Affair

Nine workhorse rock songs designed to fill out a setlist, get some Active Rock radio play, and make dudes at strip clubs feel like they’re having a wild, wild night.

Music

Cygnets: Dark Days

Canadian trio offers up mixed bag that's heavy on the cold, light on the bold.

Jedd Beaudoin
Music

Mares of Thrace: Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage, the magnificent sophomore release from Alberta, Canada's doom/noise duo Mares of Thrace is an album of few ingredients. However, the resulting mixture is rich and full-bodied.

Music

Zeus: Busting Visions

Busting Visions is the sound of four rock historians picking up their instruments and just playing.

Music

Erin Passmore: Downtown EP

Erin Passmore's solo debut is a warm, heartfelt, and listenable smattering of styles.

Music

Steve Adamyk Band: Forever Won't Wait

Canadian power pop/punkers celebrate the class of '79 on their raucous sophomore disc.

Music

Will Currie and the Country French: Awake, You Sleepers!

These songs show a distinct vision for what pop can become, a far-reaching panorama of music aimed at adults who have discerning musical palates and are willing to support a band for daring to aim high. Awake, You Sleepers! is a winning combination of daring and verve.

Music

The Darcys: The Darcys

This isn't sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs music, but the melodies of these songs are perfectly matched to the intended mood, and the resulting mix is an inspiring blend of polished pop and more avant garde experimentation.

Music

Dala: Everyone is Someone

Canadian folk-pop duo makes its bid for the mainstream with this fine but not flawless album.

Music

Miracle Fortress: Was I the Wave?

After a four-year hiatus, Miracle Fortress settles for simple electronica on the newest album.

Music

Hail the Villain: Population: Declining

Canadian four-piece delivers melodic, metallic hard-rock on its debut.

Performing Arts

The 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (videos)

Lavish extravaganza overshadowed by an athlete’s tragic death.

Music

DD/MM/YYYY: Black Circle

Toronto five-piece continue to submit their two cents into the the post of noisy, jagged post-punk with their second full-length.


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