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Port Juvee: Revenge EP

Port Juvee is Canada's version of the Strokes. Say what you will.

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SoHo Ghetto: Thou Or I Or Both

Thou Or I Or Both is a thrilling start to what looks to be a promising career.

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Tara Beier: Purple Trees EP

If you’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind in Canadian indie rock, Tara Beier is definitely worth hearing.

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Rival Boys: Animal Instincts

Animal Instincts is a real treat in its best moments, and you’ll hope that the band adds a bit more force to its music from here on in.

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Michael Rault: Living Daylight EP

If it’s said that Emitt Rhodes could out McCartney Paul McCartney at his best, then Michael Rault basically out Lennons John Lennon at the top of his game.

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The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer: A Real Fine Mess

This is a streamlined collection of a standard sound with some sonic detours into pop territory, and it draws inspiration from both the classic and the contemporary styles of blues.

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The Provincial Archive: Hide Like a Secret EP

If you’re into or even remotely interested in folk rock, this is the EP for you.

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Bidiniband: The Motherland

The Motherland shows that, at the age of 50, Dave Bidini shows no signs of slowing, and we can all celebrate the fact that he’s still making music.

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Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun: Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun

This will appeal to both the fans of Gord Downie and the Sadies, and possibly, quite possibly, everyone else who has yet to discover these two wonderful national Canadian treasures.

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Reuben and the Dark: Funeral Sky

While it may have its share of faults and deficiencies, Funeral Sky is a record that looks into the future, and I would hope and pray that Reuben and the Dark only get much, more better than here from here on out.

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Bryan Potvin: Heartbledwhite

This album is basically a producer’s showcase of what can be done in the studio with a deft hand in the songwriting department.

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Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre have delivered one of 2014’s most potent and invigorating Canadian albums of the year.

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Pick a Piper: Pick a Piper

Pick a Piper is not a bad statement for a debut full-length, one that sees the band exploring the intersection of electronica-based dance music with the more organic sounds of rock music.

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Bob Wiseman: Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying

While Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying can be categorized as a bit of a "weird" record, one that traverses a multitude of musical styles to staggering effect, it is never difficult and is remarkably approachable, even if you don’t share Wiseman’s particularly leftist world view.

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Hayden: Us Alone

Us Alone is a pretty good record from a neglected Canadian artist, one that should have him beating the comeback trail.

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Big Wreck: Albatross

Here’s hoping that Albatross doesn’t just satisfy the band's large army of Canadian fans, but makes them huge American idols as well.

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Boxer the Horse: French Residency

What French Residency proves is that the group has the slacker ambition and slurry indie rock guitars of Pavement married with the witty wordplay and character sketches of Ray Davies.

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Long Distance Runners: Tracks

Tracks is a very strong and enjoyably delectable album of Canadian rock, even though the band isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel.

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Skydiggers: Northern Shore

The fact that there’s so much variety and difference to be found on Northern Shore makes the record feel more like a collection of songs -- a lot of songs -- and the band was throwing a bunch of ideas at the wall to make them stick.

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Eamon McGrath: Young Canadians

Young Canadians is simply a staggering statement from start to finish.

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The Best Canadian Albums of 2011

Canadians seeking to understand the identity crisis which plagues the Great White North need look no further than the musical class of 2011.

Joshua Kloke
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'Have Not Been the Same' Is a True CanRock Renaissance

If you appreciate Canadian independent bands of today such as Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene or the New Pornographers, Have Not Been the Same is an essential read.

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We Are the City: High School EP

Experimentation sometimes gets in the way of the grandiose majesty at which these songs aim, and it sometimes gets the better of the Canadian trio We Are the City.

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The Trews: Hope & Ruin

Parts of this Canadian band's record come off as Tragically Hip-lite with a dash of country and folk tossed into the mix.

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Never Destroy Us: An Interview with Natalia Yanchak of the Dears

The only female member of the Dears takes a moment pre-tour to discuss the history of the band, its new material, and motherhood.

Jane Jansen Seymour

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