We Love Canadian Music

We Love Canadian Music

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with NAC Presents Executive Producer Heather Gibson


Amanda Martinez
Nov 29 • 10 min
Amanda Martinez is a singer-songwriter whose music exultingly blends her Mexican father and South African mother’s roots with Latin soul and folklore. Her sultry, bright vocals and upbeat sound get entire audiences on their feet around the world. Amanda…
Amos The Transparent
Oct 25 • 18 min
With over 10 years and 4 albums to their name, Ottawa’s Amos the Transparent are a long-standing staple in the independent Canadian folk-rock world. They have performed at SXSW, WayHome, The Strombo Show, CBC’s Q, and the Big Sound Festival in Australia.…
Diyet
Sep 30 • 8 min
Born in a tent and raised in a cabin on the shores of a glacial lake in the Kluane region of Canada’s Yukon, country-roots artist Diyet is a seamless amalgam of cultures. Via folk music and Aboriginal forms, she channels her various linages (Southern…
Megan Bonnell
Aug 29 • 16 min
Megan Bonnell has never been easily pigeon-holed into the predictable mold of the singer-songwriter and her new album Separate Rooms embraces this edict, turning traditional musical genres on their heads. With her hallmark honesty, Bonnell effortlessly…
Hillsburn
Jul 5 • 17 min
Hillsburn’s indie-rock sound draws on the songwriting focus of folk music, and combines it with a pop sensibility. The band’s performances are dynamic, energized, and emotive. You won’t want to miss this band that is already on its way to becoming a…
Blue Rodeo
Jul 2 • 13 min
For close to thirty years now, Blue Rodeo has taken the road less travelled – and succeeded far beyond anyone’s expectations. The band emerged in the early 80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop.
Suzie Vinnick
May 29 • 13 min
Earnest, and with a touch of heart-felt twang, Suzie Vinnick is a prodigious singer-songwriter, and veteran of the Canadian roots scene. A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, she’s the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, serious…
Christina Martin
May 3 • 17 min
If raw denim had a sound, it’d be a Christina Martin. In the grand tradition of highway Canadiana, Martin’s songwriting is honest-to-goodness jukebox rock for the craft beer generation. The winner of multiple East Coast Music Awards, Christina Martin cut…
Kalle Mattson
Mar 27 • 15 min
Kalle Mattson is a 27-year-old Ottawa musician who first caught the public ear with 2014’s Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold, an album that dealt with the death of his mother, when he was 16. His new album, Youth., is a coming-of-age record about innocence…
Jeremy Fisher
Mar 15 • 16 min
JUNO-nominated folk singer Jeremy Fisher brings his catchy songwriting to circle time with his first collection of music aimed at young listeners. His trademark wit and penchant for story telling ensures that there’s a little something for the whole…
Lynn Miles
Mar 7 • 15 min
With her lilting alto and serpentine melodies, Ottawa’s Lynn Miles furtively holds a vital place within Canadian folk music’s firmament.
Amanda Lowe
Dec 18, 2018 • 15 min
Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island and now residing in Ottawa, ON - Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya is a multi-lingual singer-songwriter that writes music that can be sweet, heartbreaking, and enchanting. With just her voice, her guitar, a…
Sarah Bradley
Dec 3, 2018 • 14 min
Sarah Bradley is a singer-songwriter based in Ottawa, ON. She captivates audiences with her keyboard, soulful voice, and songs that are full of emotion and sincerity. Her musical influences are pulled from a wide array of genres, but her ambient-pop sound…
Rosie & the Riveters
Nov 20, 2018 • 16 min
Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry,…
Mark Bragg
Oct 22, 2018 • 15 min
An east coast legend, Mark Bragg is perhaps one of Newfoundland’s most flamboyant singer-songwriters. Mix the earnest rock of Bruce Springsteen, with Elton John’s showmanship, and Tom Wait’s dramatic flair, and you’re about half way there.
Rebecca Noelle
Oct 12, 2018 • 15 min
After making waves as the 1st runner-up on TVA’s La Voix (The Voice : Canada), Rebecca was invited by The Jacksons to make a guest appearance on their Canadian tour. She has also performed alongside Roch Voisine, UK’s Birdy, USA’s Florida Georgia Line,…
Noah Derksen
Sep 28, 2018 • 17 min
Influenced by the contrasting cultures of Canadian prairies and the west, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah’s…
Emma Cook
Aug 15, 2018 • 10 min
Emma Cook combines a powerful and haunting voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan with the song stylings of Feist or Jenn Grant. She also knows what it means to struggle. The Toronto indie-pop singer was well on her way to making a name for herself before a…
Kelly Sloan & Isaac Vallentin
Jun 29, 2018 • 15 min
Kelly Sloan is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter with pure and clean vocals, which compliment her personal and earnest songwriting. Her musical influences range from folk to country, while fusing elements of vintage ’50s and ’60s pop rock.…
Port Cities
Jun 4, 2018 • 15 min
Port Cities’ self-titled debut album may be the group’s first effort together, but its members share deep, intertwining roots in the Maritime music scene. In addition to releasing three solo albums, Carleton Stone has written songs for and with everyone…
Sarah MacDougall
May 23, 2018 • 15 min
Whitehorse-based, Western Canadian Music Award-winning artist Sarah MacDougall is an up-and-coming artist known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her “one of the most…
Erin Costelo
May 8, 2018 • 11 min
Erin Costelo is Halifax’s queen of salt water soul. Armed with her husky baritone and endless poise, ECMA winner Erin Costello channels the grand tradition of southern US vocal jazz and R&B, embodying the spirit of legends like Nina Simone and Donny…
Amelia Curran
Apr 23, 2018 • 15 min
Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate and elliptical lyrics, geologic in their resilience and oceanic in their depths. Over the…
Alejandra Ribera
Apr 9, 2018 • 14 min
Alejandra Ribera has been writing about the unexpected places we find light since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album La boca. She cites some unlikely influences as inspiring her approach to her newest recording, THIS ISLAND: a speech by…
Jenn Grant
Mar 26, 2018 • 16 min
Jenn Grant is a three-time JUNO nominee, Polaris long listed artist and ECMA winner, now living in Nova Scotia, Canada. Most recently, Grant took home the ‘Solo Recording of the Year’ award at the 2016 East Coast Music Association for her two-time JUNO…
The Once
Mar 15, 2018 • 15 min
A modern indie folk trio from Newfoundland, The Once has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, numerous ECMA awards, was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. They have earned not one, but two JUNO nominations for…