Archive for the Canadian Music Category

GWNtertainment  #35 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 17, 2022 by segarini

Check. Check one two. Check check. Check, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Bitcoin. Is this thing on? Hey, there you are! We’re back. It’s 2022 so remain calm. Despite the date change, we  haven’t. Just took some time off to regroup and…well…release a solo album. After a thirteen years absence, I thought it was time to release some new music myself and hopefully, inspire others to do the same. It’s all instrumentals and entitled ‘Sounds & Silences.’ You, dear readers, get a first listen. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, there are others in the Canadian wilds doing the same thing. The music has not stopped rolling in, and in fact, we were overwhelmed during the furlough. So, without further ado, dig into all the great new music, re-issues, and exciting announcements below. There’s a lot to digest so we’re giving you a bullet point shopping list. We suggest tracking down info on the artist once you’ve checked out a track you like.

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GWNtertainment #34 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2021 by segarini

Well, it’s been a hell of a year, folks. Between the continued restrictions from COVID and the uncertainty of our times, many like myself have sought solace in music. GWNtertainment would like to thank the many music publicists who supply us with the news we share, and to the musicians battling both employment and the continued devaluation of their art, we salute you. Your music does matter. It does make  a difference and it makes writing this column worth every minute.

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GWNtertainment #33 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on December 6, 2021 by segarini

As the musical landscape continues to be divided into a million pieces of the profit pie, indie artists are having to be more and more creative to try and wrangle their share of it. While major label artists wrestle control of Spotify play lists – and the $3.00 in revenue that will generate – those without the music machine financing their efforts have been crowd funding new albums for the better part of the last decade. The direct route has been GoFundMe where artists raise capital over a set period of time – and offer perks to those who pony up the cash. Intrepid artists have upped the ante by putting their necks and growing careers on Patreon  – a monthly subscription initiative that requires the artist to be creative in real-time by making videos, offering exclusive content, doing live streams, setting up prize packages, meet-and-greets at future live shows,  and effectively working full-time at maintaining the interest of paying patrons. Most of the content is exclusive to paying patrons – something that heralds back to the working lives of classical musicians in the 17th and 18th centuries. The most successful of these has allowed some artists to quit day jobs and just be creative 24/7.

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GWNtertainment #32 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Art, Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on November 8, 2021 by segarini

Well the seasons have changed and Daylight Saving has ended meaning you’re reading this blog by candlelight as daylight will now be limited to 4 hours in the middle of your work day. Caffeinate and stay alert folks. Oh, and bundle up because if that weren’t bad enough, snow is on the way if it hasn’t  already blanketed your front lawn. Keeping us comfortable through the hibernation months is more great music from the land of the Great White North.

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Pat Blythe – Today’s column is brought to you by……and music

Posted in Canadian Music, Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2021 by segarini

That one just popped into my head as I’ve just finished posting this week’s podcast.  I’m now 36 podcasts in, 36 conversations, 36 artist voices, 1,100 downloads, 29 followers and over 3,000 “listens”. People from all over the world including Australia, Europe, UAE, South America, the U.S. and Canada have been tuning in.  The purpose was to check in with local artists. As a neophyte podcaster, I had no expectations. Ten downloads made me happy to know someone was listening. Even though I’m still small potatoes, it’s like the little engine that could….it keeps growing by leaps and bounds. Still a guppy in the ocean of podcasts; but folks ARE listening and the music is being shared.

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Pat Blythe – The productive years…..and “bewitching” music

Posted in Canadian Music, Health, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2021 by segarini

I came across an article, Between 65 and Death, a couple of years ago, and for some reason kept it. Now that I’ve very recently earned this distinctive “honour” of attaining this magical number (and a government pension), the article popped up again when I was searching for something else. I’m not going to quote the entire piece here, but looking back at those 65 years, man I did a lot!!! A very rich life, full of ups and downs (and some of those ups were worth a whole passel of downs), was crammed into those years. Would I change a thing? In all honesty there are one or two things I’d like to go back and tweak. Do I have regrets? Nope! Well, maybe one…..I never have managed to meet Roger Taylor….yet!

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GWNtertainment #31 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on October 25, 2021 by segarini

I got the music in me. Yeah, it’s self promotion time. Aside from a day gig, updating The Canadian Pop  Music Encyclopedia frequently, and writing this blog, I’m also an active musician. This week my band Mr! Mouray reconvened for the first time since July of 2020 to lay out a battle plan for completing our second full-length album. We had literally finished laying down 7 songs in early March 2019 when the pandemic shut everything down. We’ve been virtually working on another 7 songs and will finally head back into the studio the weekend of December 1 (Hooray!!).

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Pat Blythe – Remembering a life……and music

Posted in Canadian Music, dance, Family, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2021 by segarini

It’s been a flurry of activity over the past couple of weeks. Thanksgiving was wonderful! I finally had my boys and their wives over dinner…..first time in a very long time. Of course, loads of leftovers which made their way to new homes. Homemade turkey soup dealt with most of the remains. Working on a new podcast project, which is finally gaining some legs (at least up to the knees anyway), and hopefully next week’s meeting will bring it to hip level. Garden work and spending time with friends make up the balance.

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Pat Blythe – Musings…..thanks…..a few shows…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2021 by segarini

Is it me, or are the days and weeks running into each other? It feels like I just finished a column and here I am writing another…..albeit late as usual. Today was one of those days where you just seem to bounce from one thing to the next. A 3am bedtime call after spending hours editing today’s podcast, was not conducive to an early morning rise, simply to rush downtown and open my maw for the dentist. Two hours later and I feel like my mouth has received the white glove treatment. Mr. Clean and the Lysol Lady have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized my mouth. Everything is now shipshape and spotless…..just don’t eat. It’s kind of like after your mom cleaned, tidied and dusted the living room. You couldn’t sit anywhere!

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GWNtertainment #29 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags on October 4, 2021 by segarini

Pumpkin spice is now the odour du jour and with it comes Canadian Thanksgiving. In the grand seem of things I think we can be thankful that the world has not ended and we are slowly on our way back to normal (and civility, hopefully). We here at GWN are thankful for the constant stream of great new music. We listen to everything we’re sent each week and watch all the videos. Expect new things in the blog coming soon including a weekly Spotify playlist and album reviews. For now enjoy this week’s makers and shakers.

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