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Chime, Flower & Fountain Cures - Unknown Mobile
Unknown Mobile
Chime, Flower & Fountain Cures

Levi Bruce divides his time between two Canadian extremes, the bucolic shores of the Kootenay River in BC and the urban zoo that is modern-day Montreal. "I was raised in a rural area on a farm in Ontario, and the solitude and wildness play a major role in my creative output," he told CM. "I started making music in Montreal two to three years ago, but after a rough few months in the city last year, I needed an out and headed to BC."

In his bio, Bruce writes that he splits h...more

Bearings - Edward Bear
Edward Bear

Edward Bear had been knocking about the Toronto circuit since about 1966, where they were the house band for a spell at the Night Owl coffee house in Yorkville. By 1969, the band's reputation for pounding, heavily amped blues rock had even scored them a slot opening for Led Zeppelin at their O'Keefe Centre show that November.

But the group responsible for one of the seventies' most saccharine songs, the interminably sappy (though secretly pleasurable) 'Last Song', might ha...more

Boy, Girl EP - 7
Fifth Column
Boy, Girl EP - 7"

Fifth Column's G.B. Jones once said, "Queercore started in my apartment at Queen and Parliament," and that is really not too far off the mark. Long before riot grrrls like L7, Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill or gay activists like Pansy Division could even strum a guitar, this Toronto trio were plying their feminist-laden post-punk to anyone that would listen. At an early gig in 1980 at the now-demolished St. Paul's United Church - a show that included much of the new guard of angry youth includi...more

Night Swimming - Gypsophilia
Night Swimming

Gypsophilia surely must be one of this country's better-kept secrets. The Halifax septet have spent close to a decade honing a sound that melds the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with more exotic threads from Eastern Europe and Asia Minor.

Night Swimming is Gypsophilia's fourth full-length record and perhaps their most adventurous to date. Recorded at Joel Plaskett's New Scotland Yard Studio in Dartmouth, NS and produced by Joshua Van Tassel ...more

Numbers - Bunny and the Lakers
Bunny and the Lakers

"The most perfect noise and melody I had ever heard," is how Fifth Column's Carolyn Azar once described Bunny and the Lakers' weirdly iconoclastic Numbers. The Toronto band allegedly played just one gig before slipping this hopelessly obscure document (just 500 copies) into the shops in the late seventies.

Essentially the brainchild of Peter Morgan, who handles synths, drums and vocals on the record, the band are often lumped into the synthpunk genre. And indeed, tr...more

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