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Our new series ‘Have you Heard…’ will showcase new or lesser known artists.  If you have any suggestions for artists to feature please feel free to comment or send us an email!  For the first edition of the series, our Creative Manager, Laura, will highlight some Canadian artists.  Being a Canadian herself, she is uniquely equipped for this job…

 

I’m sure you’ve all heard of lots of wonderful Canadian artists- Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Tragically Hip, The Band, Leonard Cohen…you might not have even known a lot of these people are Canadian.  I thought I would dig a little deeper into the Canadian music scene to highlight some artists you may or may not have heard of, but that I think deserve more attention on this side of the pond.

The Sheepdogs
Fun fact: after winning Rolling Stone’s ‘Choose The Cover’ competition in 2011, they became the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of the magazine.  This folk-rock band from Saskatchewan is worth a listen.

 

Great Lake Swimmers
They just released a fantastic new album, A Forest of Arms.  This song is off their 2007 album, Ongiara.

 

Hannah Georgas
A Vancouver-based artist who has been getting a lot of buzz recently.

 

Arcade Fire
A band with an impressive array of instruments that they take on tour (viola, accordion, glockenspiel, hurdy-gurdy, to name but a few).  I am confident that many of you know already listen to Arcade Fire- but if you don’t, you should!

 

City and Colour
This is the alias for Dallas Green, the guitarist of Alexisonfire (another great Canadian band).  Each of his albums go in a different musical direction, and he recently did a collaborative album with Pink called You + Me.  City and Colour is my favourite, so here are two songs.

 

The Strombo Show
This is not a band, but if you are interested in music, especially Canadian music, it is definitely a show you should be listening to.  It is available online here.