Darcy Windover releases “How To Be Lonely” single with proceeds donated to Cam’s Kids

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Ask any artist why they make music and chances are they’ll say that, at least in part, it’s a form of therapy. That was definitely true for Darcy Windover as he made his latest album whose title, Cope, pretty much says it all.

For the Toronto-based singer/songwriter originally from Sarnia, Ontario, the new 10-song collection is the summation of a difficult period, encapsulated in the album’s first single “How To Be Lonely.” Sales of the song are being donated to Cam’s Kids, which offers support to youth struggling with anxiety.

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Windover had previously entered the song in the 2017 edition of CBC’s Searchlight contest where it was named a regional finalist. That momentum helped Windover complete Cope a year later with producer John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, NQ Arbuckle) and his trusted band, including co-writer and duet partner Stacey Dowswell. Together, they built on the foundation of “How To Be Lonely” with songs that look at the causes and effects of mental illness from various perspectives.

“That song was written a few weeks after my mother was moved into a nursing home in Toronto,” Windover explains. “Having spent most of her life in Sarnia, and in spite of being closer to her sons, she said, ‘Well, I guess this is how to be lonely.’ That phrase stuck with me and the song wrote itself in about five minutes. The intention was to capture the feeling of someone who is feeling overwhelmed, mentally fragile and alone.”

But what perhaps is most impressive about Cope is its immediate sonic appeal, particularly for anyone who appreciates classic Ryan Adams and Tom Petty records. As a songwriter, Windover is cut from the same cloth, emphasizing melody, hooks and atmosphere above all else, with a little twang for good measure. Sure, melancholy is unavoidable, but never as a distraction from pure songwriting craftsmanship. With a wealth of experience embedded in it, Cope marks the formal arrival of a major voice within the Canadian roots rock scene.

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No Depression shares new Dave McEathron video “Hell To The Heavens”

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I’m very excited to be working with Dave McEathron, co-founder of one of my favourite Canadian roots rock outfits, The Warped 45s. Dave’s new solo project Abandoned Companions, and The Abandoned Companions Companion Piece EP, are together a reaffirmation of his songwriting prowess. You can find out more at davemceathron.com, or click on the logo below to see No Depression’s post, including the new Southern Souls video for the standout track “Hell To The Heavens.”

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Quantum Tangle’s Tiffany Ayalik launches new project PIQSIQ

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Altering The Timeline, the debut release from PIQSIQ (pronounced “pilk-silk”), is a haunting five-song collection of otherworldly melodies built on ancient Inuit throat songs. True to throat singing’s traditional form, each track is an improvised plethora inspired by the soundscapes around us and infused with the guttural emotions that deliver the human experience in all it’s pain and glory.

Altering The Timeline is available now on Bandcamp, and will be officially released January 25 on Coax Records.

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, Tiffany Ayalik (of JUNO-winning duo Quantum Tangle) and her sister Kayley Mackay join forces with Ruby Singh and his arsenal of eclectic rhythms and beats to form PIQSIQ. Together they create an experience that leaves the listener enthralled with the infinite possible answers to the question “what is the meaning of life?”

The project was sparked during a spontaneous jam session next to the Bow River at 2018 the Calgary Folk Music Festival. As the sisters throat sang, Ruby beat-boxed and ideas began to flow from there. Two short months later, the trio converged at Vancouver’s Afterlife Studio where they put together the sounds that would became Altering the Timeline.

Opening track “Akuglugu” — roughly translated from Inuktitut as “then you stir” — can be heard now at Roots Music Canada, and watch the album trailer below.

Jon Stancer releases scathing anti-Trump single “Not Far From The Truth”

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Jon Stancer is mad as hell and he’s not taking it anymore. Like many of us, the Toronto singer/songwriter has become fed up with the daily barrage of lies emanating from south of the border to the point that he’s chosen to fight back in the best way he knows how — with a pull-no-punches single and video entitled “Not Far From The Truth,” which premieres exclusively today at Tinnitist.

“Like millions of people around the world, I’ve been dismayed, angered, outraged and at times, terrified at what’s been happening in the U.S. over the last few years,” Stancer says. “It appears though, that the walls may be starting to close in on POTUS and that revelations may soon come to light – so I thought now would be a good time to bring out this song.”

Although Stancer admits that he wanted “Not Far From The Truth” to reflect the sinister atmosphere fostered by the Trump administration, he adds his overall intention was to write a hopeful song to inspire people to continue demanding the truth from politicians and to support the media who report on them.

Click the Tinnitist logo to watch “Not Far From The Truth”

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Click the single art to purchase “Not Far From The Truth” at Bandcamp

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Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath out now!

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Happy release day to Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath! Here’s what the critics are saying:

“If this album were a house, it would loom large, stand Gothic and you would find its heart in a foyer that holds a grand piano.” Exclaim!

“Belle crochets a wonderful mix of old country, classic western, alternative rock, and jazz swing to create a beautiful blanket of music that is an artistic keepsake.” No Depression

“Her new album [is] full of questioning, of the past, present and the future, exploring autobiographically-related themes of grief and loss though songs steeped in classic country influences.” Folking.com

“One of the most wonderful things I’ve heard this year.” Mike Bell, The YYScene

“Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath shines with textures of classic country music, including some of the hip jazz changes that were commonplace with mid-60s Nashville-produced records, while keeping an eye toward the future sonically, with parts that might not seem out of place on a Wilco album.” BeatRoute

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