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The Best of NXNE: Julie Doiron


(Above player features 5 tracks including: “No More”, “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” (a Paul Simon cover), “Snow Falls In November”, “Too Much”, and “Dark Horse.” Julie’s albums can be purchased through her website.)

Julie Doiron has been one of my favourite Canadian musicians for at least 15 years now. “The Best Thing For Me” is still on every mp3 playlist I ever create. She’s got a very unique voice and I’m super excited to see her play at NXNE next week! This will be the first time I’ve ever seen her perform live – I’ll be sure to give a full report on my girlish-glee filled experience.

Julie Doiron began her career in music in 1990 at the age of 18 in Moncton, New Brunswick playing bass in Eric’s Trip, (name from a Sonic Youth song title) a folky yet psychedelic band that was to become the undisputed underground darling of Canadian Music. Eric’s trip were the first of many maritime Canadians signed to Sub Pop and found international recognition releasing several albums and touring widely. Following 1996’s Purple Blue, Eric’s Trip announced their break-up.
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Dan Mangan in profile: Lyrical ruminations

At the tender age of seven, Dan Mangan’s first goal was to memorize and recite Abbey Road’s side ‘B’. At 17, it was to record his first EP. Now, at 24, it’s to meander into the stereo and hometown of music lovers worldwide. With the recent release of his debut full-length, Postcards and Daydreaming, five recently completed tours of the US, UK and Australia – including a feature in the Brit-tastemaker magazine, NME – and let’s not forget the umpteen festival performances (SXSW, MusExpo, The Great Escape, NXNE, etc.), one could definitely say he’s off to a good start.
For your listening pleasure, here’s a great track “So Much For Everyone” – my personal favourite – off of Dan’s album Postcards and Daydreaming:

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Dan Magnan – So Much For Everyone

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Mark Berube in profile: Breaking boundaries

Mark Berube is an artist that has proven to be very popular among our readers time after time! Just in case you missed him the first time around, I’ve re-posted his profile so that you have the chance to check him out once again. And believe me, it’s absolutely worth it!

Mark Berube (and The Patriotic Few, based in Montreal) are an eclectic group of musicians. All powerhouses in their own domains, they are Jesson Moen on bass and mandolin, Patrick Dugas on drums and percussion, and Marie Michelle on cello and voice. Mark was a Peacedriven Songwriting Award Honourable Mention winner for 2006. His latest album, “What The River Gave The Boat”, has received critical acclaim across North America. The song/poem ” Barber Shop” was part of the CBC documentary “Battle of The Bag”.

He is also a proud member of The Fugitives. Their first album “In Streetlight Communion” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2007 as best album in the “Breaking Boundaries” category. He also composes music for dance and theater. Most recently, he worked with Leaky Heaven Circus, in Vancouver, BC. He received a Jessie Richardson Reward Nomination for the music he composed and performed in the project “Salome”.

Mark has toured Canada, the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, and Austria.

Here’s a list of his upcoming shows. If you are even remotely close to any of these venues, I suggest you check him out live. TransCanadaRadio will be at the May 9th show to show our support for this outstanding artist.

Sample or buy his albums right now at CD Baby!
MARK BERUBE: What the River Gave the BoatMARK BERUBE: Sketches from the sidewalk

Mercury Lounge, Ottawa, May 9th, with Tim’s Myth
Rancho Relaxo, Toronto, May 10th, Two Way Monologues Compilation CD Release
Centre St Ambroise, Montreal, May 15th with Coco Love Alcorn
Divan Orange, Montreal, May 29th with The Unsettlers and L’embuscade.

Bonjay in profile: No more bubblegum R&B

Alanna Stuart’s parents immigrated to Canada as part of the country’s Caribbean influx of the 1970s. When Stuart was a toddler, her Grenadian mother and Jamaican father threw parties that swelled to the early morning with plenty of music, food, liquor, and language from the many isles of the West Indies. “I actually have a picture of me in just a diaper and you can see people’s legs hanging off the couch, a bottle of brandy, and my mom serving breakfast,” Stuart recalls. “It was a time when all the islands mixed. It was this cool, warm vibe where partying was about getting together, meeting different people, and a sense of community.” Continue reading ‘Bonjay in profile: No more bubblegum R&B’