by Jo Hayward, OnlyReal Entertainment
There are some great Canadian artists out there who have released some of my favourite albums, last year one of them being Hannah Georgas’ self-titled. I remember hearing a song from the record in another room and loving her voice right away. The album is full of soft synth, smooth and feminine vocals, all layered with some rock. Georgas has definitely showcased her songwriting on this record, having lyrics threaded with emotion and sincerity. It’s easy to feel connected to these songs. Anyone who has passion towards music knows what it’s like to find songs that perfectly describe how you feel. It’s pretty amazing, especially if you’re feeling alone. I’ve seen Hannah play a couple times since the release of this album, so I have to recommend checking out her fall tour. She’s playing The Great Hall in Toronto on November 2nd. The voice and venue are a great match. Check her out on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re a music fan in Toronto, you’ve definitely heard of the new independent radio station Indie88. While streaming it, I’m always hearing bands that I haven’t really listened to yet and one that got my attention was the Born Ruffians. I heard “Needle” and I saw that that it was by the Toronto band that I know I should’ve been paying more attention to. Keep in mind, I’m a new listener to this group and I don’t know all their material, but I’ve enjoyed their most recent record Birthmarks. Released this past April, it seems like every song is different and unique in some way. The vibe of the album is across the board – some songs being more lighthearted while some seem somewhat dark and emotional. After their current tour in Europe, I already have it on my calendar to see them at the Danforth Music Hall on November 22nd when they come to Toronto. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.