ANAGRAM After Dark (Dead Astronaut)
Thank God Matt Mason moved to Toronto from Oshawa five years ago. Now he's free to unleash his demonic punk on Ontario's masses. Mason's dark and deep voice is the driving force behind Anagram, a richly textured foursome who like their bass fuzzy and their sax unconventional. As good as After Dark is, Anagram's only getting started.
THE FOREST CITY LOVERS The Sun And The Wind (independent)
After playing solo around Toronto for a couple of years, guitarist/singer Kat Burns decided to find some companions to fill out her sleepy folk sound. The result is Forest City Lovers and their delicate new disc, The Sun And The Wind. If Magneta Lane's Lexi Valentine were backed by the Two Minute Miracles, it'd sound like this.
FUCKED UP Hidden World (Jade Tree)
Don't be confused by the T.O. hardcore outfit's name - Fucked Up know exactly what they're doing. It's the Ramones meet Negative Approach, combining catchy pop guitars with a menacing growl to create something both indie kids and hardcore punks can dig.
GLISSANDRO 70 (Constellation)
Formed for a one-off collaboration in 2003, Glissandro 70 quickly evolved into a lasting project. The self-titled debut from bassist Craig Dunsmuir and Polmo Polpo's Sandro Perri is a strange, unclassifiable blend of vocals, minimalist guitar and Eno-esque soundscapes that's surprisingly sparse and funky at the same time.
WYRD VISIONS Half-Eaten Guitar (Bluefog)
Colin Bergh's droney sounds are not for the faint of heart. Some people might go crazy listening to the guitarist repeat the same riff over and over and over again, but once you get past Bergh's repetition you'll discover one of 2006's most innovative - and relaxing - releases.