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The former One Directioner sounds like he’s finally letting go of the dad-rock cosplay of his debut, leaning instead into ebullient, soulful pop Read more

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The Toronto rapper expands his sound with an EP that pairs melodic flows with a nose-to-the-grindstone pragmatism Read more

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On his sophomore album, Whitby singer/songwriter Tom Meikle makes drifting folk with the heart of metal Read more

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His son Adam Cohen finished the album with help from guests like Beck and Feist, but it sounds like classic Leonard – sex and death, the sacred and the profane Read more

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The Canadian rapper reinvents 00s hip-hop and R&B hits, often with their original artists, but doesn't add much in the way of substance Read more

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The Toronto-based beatmaker honours aviation trailblazer Bessie Coleman on her 13th album Read more

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The polarizing American musician's turn to Christian rap is moving, but his sweet hereafter doesn’t come without flaws and contradictions Read more

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On her debut EP Red Mind, the electro-soul artist's commanding voice can feel oddly tentative Read more

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Singing and throat singing synthy electro-pop in Inuktitut, she shows she knows exactly what she wants to say and how she wants to say it Read more

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The Mississauga rapper has big goals on this debut album, and though he doesn't always meet them, he hits a good sweet spot Read more

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The local songwriter releases his second full-length collaboration with producer Sandro Perri – together, the strongest, most compelling artistic vision he’s made Read more

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On her exquisitely cinematic fourth album, the singer/songwriter embraces real change in both her lyrics and her sound Read more

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Rather than Instagram’s disingenuous style of curated realness, Alexa Dirks's songs flow naturally and unpredictably, like internal monologues set to music Read more

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Maya Bouldry-Morrison celebrates the soft glow of party spaces as places racialized, queer, trans, female and differently abled bodies are free to be Read more

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The Toronto-based project of Mathew Morand prioritizes sharp hooks and loud, distorted guitars above everything – joyous sunshine rock that sounds straight out of 1994 Read more

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Over eight songs, the Victoria-by-way-of-Calgary singer/songwriter expresses what it’s like to live with depression, anxiety and other mental health struggles Read more

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Drifting through L.A. looking for love and meaning, she shifts her kitschy patriotism, dropping her flag-draped persona and making peace with a more complex, dystopian reality Read more

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Despite the bogus breakup narrative around it, the band are fully formed on the album: vulnerable, yearning and furious Read more

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The Toronto electronic artist's restless and fluttering beats are like a pen scrawling across paper, telling numerous stories of Black women experience Read more

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After three albums that wavered between indie pop and folk, the singer/songwriter delivers a sparkling set of shimmering slow-burners and hypnotic ambient tracks Read more

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