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Errol's Pick

Justin Rutledge is a Juno Award-winning singer and guitarist from Toronto who just released an album titled "Daredevil". Our music columnist Errol Nazareth says; "It just might qualify as the most Canadian record to be released this year. And that's because it's by one of this country's most thoughtful songsmiths and it's an homage to that very Canadian band - the Tragically Hip. I can't claim to be their biggest fan, but listening to "Daredevil" has made me appreciate the songwriting skills of The Hip's Gord Downie. Justin told me he feels that Canadians connect with the Hip's songs and that they bind us together the way Gordon Lightfoot does. "Daredevil" is a sweet, lovely record that takes the stadium out of The Tragically Hip songs and lays it all bare. Justin said it's an album that's more about reflection than celebration, more of a hand shake than a high five. He said he'd like the listener to spend some quality time with Downie's words and hear them again for the first time. In his words, Gord Downie is one of the great poets of our time. And how did the Hip's main man react when Justin told him about the project? Downie emailed him back saying, "Sounds like career suicide to me". He said Downie was totally kidding and added that he has a wonderfully dark sense of humour which is reflected in his lyrics".

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