3 new Ontario songs you need to hear this week

Check out new tunes from The Dirty Nil, Beams and Arkells.

Check out new tunes from The Dirty Nil, Beams and Arkells

Check out brand new tunes from The Dirty Nil, Beams and Arkells.

Every day, musicians write, record and release new music in Ontario. On CBC Radio One's In the Key of C, we try to highlight some of our favourites each week.

You can hear the show live every Saturday evening at 5 p.m. ET on CBC Radio One in Ontario. In the Key of C can be heard across the province, except for in the GTA. Hamilton listeners can hear the segment in the player above.

The Dirty Nil: Caroline

Caroline is actually a re-recording of an older tune. It's on the band's new compilation album called Minimum R&B — and yes, that is absolutely a nod to The Who.

For the Nil, this almost qualifies as a ballad.

Luke Bentham's voice veers into tender territory here at times, and that's not something I can say very often.

Beams: I Wanted to Tell Her

Ever since Mumford and Sons beamed their songs into the brain of every person on the planet, I've found banjo in indie-folk stuff to be a bit tired.

But Beams is really reclaiming it as their own here.

The banjo sounds genuinely sombre on this track, and that's not always the case for an instrument that's more commonly used for chicken pickin'.

Arkells: Knocking at the Door

Arkells seem incapable of slowing down lately.

The band released its latest album Morning Report not that long ago, and they've been touring pretty heavily ever since.

But somewhere in between, they found the time to drop this single.

Lately they've been leaning heavily on their pop sensibilities.

But this track has more grit to it — and I always like them more when they're rough around the edges.

Want your new track to be featured on In the Key of C? Email adam.carter@cbc.ca with a link for consideration.


Adam Carter


Adam Carter is a Newfoundlander who now calls Toronto home. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamCarterCBC or drop him an email at adam.carter@cbc.ca.