Ontario releases you need to hear: Weaves, Minotaurs and Tara Kannangara
Top picks for the week of Mar. 19 on CBC Radio's In the Key of C
Every day, musicians write, record and release new music in Ontario. And each week, In the Key of C highlights some of our favourites in a weekly column, on CBC Radio One, produced by CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's Amanda Grant.
In the Key of C, hosted by Craig Norris, airs live Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. ET on CBC Radio One, across Ontario — except for in the GTA. Those listeners can hear the segment in the attached audio player.
Weaves - One More
Toronto's Weaves spent this past week south of the border in Austin, Texas for SXSW and their performances are getting rave reviews.
The band first emerged on the Ontario music scene in 2014 with their self-titled EP, but they are quickly picking up steam with a slew of tour dates coming up across the United States and Europe.
To promote that road show the band released a new song this week called "One More" and I love its crunchy, raw tone.
Tara Kannangara - The House Where I Live
Tara Kannangara is a name you're going to be hearing a lot more of. The Toronto-based jazz musician was recently nominated for a Juno for vocal jazz album of the year, but her skills aren't limited to her effortless voice.
Kannangara is also an exceptional trumpet player, which she shows off on the track "The House Where I Live."
She released a music video for that song this week, featuring shots of her recording the song in studio.
Minotaurs - Stayed Too Long
Guelph's Minotaurs is a super-group designed by Nathan Lawr.
Lawr is supported by a rotating cast of Ontario musicians, from top session players like Thomas Hammerton on keys and bassist Anna Ruddick, to The Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman on vocals and Evening Hymn's Jonas Bonnetta on Mellotron.
This month Lawr released the latest offering from Minotaurs, an album titled Weird Waves, and my favourite song off that record right now is this one, "Stayed Too Long."