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Five gigs & five al­bums to get you through win­ter

North York Post - - Arts - By Ron John­son

WIN­TER 2017: AL­BUMS Al­though most mu­sic lovers are ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the new Bell Biv Devoe al­bum, slated for re­lease in the com­ing months, here are five note­wor­thy Cana­dian records that will find a place in our stacks this win­ter sea­son.

The Sadies: long­stand­ing roots rock­ers the Sadies re­lease their lat­est al­bum, North­ern Pas­sage, on Feb. 20 via Dine Alone Records. The Toronto band has been turn­ing out some se­ri­ously fine mu­sic for the past 20 years. The psych-folk sin­gle “Riverview Fog” has a pow­er­ful punch. The Sadies play Massey Hall on Feb. 2.

Ser­ena Ry­der: Yes, this al­bum has been pushed back and is now an early 2017 re­lease at best. But with such a pow­er­ful first sin­gle in “Got Your Num­ber,” fans are clam­our­ing for more tunes from the tal­ented Toron­to­nian with the pow­er­ful pipes.

Kid Koala: The ground­break­ing Cana­dian DJ is back with an in­no­va­tive new al­bum dubbed

mu­sic to draw to: satel­lite. The am­bi­ent record is this com­pelling artist’s first sans sam­ples, and he em­ploys a num­ber of in­stru­ments and tech­niques to cre­ate a lush at­mos­phere. Kid Koala plays three shows at the Rivoli, Jan. 26 to 28.

Jenn Grant: Juno Award– nom­i­nated singer-song­writer Jenn Grant fol­lows up 2014’s

Com­postela with her sixth al­bum, Par­adise, slated for re­lease on March 3. Grant has re­leased “Gal­ax­ies,” the first sin­gle off the new al­bum, a groovy pi­ano bal­lad with a richly tex­tured sonic land­scape suit­able to the oth­er­worldly song ti­tle. She plays in sup­port of her new al­bum on March 24 at the Great Hall.

Aus­tra: Buzz-wor­thy Toronto elec­tronic mu­sic project, founded by Katie Stel­ma­nis, read­ies its third and most am­bi­tious al­bum,

Fu­ture Pol­i­tics, for re­lease on Jan. 20. The band plays a re­lease show on the same date at the Mod Club. WIN­TER 2017: SHOWS Al­though it’s not al­ways easy to trudge through the snow to check out a con­cert, there are a few very good rea­sons to brave the win­ter weather in 2017. Here­with, a few bands that are sure to thaw out your frosty bones for a night.

Sam Roberts, Jan. 20, Rebel (Sound Academy): The Montreal rocker re­leased his lat­est al­bum,

Ter­raform, in Oc­to­ber, and he hits town with his big hair and even big­ger sound. This guy turns out the hits and is sure to please. Along for the ride is lo­cal fave Holler­ado, an equally high-en­ergy pop-punk act that loves noth­ing more to en­ter­tain a big and ex­u­ber­ant room. Adam Ant, Jan. 29, Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall: Yes, that Adam Ant, of “Goody Two Shoes” fame. To many in Canada, Ant is only re­mem­bered for his charm­ing post-punk hit from the ’80s, but this charis­matic per­former, who may ac­tu­ally be the true in­spi­ra­tion for Johnny Depp’s Cap­tain Jack Spar­row, has been thrilling crowds, mostly in the U.K., for decades.

Run the Jewels, Feb. 19, Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall: The Amer­i­can hip-hop group, fea­tur­ing El-P and Killer Mike, has been praised by crit­ics and pro­vides a se­ri­ously en­gag­ing and high-en­ergy live per­for­mance. The group is in town in sup­port of its third al­bum slated for re­lease this month.

Black Joe Lewis, Feb. 28, Lee’s Palace: If there is one band sure to blow the roof off of win­ter, it’s this hard-work­ing, won­der­fully loud and bluesy band from Austin, Texas. Al­though he dropped the Honey­bears from the name, it’s the same bril­liant sound on full dis­play on the new al­bum that drops in Fe­bru­ary. Do not miss this show.

Wilco, March 15 and 16, Massey Hall: One of the great ones, Jeff Tweedy’s band of folkie rock­ers turns out some of the finest tunes go­ing, in­clud­ing the new al­bum,

Sch­milco, and there is no better place to catch Wilco live than the ven­er­a­ble Massey Hall. Sure to be a mag­i­cal win­ter’s night.

Ser­ena Ry­der’s jazzy first sin­gle has peo­ple clam­our­ing for the ar­rival of her new al­bum

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