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Indie Inside: Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings
Unique pop songs and glamourous live sets.

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Indie Inside: Jasper Sloan Yip

Indie Inside: Jasper Sloan Yip
The first time the Vancouver singer-songwriter performed, he built a stage in his backyard and sang until the police arrived.

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Indie Inside: Zack Borer

Canadian singer-songwriter Zack Borer recently finished recording his new EP 'Dollars Spent on Nothing.'
The Canadian singer-songwriter recently finished recording his new EP 'Dollars Spent on Nothing.'

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Indie Inside: Ruth Minnikin

The Dartmouth, N.S., singer-songwriter Ruth Minnikin has a new album, Depend On This.
The Dartmouth, N.S., singer-songwriter has a new album, Depend On This.

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Indie Inside: 24-HOUR Church of Beer

Growing from the dark woods of a secluded island in Canada's stunning Georgia Strait, 24-HOUR Church of Beer evolved slowly, somewhat like mushrooms.
Growing from the dark woods of a secluded island in Canada's stunning Georgia Strait, 24-HOUR Church of Beer evolved slowly, somewhat like mushrooms.

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Charlie Angus & Grievous Angels

The group was originally formed in the mid 1980s as a street-busking operation in downtown Toronto.  The line-up consisted of guitarist/ song-writer Charlie Angus, vocalist Michelle Rumball and fiddler/accordionist Peter Jellard.

In 1987, stand-up bassist Tim Hadley joined the band, followed by drummer Peter Duffin. This marked the move of the Angels to Toronto bars like the Cabana Room and the Horseshoe. In 1988, a series of demos were put together as the independent release Toute la Gang.

Indie Inside: The Willing

The Willing are a four-piece indie pop band formed in Montreal in 2012. Their main mission is to make some seriously stellar pop rock you don't have to feel guilty listening to. Consisting of Paul Col (bass), Justin Wiley (drums), Schuyler Dun Flannegan (guitars) and Will Riley (vocals), the group of young men spend most of their time together hashing together their first forth coming demo Splendid Gifts; a soup of a reccord containing various influence from '70s funk to modern day top 40 radio jams. When they're not doing that, the four are your typical mid-20s bachelors, playing video games, drinking beer and working your run of the mill lame restaurant jobs. With lots on the way, they keep fingers crossed and chins up, gearing up for a big year to come!

Indie Inside: Esmerine

Esmerine was co-founded in early 2000s by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godpseed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland) soon after the two met while recording the first Set Fire To Flames record Signs Reign Rebuilder (2001) at the old brothel at 10 rue Ontario Est in Montreal. Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums of modern chamber music in the first half of that decade: If Only a Sweet Surrender to the Nights to Come Be True (2003) and Aurora (2005). These albums have have one foot in the new music/experimental terrain of contemporaries like Rachel's or Town And Country and the other in a more visceral and lyrical landscape populated by the likes of Dirty Three (and GY!BE themselves).

Check out this month's featured band on Indie Inside: Minotaurs

Enjoy an extended performance by July's Indie Insiders -- Minotaurs, an afro-psychedelic-indie-folk-funk group.

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Indie Inside: Minotaurs

This month, we are treated with a special 8+ minute performance by Minotaurs.

Minotaurs are an afro-psychedelic-indie-folk-funk group. Helmed by song-writer, drummer, author, and activist Nathan Lawr, Minotaurs combine afrobeat’s slinky backbone and Nathan’s songs to create a propulsive, catchy and mind-boggling funky experience. Their newest album ‘New Believers’ is available at all fine actual and virtual music outlets

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