City and Colour, Dwayne Gretzky are Ones to Watch on The Verge

Dwayne Gretzky

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This week, The Verge wants to get your ears on these great new tracks:


St. Catharines, ON very own award winning singer songwriter City and Colour returns with new solo material. Since releasing his last album in 2015, If I Should Go Before You, Dallas Green aka City and Colour started his own label called Still Records, releasing a live album, and signing his first artist, Ben Rogers. Hear more from City and Colour this summer at the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Montreal and Riverfest in Elora. “Astronaut” floats into City and Colour’s constellation of songs, setting the tone for what could be the beginning of a new album. Dallas says about the new song: “I always think of the relationships in my life that have been fractured because I ended up doing what I do for a living, I’m always gone, wandering around and singing songs. However, it weighs on my family and friends.”


Toronto based band have been on a quest to bring the greatest songs of all time to life for about eight years now. Known for covering and reimagining classic tunes, Dwayne Gretzky take a chance on the ABBA’s most covered song “S.O.S.,” (its video was created by Toronto artist Anne Douris aka Bossie). Their unique take offers some unexpected turns and textures that make the song their own. The band is gearing up to release their self-titled debut album of more reimagined covers in August.


The JUNO Awarding winning Toronto all-female rock band just released a new EP, The Professional, the follow up to their debut album, Late Show from 2017. The new EP continues the energetic rock thread for The Beaches incorporating influences from David Bowie, The Bangles and James Brown. “Lame” has some notes of Elastica’s “Connection” and Garbage’s “Stupid Girl”. Let us know what you think.


Huttch are a rock trio from Windsor, On who mix a little 70’s rock with some rock boogie to create a modern fusion of sounds that you can’t ignore. “Get Up” from the bands second album Huttchino reads as a love letter but also acts as a sonic reminder to be take charge of our lives and make the hard decisions that need to be made.


Toronto indie rockers Fast Romantics can Do No Wrong, finding their way on the watch list for a second week. The band has always incorporated vintage sounds and on this track I hear some Motown influences – what do you think?

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