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Tune of the Week – “Hummingbird”

I could probably fill this Tune of the Week slot for the next couple of years with acts from Canada. The past week in Toronto has been a bit of an eye-opener for me about just how many decent new …

Thu, Sep 27, 2007, 04:24

   

I could probably fill this Tune of the Week slot for the next couple of years with acts from Canada.

The past week in Toronto has been a bit of an eye-opener for me about just how many decent new bands hail from this neck of the woods. I mean, I knew there was a lot of them, but I just didn’t realise exactly how many of them there were knocking around.

With the quantity comes quality and, as a result, there’s a real sense of confidence about what is happening. Sure, there are some niggling question marks (and I expressed some of these in the Polaris Music Prize post), but the over-riding feeling is that the timing is right for all of this to be happening.

From what Jeffrey Remedios and friends are doing at Arts & Crafts to the sheer wave of domestic acts playing at Pop Montreal next week (as luck would have it, I leave Canada as the fest begins) or Halifax Pop Explosion a few weeks from now, the proof of a Canadian revolution is clear for all to see and hear.

The reasons for it, though, are somewhat more opaque. While local sages and scribes will chalk it down to everything from breakout albums from Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire to loads of loonies from the Canuck government and a sense of refound national pride, the real reason for this momentum is probably that Canadian acts at present simply have what everyone is looking for. In a nutshell, they rock.

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Born Ruffians certainly rock. Three Toronto kids called Luke Lalonde, Mitch DeRosier and Steve Hamelin, they have been making a sweet old racket with loads of pop hooks and sugar-coated melodies since before they had to shave. They’re a bad really do have something which many people are going to realise they need in the coming months. “Hummingbird” is the trio’s forthcoming single on Warp and could well be the start of a beautiful friendship between you and them. Enjoy.