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Jason Collett

Toronto native Jason Collett has earned accolades for his solo albums and tenure with several different bands -- most notably Broken Social Scene -- but it was his association with fellow songwriter Andrew Cash that first garnered him critical acclaim. After performing in the Andrew Cash Band during the late '80s and early '90s, Collett joined up with Ursula, an alternative rock spinoff of Cash's previous group. The band toured Canada and opened up for acts such as the Odds, but after several years in the music business, Collett decided to give the profession up for several years. By the mid-'90s, however, the music bug was still in his system, and Collett teamed up with Cash and Hawksley Workman to form the alternative country outfit Bird. The group's sole album, Chrome Reflection, borrowed heavily from pop, rock, and country traditions, all of which would later resurface in Collett's solo work. Before launching his own songwriting career, though, Collett first began hosting a series of singer/songwriter performances that featured members of Blue Rodeo, 54-40, and Skydiggers, among others. A popular meeting place for local musicians, the events helped cement the growing popularity of Toronto's indie music scene. In 2001, Jason Collett released his debut album, Bitter Beauty, and continued hosting the Flood Family songwriters' forum. He also joined the Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene, which found him playing alongside a number of his Toronto peers. Collett took a break from the band in 2005 to focus on his solo career; he issued his sophomore effort, Idols of Exile, soon after. Buoyed by the album's critical acclaim, Collett (now a father of three) found time to work on a third release, whittling down the catalog of 40-plus tunes he had amassed over the previous years. Here's to Being Here was recorded in two quick sessions during the winter of 2007, and the Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label issued the disc in early 2008. He remained with Arts & Crafts for the following album, Rat A Tat Tat, which appeared in March 2010. Pony Tricks, an all-acoustic, 11-track set of reworked songs, arrived later that year. The anxieties of an election year seeped into 2012's Reckon, which addressed the troubling state of the world and a more personal sort. After his longest gap between solo albums yet, the songwriter returned in 2016 with Song & Dance Man, named after a Bob Dylan comment in a 1965 interview ("I think of myself more as a song and dance man"). It was produced by Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, who added a breezy touch to Collett's reflective set. ~ Jason MacNeil
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  1.   Song
  2.   I'll Bring the Sun
  3.   Out of Time
  4.   Honey I Don't Know
  5.   Love Is a Dirty Word
  6.   Papercut Hearts
  7.   Where Does Your Love Go?
  8.   Jasper Johns Flag
  9.   Roll on Oblivion
  10.   You're Not The One and Only Lonely One
  11.   Talk Radio
  12.   Long Day's Shadow
  13.   Runaway
  14.   Little Sparrow
  15.   Tiny Ocean of Tears
  16.   Rave on Sad Songs
  17.   Gabe
  18.   Song and Dance Man
  19.   Don't Let the Truth Get To You
  20.   Song of the Silver Haired Hippie
  21.   Vanderpool Vanderpool
  22.   Almost Summer
  23.   Blue Sky
  24.   Airport
  25.   Love You Babe
  26.   Diggin' in the Carpet
  27.   Black Diamond Girl
  28.   It Won't Be Long
  29.   Motor Motel Love Song
  30.   It Don't Matter Anymore
  31.   Super Model
  32.   Ask No Questions
  33.   My Daddy Was a Rock-n-Roller
  34.   Waiting For the World
  35.   Somehow
  36.   Not Over You
  37.   Nothing to Lose
  38.   Charlyn, Angel of Kensington
  39.   Feral Republic
  40.   Tinsel and Sawdust
  41.   Hangover Days
  42.   Winnipeg Winds
  43.   False Cassandra
  44.   Northern Light Letdown
  45.   Black Oak Savanna
  46.   Henry's Song
  47.   Got The Glory
  48.   Pulling the Sun Down
  49.   Bitter Beauty
  50.   Staring at the Sun
  51.   Too Much
  52.   Stormy Woman Salty Girl
  53.   Singing American
  54.   King James Rag
  55.   Parry Sound
  56.   Sugar Sugar
  57.   Pink Night
  58.   Lake Superior
  59.   The Slowest Dance
  60.   Fire
  61.   Madame Pompadour
  62.   These Are the Days
  63.   When the War Came Home
  64.   Sorry Lori
  65.   Sailor Boy
  66.   Brownie Hawkeye
  67.   If She Don't Love Me Now
  68.   Where Things Go Wrong
  69.   High Summer
  70.   Bitch City
  71.   Every Night by Zeus
  72.   Choke Cherry
  73.   Forever Young Is Getting Old
  74.   Little Tiger
  75.   Pavement Puddle Stars
  76.   Love Is a Chain
  77.   No Redemption Song
  78.   Rainy Day Rain
  79.   All I've Ever Known
  80.   Miss Canada
  81.   Provincial Blues
  82.   Nobody's Fool
  83.   Through the Night These Days
  84.   Livin' The Dream
  85.   Silent One
  86.   Brother
  87.   Little Clown
  88.   I Wanna Rob a Bank
  89.   Long May You Love
  90.   Pacific Blue
  91.   Love Song To Canada
  92.   We All Lose One Another
  93.   Cold Blue Halo
  94.   Lucky Star
  95.   Revolution Style
  96.   Something Beautiful
  97.   It's Only Love
  98.   Gabrielle
  99.   Silent One - Japanese Bonus Track
  100.   Too Much - Japanese Bonus Track
  101.   Every Night

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