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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.   Singing American
  7.   It Don't Matter Anymore
  8.   Motor Motel Love Song
  9.   Love Song to Canada
  10.   Song of the Silver-Haired Hippie
  11.   Pacific Blue
  12.   If She Don't Love Me Now
  13.   Hangover Days
  14.   Every Night by Zeus
  15.   Love Is a Chain
  16.   I Wanna Rob a Bank
  17.   Black Oak Savanna
  18.   Not Over You
  19.   Cold Blue Halo
  20.   Love You Babe
  21.   Blue Sky
  22.   Little Tiger
  23.   Talk Radio
  24.   My Daddy Was a Rocknroller
  25.   Vanderpool Vanderpool
  26.   Bitch City
  27.   Papercut Hearts
  28.   Roll on Oblivion
  29.   Sorry Lori
  30.   Feral Republic
  31.   Fire
  32.   Song and Dance Man
  33.   Madame Pompadour
  34.   Too Much
  35.   Little Clown
  36.   Winnipeg Winds
  37.   Brother
  38.   Charlyn, Angel of Kensington
  39.   We All Lose One Another
  40.   Staring at the Sun
  41.   Sugar Sugar
  42.   Choke Cherry
  43.   Silent One
  44.   Parry Sound
  45.   Pavement Puddle Stars
  46.   Long Day's Shadow
  47.   Nothing to Lose
  48.   Sailor Boy
  49.   It Won't Be Long
  50.   Rainy Day Rain
  51.   Rave on Sad Songs
  52.   Airport
  53.   Jasper Johns Flag
  54.   Black Diamond Girl
  55.   Pink Night
  56.   Miss Canada
  57.   Where Does Your Love Go?
  58.   Bitter Beauty
  59.   You're Not the One and Only Lonely One
  60.   Little Sparrow
  61.   False Cassandra
  62.   These Are the Days
  63.   When the War Came Home
  64.   High Summer
  65.   Don't Let the Truth Get to You
  66.   Diggin' in the Carpet
  67.   No Redemption Song
  68.   Through the Night These Days
  69.   Somehow
  70.   Lake Superior
  71.   Waiting For the World
  72.   Tiny Ocean of Tears
  73.   Forever Young Is Getting Old
  74.   Tinsel and Sawdust
  75.   Lucky Star
  76.   Provincial Blues
  77.   Where Things Go Wrong
  78.   Runaway
  79.   Northern Light Letdown
  80.   Long May You Love
  81.   Gabe
  82.   Ask No Questions
  83.   Stormy Woman Salty Girl
  84.   Super Model
  85.   All I've Ever Known
  86.   Brownie Hawkeye
  87.   Every Night
  88.   Livin' the Dream
  89.   King James Rag
  90.   Pulling the Sun Down
  91.   Almost Summer
  92.   Henry's Song
  93.   The Slowest Dance
  94.   Got the Glory
  95.   Nobody's Fool