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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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Jason Collett

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Jason Collett

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Jason Collett

  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.   Somehow
  7.   I Wanna Rob a Bank
  8.   All I've Ever Known
  9.   Blue Sky
  10.   Tinsel and Sawdust
  11.   Charlyn, Angel of Kensington
  12.   Love Song To Canada
  13.   Hangover Days
  14.   Lake Superior
  15.   Northern Light Letdown
  16.   Airport
  17.   Stormy Woman Salty Girl
  18.   Pulling the Sun Down
  19.   Little Clown
  20.   Nothing to Lose
  21.   Waiting For the World
  22.   Sorry Lori
  23.   Talk Radio
  24.   Pacific Blue
  25.   Got The Glory
  26.   Long May You Love
  27.   My Daddy Was a Rock-n-Roller
  28.   Bitch City
  29.   Vanderpool Vanderpool
  30.   Jasper Johns Flag
  31.   Pavement Puddle Stars
  32.   The Slowest Dance
  33.   Bitter Beauty
  34.   Black Diamond Girl
  35.   Ask No Questions
  36.   Rave on Sad Songs
  37.   Love Is a Chain
  38.   Not Over You
  39.   Through the Night These Days
  40.   Papercut Hearts
  41.   Pink Night
  42.   Motor Motel Love Song
  43.   Lucky Star
  44.   Diggin' in the Carpet
  45.   Brownie Hawkeye
  46.   Tiny Ocean of Tears
  47.   Fire
  48.   Where Things Go Wrong
  49.   High Summer
  50.   Brother
  51.   Song of the Silver Haired Hippie
  52.   Choke Cherry
  53.   King James Rag
  54.   Gabe
  55.   Sailor Boy
  56.   These Are the Days
  57.   Don't Let the Truth Get To You
  58.   Cold Blue Halo
  59.   You're Not The One and Only Lonely One
  60.   We All Lose One Another
  61.   Every Night by Zeus
  62.   Winnipeg Winds
  63.   Silent One
  64.   Almost Summer
  65.   Roll on Oblivion
  66.   Little Tiger
  67.   Too Much
  68.   False Cassandra
  69.   No Redemption Song
  70.   Sugar Sugar
  71.   Livin' The Dream
  72.   It Won't Be Long
  73.   Miss Canada
  74.   Super Model
  75.   Henry's Song
  76.   Feral Republic
  77.   Rainy Day Rain
  78.   When the War Came Home
  79.   Runaway
  80.   Madame Pompadour
  81.   Parry Sound

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