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