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