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