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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

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