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