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