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GTA Music News: Blue Rodeo Rooftop Show, Hostage Life Disband, Six Shooter Records Moves, Help Save Rolly's Garage, HMV Canada Digital Store Launch, Do They Know it's Fucked Up Christmas Time at All?

In this edition: Daniel, Fred & Julie line up new collaborative LP, Blue Rodeo announce free rooftop show, Fucked Up get into the Christmas spirit, the sudden dissolution of Hostage Life, info on the Six Shooter Records move, HMV Canada launch their digital store, and details on how to help save Rolly's Garage from permanent deadpool.

Plus: new music videos from Grand Analog and The Most Serene Republic, a video of Elliott Brood performing live from Texas and free downloads from Shad K, Slim Twig, The Wooden Sky, & more...

Daniel, Fred & Julie
Over a two day session earlier this year, Fred Squire (Shotgun & Jaybird), Julie Doiron and Daniel Romano (Attack in Black) got together and recorded eight folk standards and two Romano originals. The songs have been compiled by You've Changed Records and will be released under the moniker Daniel, Fred & Julie on December 1st. For a preview, have a listen to one of the original tracks, 'Runner' (MP3). The album was recorded live to tape, and made solely with two guitars and three-part harmonies.

Blue Rodeo
Canadian legends Blue Rodeo will be hosting a street party this afternoon at 2:30pm (Tuesday, November 10) at the Diesel Playhouse. They'll be joined by Julie Fader and Cuff the Duke's Wayne Petti. What's the occasion? They're heading out on tour in support of their brand new album Things We Left Behind, a two-disc set hitting shelves and iTunes today.

Grand Analog - Take It Slow

Fucked Up Spend Their Polaris Winnings
Less than a week after the mayhem that was Fucked Up Fest 2009, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham announced the details of their forthcoming charity single. They'll be covering Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' with the aid of Broken Social Scene, David Cross, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, No Age, Yo La Tengo and potentially M.I.A., Jarvis Cocker and Feist. Fucked Up's star-studded holiday single will raise funds for missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

Rolly's Garage
Rolly's need your help to win a chunk of the Aviva Community Fund competition. The Ossington auto-mechanic garage turned art venue requires roughly $100,000 worth of renovations to legally re-open. Should they be granted the funding, Rolly's will open a new gallery boutique section in the garage. Visit Aviva now and often to vote and help save a grassroots venue from staying under.

HMV Canada Launch Digital Store
After expanding to sell books, games and merchandise, entertainment retail giant HMV continue to adapt to the rapidly shifting musical climate with the recent launch of The site offers millions of DRM-free MP3s, as well as a personal download section that functions as a digital back-up. The official launch will be sometime in 2010, but beta users that sign up now will receive a two-for-one offer on the first ten songs purchased.

Elliott Brood Live From Austin, Texas

Six Shooter Records
Last week Tim noticed that Six Shooter Records (home to NQ Arbuckle, Elliott Brood, Luke Doucet and many more) had closed up shop at their retail outlet and offices in Leslieville. Thankfully it's not deadpool for the label - they've simply moved to a more convenient downtown location at Queen and Spadina.

Hostage Life Break-Up
Just a few weeks after the free digital release of Center of the Universe (ZIP/MP3), Hostage Life announced their break-up via "an intentionally vague post regarding the dissolution" of the band. On November 20, they'll be playing one final show at Sneaky Dee's - just three days after the physical release of their new album.

The Most Serene Republic - Heavens to Purgatory

Deranged Records recently released One Hundred Dollars' latest instalment in their ongoing Regional Seven-Inch Series. The alt-country collective are treating each release as an opportunity to profile a Canadian city while addressing pressing social issues ranging from cancer hospitals in Toronto to a slum owner on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

- CBC Radio3 is offering up a live set from London, Ontario's Shad K and DJ Champion live from Victoria, BC (MP3, M4A, OGG). Shad's live set is always off the hook - he freestyles while playing acoustic guitar, backed by a full band and DJ. This is a must download for fans of hip-hop or just music in general.
- Toronto hip-hop experimentalist Slim Twig is offering up his newest mixtape Spit It Twig Vol. 2 for free download (ZIP). The mix features appearances from D-Sisive, Onakabazien and Dirty Beaches, amongst others.
- The Wooden Sky - 'Something Hiding For Us In the Night' (MP3)
- The Wooden Sky - 'Bit Part' (MP3)
- Zunior are offering up yet another free mix to those that register with the site. No purchase is necessary - just the confirmation of your email. Mix 4.2 features Evening Hymns, Crush Luther, Hopeful Monster and many, many more.

On blogTO last week:
Ivy checked out recently reformed party band Sailboats are White.
I reviewed a pair of shows: Monsters of Folk at Massey Hall and Dan Auerbach & the Fast Five at the Phoenix.
Gary spoke with East York electro Dj and producer VLSONN.
Joe met up with Vancouver indie-rock band Elias.

Lead photo by Qinn, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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