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Toronto Music News: New Song From Born Ruffians, Island Festival Line-up Grows, Thunderheist Call It Quits (Again)

In this edition:

  • Born Ruffians offer first single from Say It for free download
  • Toronto Island Festival 2010 adds a handful of bands to the line-up
  • The Cameron House has been sold
  • Thunderheist call it quits...?
  • Huron prepare to release their debut solo album
  • Gavin Gardiner of the Wooden Sky speaks with Chart about their rising popularity
  • K'naan reveals a bit more about the supergroup re-recording of 'Wavin' Flag'
  • Jason Collett talks about the collaborative sessions that produced his latest album
  • Sloan prepare to release their first rarities collection
  • DJ/production duo Circle Research sign with URBNET

Born Ruffians Finalize Details for Their Second Album
Say It will be released by Paper Bag Records on June 1, with worldwide distribution being handled by Warp. Production was handled by Rusty Santos, who helmed the boards during the recording sessions for their 2007 debut Red, Yellow and Blue. Their first song from their ten-track sophomore effort is titled 'Sole Brother,' and is available for free download via Stereogum (MP3). Check out the trippy cover art over at their website. They'll be playing an all ages show at the Phoenix on March 14 alongside Hamilton's Young Rival as part of CMW.

Toronto Island Festival 2010
- The Toronto Island Concert 2010 has announced their finalized line-up, adding Beach House, Timber Timbre, The Beauties, Flash Lightnin' and Zeus to the bill. The concert takes place on June 19, rain or shine. I'm still hoping for the surprise addition of Explosions in the Sky...

The Wilderness of Manitoba - 'Manitoba'

Thunderheist Call it Quits?
According to a recent facebook post Thunderheist have called it quits for good, with Grahm Zilla and MC Isis electing to go their own separate ways and focus on their solo endeavours. They'll have a few more final shows - one in Vegas at the end of March and three West Coast dates in June.

The Cameron House Sold
- The Cameron House has been sold and will close on May 1st. Now spoke with bartender Duncan Buchanan about the buy-out, though he could offer few details about the new owners. His predictions for what will become of the legendary venue are far from what many of us would have hoped for.

Feist - 'He Was Free' (Live from the 2010 Cultural Olympiad)

- Hamilton's Huron are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album via Latent Recordings, the label of Cowboy Junkies' Michael Timmins. The album will be released on March 23 and boasts production from their recent co-resident at the Dakota Tavern, Ian Blurton. Huron will play the Silver Dollar Room on March 12 as part of CMW.

- The Wooden Sky's Gavin Gardiner talks about the pros and cons of their growing success with Chart Attack. Check out part seven of their Documentary in Pieces below.

The Wooden Sky - 'A Documentary in Pieces' (Part Seven)

- K'naan spoke with Spinner about the supergroup re-recording of his massively popular anthem 'Wavin' Flag' last week, though he doesn't divulge any of the contributors or release plans. He does note that he is just another voice in the choir in this recording of his song, and that he is pleased with his most recent recording of the track.

- Jason Collett opened up to Spinner about the collaborative nature of the recording sessions that produced his latest album Rat a Tat Tat.

- Toronto DJ/production duo Circle Research have signed with URBNET, who will release their third album Gardiner Express on April 20. The duo have previously worked with k-os and Ivana Santilli.

- Sloan have just released their first rarities collection, entitled B-Sides Win: Extras, Bonus Tracks and B-Sides 1992-2008. It's currently available through the band's website, and the 26-song collection will only set you back $9.99. A digital booklet is provided with the mp3s, as well as track-by-track commentary from the band. presents: Whale Tooth - 'The Visitor' presents: Whale Tooth - 'Vinyl Skin'

- Daniel, Fred & Julie are gearing up for an East Coast tour with Baby Eagle in early April, with a stop at the Horseshoe on April 15. To help spread the word, they're offering up a free sample off of their debut recording - 'The Gambler and His Bride' (MP3).

- The Line of Best Fit have released volume 8 of their free digital sampler Oh! Canada, which features songs from Dinosaur Bones, Forest City Lovers, Jason Collett, Japandroids, Woodpigeon and a new track from The New Pornographers (ZIP).

- Canaddiction posted a recording of a Do Make Say Think Concert in Paris on October 28, 2003 for free download in two parts.

- Narratives has a great review of the Schomberg Fair, the Diableros, La Casa Muerte and Magic Hall of Mirrors show at the Horseshoe Tavern last week.

Rural Alberta Advantage at the QE

On BlogTO last week
- I checked out the DOOM and D-Sisive show at the Kool Haus on Thursday, which sparked quite the controversy before, during and after his brief Toronto appearance.
- Jennifer profiled TTC busker Yarko Antonevych, a humble bandura player that she met out in the West End at Royal York station.

Lead photo: "50 on 50" by dzgnboy, member of the blogTO Flickr pool. Taken at the Dakota Tavern - tagged as Flash Lightnin' but the caption doesn't confirm.

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