Friends in Bellwoods 2

Label
Arts & Crafts Distribution
Release date
25 Aug 2009
Running length
40 tracks
Running time
125:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Forest City Lovers - Minneapolis 2:59 6,005
2 Le Pigeon - Freezing Rain 3:24 1,224
3 Basia Bulat - My Heart Is a Warning 2:41 1,977
4 The Acorn - Slippery When Wet 3:23 9,759
5 Canadian Wildlife - Winter's Moon 3:29 1,381
6 Double Suicide - Touch The Sun 3:26 971
7 Great Bloomers - Find My Way 3:19 1,252
8 Lisa Bozikovic - The Letting Go 3:29 965
9 Bellewoods - Kneel On The Apron 3:41 956
10 Kate Rogers - The Same Party 2:39 1,122
11 Timber Timbre - Water 2:30 3,727
12 No Kids - All That Heaven Allows 3:06 796
13 Snailhouse - Don't Go Anywhere 2:20 1,414
14 Final Fantasy - Red Sun (Demo Version) 2:25 256
15 Sylvie Smith - On Our Own 3:34 769
16 Bruce Peninsula - In Parallel 4:11 874
17 Gentleman Reg - For Trust 2:54 766
18 Evening Hymns - Cedars 3:35 4,890
19 Kite Hill - Tom Thumbtack 2:32 684
20 The Bellwoods Crew - Staten Island Waltz 3:14 1,037
1 Dinghies - The Right Honourable Stephen Harper 2:47 306
2 Bocce - Inspiration Bellwoods 3:13 576
3 Kids On TV - Poison 3:51 664
4 Katie Stelmanis - Believe Me 3:25 4,573
5 The D'Urbervilles - Magic Arrow 4:16 991
6 Sebastien Grainger - Home Is The Light 3:03 1,444
7 Violence - Living Off The Land 2:01 491
8 Ohbijou - An Ode To An End 3:42 695
9 Great Lake Swimmers - Send Me a Letter 3:19 945
10 The LOW NOTES - Glory Glory 3:31 550
11 Snowblink - When Pushed From A High Branch 3:37 1,274
12 LICE - yggdrasil 1:53 473
13 Emma McKenna - Happiness 2:46 574
14 Richard Laviolette - Media Song 2:07 514
15 The Adam Brown - Joy Rider 4:14 369
16 The Phonemes - April, Let's Send His Colleagues An Email 2:10 615
17 The Rural Alberta Advantage - Rough And Tumble 2:12 1,818
18 Tusks - New To Old Money 4:10 539
19 Hooded Fang - Highway Steam 3:26 4,913
20 Wooden Sky - My Old Ghosts 3:08 502

About this album

Friends In Bellwoods is a 36-song, two-CD set of rare, new and unreleased selections from some of Canada’s most innovative independent musicians. This compilation captures the music and camaraderie that has come from Bellwoods, a small house on the fringes of Queen St. West in the heart of downtown Toronto.

In 2006, Ohbijou’s Casey Mecija and her bandmate, James Bunton, knew it was time to document and showcase some of the music being created in her home on Bellwoods Avenue in Toronto. In an attempt to render a “digital diary of the house”, the pair curated the first Friends in Bellwoods compilation later that year. Their keen sense of changes taking place in the neighbourhood, and their relation to the gentrifying forces at work, led them to consider the geographic connection between the house and a heavily trafficked food bank. As a result, all proceeds from both the original and the second compilation (released 25 Aug 2009) go to The Daily Bread Food Bank. The compilations have collectively raised a total of more than $17 000.

Friends in Bellwoods II operates as an archival document that beautifully arrests and captures the sound of a moment in the city’s history. It features rare and unreleased tracks from acclaimed artists such as Final Fantasy, Forest City Lovers, The D’Urbervilles, Great Lake Swimmers, The Acorn, Sandro Perri, Basia Bulat, Timber Timbre, Katie Stelmanis (Austra) and Ohbijou. Many of the songs were recorded in the house; listen carefully and you might hear the detailing of the house’s life recorded — a window creaking, a kettle boiling, the resident dog shuffling, the constant rotation of friends and musicians that continue to animate a small bungalow on Bellwoods Avenue.

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