Published Dec 19, 2014Arts & Crafts, the Canadian Opera Company and the Globe and Mail have partnered up to deliver a playlist looking back on the year that was 2014. Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review brings together some of Canada's finest musicians for a collection of topical tunes.
Kicking off the set is an unreleased Broken Social Scene track called "Golden Facelift," which has been rescued from the archives for this project.
Reuben and the Dark tackle the topic of missing Aboriginal women on "Red River," while Tamara Williamson and Absolutely Free address the multitude of sexual assault-related stories on their collaborative piece "The Next One."
Fucked Up offer up a 17-minute, six-act Italian opera titled "Voce Rubata" that tells a story of "ambition thwarted and dreams of freedom ending in tragedy." Jason Collett, meanwhile, reunited with his old backing band Zeus to pen "Jerusalem" — a "twisted love letter to Jerusalem from the point of view of a jealous lover."
The playlist closes out with a new track by fellow Broken Social Scene alumnus Brendan Canning. "No Doubt or Fire" was inspired by the shocking news of Robin Williams death and is a gentle, lullaby-esque number that serves as a perfect ending to the impressive collection of songs.
You can listen to the playlist below or head over here to download it for free from the Globe and read the accompanying making-of feature.