Best Canadian Music Writing 2023

Images: Jully Black performs O Canada at the NBA All-Star game in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 19. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

This list is compiled by Del Cowie, Invisible’s intrepid Bibliophonic editor.

For the sixth year, I’ve compiled some of my favourite music writing from writers around the country in 2023 and am shamelessly presenting it under the clickbait headline of Best Canadian Music Writing. And in a year where it became harder to instantly share articles via social media (for reasons I won’t get into here), I’ve become comfortable with the clickbait-y title if it will help to bring more attention to the fine music writing on this list.

Additionally, the importance of digital, as well as print, archives has been become increasingly heightened, especially as spaces for music writing, let alone for general writing and journalism, are decreasing at a troubling rate.

Whatever the theme or perspective on the creative process of making and performing of music described below, there is a constant reminder of its power and its connection to our daily lives. One need only look at the national debate that one word sung by Jully Black sparked earlier this year.

As always, the list is personal and therefore entirely subjective, but I do believe it’s a decent snapshot of some of the things going on musically in the country. Whether the piece is part of an album promo run, a listicle, or a long feature on an emerging musical trend, I’m hopeful that there’s something on this list of fifty articles that piques your interest.

And if there’s something I’ve missed, please feel free to share it to add to the dialogue.

P.S. In case you were wondering (you weren’t) my favourite album of the year was Ready When You Are by Montreal’s Planet Giza.  As a bonus link you can read about that album here

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