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largeThe New Wax Show airs each Tuesday @ 3pm on CHRY 105.5 FM. Listen live at chry.fm

The Toronto based songstress, Megan Bonnell, traces her roots to rural Ontario, where she grew up surrounded by forests and fields. At the mere age of four years old, Bonnell began teaching herself piano and has been making music ever since.

In the fall of two thousand and thirteen, Bonnell released her debut LP Hunt and Chase which showcases sonic textures and lyrical themes that greatly belie her young age. Bonnell spoke with New Wax Show reporter Sierra Sun ahead of her gig this Saturday at the Drake Hotel.

Listen to the entire episode here.

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Following the announcement of the Boy Meets World reboot last year, Toronto punks Topanga made the sometimes risky decision of changing their band name. Comprised on the same four members, the group re-emerged as PUP prior to the release of their self-titled album last October. The title change has had no affect on the popularity of the band who just signed an American record deal with SideOneDummy. Akash Bansal recently chatted with lead singer Stefan Babcock about their music and ever-growing popularity ahead of their headlining gig at the Garrison Friday night.

Listen to the entire interview here!

In case you missed out on CHRY’s Best of 2013 countdown shows, here is this year’s list!!

– CHRY’s Music Department

1.  Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

2. Blue Hawaii – Untogether

3. Various – Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013

4. Mel Dubé – Dem Ah Look

5. Beliefs – Beliefs

6. A Tribe Called Red – Nation II Nation

7. Julie Doiron – So Many Days

8. Doldrums – Lesser Evil

9. The Bicycles – Stop Thinking So Much

10. Maylee Todd – Escapology

11. DIANA – Perpetual Surrender

12. Hannah Georgas  – Hannah Georgas

13. Ms. Mr. – Second Hand Raptuer

14. Young Running – Coming Home

15. Psyche Tongues – Flavour Canyon

16. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

17. Yo La Tengo – Fade

18. July Talk – July Talk

19. Gold & Youth – Beyond Wilderness

20. Corin Raymond and The Sundowns – Paper Nickels

21. Exco Levi – Singles Pack 2013

22. Teagan and Sara – Hearthrob

23. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – UZU

24. Action Sédition – Rapport de Force

25. Braids – Flourish//Perish

26. Phèdre – Golden Age

27. Ammoye – Baby Its You

28. Austra – Olympia

29. Dubmatix – Rebel Massive

30. Moon King – Obsession II

New Wax airs every week on Tuesday from 3-4PM on CHRY 105.5FM! 

The Night Shift is a program which focuses on music that is both sexy and experimental. It is hosted by Luca Capone every Friday night from 12:00am-2:00am on CHRY 105.5FM

The Night Shift’s 40 Favourite Albums of 2013 

40. BESNARD LAKES* – UNTIL IN EXCESS, IMPERCEPTIBLE UFO  Jagjaguwar

39. RYAN HEMSWORTH* – GUILT TRIPS Last Gang Records

38. YOUTH LAGOON – WONDRUOUS BUGHOUSE Fat Possum Records

37. BLACK HEARTED BROTHER – STARS ARE OUR HOME Slumberland Records

36. BLUE HAWAII* – UNTOGETHER  Arbutus Records

35. ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – R PLUS SEVEN Warp Records

34. ROYAL CANOE* – TODAY WE’RE BELIEVERS Nevado Records

33. WORMWOOD* – SUNFLOATING Independent

32. MUTUAL BENEFIT – LOVE’S CRUSHING DIAMOND Soft Eyes/Other Music Recording Company

31. MIMICO* – MIMICO Reel Cod Records

30. SAO PAULO UNDERGROUND – BEIJA FLORS VELHO E SUJO Cuneiform Records

29. DISCLOSURE – SETTLE Island Records

28. THE MEN – NEW MOON Sacred Bones Records

27. CELESTIAL SHORE – 10X Hometapes/Local Singles Records

26. QUASIMOTO – YESSIR WHATEVER Stones Throw Records

25. BOARDS OF CANADA – TOMORROWS HARVEST Warp Records

24. BLUE CRANES – SWIM Cuneiform Records

23. FALTY DL – HARDCOURAGE Ninja Tune

22. FRESH SNOW* – I Reel Cod Records

21. UMO – II Jagjaguwar

20. EV REE WUHN – EV RE WUHN EP* Independent

19. RAS G – BACK ON THE PLANET Brainfeeder

18. BLOOD ORANGE – CUPID DELUXE Domino Records

17. FOREST SWORDS – ENGRAVINGS Tri Angle Records

16. BRENDAN CANNING* – YOU GOTS 2 CHILL Draper Street/SQE

15. BLACK JUNGLE SQUAD – BLACK JUNGLE RADIO Independent

14. TIM HECKER* – VIRGINS Kranky/Paper Bag Records

13. FOXYGEN – WE ARE THE 21ST CENTURY AMBASSADORS OF PEACE & MAGIC Jagjaguwar

12. COLIN STETSON* – NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 3: TO SEE MORE LIGHT Constellation Records

11. JOEY BADA$$ – SUMMER KNIGHTS Cinematic Music Group

10. YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN* – UZU Suicide Squeeze Records/Paper Bag Records

09. THUNDERCAT – APOCALYPSE Brainfeeder

08. JUNIP – JUNIP City Slang/Mute

07. CFCF* – OUTSIDE Paper Bag Records

06. MATANA ROBERTS – COIN COIN CHAPTER TWO: MISSISSIPPI MOONCHILE Constellation Records

05. PHOSPHORESCENT – MUCHACHO Dead Oceans

04. BLACK MILK – NO POISON NO PARADISE Computer Ugly/Fat Beats

03. JON HOPKINS – IMMUNITY Domino Records

02. OSTRICH TUNING* – IN HER HIGHEST MOON Optical Sounds

01. SHIGETO – NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW Ghostly International

*Canadiana!!!

Indie with Andie is a one hour program hosted by Andie (a.k.a. Andrika) every Wednesday from 11AM-12 on CHRY105.5FM. 

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Indie with Andie’s 40 Best Albums of 2013 

40. Diana – Perpetual Surrender (Paper Bag)

39. Local Natives – Humming Bird (Frenchkiss)

38. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator (Arbutus)

37. Factory Floor – Factory Floor (DFA/Rough Trade)

36. Brass Bed – The Secret Will Keep You (Crossbill)

35. Hooded Fang – Gravez (Daps)

34. Doldrums – Lesser Evil (Arbutus)

33. Maylee Todd – Escapology (DO Right! Music)

32. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (Paper Bag)

31. Austra – Olympia (Paper Bag)

30. Braids – Untogether (Arbutus)

29. Beliefs – Beliefs (Hand Drawn Dracula)

28. Moon King – Obsessions II (One Big Silence)

27. Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind (Text Records)

26. Brendan Canning – You Gots 2 Chill (Draper Street/SQE)

25. Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone (Hidden Pony)

24. Son Lux – Lanterns (Joyful Noise)

23. Follakzoid – II (Sacred Bones)

22. No Joy – Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)

21. Gold &Youth – Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts)

20. Teen Daze – Glacier (Lefse)

19. Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth (Captured Tracks)

18. Ostrich Tuning – In Her Highest Moon (Optical Sounds)

17. Fresh Snow – I (Reel Cod)

16. CFCF – Outside (Paper Bag)

15. Phedre – Golden Age (Daps)

14. Holograms – Forever  (Captured Tracks)

13. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)

12. Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers (Nevado)

11. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Domino)

10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)

9. Washed Out – Paracosm (Sub Pop)

8. Blue Hawaii – Untogether (Arbutus)

7. Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)

6. Psyche Tongues – Flavour Canyon (Rotten Folk)

5. Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)

4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II (Jagjaguwar)

3. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic(Jagjaguwar)

2. Yamantaka Sonic Titian – Uzu (Paper Bag)

1. Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta (Master of Bates)

photo of language-artsThe New Wax Show airs each Tuesday @ 3pm on CHRY 105.5 FM. Listen live at chry.fm

This week’s artist spotlight is on Language Arts, the musical nom de plume of Kristen Cudmore. A native of Nova Scotia, Cudmore recently relocated from Vancouver to Toronto where she assembled a new band and recorded her forthcoming new album, Wonderkind, out in February.  Cudmore spoke with New Wax Show reporter Ian Gormely about the new record and how changes in her life affected her new songs.