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artist Jason Collett

Toronto, ON, CANADA
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“Song And Dance Man”, the title track from Jason Collett’s sixth full-length album, finds the iconic singer-songwriter back at centre stage, with three-minutes-and-change and a story to sing. Featuring the bright production touch of Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, “Song And Dance Man” covers the trials and triumphs of the modern musician with poignant poetry: 

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Song And Dance Man’s thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling 70s dance music. The album’s conspiring themes of love & loneliness, sun & shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Each song rises into an easy, spacious groove, lead by Jason’s languid melodies and Afie’s sun-drunk bass.


“There’s a cool economy to Afie’s approach that lets the record breathe and allows it to say more with less, something I worked hard at hardly working at in writing the songs,” says Collett. “Keeping a light touch, keeping it short.”


Having spent the years since 2012’s Reckon finding himself further engaged in the growing success of his Basement Revue concert series – a cross-pollinating musical & literary mash-up of Canada’s premiere contemporary artists – the Toronto indie-troubadour describes this record as a liberating process distilled in a stretch of deep domestic reverie.


"I like writing songs and for the first time in my life I felt no rush to hustle them or myself out the door,” says Collett. “I let some dust settle, some weeds grow, putter about at home…”


The result is a dynamic addition to a strong body of work. Song And Dance Man may be Jason Collett’s finest effort yet –  back in the spotlight, more comfortable than ever in the guise of entertainer:


You got to do what you can when you’re a Song And Dance Man.


Song And Dance Man was recorded in spring 2015 with long-time collaborators drummer/engineer Don Kerr (at his Rooster Studio), Christine Bougie on guitar & lap steel, Zeus’ Neil Quinn on backing vocals, and Afie holding it down on the bass, sometimes two.


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Where Things Go Wrong

Following the late September release of new album ReckonJason Collett has unveiled a new video for the track "Where Things Go Wrong" directed by Experimental Parachute Moment (Kevin Drew & George Vale).?

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CD: "Idols of Exile" (Arts & Crafts) 2005 | Directed By: Chris Grismer

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I'll Bring the Sun

CD: "Idols of Exile" (Arts & Crafts) 2005 | Directed By: Sean Turrell

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It Won't Be Long

CD: "Motor Motel Love Songs" (Arts & Crafts) 2003 | Directed By: Chris Grismer

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