City Song’ is the second taste of the upcoming retrospective from award-winning, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Julian Taylor. The first volume, Anthology Vol. 1,  is due for release on October 20th 2023. Entitled the album includes music from Taylor’s various musical guises over the years, including his early music with Staggered Crossing, the Julian Taylor Band, and his more recent solo music. Taylor’s award-winning 2020 release, The Ridge, scored him worldwide critical acclaim and eight award nominations in 2020 and 2021, including two Juno Awards, the Polaris Long List, and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, in which he won Solo Artist of the Year.

“I was inspired to write this song once I started travelling with my first band.  I knew that we weren’t anywhere for long and that made me weary.  I had not anticipated that life on the road would be so tough and so unglamorous. It’s a song about trying to justify being away and my own desire to explore a world that I hadn’t yet but also partially regretting the way that I had chosen to do it.”

Anthology Volume One follows on the heels of several acoustic single releases in 2023, as well as his most recent album, Beyond the Reservoir, which was released on October 14, 2022, via his Howling Turtle, Inc. label, with distribution via Warner Music/ADA. An album that addressed identity, loss, sadness, hope, and redemption, and the themes of resilience, courage, and strength, Beyond the Reservoir was nominated for a 2023 Juno Award in the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year category. PopMatters named the album one of the top folk albums of 2022. A song from the album, “100 Proof,” was nominated for single of the year in the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Taylor is as explosive and captivating a live performer as you’ll ever see. Taylor has toured Canada and the U.S. countless times, sharing the stage with the likes of Serena Ryder, Blue Rodeo, William Prince, AHI, Rodney Crowell, Keb’ Mo’, and has performed at the Festival d’Été de Quebec, the Mariposa Folk Festival, Ottawa BluesFest, and more. Taylor was extremely honored to perform at not one but two Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

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