August 28, 2018

Author: James McQuiston / Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I’ve had the chance to listen to some pretty awesome music this year, not just as a member of the indie music media but as a fan in general. Of course there’s plenty of trash that we have to wade through to discover the real studs amongst the duds, but overall I feel like 2018 has been a winner in terms of productivity and increased exposure for the new, up and coming artists who really deserve it.  NeuFutur Zine 


 Monday, August 27, 2018

 Brian Deppert / Carlito's Music Blog

Crack of Dawn – Spotlight 

Spotify : Spotify

When Crack of Dawn released their debut album back in 1976, they weren’t just cutting another slab of funky vinyl meant to get people shaking to a disco beat. They were essentially creating the foundation of the modern Canadian R&B scene, and today their influence can still be felt from one corner of the country to the next. After an extended hiatus away from the recording industry, the legends of northern funk – guitarists Carl and Rupert Harvey, READ MORE Carlito's Music Blog 

Crack of Dawn – Spotlight 

Heather Savage 

August 22, 2018 

Albums, Music Reviews, New Album 

Between the start of the millennium and today, pop seemed to lose a lot of the edgy rebelliousness that made rock, hip-hop and other styles so explosively popular and uniting in the preceding half century of music. It wasn’t clear where all of the bucolic energy seemed to go, much less when, if ever, it would return, and in its place we got this sort of faux angry electro pop that was supposedly inspired by punk rock, beat poetry and urban experimentalism of the early 1980s but failed on all counts to contain the same level of respect for DIY ethics. Read More: The Music Review


Crack of Dawn – Spotlight 

Written By: Clay Burton


I truly believe that the number one reason why hip-hop, once the biggest and most lucrative style for the pop music establishment to count on to bring home the bacon year round, is experiencing such a tumble creatively and financially at the moment. Hip-hop is suffering from a complete and total lack of humility in 2018, and that’s really unacceptable when you think about the place that the genre holds on the mantle of western pop culture as we know it. Read More.. Independent Music And Arts Inc 

Crack Of Dawn - Spotlight Album Review

By Zachary Rush, August 1, 2018

As I listened to the transition between the first, and self-titled, track of Spotlight, the stellar new album from the hard funk collective Crack of Dawn, and its sizzling follow up “Somebody’s Watching,” it occurred to me how important making a record that flows evenly really is. As a music critic, I’ve had the misfortune of having to cover a lot of artists who simply don’t know how to make a cohesive full length album. Read More Indie Music Review


Crack of Dawn - Spotlight 

JULY 24, 2018

light’s ten songs can be deemed a comeback for Canada’s Crack of Dawn, but they deserve to be judged on their merits free from the sentimentality of seeing a once promising young band returning to the scene in a bid to practice their craft and reclaim past glories. Fortunately, Crack of Dawn has produced an outstanding set of songs to help move them far beyond mere cliché and, instead, we can talk about how the long layoff and a revamped lineup have resulted in the band’s complete revitalization. Crack of Dawn returns to their base sound heard with these songs, but they are presented in completely modern productions that achieve the kind of balance you hope for with these kinds of songs. Read More: No Depression Album Review

 By Jenna Melanson on April 24, 2018, Canadian Beats Magazine 

 Toronto’s Crack Of Dawn has been around for years with their self-titled album released in 1976. Today, we are excited to be premiering this Canadian iconic band’s new video for “Crack of Dawn”. It’s a track that will no doubt have you up on your feet and grooving along with the band. Read More Canadian Beats Magazine


By Douglas Wilson on May 7, 2018, Skope Magazine

 Canada has been known for giving the world everyone from Anne Murray, Brian Adams, Justin Beiber and Drake;however, there is a group that may not have been as well known as the above names but around longer than Beiber and Drake, they are called “Crack Of Dawn” The group was originally signed to Columbia Records in 1975 as the first black band to be signed by a major record company in Canada. That statistic may not seem like a big thing to many; however,  Read More @ Skope Zine


Just New Music, 11/23/2017  

 Had the terrible misfortune to have been stuck in a room for the last five days where there appeared to be a law of some kind that dictated that the only station to be transmitted was BBC Radio One. Yes, I was aware that the ratio of stone-cold classics versus click-track, auto-tuned drone was likely to be a tad uneven, but it really has been Hellish.

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I imagine that there are a lot of titles that are an honour to hold, but being the first black music act to be signed to a major record label is a great inspiration, and now Canadian funk and soul group ‘Crack Of Dawn’ are back, with fantastic new single ‘Spotlight’. Read more New Music Platform

Crack of Dawn Retrospective Sparks Funk Rebirth 

November 3, 2017 

Recently, Crack of Dawn issued, “Spotlight” a collection of tracks dating back to 1976 up to round about yesterday. Who? I’m glad you asked. Read MoreColour Me Stunned