placeholder

The Canadian Press

CANADIAN WAR STORIES DRIVE ONTARIO SINGER-SONGWRITER JON BROOKS 

TORONTO — Canadian folk music is failing its grand tradition of truthful storytelling in times of war, says Ontario singer-songwriter Jon Brooks. The straight-talking musician is nominated for a Canadian Folk…

placeholder

Penguin Eggs, Canada's Folk, Roots & World Music Magazine CD Review

Jon Brooks is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Ontario, former leader of Toronto based band Norge Union til they disbanded in 1995. Brooks then moved to Krakow, Poland, traveled and played around Eastern Europe. He made it to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina…
placeholder

CBC Metro Morning

Local singer/songwriter Jon Brooks has just released an album with an intriguing concept. It’s called Ours And The Shepherds and it had me interested even before I cracked open this record. There was a little sticker on the cover with…

placeholder

The Waterloo Record – CD Review

Toronto singer/songwriter Jon Brooks is the latest in a long, honourable –and depleting — line of folksingers who write and perform to further the cause of social justice. 

The 13 songs comprising Ours and the Shepherds offer a clear-eyed…

placeholder

The Toronto Star – CD Review

Rating: 3 1/2 stars (out of 4) 

Twelve songs – originals except for World War I Canadian veteran Frank Dixon’s poem “Cigarettes”, which Brooks’ has put to music – examine the Canadian experience of war from 1914 to the…

placeholder

The Newmarket Era Banner - BROOKS CONNECTS PEOPLE TO STORIES

When Jon Brooks was growing up in King City, he was more concerned about delivering his newspapers than world events. 

“I delivered papers, skipped classes, dislocated shoulders in the King arena, carried out bags of groceries at the IGA…

placeholder

Tandem – CD Review

The vast majority of CDs received by this scribe are clearly designed to entertain or titillate. Not so Ours And The Shepherds, the brilliant new disc from local songsmith Brooks. He aims to educate us, via a collection of songs…

placeholder

NOW Magazine – CD Review

Rating: NNNN 

CRITIC’S PICK 

It’s hard to believe, but there’s more going on in Toronto than just indie rock. This city has a thriving folk scene, and it’s a shame more stoic indie kids aren’t heading to Hugh’s…

placeholder

Metro – CD Review

No Mean City 

Exile 

* * * * (4 STARS) 

If you’ve ever waited for the all-night bus to take you home after putting in overtime on the Friday late shift at a downtown bar, you’ll know…

placeholder

Penguin Eggs – CD Review

‘Oh great,’ I thought, ‘another bloody singer-songwriter.’ But, as I’ve learned before, never judge a book by its cover. This is a startlingly simple CD, which proves that if you have solid content you don’t need much else. It is…

placeholder

Exclaim! – CD Review No Mean City –

This is certainly no typical singer-songwriter release, as Toronto-based Brooks has one ambitious concept in mind. In his own words, No Mean City bears witness and indictment to the modern urban disaster as seen through Toronto’s example. A well-travelled troubadour…