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The northwestern Ontario festivals: a photo album

The Live from the Rock Folk Festival and the Trout Forest Music Festival both took place in northwestern Ontario the weekend of Aug. 10.  Live from the Rock is in Red Rock, an hour east of Thunder Bay.  Trout Forest ...
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Dispatches from the Trout Forest Music Festival (Sunday)

Photographer Veronica Kovacs and I woke up Sunday morning in our tent at the side of Highway 105, watching the odd car whiz by through the fly screen.  It wasn’t yet 8 a.m., so there was lots of time to ...
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Dispatches from the Trout Forest Music Festival (Saturday)

It’s a good thing Ear Falls, Ont., is a long way from anywhere.  If it wasn’t, the Trout Forest Music Festival would either be overrun with tourists, its magical vibe destroyed, or it would have to resort to a lottery-style ...
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Dispatches from the Live from the Rock Folk Festival (Friday)

“Well this is different,” I thought to myself, as photographer Veronica Kovacs and I parked our car on the side of the road, 50 feet or so from the entrance to the Live from the Rock Folk Festival in Red ...
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Ian Tamblyn’s (sort of) #MeToo moment

Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than 30 albums and close to 50 years, Ian Tamblyn has followed something of a cyclical approach to creation; he’ll travel – frequently to remote northern locales – and make records ...
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Five memories from a life in music from Estelle Klein ...

The list of winners of Folk Music Ontario’s Estelle Klein Award reads like a who’s who of Ontario folk royalty. A lifetime achievement award of sorts named for the force of nature that pioneered workshop stages at folk festivals – ...
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The Stan Rogers Folk Festival: an Atlantic icon for ...

If there was ever any doubt about the depth and breadth of musical talent produced by Canada’s Atlantic provinces one need only look at the line-up of this year’s Stan Rogers Folk Festival for a refresher.    Out of approximately ...
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Oliver the Crow – “45”

Man, there sure are a lot of Canadians in Nashville these days. Beloved bluesman and producer Colin Linden’s been down there for years; he even works on the TV show Nashville. Roots Americana artist and former Spirit of the West ...
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Six queer Canadian roots heroes to be proud of

I still remember my first time seeing Ani DiFranco at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. “I’m not a pretty girl,” she sang, “That’s not what I do. I ain’t no damsel in distress.  I don’t need to be rescued. So ...
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Ben Sures – “Winnipeg”

I love Ben Sures. He’s a wonderfully multi-talented guy – an absolutely original singer-songwriter with a quirky approach to songwriting and a lot of unique takes on the world around him, which many people would be sympathetic to. He’s also ...