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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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The Canmore Folk Music Festival – Tom Coxworth’s recap

It starts with the 90-minute road-trip toward the Rockies – an annual trek I have made for 27 years.   The tradition for the past twelve of those years has been to do a live broadcast of The Celtic Show ...
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The Stan Rogers Folk Festival: is there magic in ...

For anyone unfamiliar with the late great Stan Rogers (1949-1983), here’s what you need to know:  he is celebrated for immortalizing the experiences of ordinary Canadians in song – particularly those Canadians on Canada’s East Coast. Songs like “Northwest Passage,” ...
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Sunday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival (child in tow!)

Okay, Sunday morning at the Calgary Folk Music Festival requires an entirely new plan of attack. This starts at home with waking up a rather cranky 12-year-old boy and forcing him to hang out with his dad and listen to ...
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Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Ok, a plan is definitely needed in order to get as much enjoyment out of a music festival as possible. I pulled out my trusty smart phone with the official Calgary Folk Music Festival app and made a detailed plan ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 3 (Sunday)

Sunday at Mémoire et Racines dawned bright and sunny, a beautiful day for listening to music in the shade of the ash trees, which, in this corner of North America, fortunately have not yet been affected by the devastation of ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 2 (Saturday)

Under the light of the waning full moon on Saturday night, the band Genticorum finished up the main stage performances for the night. Presenting music from their new CD, Avant L’Orage, (before the storm), the band played with incredible musicianship. Beautiful tunes, ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: Day 1 (Friday)

After a week of torrential rain in the Lanaudière region of Québec, Festival Mémoire et Racines opened with gorgeous warm sunshine leading to spectacular performances on Friday evening. This festival is located right in the heart of Quebec’s traditional music community, ...