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Melanie Brulée talks mental health and new music with Paul ...

Be alert. A storm is coming in from the north, and territories from the Great Lakes on down to the Panhandle are in for an intense front of reverb followed by potentially severe aftershocks of heartbreak.  Neko Case and Lindi ...
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Oysterband’s founders are launching a Canadian tour next week!

One of England’s most honoured and popular folk bands of the past 41 years is Oysterband. Mostly acoustic, sometimes trad and often rocking, the group is known for looking forward, not back, and keeping its brand of folk modern and ...
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Alan Doyle and Friends Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

It was a life-changing experience to be aboard the Adventure Canada expedition ship Ocean Endeavour for almost two weeks in early October, circumnavigating our stunningly beautiful province of Newfoundland. We anchored daily into bights, coves and harbours adjacent to UNESCO ...
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Just call her ‘Dr. Blues’: Kat Danser launches Goin’ ...

Kat Danser doesn’t just play the blues; she studies it, lives it, breathes it and elevates it from sweaty, smoky beer joints to elegant centre stage in the finest of concert halls. Her sweet vocals, lyrical genius, and instrumental prowess ...
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Meet your Western Canadian Music Award-winners in the roots/world categories

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night in Kelowna, B.C., and the winners in the roots and world categories include some familiar faces and some new discoveries.  Have a listen! Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist ...
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Chris Antonik and Ashley Belmer take Northwood on the road

Three-time Maple Blues Award nominee Chris Antonik has announced a new acoustic tour for fall 2018 with Canadian vocalist and partner Ashley Belmer, called Northwood. After three successful albums and tours across North America and the UK, acclaimed guitarist, singer, ...
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JW-Jones is no longer just emulating his heroes; he is ...

The improv magic you hear on JW-Jones’ 10th album, Live, is the spark that has awakened new sonic frontiers for the veteran Maple Blues Award-winning Ottawa bluesman.  “I cranked up my overdrive in concert one night for fun, and it ...
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Five questions for Rae Spoon

Singer, songwriter, author, and trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, Rae Spoon has evolved over the past 20 years from an indie alt.country act to a singular singer songwriter on the contemporary scene, whose voice ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics (Part ...

Even as we tried to get as much music into our ears as possible at the Folk Music Ontario conference last weekend, there was always time for close encounters in corridors, beside stages, and in the shade of a cold ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics ...

The annual Folk Music Ontario conference took place Sept. 27-30 in Mississauga.  It was a chance for those who book concerts and festivals to get a look at this year’s crop of emerging talents and new projects from established acts.  ...