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London’s Broomsticks and Hammers: great music … great coffee!

A London, Ont., local may know them best for their namesake coffee roast or for the fact that radio announcers frequently mess up their rather unusual name.  Nonetheless, up-and-coming band Broomsticks & Hammers seems to have it all.  Formed in ...
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20 years of Penguin Eggs: Canada’s folk magazine marks ...

The 20th anniversary edition of Canadian folk magazine Penguin Eggs has been turning up in mailboxes over the past several days, and we reached out to the man behind it, Roddy Campbell, for a quick email chat about the milestone. ...
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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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Genticorum showcases its new lineup with new album/tour

For over eighteen years, audiences all over Canada and around the world have delighted in the music produced by this trio from southern Québec. Genticorum has performed over a thousand concerts in fifteen different countries, presenting the exciting traditional music ...
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National Indigenous Peoples Day: five artists making change with ...

For decades, artists have been turning to music in times of unrest to protest with chord progressions, lyrics, and melodies. Whether it is a song of celebration for those who are marginalized within society, or a fiery outcry against civil ...
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Over the Moon … with a new adventure in western ...

Well it was just after the full Moon in May that Craig Bignell and Suzanne Levesque came to the Moonshine Café in Oakville to show off what they’d been working on in the past while. Calling themselves Over The Moon, ...
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The evolution of the house concert: Tinder-like apps and top-secret ...

What can lay a legitimate claim to being the first house concert? It’s a question ripe for debate. Should we point to Bach and his trio sonatas? Or should we look to the homes of the robber barons of the ...
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Bliss out to the music of the Middle East at ...

In what promises to be a groundbreaking and exciting feast of music, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) has announced the dates for and focus of its annual Global Soundscapes Festival. This year, the festival showcases the instruments and traditions of the ...
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Steve Dawson Performs “Hollow Tree Gap” (video)

Award-winning musician and producer Steve Dawson releases his eighth album, Lucky Hand, today, an album that represents a high point of more than two decades of musical searching. Comprised of ten stunning new fingerstyle and slide guitar-based instrumentals, performed alongside an ...
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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 ...