Monthly Archives: June 2010

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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Toronto City Roots Festival June ...

One of the many joys of attending multiple folk festivals every summer is the discovery of each one’s inherent uniqueness. From picturesque country settings dotted with lawn chairs and rows of port-o-potties, to historic urban settings dotted with tourists and ...
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CD launch: Kevin Breit

“Simple Earnest Plea”

All photos by James Dean Kevin Breit released his first ever singer/songwriter album, entitled “Simple Earnest Plea” on Tuesday, June 22nd at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Kevin’s songs have been recorded by many others including Norah Jones but this album ...
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Jon Brooks – Three Major US Awards

King City Ontario’s Jon Brooks has had quite the year. In September of 2009, he won the Canadian regional finals for the Mountain Stage Song Contest (West Virginia). In May 2010 , he was one of six winners in the Kerrville ...
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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Montreal Sur le Canal June ...

We begin what we hope will be an exhaustive video series on the dozens of folk/roots festivals across Canada with a look at “On the Canal Festival / Folk sur le Canal” in Montreal. Entering its third year, Matt Large, ...
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Review: Melody Gardot at Enwave Theatre

This is more love letter than review. I feel fortunate to have been able to see and hear this stand-out voice-in-the-making as Melody Gardot brought her well-heeled jazz ensemble to Toronto’s Enwave Theatre for a 90 (seemed like 30)-minute show. ...
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Steve Poltz unwraps “Dreamhouse” on vinyl

We’re not usually in the business of making commercials. But if this exclusive video of master songwriter Steve Poltz hearing his new album at 33 rpm for the first time doesn’t make you want to buy the record, we’ll eat ...
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The Avetts/Jessica Lea Mayfield

There seems to be much misinformation swirling about concerning Charlotte, North Carolina’s Avett Brothers and what they do. The buzz is potentially crippling yet the band’s two leaders: Seth and older brother Scott, joined at the hip to bassist Bob ...
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Preview: Alison Brown, June 13th

The news that Alison Brown is coming to Toronto is huge. The last time she tried, she was waylaid by the threat of SARS. But you may not know her – or her music. All the more reason to read ...
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Crossing US Border with Instruments

Rumours have been swirling lately about border guards and customs agents getting stricter with musical instruments entering the U.S. Restrictions on exotic materials in instruments exist for good reason: to protect endangered species and prevent poaching. However, musicians are understandably ...
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Dave Carroll – United Breaks Guitars

In July 2009, Halifax’s Dave Carroll won the equivalent of a Canadian singer/songwriter’s Lotto Max; his video, United Breaks Guitars, went viral. Wildly viral. Millions and millions of views, three-hundred media interviews, and, according to Wikipedia, even the stock-market value ...