Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Lindi Ortega’s Little Red Boots

If you long for the tingle of an alt-country sound, just trim all the fat off of your accompaniment. Get a slinky spiderweb Telecaster, add a comatose upright bass and scatter loose snare shots around the dark edges. Now fill ...
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Amanda Rheaume’s Light of Another Day dawns

To get to Light of Another Day, her first full-length CD, Amanda Rheaume has taken a path that is uniquely her own. Ottawa music fans first came to know her as the leader of The Amanda Rheaume Band, a rock ...
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Dear Mother Maple: The sincerest form of flattery?

Dear Mother Maple: I love music, and I particularly like small concerts or house concerts because you get to interact with the performer. A few weeks ago, I was at a house concert, and I got to talk to one ...
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Diamonds plus: Cockburn at 66

(Alternate title: Gold But Better) While I was reading Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, “an Everest among books”, part of the thrill was the space troubador character named, oddly enough, Bruce Cockburn, who provided a floating lyrical chorus to the convoluted ...
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Party music: Jeff Healey bandmates Fraser/Daley

Multiple Maple Blues Award-winning bass-man Alec Fraser has played with the likes of David Wilcox, Jack de Keyzer, Morgan Davis, Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo, Rick Fines and Danny Brooks. Musicologist and guitarist Mike Daley has played with The Travellers, Suzie ...
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Eliza Gilkyson interviewed

The following interview is a transcript of Roch Parisien’s Rocon Communications Facebook Music Interview #39 – Singer-Songwriter Eliza Gilkyson (May 09, 2011). Roch Parisien For this edition of “The Facebook Music Interviews”, I’m chatting with Austin-based, singer-songwriter ELIZA GILKYSON, hot ...
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The Canadian Bob Dylan

It’s Bob Dylan‘s seventieth birthday, and we’re going to celebrate this American cultural landmark in true Canadian underdog fashion: by claiming some of the limelight for ourselves. That’s right: the man who is arguably the greatest American songwriter, is (perhaps ...
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Canadian roots rapture playlist

It’s far too beautiful a day for the world to end – but then aren’t they all? Here’s our Canadian soundtrack for the end of the world, just in case: Ken Whiteley, “Step to Paradise” Kate & Anna McGarrigle, “Rainbow ...
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Dear Mother Maple: Tiptoe, through the…

Dear Mother Maple: What is it with these freakin’ ukuleles everywhere? Doesn’t anyone want a full-size musical instrument anymore? Bassman Dear Bassman: First off, dear: have you thought of moving from your regular double-double to some green tea? Now, to ...
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Delightful Dala

Canadian music could have no finer ambassadors than the delightful folk-pop duo Dala. With their pitch-perfect harmonies, haunting versions of Canadian classics, cleverly crafted compositions, and complete comfort with one another in the spotlight, this pretty pair of northern songbirds ...