Monthly Archives: July 2011

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The Warped 45s hit warp speed

The Warped 45s’ new CD (also available on vinyl, naturally) Matador Sunset is flying up various Canadian music charts at warp speed this summer. While the ’45s are relatively new to the national roots scene, cousins Dave McEathron and Ryan Wayne McEathron ...
Opinion

John McDermott is finally a folkie

Here’s a strange fact: John McDermott had never played a major* folk fest in Canada until Mariposa 2011. What’s with that? Maybe it’s a branding issue. Sure, McDermott made his name singing “Danny Boy”, a folk song in the truest ...
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Qristina & Quinn Bachand find footing with Family

My first exposure to family music was The Lawrence Welk Hour. It was a painful Saturday night ritual but, if you wanted to see Petticoat Junction (and we did), ‘twas a rite of passage. And, as it turned out, it ...
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Sounds like… trouble

Dear Mother Maple: I run sound at a local club, and last week I had a hard time. The act I was running sound for didn’t like what I was doing. I couldn’t find a sound to please him, the ...
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Fish and Bird reveal a ripe moment

“There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the universe” is no ordinary stringband lyric. But Fish and Bird’s Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void is no ordinary album by no ordinary band. ...
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Congratulations, Paul Mills!

Each year, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. The award is named after the late Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of ...
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How to host a show

We talk a lot on this site about music, but less often about some of the important aspects of presenting music. One that’s close to my own heart is hosting shows. Hosting, in my experience, takes as much preparation and ...
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Use your own domain name for email

Many artists have their own domain name, often a .com, .ca or .net. It’s not hard to register one: pick something that isn’t taken, pay $10 or so a year with a domain name registrar to claim it, then maybe ...
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Lessons learned from Bluesfest stage collapse

I’ve been relatively lucky. I’ve had difficulties in my life, dealt with deaths both timely and untimely, illnesses that hit me and those I love. But I guess the closest I’ve been to a disaster on the music scene was ...
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Dear Mother Maple: rejection dejection

Dear Mother Maple: I do house concerts. But the hardest part of my hobby is turning down people. How can I soften the blow? Living roomer Dear Living Roomer: You house concert people are the salt of the earth. You ...