Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Birds of Chicago – Love in Wartime

It was a Wednesday afternoon in early June when I was asked to listen to a new record from a band I had never heard of before. I decided that, before I researched anything about the group, I would give ...
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Donovan Woods – Both Ways

Warning! Listening to Both Ways, Donovan Woods’ new release, while driving could be dangerous. You may find yourself making a wrong turn, forgetting where you’re going, or worse, forgetting that you are even driving. If this happens, immediately pull over. ...
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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 ...
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How Howard Gladstone came back from paralysis to create his ...

In 2014 Howard Gladstone experienced a sudden onset spinal stenosis, resulting in emergency spinal surgery.  Four disks in his neck were fused with a titanium plate.   He spent 10 days in hospital, three months in a rehabilitation centre, and a ...
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It’s been 12 years since the last Brian Gladstone album. ...

Brianology is the first album in a dozen years from folk singer-songwriter and first-rate fingerstyle guitar picker Brian Gladstone, and it’ll be released on Thursday, at Hugh’s Room Live.  Brian will perform with a full band including Tony Quarrington, Beverly Kreller, Bonnie Gladstone, Noah Zacharin, Tony Laviola and more.  ...
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Johnson Crook releases new video “Mining For Freedom” and announces ...

Toronto-based roots rock band Johnson Crook are ready to hit the road this summer, covering western Canada and Ontario starting July 1 at Dauphin Countryfest in Manitoba, and wrapping up with two performances at the CNE Bandshell in Toronto. They’ll also ...