Monthly Archives: June 2018

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A Generation Fell : Tony Quarrington’s For King And ...

Militarism is not the fiber and fabric of social life that it was a hundred years ago in our country.  Blessedly, the only regimentation we endure these days is in our diets, and the only citations we receive are for ...
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Broomsticks & Hammers, the Raven and the Fox, Ludgate and ...

Here at Roots Music Canada, Gordy the Moose spends a solid amount of time rifling through the digital mailbag looking for interesting or outstanding new Canadian roots music to discover.   He shares his discoveries periodically in this column.  Here’s the ...
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The Slocan Ramblers – Queen City Jubilee (audio)

Toronto bluegrass outfit the Slocan Ramblers have managed to impress everyone from old-school folkies to hipster old-time revivalists with their innovative, fiddle-free arrangements and original takes on the high lonesome sound. All one-time students of the Humber College music program, ...
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Qristina Brooke (Bachand) launches her solo debut

It’s been quite the seven-year journey for Qristina Brooke, who grew up in a musical family in Victoria, B.C.   Four years in Amsterdam saw her achieving a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, Infectious Diseases and Public Health; three months ...
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The Vancouver Folk Music Festival: an interview with the ...

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF) returns July 13–15 for its 41st year, with a fabulous lineup, new staff, and renewed optimism. VFMF welcomed new artistic director Debbi Salmonsen in October 2017. Her current position includes artistic booking, augmentative marketing ...
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Shawna Caspi talks house concerts ahead of NL tour

Here at O’Hara House Concerts, we rarely present the same act twice, but a few artists have been such a great fit for our living room that we’ve just had to host them again. Shawna Caspi is one of those ...
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The AfroMétis Constitution project and the redemptive power of song

For Chris White, having mixed black and Indigenous heritage was never a big deal. It was a well-established fact within the Nova Scotia native’s family that his father’s parents were former slaves from Virginia, while his grandmother had Mi’kmaq ancestry. ...
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Oxlip – “Dust”

Born and raised in Coney Island, Northern Ireland and now based in Vancouver Jayne Trimble brings more than a whiff of Gaelic authenticity to her Celtic-influenced singer-songwriter music.  Her lovely, unadorned and ethereal vocals evoke the misty, rocky shores and ...
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Toronto’s DesiFest presents a hip hop tribute to Nusrat Fateh ...

Founded in 2006 and heading into its twelfth edition this year, Toronto’s DesiFest is a one-of-a-kind celebration of South Asian music, food and culture. It’s hosted over 150 artists and performers so far, and this year’s line-up includes notable names ...