Monthly Archives: December 2018

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12 days of Christmas: An homage to Stan Rogers’ ...

Thirty-nine Decembers ago in my final year at York University, I succumbed to the beautiful baritone and joined my entire family (well, at least six of my brothers and sisters) who had been huge Stan fans for years. While I ...
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12 days of Christmas: Two song picks that touch ...

Among the multitudes of Christmas hymn renditions, carols and jingle-jangle types of holiday music, I am often drawn to songs that spotlight some uncelebrated human experiences surrounding the holidays.  In particular, I look for songs that are written from an ...
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12 days of Christmas: An homage to ‘The Huron ...

Eric Kanstrup was my friend. He was my father’s age, and after our first meeting, we identified our shared preference for folk music. Eric was a Dane, and somewhere in my house there is a picture of him with his ...
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12 Days of Christmas: three hot new holiday tracks ...

The moose received so much great holiday music in the mail this season he decided to do a whole separate installment for Eastern Canadians.  Here’s what he discovered.  Lennie Gallant w/ Black Umfolosi – “Christmas Day on Planet Earth” “How ...
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12 days of Christmas: Christmas music in our mailbox!

Gordy the Moose has been hanging Christmas lights on his antlers while listening to the new holiday music in the Roots Music Canada mailbox.  Here’s a roundup!   The Ennis Sisters – “Hey There Snowflake” Well isn’t this just a ...
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12 days of Christmas: Ignace fires back at the ...

It’s been 21 years since the Arrogant Worms released their infamous Christmas Turkey, a masterpiece of holiday cynicism marked by anti-classics such as “Santa’s Going to Kick Your Ass,” “Dad Threw Up on Christmas Day,” and of course, the unforgettable, ...
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12 days of Christmas: Check out Allison Lupton’s new Christmas ...

Cambridge, Ont., musician Allison Lupton, has a new single, “The Eve of Christmas Day,” out just in time for the holiday season. She is joined on the recording by BBC Radio 2 Folk Music award-winning trio The Young’uns and guitar ...
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12 days of Christmas: Boreal – Dec. 8 at ...

Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala probably couldn’t have picked a better name for their annual winter touring project than Boreal.  There is something decidedly northern about their sophisticated blend of winter-themed songs, which runs the gamut from holiday ...
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What’s it like to live on the road? Ask ...

It’s been more than a decade since Orit Shimoni gave up the hallowed walls of academia and teaching for the freedom of a vagabond lifestyle. She began writing, performing, and recording her own music and poetry, all while touring endlessly. ...
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The Barr Brothers – Nov. 30 at the Marquee Ballroom, ...

The Barr Brothers are a Montreal-based band with a funky, indie-folk feel. And last Friday, they performed at the Marquee Ballroom in Halifax, NS. Michael Feuerstack opened for them, playing a mix of newer music and old favourites from his ...