Monthly Archives: December 2019

Album review

Babineau-Chartrand: Un Beau P’tit Son

Alexis Chartrand and Nicolas Babineau have so much music in them that they pretty much had no choice but to produce a new CD hot on the heels of their 2017 tour de force, Gigues à 2 Faces.  This year’s ...
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I’m jealous that Toronto’s getting a ‘Be Kind Festival’

Is it wrong to be jealous of people being kind?  SPEAK Music announced last week that it’s scheduled the first ever Be Kind Festival in Toronto for Jan. 17-19 at the Tranzac Club – and the line-up is a fabulous ...
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Is another Canadian folk song set to become an Irish ...

Growing up in the west of Ireland, I assumed, no, I was convinced, that “Sonny’s Dream” was an Irish song. It wasn’t until years later that I would learn it was penned by the late, great, Canadian Ron Hynes. I ...
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Ian and Sylvia: the Lost Liner Notes?

If there’s one fall release that’s bound to be on the Christmas lists of many long-time folk and roots fans it’s got to be Ian & Sylvia: The Lost Tapes, a collection of newly rediscovered live recordings by Ian and ...
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John Borra set to return with new album Blue Wine; ...

Veteran Toronto singer-songwriter John Borra will release Blue Wine, his first solo album since 2002, early in the new year, and we’re thrilled to offer a preview with the track “Trace in the Wind.” After releasing three albums as part ...
Concert review

Tim Baker – Dec. 6 at War Memorial Hall, Guelph

I was fortunate enough to catch Tim Baker’s sold-out show at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall last Friday. The former member of Hey Rosetta! is currently touring in support of his debut solo album, Forever Overhead, released April ...
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An update on Toronto’s Hugh’s Room Live

On a chilly Sunday afternoon this past November, about 50 of us met warmly at Hugh’s Room Live, our iconic listening room in Toronto, to hear the new board talk about the progress they have made in the room’s re-birth. ...
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Melanie Peterson’s new single is for everyone having a SAD ...

Look, not everybody is feeling festive this holiday season.  We all have those years – or heck, even lifetimes – where being around of bunch of happy, cheerful people just makes us feel more miserable about what we lack in ...
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Check out Francine Honey’s holiday Americana

You could say that Francine Honey is like a female David Francey. I don’t mean musically.  Where David is as straight-ahead folk as they come, Francine is warm roots Americana through and through. What I mean is that she too ...
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Boreal’s first holiday tour with new member Angie Nussey is ...

Last weekend, popular seasonal harmonies trio Boreal got their Songs For The Snowy Season Ontario tour off to a wonderful start – and from now through December 21st, they will continue sharing concerts with five more communities and cities.  Long-time ...