Monthly Archives: February 2020

News

Here are your 2020 folk/roots East Coast Music Award nominees

Nominees for the East Coast Music Awards were announced this morning in St. John’s, NL, and as usual, folk and roots artists are well-represented throughout the categories.  The awards will be handed out Thursday, April 30 at Mile One Centre ...
Concert review

The 2020 Maple Blues Awards: Feb. 3 at Koerner ...

The blues came out to play again on Monday night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the yearly Maple Blues Awards gala. The burgeoning young Canadian blues talent pool was represented strongly by refreshing newcomers to the proceedings: Miss Emily, who ...
Feature

Loudon Wainwright III talks to Serena Renner before his Thursday ...

Loudon Wainwright III, the iconic American singer-songwriter, actor, and humourist – former spouse of the late Kate McGarrigle and father to esteemed Canadian musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright – will perform but one concert in Canada on his current tour: ...
News

Here are your 2020 Maple Blues Award winners

The 2020 Maple Blues Awards are just wrapping up at Koerner Hall in Toronto, and, for the first time ever, on computer screens everywhere, thanks to live streaming of the event (thanks, guys!).  Miss Emily was this year’s big winner ...
Album review

John Borra – Blue Wine

Alt-country troubadour and stalwart of Toronto’s music scene John Borra (Rattlesnake Choir, Change of Heart, A Neon Rome) is set to release his first solo album in nearly 20 years on Jan. 31. Unfortunately, I’ve only ever seen John perform ...
The artist's life

Advice for the early-career artist

This winter I have had the privilege of teaching two songwriter courses in Wakefield and Chelsea, QC. The first group of students comprises seasoned performers, some of them accomplished songwriters who have performed at a regional level and have CDs ...