Monthly Archives: May 2021

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Fun in the running: Craig Cardiff reflects on the road ...

The life of a touring musician has been romanticized and idealized for years in books, movies and especially songs. For every “Homeward Bound,” detailing the drudgery and heartache of life on the road, there are many more like “On The ...
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Scott B. Sympathy’s birthday tribute to the late Joe Hall

Nineties Queen Street cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is in Brantford now, living somewhere between the railroad tracks and the river, between his T.O. past and his rural present and foreseeable future. His legacy of classic Canadian roots rock records ...
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Donovan Woods and Aoife O’Donovan’s ‘IOWA’ is an honest homage ...

Following the release of his critically acclaimed 2020 album Without People, Donovan Woods shared a new single on May 7. “IOWA” is a dreamy acoustic number with a subtle Celtic charm, thanks in part to the accompaniment of Grammy-Award-winning artist ...
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Toronto Folk-Rock duo Robinson Kirby are off to ‘Find a ...

  Fresh off their 2021 seven-track album, Little Dreams, Robinson Kirby’s rhythm section instills “Find a Way” with a sense of calm, like a stream steadily flowing under Madelyn Kirby’s satiny vocals. Similarly floating above the beat, the song features ...
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Along for the Pride: Canadian Country Music Association saddles up ...

There was a time when queerness and country music went together like, well, hippies and hillbillies.   But as the soon-to-be-80-year-old Bob Dylan once sang, “the times, they are a changin.’” And these days, country music boasts a solid roster of ...
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Barry James Payne reflects on a life of music as ...

Like many fans and musicians, I have been into music all of my life. I saw The Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan. I was six. After that, it was broomstick guitar bands in the front room every Saturday with my ...
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Christopher Ward revisits ‘Black Velvet’ in upcoming release

Juno-Award-winning polymath Christopher Ward has recorded a new take on his biggest hit, “Black Velvet”  — available now. Writers who have achieved a number one single belong to a select group, numbering in the hundreds. 31 years after reaching this ...
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Stop motion memories: Watch Suzie Ungerleider’s new video for ‘Baby ...

Alongside the announcement of a new album under a new name, Suzie Ungerleider released a music video for the lead single, “Baby Blues” on April 22. The video — a stop motion animation crafted by fellow folk-pop singer-songwriter Christine Fellows ...
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Go big and stay home: Alex Cuba announces release of ...

Award winning Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is set to release a new album, Mendó, on May 21. “Go big or go home” might be the driving philosophy behind this record, as the decorated Cuban-Canadian musician collaborates with some of Latin music’s ...
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Home Studio: Meriläinen Müsic Inc. offers artists more than just ...

Marc and Laura Meriläinen were working from home before it was cool In 2019, the two launched a record label — Meriläinen Müsic Inc. — from their home studio in Toronto. Thanks to their set-up, they have been able to ...