Monthly Archives: October 2022

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John Borra returns with tribute to Toronto’s forgotten songwriters and ...

It’s fair to say that John Borra has seen and done it all within the Toronto alternative music scene, from witnessing the first stirrings of punk as a kid in the late 1970s, to joining his first bands at the ...
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Miss Emily album launch – Oct. 5 at Revival, Toronto

“Take Miss Emily’s advice and don’t allow the world to lock you into a single description. Be defined by family, friends, and community. Be defined by love.” Manager Gord Hunter Debuting her new record, Defined By Love, Ontario’s incendiary rising ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference, 2022: what worked and ...

The first full-on Folk Music Ontario conference after two years of COVID-19-related cancellations came together in about half the usual amount of time, so it could’ve been forgiven for not living up to its usual standards. Instead, I think it’s ...
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Heather’s 5 favourite showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference

The 2022 Folk Music Ontario conference is now a happy memory, and it’s time to look back at some of the highlights. There aren’t many surprises here. My favourite shows this weekend were, for the most part, by people already ...
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Heather’s top 5 discoveries at FMO 2022

Les Rats d’Swompe I referred to these guys as a Quétrad band on Saturday. I stand corrected. They are dyed in the wool Franco Ontarians through and through. Sorry guys!  This merely serves to make my point that I knew ...
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A photo album from the 2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards

The Ontario Folk Music Awards took place Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Aeolian Hall in London, ON, the closing event of the 2022 Folk Music Ontario conference. They opened with a touch of humour as host Julian ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 5. Saturday ...

6:24 p.m.: When I walk into the showcase room where Janice Jo Lee is performing, she’s in the middle of a funky, upbeat number that sees her alternating between singing and playing the horn. Her band consists of keyboards, bass, ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 4. Saturday ...

12:15 p.m.: It’s that time in the conference weekend where the need for sleep is starting to take precedence over the desire to go to things. I wanted to go to the queer peer group this morning, but it turned ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 3. ...

7:08 p.m.: I just spent the last half hour watching Julian Taylor’s set, which, as you might expect from a guy that was just nominated for a Juno and won a CFMA, was outstanding. The room was packed as Julian ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 2. ...

11:30 a.m.: I arrived at the Grand Ballroom for the start of the day’s spotlight showcases because I wanted to catch PEI’s Dylan Menzie, who I last saw live during PEI Music Week in 2014, when he was promoting his ...