Concert review

Rufus Wainwright – multiple streaming concerts on Facebook Live

Rufus Wainwright could perform in his bathrobe and still have me spellbou…. Oh wait! He IS in his bathrobe! Starting last week, Rufus began a series of at-home concerts broadcast as part of the #TogetherAtHome initiative. He is fundraising for ...
Concert review

Alan Doyle – Mar. 21 and 22 on Facebook Live

Fourteen thousand dollars. That’s what Alan Doyle brought in for the Kids Help Phone during this weekend’s basement coronavirus concerts. I’d say that was pretty good going. We are all going a little stir crazy with what this pandemic is ...
Album review

Rhizome – Double Capture

This gorgeous CD, cloaked in its mysterious red cover, came across my desk a few weeks ago. I finally had time to listen and can honestly say, this is completely a winner. I have heard it multiple times, enjoying it ...
Concert review

A Piece of the Rock – Feb. 1 at the ...

On a snowy Saturday night in the historic village of Port Credit, ON, we had a wonderful evening of Newfoundland music from A Piece of the Rock, performing at the Unitarian congregation’s coffee house folk night. That night, the band’s ...
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 ...
News

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. ...
Album review

Janet Bates – It is Here I Leave You, Dragon

Photo by Lisa Novak. This is a voice you feel like you’ve known forever. Like a clear mountain river running unto the sea, it surrounds and envelops you as you bathe in its warm sunshine. This is the voice of ...
Feature

Elizabeth Szekeres sets up this weekend’s Sutton Traditional Fiddle Festival

I’m thrilled to see the 2019 lineup of performers for the Sutton Festival Violon Traditionnel, one of my very favourite Trad Québec gatherings of the summer. Sutton is a small, quite bilingual mountain town close to the Vermont border, where ...
Feature

The Sunday daytime workshops at Mémoire et Racines – in ...

Sunday’s program started off with a blast of tunes from some of Québec’s most accomplished players at the Atelier Des Violons: André Brunet, Stephanie Lepine, Dávid Boulanger together with Vermont’s Oliver Scanlon and Lisa Ornstein from California. The gang explored ...
Feature

Festival Mémoire et Racines: Day 3 in words and ...

The four young people in the band Inn Echo come from Ireland, British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, but they sound like they’ve grown up together. They are musically that tight of a band. Their two fiddles, concertina and ...