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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the Saturday official showcases

The day dawned early after a bedtime of past 2 a.m. on Friday night. A late night email invited us to attend the Bed In at 9:20 a.m. in the room once occupied by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth Szekeres’ tour of the Friday night ...

First up in the official showcases of Friday afternoon at the Folk Alliance International conference was Kaia Kater with her band. She played a series of lovely passionate songs on guitar and banjo, including some from her new album Grenades, ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the Thursday night private ...

Three floors of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal are set aside this weekend for private showcase performances. Every room has its beds removed so that a constant procession of musicians can do showcase performances they hope will catch ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the official showcases (Thursday)

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference, the world’s largest gathering of folk artists and industry people.  A key component of Folk Alliance is the showcases, series ...
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Folk Alliance: Dispatches from the Wednesday night showcases

The Wednesday night showcases began spectacularly for us.  The young American singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks blew us away first off with his first ever official showcase at a music conference. This is songwriting that makes your hair stand on end. Sawyer’s ...
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Folk Alliance: The first hour (Wednesday)

The simply awful weather virtually all across Canada on the day the Folk Alliance International conference began in Montreal proved a challenge. Many of the delegates’ flights were delayed or cancelled entirely. A lot of conference delegates arrived way late ...
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Favourite things Elizabeth Szekeres heard in 2018

The conclusion of the tumultuous year of 2018 approached fast, and this year was so incredibly stressful with the constant barrage of bad political and environmental news – first from south of the border and then within our own home ...
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12 days of Christmas: Sultans of String – Christmas ...

Are you like us? Do you dread walking into a department store or a mall in the pre-Christmas weeks because of the ever-present and wholly annoying Muzak versions of Christmas carols? But do you love carefully selected, well-presented and beautifully ...
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Ian Tamblyn with Anne Lindsay – Nov. 25 house concert ...

It was an evening of shatteringly poetic story songs from Ian Tamblyn with Anne Lindsay last Sunday night in Port Credit, Ont.  The occasion was a house concert to introduce Adventure Canada‘s Ireland Circumnavigation and Scotland Slowly expedition cruises in ...
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The Once – Nov. 21 at Mills Hardware, Hamilton (plus ...

You’d think a Wednesday night would be a hard sell for a folk music concert in Hamilton, Ont., but no.  The Once was headlining the show. This trio from The Rock deservedly has a really strong following. For over ten ...