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The best festival you’ve (maybe) never heard of: Mémoire et ...

During the third weekend of July every summer, there is a folk festival in the pretty Québec town of Joliette, which is legendary, draws thousands, but is rarely talked about outside of Quebec. It’s the Festival Mémoire et Racines – ...
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Genticorum showcases its new lineup with new album/tour

For over eighteen years, audiences all over Canada and around the world have delighted in the music produced by this trio from southern Québec. Genticorum has performed over a thousand concerts in fifteen different countries, presenting the exciting traditional music ...
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Over the Moon … with a new adventure in western ...

Well it was just after the full Moon in May that Craig Bignell and Suzanne Levesque came to the Moonshine Café in Oakville to show off what they’d been working on in the past while. Calling themselves Over The Moon, ...
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Qristina Brooke (Bachand) launches her solo debut

It’s been quite the seven-year journey for Qristina Brooke, who grew up in a musical family in Victoria, B.C.   Four years in Amsterdam saw her achieving a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, Infectious Diseases and Public Health; three months ...
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Louisiana to Quebec: the music of David Greely, Claude ...

You’d think the two worlds couldn’t be farther apart. David Greely, master Cajun fiddler from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Claude Méthé, fiddle tradition bearer from Ste-Beatrix, Quebec, have joined forces with Claude’s wife, accompanist Dana Whittle, to present their whirlwind ...
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The Fretless: Where a string quartet meets a pub ...

They may not have any frets on those instruments, but the sounds the four musicians make on the fiddles in this foursome are like nothing you’ve ever heard at a folk festival. It’s a string quartet that plays fiddle tunes ...
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Musician moms: a salute for Mother’s Day

Photo:  Kristine St-Pierre on the road with her kids. It’s the perennial question women have faced for years: “Is motherhood incompatible with a fulfilling career?”   Many women walk a fine line, wanting children, but also wanting a creative life, whether ...
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Québec trad outfit Orchestre Pic-Bois readies a debut

Fans of Québecois folklore are in for a treat around the beginning of June. Jean Desrochers’ new band, l’Orchestre Pic-Bois is coming out with their first album.  Check out one of the tracks here:  Jean Desrochers sure gets around. Multi-instrumentalist, ...
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The Hugh’s Room Live birthday bash: a night in ...

When the beloved Toronto folk and roots venue Hugh’s Room closed down abruptly in January of last year, a devoted committee of music lovers raised more than $100,000 to bring it back.  It reopened just four months later, and last ...
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RPR at Hugh’s Room Live April 21, 2018

It was a very fun and almost sold out night at Hugh’s Room Live last Saturday night when RPR hit the stage to entertain and showcase their new CD, titled Longview. The show marked five years since this band’s debut ...