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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 3 (Sunday)

Sunday at Mémoire et Racines dawned bright and sunny, a beautiful day for listening to music in the shade of the ash trees, which, in this corner of North America, fortunately have not yet been affected by the devastation of ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 2 (Saturday)

Under the light of the waning full moon on Saturday night, the band Genticorum finished up the main stage performances for the night. Presenting music from their new CD, Avant L’Orage, (before the storm), the band played with incredible musicianship. Beautiful tunes, ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: Day 1 (Friday)

After a week of torrential rain in the Lanaudière region of Québec, Festival Mémoire et Racines opened with gorgeous warm sunshine leading to spectacular performances on Friday evening. This festival is located right in the heart of Quebec’s traditional music community, ...
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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 ...