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Here are your 2018 Maple Blues Award nominees

Nominees for the 22nd annual 2018 Maple Blues Awards have just been announced.    The awards will be handed out Monday, Feb. 4 at Koerner Hall, in Toronto.  The event will be hosted by actor and musician Raoul Bhaneja. You can ...
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Ben Sures has turned a beloved story-song into a children’s ...

Fans of Ben Sures first heard the story of Leo Day in Ben’s song “The Boy Who Walked Backwards Through the Snow” on his brilliant album Gone to Bolivia. Now, Ben has recounted the story again in the form of ...
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Emily Jean Flack – “Another Year Gone By”

Emily Jean Flack’s name may not sound familiar but the names of her relations sure will.  She’s the daughter of Denise Flack of Leahy.    But don’t let that pedigree fool you.  Her debut EP, Throwing Shapes, ain’t no neo ...
Album review

Tri-Continental – Dust Dance

“Always leave ‘em wanting more,” they say.  I think it’s fair to say that that’s exactly what Tri-Continental did around 2010 when, after four albums and a Juno victory for their self-titled debut, the members each quietly returned to their ...
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Meet your Western Canadian Music Award-winners in the roots/world categories

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night in Kelowna, B.C., and the winners in the roots and world categories include some familiar faces and some new discoveries.  Have a listen! Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist ...
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Five questions for Rae Spoon

Singer, songwriter, author, and trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, Rae Spoon has evolved over the past 20 years from an indie alt.country act to a singular singer songwriter on the contemporary scene, whose voice ...
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Eleven ways to help prevent sexual violence at festivals

Sexual assault was already top of mind last Friday morning as the first day of workshops got underway at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Shortly after our session, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on whether ...
Concert review

Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: Saturday, Sept. 29

Noon – My showcase-watching for the day kicks off at the Coax Records showcase, Coax being the record label belonging to Rae Spoon.  Rae’s got an impressive roster of established acts, such as the boundary-pushing Geoff Berner and the award-winning ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: Friday, Sept. 28

8:45 a.m. – I arrive at the Hilton near the Toronto Airport already exhausted after getting up at 4 a.m. to catch my plane. The hotel can’t check me in until after noon, but there’s a breakfast buffet for conference-goers ...
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Roots Music Canada is at the Folk Music Ontario conference ...

Have you ever wondered how folk festivals choose all the artists that play there each year? I mean of course the headliners are picked based on their ability to sell tickets.  That is, after all, why you see pop stars ...