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Bill Garrett talks about producing Laura Smith’s final album

“She was totally ‘in the music’ when she was delivering a song,” said musician and record producer Bill Garrett of Borealis Records. “She was totally immersed in what she was doing. The emotion she felt during (a) performance translated to ...
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How the Dardanelles got members from 3 cities together to ...

Coordinating the schedule of a five-piece band so they can rehearse and record a new album can be a logistical challenge at the best of times. But when three members live in St. John’s, NL and are busy with other ...
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How Runa tried to put an original spin on the ...

  With the release of their new Christmas/winter album, the Tide Of Winter, the Irish/American/Canadian quintet Runa fulfils a plan they’ve had since they first formed 12 years ago. Goderich, ON resident Cheryl Prashker is the group’s percussionist and one ...
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Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes launch their Christmas special today

In all of our lives, we’ve had occasion to feel affection and warmth towards an inanimate object. Think for a moment about your favourite teddy bear, doll or even your first car. These are items that you have a personal ...
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How Terra Spencer balances funeral directing with the thrill of ...

“It’s been a balancing act. There have certainly been times where I’ve been on the festival grounds somewhere, roaming around trying to find a wifi signal so I could send an obituary to the newspaper before the [publication] deadline!” For ...
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How Bill Bourne came to write the perfect pandemic song ...

If he didn’t know better, singer-songwriter Bill Bourne might think he’s somewhat prescient. How else could you explain having the words to the song “Hunker Down” come to him out of the blue in January of this year? It could ...
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Rick Fines explains why Solar Powered Too is not entirely ...

The last number of years there have been varying reports regarding the rarity of those people who write in cursive. Given the overwhelming proliferation of texting and email, there seems to be a declining need to use the flowing elegance ...
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Rube and Rake are ‘unchained and more open’ on sophomore ...

With the release of their new album Leaving With Nothing, Newfoundland duo Rube and Rake—comprising Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite—have made a significant step forward with their sound. Their debut album Back And Forth, released in 2017, featured their harmony ...
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Irish Mythen talks about the struggle to get her Juno-nominated ...

The album Little Bones has been a game-changer for Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Irish Mythen. The 2019 release earned seven 2020 Music PEI Award nominations – winning two – a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Artist of the Year and ...
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David Leask has released a new project written and performed ...

  The year 1995 was a difficult one in Canada’s history. Quebec’s Premier, Jacques Parizeau, launched a referendum to determine whether the residents of the province wanted to remain a part of Canada or become an independent country. Countless discussions ...