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How COVID helped birth Sultans of String’s award-winning documentary film

On the surface, the Sultans of String documentary The Refuge Project-Visual Album is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their 2020 album Refuge, which was released just at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown. At its core ...
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How PEI drew the members of Inn Echo to settle ...

There are any number of reasons why the members of a band come together. It could be a shared love of a style of music, common musical influences or a general curiosity about a musical heritage. Or it could be ...
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How Sam Baardman’s recovery from a stroke gave birth to ...

Marsh Radio, the new album by Winnipeg singer-songwriter Sam Baardman comes out over 20 years after the release of the award-winning 1999 album The Rookery, which followed his 1997 debut, Kicking The Stone Home. A lot has happened in the ...
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Dave Gunning on Life, Tour and His New Album

In spite of his modesty, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has reached substantial success in the folk music world. Dave, who has been nominated for a Juno Award, won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and eight East Coast Music Awards, ...
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Benoit Bourque reflects on changing approaches to Quebecois trad music

The traditional folk music scene in Québec has a rich and storied history. The call-and-response style of songs goes back to the days of the voyageurs, while the musical accompaniment of fiddles, bones and feet still help provide the rhythm ...
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How Suzie Vinnick’s online performances during COVID led to her ...

For the past couple of years, singer-songwriter Suzie Vinnick has presented a weekly online concert through the streaming service Street Jelly. Every Wednesday night, Suzie sings her original songs and takes requests from her regular viewers. During this time, she’s ...
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How Tom Wilson and Iskwē came together for Mother Love

“This softball game is kind of like the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series over the New York Yankees! It was a legendary game.” Tom Wilson is talking about the time in 2016 when he first met fellow singer-songwriter ...
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How a chat with Jon Brooks inspired the ‘theme’ of ...

When artists start putting a new album together, many like it to have an overarching theme or vibe. Sometimes they like to highlight struggles for social justice, a personal journey through challenging times or a look at what’s positive in ...
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Julian Taylor reflects on the success of the Ridge as ...

It isn’t until you become a parent yourself that you gain insight into the worries and concerns your parents felt when you were growing up. As a teenager in Toronto, my parents most likely wondered who I was hanging around ...
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Dala’s Amanda Walther made music for a movie

Imagine putting your heart and soul into writing songs you know you’ll never record, let alone perform for anyone. But such is the life if you’re writing music for a movie soundtrack, as Amanda Walther had occasion to do for ...