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Jan Vanderhorst talks to Sean McCann about Shantyman

At the beginning of 2021, it looked like the year might be described as “The Year Of The Shanty,” given the explosion of TikTok videos brought about by the popularity of Nathan Evans’ performance of “The Wellerman.” In Canada, the ...
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How mid-life inspired the Good Lovelies’ Caroline Marie Brooks’ new ...

When you’re writing just for the sake of writing, without any pre-determined outcome, it’s surprising what can come out. You can discover some hidden truths you might not connect with otherwise. Case in point is Caroline Marie Brooks’ new solo ...
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Why J.P. Cormier may never return to touring like he ...

“My entire life was spent behind a guitar,” said J.P. Cormier. “All the places, people and things I encountered, all basically came out of that one instrument. After 47 years of playing and 39 years of being on the road ...
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Loreena McKennitt marks 30 years since The Visit with a ...

In 1991 when Loreena McKennitt released her fourth album, The Visit, she knew she had reached a turning point in her career. Up until then, Loreena had self-financed and distributed her music. The Visit was being released through a partnership ...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Del Barber to finish some ...

Manitoba singer-songwriter Del Barber has always relied on a distinct vision for the creation of his albums, and this formula has served him well. He’s been nominated for a Juno Award three times and earned multiple nominations for Western Canadian ...
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How Tania Joy bonded with the producer she’s never even ...

I Will Stand is the new EP from Uxbridge, ON singer-songwriter Tania Joy. The experience of putting it together with producer Hill Kourkoutis is one Tania will cherish for a long time, and one she’d like to repeat in the ...
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How Shawna Caspi marries music and visual art on her ...

After extensively touring in support of her 2017 album, Forest Fire, Toronto singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi thought she’d never record another album. Instead she’s just released her most challenging record to date. While Shawna has always used her original artwork for ...
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Suzie Ungerleider talks to Jan Vanderhorst about dropping Oh Susannah ...

My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider is the 10th album for the B.C.-based singer-songwriter but the first under her birth name. Suzie established a successful career using the moniker Oh Susanna. It was a persona that gave her the courage to ...
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What Barney Bental learned from making an instrumental album with ...

It’s a special album that can be great listening material for both your Sunday morning coffee and your late night glass of wine. Singer-songwriter Barney Bentall thinks the album RanchWriters he’s put together with Geoffrey Kelly hits the nail on ...
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James Gordon talks new album, Emergency Climate Musical and the ...

There’s an old adage that states, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” That sentiment holds true for singer-songwriter James Gordon. He’s released his latest album, the 13-song When I Stayed At Home while at ...