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How bluesman Harrison Kennedy got inspired by the Canterbury Tales

For over 600 years, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales has been regarded as a literary masterpiece from the pen of the most important English writer before the arrival of William Shakespeare. The book is a collection of stories told by ...
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How Keith Glass’ eclectic musical influences shaped his new album

Growing up you were no doubt familiar with the expression, “My dog ate my homework!” a poor excuse for not doing it in the first place. But we live in a different age now, a digital age that needs a ...
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How living with Lyme caused Mike Stevens to let loose ...

Breathe In The World, Breathe Out Music is the latest album from harmonica wizard Mike Stevens. At one point, he thought it was going to be his last album. During the recording process the Sarnia, ON resident was diagnosed with ...
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How Tragedy Ann incorporates empathy in songwriting

“Narrative songwriting is an exercise in empathy,” said Braden Phalen of the Guelph Ontario duo Tragedy Ann. “Whether we’re speaking from personal experience or experience close to us, at our best we’re trying to understand what that must feel like ...
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The Slocan Ramblers have a new bass player and a ...

The past couple of years have been filled with highs and lows for the Slocan Ramblers. In 2020 they were named “Momentum Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, a huge honour for a Canadian bluegrass band. ...
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Lynne Hanson found a new way to produce her new ...

For the first time ever, I made exactly the record I intended to make, for good or bad,” said Lynne Hanson.  By the reactions so far to Lynne Hanson’s new album, Ice Cream In November, it’s good. Very good. Lynne’s eighth ...
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Morgan Toney is making a name for himself by combining ...

In the Mi’kmaq community of Nova Scotia there are songs built upon the strong foundation of the drum. You’ll also find the fiddle, which has been adapted from Celtic traditions over the years by the Mi’kmaq people. But for the ...
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How Matt Andersen accidentally wrote a song with David Francey

Singer-songwriter Matt Andersen’s new album, House To House, is something of a return to his roots in its approach. The New Brunswick native’s first albums, 2004’s One Size Never Fits, and 2005’s Solo At Sessions, were live recordings featuring just Matt’s ...
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Geneviève Racette on working with women and co-producing her new ...

“Touring with mostly women, there’s just a different vibe,” said Montréal singer-songwriter Geneviève Racette. “For me, it’s kind of a statement I’m making rather than a personal thing.” Geneviève has begun a tour in support of her new album, Satellite. ...
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When you just can’t stay home; how Steve Poltz survived ...

“I wasn’t made for these times, for a a pandemic,” said Steve Poltz. “My wife says I’m like a golden retriever. I just want to jump on everyone’s laps and lick them!” The singer-songwriter is telling me about how he ...