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Founding Director Alan Davis and dozens of big talents bring ...

In an open field near Toronto’s Fort York, where American troops were defeated by an army of Canadian, British and First Nations soldiers over two centuries ago (they retreated secretly and booby-trapped the munitions area to explode), peace was restored ...
Concert review

The Maple Blues Awards 2022

“Nobody from here grew up in the blues,” said singer Shakura S’Aida, after she was presented with the distinguished Blues With A Feeling Maple Blues Award at last night’s ceremony at Koerner Hall. ”You have only adopted the music.” Her ...
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Corby checks out the proposed new location for Hugh’s Room ...

Venerated Toronto folk venue Hugh’s Room Live held an event last week to show off what it hopes will be its new home. Its board of directors reached an agreement to buy the church at 296 Broadview Ave. after securing ...
Album review

Abigail Lapell – Stolen Time

There is a sense of melodicism that leads the way on everything that Abigail Lapell does. Her songs follow a harmonic logic that reassures with its certainty, even though her lyrics may confess dark doubts and attempt to negotiate impossible ...
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Sarah Hiltz calmly reflects on Anger in Conversation with Corby

Calm Fury by Sarah Hiltz is a new concept album, a mirage of healing radiating reflections in the desert of hostility, a flashlight probing the catacombs of anger. It features the sounds of a lightly strummed electric guitar laying down ...
Concert review

Genevieve Racette – March 14 at the Dakota Tavern, Toronto

The moon in the sky is waxing, the snow hills on the boulevard are waning, and in downtown Toronto, starved music fans are coming back to the bars. Even on a Monday night, the Dakota Tavern was brimming with eager ...
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Remembering Vince Fontaine with a posthumously published interview about Code ...

When I first heard that Vince Fontaine had passed away, snatched away at 60 by a sudden heart attack at the beginning of this year, I must confess, I got angry. I went crazy for a minute. I was shouting ...
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Ronley Teper and the Lipliners’ new album is a multi-sensory ...

Toronto’s prismatic singer and composer Ronley Teper has recently beamed a high-spirited rainbow of sounds up into our ears with her welcome new release entitled Everyone Loves A Good Story. Her first studio recording in 10 years, it includes hues ...
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Corby’s Favourite Songs Released In 2021

Holding tight onto a lifeboat song has been a way-through  strategy for many of us, ever since the slings and arrows began to pop up as regular features in our daily routes and routines. With the recent increase in inconvenient ...
Concert review

The Toronto Blues Society’s 34th annual Women’s Blues Revue

You know, sometimes some of these blues guys can sound like they’re running a salvage job on a bygone spirit, brassy and cold, like a Viagra version of lust, and not unlike the effect of taking a day job option ...