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A salute to Bruce Cockburn on his 75th birthday

Today, as Bruce Cockburn reaches his 75th year, we can rejoice that he is still a stealer of fire, dancing his sunwheel dance in the falling dark of the dragon’s jaws. Roots Music Canada joins the rest of the world ...
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Reviews! Mike McKenna Jr. Christa Couture & Clara Engel

Photo of Clara Engel by Ilyse Krivel Our country’s annual long stretch of solar distancing can spread an observant quietude through the spirit. Winter is a state of being that fosters sequestered poetics. Borne up in music, the evidence of ...
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How the Barrel Boys are using new technology to bring ...

  While waiting for an opportunity to drop their newest album, produced by noted string-slinger Andrew Collins, The Barrel Boys are staying in touch with some composited tune-mail for their fans. Amongst other online collaborative projects, fiddler Nathan Smith also ...
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New music reviews: Deborah Holland, Ken Whiteley and 100 Mile ...

Deborah Holland – Fine, Thank You! (Rage On Records) With six jabs straight to the chest, Deborah Holland’s new EP delivers a discrete set of therapeutic coronary stimuli. Her musical conversation cascades with Polaroids of frustration and elation, sometimes offering ...
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King Alpha’s Song In A Strange Land : Concert and ...

Earlier this month at Todmorden Mills, huddled in the snow-filled valley of the Don River, on the refurbished site of Ontario’s first paper mill, the concentrated forces of Canadian reggae music defrosted some history of their own. VJ Michael Williams, ...
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The 2020 Maple Blues Awards: Feb. 3 at Koerner ...

The blues came out to play again on Monday night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the yearly Maple Blues Awards gala. The burgeoning young Canadian blues talent pool was represented strongly by refreshing newcomers to the proceedings: Miss Emily, who ...
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Lynn Harrison’s Heavy Uplifting

Mystic currents in the folk tradition run deep. In the Canadian canon, they surface sporadically – in the ecstatic confluence of Buffy and Leonard’s “God Is Alive / Magic Is Afoot,” on Bruce’s first evidences of epiphany in “He Came ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: the calm ...

After a steady Saturday of shovelling out, the second night of the first-ever not-for-profit Speak Music Be Kind Festival was back in action with an all-day jam bubbling along, a bellowing accordion workshop and one for fiddle inside the Tranzac’s ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: kindness ...

Above: James Bailey, Lydia Persaud and Kyla Charter There was too much musical and emotional content on display at Beverly Kreller’s Speak Music Be Kind Festival this past weekend for our reporter to completely describe the magnitude of the vibe. ...
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Corby’s 2019 list of most amazical zings and celebratory tune ...

Instrumental Health Darcy Wickham’s Signal Hill: His humble logic and responsive touch on the guitar brings moody and resonant rewards chiming up on this spacious collection of mostly solo original gems, lightly burnished by an ear purification system that includes ...