Album review

Al Qahwa – Cairo Moon

Cairo Moon is the newest disc showcasing the many vivacious talents of Toronto’s modern Middle Eastern quartet Al Qahwa. With this sophomore record the four core members bring their multi-channelled talents and Greek/Iranian/Egyptian/Canadian heritages back together to envision an exotic ...
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15 facts about Richard Flohil as he celebrates his 85th ...

Iconic Canadian industry mogul Richard Flohil has already had lots of practice at birthday parties. He’s had so much practice at growing old gracefully that no one around the scene is currently laying claim to being older than him. At ...
Concert review

Downchild Blues Band 50th Anniversary Party at the Toronto Jazz ...

L.to R.: Paul Shaffer, Donny Walsh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Chuck Jackson, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Kendall, Pat Carey “What a great night to be playin’ the blues, eh?” ~ Chuck Jackson The stained alleyways and decrepit staircases that germinated the talent and ...
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Charlotte Cornfield talks to Paul Corby about The Shape of ...

A vacuum tube glows warmly in the dark, yellow and blue, contained in a fragile membrane of blown glass, of crystal clarity, specifically curved to disperse its heat equitably, protecting the circuit board at the heart of the amplifier from ...
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David Newland talks to Paul Corby about his new Arctic-themed ...

David Newland is one of the co-founders of Roots Music Canada. He’s also a singer-songwriter and adventurer who serves as an ambassador for Adventure Canada. He recently released his latest album, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song, and ...
Album review

Meg Tennant – Echoed Light

A mist rises over the lake at dawn and is vanquished, not by the dark, but by excesses of sunlight. The glorious harmonies that resonate to the inner ear disappear when sung. Within the folds of a new acoustic–based collection ...
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Corby recaps the Toronto Blues Society’s Digital Boot Camp for ...

  On a good day, the Toronto Blues Society does more than sit around haggling over the value of old Lonnie Johnson 78s. On a very good day in early April, they hosted an informative Digital Boot Camp for musicians ...
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Ellen McIlwaine is still playing the blues – with a ...

  “I’m just so excited about what I got in the mail today! It’s pretty, and it’s blue, and it’s shaped like a maple leaf,” Ellen McIlwaine exclaimed. She has just come from her mailbox in Calgary, her home for ...
Concert review

Toronto’s unsung musical heroes pay tribute to Pete Otis

  The avenue known as The Danforth has become the nexus of east-end Toronto’s musical culture and heritage, and the Black Swan Tavern has evolved into its unlikely headquarters, thanks primarily to a series of tribute shows held there over ...
Concert review

Titans of Toronto Reggae – Mar. 2 at the Opera ...

In the late 60s, thanks to the addition of a provision to the Immigration Act by Mr. Trudeau senior, Jamaican-born workers and professionals who had already emigrated to Toronto were able to invite their families to join them in Canada. ...