Album review

Madeleine Roger – Cottonwood

Like shade at the end of a long summer day, Madeleine Roger’s new album, Cottonwood, released last month, spreads a balm across many of the hot anxieties of our temporal life. Glens of casual confidence and freshets of contentedness open ...
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Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, born Roberta Anderson, Nov., 1943 in Fort Macleod Alta., has made songs, paintings and honest declarations of her demand for freedom (and struggles with bondage) all her life. She has suffered abuse by the media, partners and her ...
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Melanie Brulée talks mental health and new music with Paul ...

Be alert. A storm is coming in from the north, and territories from the Great Lakes on down to the Panhandle are in for an intense front of reverb followed by potentially severe aftershocks of heartbreak.  Neko Case and Lindi ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics (Part ...

Even as we tried to get as much music into our ears as possible at the Folk Music Ontario conference last weekend, there was always time for close encounters in corridors, beside stages, and in the shade of a cold ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics ...

The annual Folk Music Ontario conference took place Sept. 27-30 in Mississauga.  It was a chance for those who book concerts and festivals to get a look at this year’s crop of emerging talents and new projects from established acts.  ...
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Jon Brooks’ new album is modeled after an Elizabethan corona ...

No One Travels Alone, Jon Brooks’ new disk, his sixth, has arrived. Knocking on his own guitar, he has let himself in. The space within is airy and ruminative. It is full of examinations of the reality of reality, and ...
Album review

The Great Lake Swimmers – The Waves, The Wake (a ...

Roots Music Canada writer Paul Corby offers us a unique review of Great Lake Swimmers’ new album, The Waves The Wake, in poetry and visual art.  Have a listen to the album after reading the poem and looking at the ...
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The Small World Music Festival – Day 2 and 3

Gracious weather returned for Saturday’s slate, initiated with three symposia, held indoors at the Brigantine Room, featuring a set of media movers and shakers, a rebel brigade of cross-cultural adventurers and Brenna MacCrimmon’s moving testament to the power of instinctual ...
Concert review

The Small World Music Festival – Day 1 (Friday)

The 17th edition of the Small World Music Festival, an essentially free event expressing the variety and caliber of global music artists, was held this past weekend over three days at Toronto’s Harbourfront Center. In the beginning, there was no ...
Album review

The Ennis Sisters – Keeping Time (see them at ...

In a career of over 20 years, the Ennis Sisters have established a national reputation for their elegance in harmony and repertoire, illuminating the song traditions of their native Newfoundland with the luster that only sisters can conjure. Along the ...