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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 ...
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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 ...
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Remembering Ron Gaskin in Toronto

On one of those miraculously clear and deliriously bright October Sundays recently, a church in a quiet harbour on Toronto Island was filled up to its legal limit with celebration and fond reminiscences of a man who had staged many memorable performances ...
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 Muhtadi International Drumming Festival – Oct. 17 at Wychwood Barns, ...

Rick Lazar & Samba Squad At Toronto’s Wychwood Barns this last Sunday, bright sunshine and scores of percussion stars turned out to appreciate and show sincere admiration for the cultural contributions of drummer, teacher and activist Muhtadi Thomas. His annual ...
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Ellen McIlwaine would’ve been 76 on Friday; the roots community ...

The potency of an artist’s gift can be assessed by the radiance that it transmits through time and space and by the character of the residue that endures on record. In the wake of her sudden departure from cancer this ...
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Fond Memories of Toronto’s Michael Laderoute (1947-2021)

From the mystery of the root, in its mud and manure, with all its worms and groundwater working away, the blossom appears, and draws us, with all of its beauty and fragrance, into the realms of a particular magic. What ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian artists perform Dylan covers for Bob’s 80th

Why should Canadians celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday as if he were one of our own? Firstly, since Bob Dylan’s birthplace of Duluth, MN is only a couple of small forests away from the Canadian border, just above the tip of ...
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90s cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is ‘growing up’ in ...

In 1990, at Wellesley Sound Studios on Ontario Street in Toronto, with the regular middle-of-the-night application of “too much coffee and pot,” it happened that Brantford’s poignant acoustic poet, Scott Bradshaw, was gradually transformed into Toronto’s raucous roots rocker Scott ...
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Scott B. Sympathy’s birthday tribute to the late Joe Hall

Nineties Queen Street cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is in Brantford now, living somewhere between the railroad tracks and the river, between his T.O. past and his rural present and foreseeable future. His legacy of classic Canadian roots rock records ...