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Fire destroyed their banjo shop, now Pharis & Jason Romero ...

The best harmony in music traditionally comes from siblings and lovers. It is an intimately personal sharing experience for the performers and for the listener. When pure harmony happens it elicits grace. As a temporary alignment with perfection it is ...
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A Generation Fell : Tony Quarrington’s For King And ...

Militarism is not the fiber and fabric of social life that it was a hundred years ago in our country.  Blessedly, the only regimentation we endure these days is in our diets, and the only citations we receive are for ...
Album review

Lindi Ortega – Liberty

Taking her palette from the tonalities of spaghetti cinema for her fifth full-length album, newly resettled Calgarian Lindi Ortega has counter-balanced her move back north from Nashville with an ardent candy-skull crush on her paternal southern homeland of Mexico. Liberty ...
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Comm-Unification:  Toronto Reggae Conference Apr. 29, 2018

In the fifty years since reggae music began to germinate on Canadian soil, the community that supports it has shown demonstrable ingenuity in publicizing and presenting itself to an ever-increasing fan base. Its combination of aggressive street-level marketing, immediate radio ...
News

Folk Alliance International reveals details about Montreal conference in Feb.

A significant, almost suspicious number of folk folks were noticed rootsing around in broad daylight at the Rivoli on Toronto’s Queen Street West on the Friday afternoon of Canadian Music Week. Scoop is that Folk Alliance International will be holding ...
Album review

The Young Novelists – In City & Country

From the outside, the new record by The Young Novelists, In City & Country, is a lyrical investigation of small town Ontario life and its (in)compatibility with the big city escape hatch.  On a deeper level, it’s about not being ...
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The re-jigging of Dan MacDonald’s Cape Breton fiddle

Out of the thousand or so MacDonalds living on Cape Breton Island, probably only half of them are fiddlers. Dan MacDonald settled in Toronto “for the duration” sixteen years ago, so now there is one less. But they do proliferate. ...
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The LYNNeS – Heartbreak Song for the Radio

Out of Ottawa, here come The LYNNeS,  Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson, bearing a fresh Heartbreak Song for the Radio, an album with an aggressive sound which may propel the already successful award-winning songwriters into a new category of international ...
Concert review

Global Toronto Apr. 4-7 Part 3 (Gallery)

The first Global Toronto conference took a four-day weekend this past weekend to expose the sounds of Toronto’s complexly interrelated cultural communities to international and national world music audiences alike. The focus of the event was twofold. Presenting rich and ...
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Suzie Vinnick – Shake the Love Around

Shaking up the party and sharing her uplifting spirit with a faithful fan base has been the main occupation for Saskatchewan native Suzie Vinnick over the last 25 years.  On her sixth solo album, Shake The Love Around, Suzie has come up with a ...