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CFMA gala, redux

Click for complete list of CFMA 2011 award winners It was a dark and stormy night, with large drops of heavy blown glass falling steadily into the hands of worthy Canadians all night long. The Common Thread Community Chorus gusted ...
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Getting to know Sarah MacDougall

Dear Listener, I think you and Sarah MacDougall should have a talk. Soon! Sarah MacDougall has a lot on her mind, and confidentially, you should listen. Something is erupting. There is a hush to her voice that reassures you that ...
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Northern Redemption for the The Abrams Brothers

In all of the old legends, it was John Hartford, Jerry Garcia and Country Gazette who rescued bluegrass music from its near-fatal collision with 60’s television. Unprecedented popular recognition had been awarded to roots music in the early sixties by ...
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Anatomy of NXNE

Best Hair : Pop Winds the guy on the right, like honey dripping off a spoon Best Eyes : Loom subtle hypnosis, like the music. Best Shoulders : (tie) Tanika Charles of The Wonderfuls; Sarah from Catl; (almost shoulder porn, ...
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Lindi Ortega’s Little Red Boots

If you long for the tingle of an alt-country sound, just trim all the fat off of your accompaniment. Get a slinky spiderweb Telecaster, add a comatose upright bass and scatter loose snare shots around the dark edges. Now fill ...
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Diamonds plus: Cockburn at 66

(Alternate title: Gold But Better) While I was reading Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, “an Everest among books”, part of the thrill was the space troubador character named, oddly enough, Bruce Cockburn, who provided a floating lyrical chorus to the convoluted ...
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Zeke Mazurek, lost and found

When the right music arrives in your life, at the right time, it is a force as powerful as love itself. I had seen the late, legendary fiddler Zeke Mazurek live sporadically over the years, at Mariposa and with Prairie ...
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Steve Bell’s “kindness”: the thought behind the gift

How does a Christian craftsman consider Jesus? That’s the question even a secular listener might ask in approaching contemporary music that fits in the Gospel category. It’s a question two-time Juno winner and multiple nominee Steve Bell answers on his ...