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Glen Hornblast: Once In A Blue Moon

With a name as obstreperous as Glen Hornblast’s, you could be forgiven for expecting to hear a scallywag songster, full of roar and bombast. Longtime fans of traditional open stage circuits, however, know Glen as a compassionate and insightful songwriter, ...
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Between the jam and the high place

Wherein we discover again where music comes from: backyards, kitchens, basements, parties, public places where goodwill is cultivated and coerced into an improved socio-musical consensus concerning what is good and better and best. A waning August moon makes a decisive ...
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Minor Empire: Cool sound & shamanic mystique

If asked, how would you describe your impression of Turkish music? If you’d had the opportunity to form one at all, it might sound something like this: initially you are impressed by the ornate vocal calligraphy, in misty scansion, as ...
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The Wheat Pool: Saying goodbye to a favourite

Why do we love a band? As soon as that question is asked, one’s heart rushes for a private image, the cover of your inner jewel-case. You know who you love. Their flag is always there, waving, even when the ...
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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 ...