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Dispatches from Summerfolk – Day 1 (Friday)

On the first night of Summerfolk, only two stages were open: the mainstage amphitheatre and the Down By The Bay beer tent stage. Thanks to this unique set of circumstances, it was one of the few times I didn’t want ...
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Beverly Kreller runs down just some of this weekend’s Summerfolk ...

It’s with keen anticipation that I’m looking forward to Summerfolk this year, for the pleasure of seeing some acts for the first timeand catching up with the latest work from those with whom I’m more familiar. I’ve only seen William ...
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Kathleen Edwards is back … and playing Summerfolk

Of all the performances to come at Summerfolk 2019, the one I’m most looking forward to is the mainstage appearance of Kathleen Edwards, as she returns to making music after five years away from performing and seven years away from ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival – Day 3 (Sunday)

For the final day of Mariposa my first stop was the Hockey Cards in the Spokes workshop, featuring a Mount Rushmore of cool, critically-acclaimed indie rockers of the past 15 years or so: Hawksley Workman, Jeremy Fisher, Danny Michel, and ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival – Day 2 (Saturday)

First thing I saw at the fest on Saturday was the Folk or Not Folk workshop at the Mariposa Pub Stage, with A Leverage for Mountains, Coig, and Freddy & Francine at 1:30 p.m. Leverage for Mountains brought the super ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival: Day 1 (Friday)

I got to the Mariposa mainstage just in time to see Ralph suitably attired in a hot pink outfit that perfectly matched her ‘80s disco-pop sound, which featured live bass, keyboards and drums, and some pre-recorded or looped music. To ...
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Mariposa 2019: from Indigenous hip-hop, to indie rockers, to ...

As usual, the lineup for the 2019 edition of the Mariposa Folk Festival is a diverse mix of everything from classic rock to pure country, Indigenous hip-hop to indie rock, bluegrass to Colombian dance music, and ‘80s-style synth-pop to an ...
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David Newland is releasing his new Northwest Passage-themed album Friday

  David Newland is a Canadian adventurer, writer and miner of song – and also the co-founder of this here web site – so we’re always excited when he puts out a new project. And that’s exactly what he’s doing ...
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David Kaufman once had a career as a folk singer; ...

Montreal-born, Toronto-based photographer, filmmaker and singer-songwriter David Kaufman is reviving the career as a folk singer that he enjoyed in the ‘60s with his superb debut album, Second Promise (Release date: May 10), a collection of songs created nearly 50 ...
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Allison Lupton is launching Words of Love on March 30

Allison Lupton is an accomplished singer-songwriter who performs self-penned and traditional songs with sensitivity and grace, while adding an extra dimension to her stage presence through her virtuoso flute playing. Born and raised on a second generation dairy farm in ...