Concert review

Home County Music and Arts Festival – Day 1 (Friday)

I was fortunate enough to make it to the opening night of the 46th Home County Music & Arts Festival. The three-day annual event takes place in Victoria Park, a beautiful green space in the heart of downtown London, ON. ...
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Dispatches from the Hillside Festival – Day 3 (Sunday)

The final day of the 36th annual Hillside Festival was the day my wife and I had been looking forward to all weekend. The lineup for Hillside’s Sunday schedule was essentially the soundtrack to our close to 30-year relationship. We ...
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Dispatches from the Hillside Festival – Day 2 (Saturday)

The second day of our Hillside Festival 2019 weekend was a 12-hour day filled with awesome live music, hilarious stories and a huge soaker.  We started our day at 11 a.m. with a workshop entitled Let Your Soul and Spirit ...
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Dispatches from the Hillside Festival – Day One (Friday)

Opening day of the 36th annual Hillside Summer Festival truly was a beautiful day full of stories that needed to be told (that’s the theme for this year’s festival, by the way). My wife and I arrived at our campsite ...
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‘Happy Hillside!’: Ted Ferris previews one of his favourite ...

“Happy Hillside!” says the smiling volunteer helping my wife and I apply our wristbands. “Well, she was very friendly,” I say to my wife as we leave the Gate Tent and start walking to the Welcome Gate. “Happy Hillside!” says ...
Album review

Ariana Gillis – The Maze

Several years ago I adopted the practice of waiting until after I’d seen an artist in concert for the first time before I listened to any of their music. My goal was to avoid going to a show with any ...
Concert review

Oh Susanna – June 7 at the Longboat Hall in ...

I was fortunate enough to catch Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider) at the Longboat Hall in Toronto on Friday, June 7. It was a very special concert as it marked the 20th anniversary of her debut full-length album Johnston, which was ...
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Steve Poltz – Shine On (album and concert review)

I always seem to get nervous when I meet an artist. I presume it’s because I’m in total awe of their ability to create a work of art right in front of my eyes. However, whenever I get the chance ...
Album review

Oh Susanna – Johnstown (limited-edition, vinyl-only anniversary edition)

Bing!  “You got a package in the mail,” reads the text from my wife. I’m on the road for work and won’t be home for a few more days. “Can I open it?” she writes. “Sure,” I reply. Her next ...
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Ted Ferris reflects on personal anthems

When and how does a song make the transition from our favourite to a personal anthem? I discovered the Bruce Cockburn song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” shortly after it was released in 1984. The lyric “…nothing worth having comes ...