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 ...
Concert review

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 ...
Album review

Stephen Fearing – The Secret of Climbing

On Friday, April 5, I was fortunate enough to return to The Registry Theatre, an intimate soft seat venue located in Kitchener, ON. The occasion was night one of the sixth Registry Roots Weekend that featured musician, singer, songwriter and ...
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Why not host a concert in your home?

  “What’s a house concert?” “The singer performs in your house?” “Do you have to pay them?” These are just a few of the questions friends asked my wife and me when we told them we were planning to host ...
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On going to concerts alone

  You’re at a concert with a group of friends and having an awesome time when suddenly out of the corner of your eye you spot it. It stands out in a crowd. It can make you feel somewhat curious ...
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Why I love listening to music on vinyl

  I love live music! Whether it’s seeing a local artist in my local bar, a touring act at a soft seat theatre, a multi-day music festival or an international artist appearing at a large stadium, I simply can’t get ...