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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...