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Ted Ferris reviews the Troubadour Festival

I was so impressed by the level of talent that Inside The Music was able to book for the inaugural Troubadour Festival in 2018 (Joel Plaskett Emergency, Emm Gryner, Ariana Gillis, Ron Hawkins & The Do Good Assassins, Chris Coole ...
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Ted Ferris sets up this weekend’s Troubadour Festival

The second annual Troubadour Festival kicks off in Barrie, ON this Friday evening. The-two day event, produced by Inside The Music, attracted 2,500 live music fans during its inaugural festival in 2018. With a lineup of 40 artists in eight ...
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Why Ted Ferris can’t get enough of Madison Violet’s latest ...

The first time I saw Madison Violet perform, my wife and I were sitting on the grass in front of the mainstage at the Eaglewood Folk Festival with singer-songwriter Mo Kenney. We’d run into Mo as we were heading back ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...