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Sultans of String – Sanctuary

There are places in the world where for reasons that are beyond logic, you cannot visit or even contemplate living a life of safety and calm. War, politics, terrorism, poverty, crime, environmental degradation and persecution are just some of the ...
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iskwe and Tom Wilson – Mother Love

iskwe and Tom Wilson release their first album together, Mother Love, tomorrow. They sing brilliantly throughout the album as it ranges from the blues to sweet indie folk to crushing Americana ballads. Tom is the main singer-songwriter on Mother Love. ...
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Harrison Kennedy – Thanks for Tomorrow

Thanks for Tomorrow is an outstanding album. Arguably, it is Harrison Kennedy’s greatest in a long line of wonderful projects. T.F.T. has a little bit of everything from country blues to R&B and is supported by Jesse O’Brien, Colin Linden, ...
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Wilco – Cruel Country (dBpm)

Scroll to the bottom of this review for Wilco’s upcoming Canadian dates When it was announced that Wilco’s new album would be a return (at least in spirit) to their origins as a band that deconstructed country music from a ...
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The Gold Rush is now: Neil Young’s Official Bootleg Series ...

It’s a good time to be a Neil Young fan. Since the 2009 launch of his Archives project, each ensuing year has unearthed new live and studio recordings. Throughout his 50-plus year career, he has added revealing new perspectives on his famously ...
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Abigail Lapell – Stolen Time

There is a sense of melodicism that leads the way on everything that Abigail Lapell does. Her songs follow a harmonic logic that reassures with its certainty, even though her lyrics may confess dark doubts and attempt to negotiate impossible ...
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Le Vent du Nord – 20 Printemps

In early March, Le Vent du Nord released a new album called 20 Printemps, a title that signifies rebirth and rejuvenation, appropriate for a group that has over two decades expanded and developed its musical vision – a vision dedicated ...
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Mark Sullivan – Promenade Home

Three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Mark Sullivan is a renowned composer of original Canadian fiddle music. He is a respected teacher and has won accolades for his playing from such luminaries of the fiddle scene as Donnell Leahy, Calvin ...
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Alan Doyle – Here, Tonight

On March 11, Alan Doyle released his first live album, titled Here, Tonight. It’s a collection of songs recorded at shows over the past few years, backed up by the immensely talented The Beautiful Beautiful Band, consisting of Cory Tetford, ...
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Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970-2020)

On Dec. 3, True North Records released Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970-2020), a two-CD, 30-song compilation that covers 50 years in the career of this iconic Canadian singer-songwriter. It was no doubt quite the challenge to decide what to include ...