Concert review

Concert review

The Hill: the Edmonton Folk Music Festival concert film

On paper, The Hill shouldn’t have worked. The concert film about the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, released online this past weekend for a one-weekend-only free, online screening – a stand-in for the festival itself – has no discernible narrative arc ...
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Sierra Noble and the New Customs – Apr. 23 on ...

            On Thursday, Apr. 23, Home Routes live-streamed on Facebook a double bill with Sierra Noble and the New Customs. Normally a kind of non-profit music community that books home gigs in rural Canada, Home Routes has taken advantage of ...
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Choir! Choir! Choir!  A review of two shows: offline and ...

If you haven’t yet heard of Choir! Choir! Choir! you probably don’t spend a lot of time online.  It is an act that wouldn’t work in quite the same way, were it not for social media. The Toronto duo of ...
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Corb Lund – April 7 on Facebook Live

When Corb Lund opened with “September,” it was with a false start; his guitar wasn’t in tune. “Excuse me everyone. Sorry,” he said, and ran off camera to get an electric tuner and start again, seemingly without embarrassment. By the ...
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Festival des Festivals Trad En Direct – Mar. 28 on ...

What a fun day to be surfing Facebook Live! An online folk festival was taking place all day and into the wee hours of the evening, featuring some of the most venerated and talented members of the Québecois folklore community, ...
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Nathan Rogers – multiple performances on Facebook Live

This is just for a few laughs, he explained (no fundraising involved), but Nathan Rogers’ own peculiar brand of FUNraising just might be keeping some of us at least half sane in this era of self-isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...
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Rufus Wainwright – multiple streaming concerts on Facebook Live

Rufus Wainwright could perform in his bathrobe and still have me spellbou…. Oh wait! He IS in his bathrobe! Starting last week, Rufus began a series of at-home concerts broadcast as part of the #TogetherAtHome initiative. He is fundraising for ...
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Alan Doyle – Mar. 21 and 22 on Facebook Live

Fourteen thousand dollars. That’s what Alan Doyle brought in for the Kids Help Phone during this weekend’s basement coronavirus concerts. I’d say that was pretty good going. We are all going a little stir crazy with what this pandemic is ...
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Blue Rodeo – Feb. 8 at Budweiser Gardens, London

Canada’s Blue Rodeo returned to London, ON on Feb. 8 to celebrate their eighth appearance at Budweiser Gardens, but the night was special for an even more important reason. Thirty-five years ago to the date, Blue Rodeo made their debut ...
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Songbird North – Feb. 4 at the Roundhouse Community Ctr., ...

I was not planning to review this bi-monthly, in-the-round event at the Roundhouse Community Centre. After all, I’ve been to at least half a dozen of these and performed at two myself. But on my way in, I wondered if ...