Concert review

Concert review

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 ...
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A Piece of the Rock – Feb. 1 at the ...

On a snowy Saturday night in the historic village of Port Credit, ON, we had a wonderful evening of Newfoundland music from A Piece of the Rock, performing at the Unitarian congregation’s coffee house folk night. That night, the band’s ...
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The 2020 Maple Blues Awards: Feb. 3 at Koerner ...

The blues came out to play again on Monday night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the yearly Maple Blues Awards gala. The burgeoning young Canadian blues talent pool was represented strongly by refreshing newcomers to the proceedings: Miss Emily, who ...
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Be Kind rewind: the Be Kind Festival Jan. 17-19 ...

It’s that time of year when most people need a very good reason to go out. This past weekend, the people at Speak Music gave us just that with the inaugural Be Kind Festival, a three-day event with 51 performers on ...
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Sultans of String Christmas Caravan – Dec. 15 in Toronto

Winter bit in a bit early this year, so it’s natural, in the northern order of things, to obey the nesting impulse, to align ourselves more intimately with the purr of the furnace and the Koenig and the glow of ...
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The Good Lovelies – Dec. 14 at Dublin Street United ...

The Dublin Street United Church sits nestled among beautiful century homes on a tree-lined street on the edge of downtown Guelph. Last Saturday evening while cars swished by on slushy streets a merry crowd of revelers gathered on the city ...
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Tim Baker – Dec. 6 at War Memorial Hall, Guelph

I was fortunate enough to catch Tim Baker’s sold-out show at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall last Friday. The former member of Hey Rosetta! is currently touring in support of his debut solo album, Forever Overhead, released April ...
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How Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole transformed this holiday hater

“And so this is Christmas . . . and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun . . .” John Lennon The familiar strains of John Lennon’s Christmas classic filled the old Empress theatre ...
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The Small Glories – Oct. 11, The Rogue Folk Club, ...

It’s hard for me to imagine how anyone could not love The Small Glories. Even harder to imagine is seeing them live and not falling head over heels for the powerhouse/high-energy duo that is Cara Luft and J.D. Edwards. The ...