Concert review

Concert review

Bob Stark – Sculpted Pieces of Love

Like many projects developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the production of Bob Stark’s eighth album, Sculpted Pieces of Love, was greatly affected. The Ottawa native, who has lived in Vancouver since 1996 had all the parts recorded in The Warehouse ...
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Dispatches from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival day three (Sunday)

It’s day three of the Goderich Celtic Roots Music Festival’s weekend edition, but festival events have been going on since Aug. 1. Even on the final day of what must be a long week for the volunteers and crew, warm ...
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Dispatches from the Festival of Friends (Saturday)

The Festival of Friends is an extensive outdoor music, arts and crafts festival which began back in 1976. This year, the festival embraced an Indigenous focus, showcasing many Indigenous artists. The festival is held in Hamilton’s Gage Park, on the ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day one (Friday)

Festival Mémoire et Racines this year is hosting its first full festival since 2019, before the pandemic began. For the festival opener, again this year, Camp Violon TradQuébecois entertained the growing crowd with tunes the 60-plus students had just mastered ...
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Recap: Saturday at the Hillside Summer Festival

The Hillside Summer Festival and Hillside Inside 2022 took place from July 22 to 24 on Guelph Lake Island, featuring three days of multi-stage performances including collaborative sessions. What is so special about the Hillside Festival experience is the creation ...
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Dispatches from the Mission Folk Music Festival

I just returned from the Mission Folk Music Festival, having spent most of Saturday and a good chunk of yesterday listening to music – some 13 hours or so. What kind of music? Well, folk music. I state this because ...
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The Maple Blues Awards 2022

“Nobody from here grew up in the blues,” said singer Shakura S’Aida, after she was presented with the distinguished Blues With A Feeling Maple Blues Award at last night’s ceremony at Koerner Hall. ”You have only adopted the music.” Her ...
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Genevieve Racette – March 14 at the Dakota Tavern, Toronto

The moon in the sky is waxing, the snow hills on the boulevard are waning, and in downtown Toronto, starved music fans are coming back to the bars. Even on a Monday night, the Dakota Tavern was brimming with eager ...
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The Toronto Blues Society’s 34th annual Women’s Blues Revue

You know, sometimes some of these blues guys can sound like they’re running a salvage job on a bygone spirit, brassy and cold, like a Viagra version of lust, and not unlike the effect of taking a day job option ...
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 Muhtadi International Drumming Festival – Oct. 17 at Wychwood Barns, ...

Rick Lazar & Samba Squad At Toronto’s Wychwood Barns this last Sunday, bright sunshine and scores of percussion stars turned out to appreciate and show sincere admiration for the cultural contributions of drummer, teacher and activist Muhtadi Thomas. His annual ...