Concert review

Concert review

2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards nightly showcases present the future ...

  What, is it time for the 16th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards already? This mostly volunteer organization has been celebrating Canada’s rich community and niche song cultures in the late fall for years, giving a sense of closure and consensus to ...
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The Moonshinin’ Music Fest live stream – Dec. 6 from ...

As it is the season, venues and performers are putting aside their inner concerns for more benevolent efforts, such as the Moonshinin’ Music Fest Live Stream, Saturday evening, Dec. 6 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver.  Organized and hosted by ...
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Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival goes cyber

It’s Friday night. Steve Earle, Hannah Georgas, Hawksley Workman and Jason Isbell are scheduled to perform at this year’s Ottawa CityFolk Festival.  And here I am sitting at my computer — about to attend Ottawa’s Annual folk fest. Is this ...
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Oh Susanna – Nov. 7 online

Suzie Ungerleider is working.  At the start of 2020, Suzie, a.k.a Oh Susanna, was opening for the Jim Cuddy Band’s Countrywide Soul tour at Vancouver’s famed Commodore Ballroom.  For Suzie, the gig was an opportunity to showcase her fierce vocal ...
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Connie Kaldor – Big Skies to Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Oct. ...

After a spring spent mastering the art of performing concerts online – and a summer spent playing outdoors as much as humanly possible – artists are returning to their computers for the fall, just as COVID’s second wave is kicking ...
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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, ...