Concert review

Concert review

Joel Fafard and Kentucky Eileen – July 31 at High ...

On July 31 at a beautifully renovated church venue in Gibsons, B.C. called High Beam Dreams, and as part of the Sunshine Coast’s Rogue Arts Festival, I attended my first live show since March of 2020.  Prior to this roughly ...
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Elliott BROOD – Aug. 6 at the Hayloft Dancehall, Prince ...

Far from the bustle of city life, under soft yellow barn lights, the veteran folk-rock trio of Stephen Pitkin, Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso reminded us of the joy live music can bring.  On a sticky summer evening in Eastern ...
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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 ...