Concert review

Concert review

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 ...
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Songs for the Revolution: Scott Cook’s revolutionary soul takes to ...

The weather was looking a little uncertain, but Paul Kent’s invitation was clear: rain or shine, troubadour Scott Cook would be performing this Sunday in Hamill Creek. Songs for the Revolution, wanted to experience Scott Cook’s revolutionary spirit up close, ...
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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 ...