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Concert review

Folk Alliance: Heather’s Saturday showcase travelogue

4:30 p.m.:  I admit it.  I can be shallow.  I HAVE been known to judge a book by its cover.  Case in point, the Polky Village Band has always struck me as kind of a hokey name, so I’m a ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s Friday night showcase travelogue

4:55 – “Are there any other introverts in the room?” asks PEI artist Meaghan Blanchard a song or two into her official showcase set in the Canadian Music East Coast Style suite.  The comment seems to reflect the tranquil and ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth Szekeres’ tour of the Friday night ...

First up in the official showcases of Friday afternoon at the Folk Alliance International conference was Kaia Kater with her band. She played a series of lovely passionate songs on guitar and banjo, including some from her new album Grenades, ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the Thursday night private ...

Three floors of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal are set aside this weekend for private showcase performances. Every room has its beds removed so that a constant procession of musicians can do showcase performances they hope will catch ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the official showcases (Thursday)

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference, the world’s largest gathering of folk artists and industry people.  A key component of Folk Alliance is the showcases, series ...
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Folk Alliance: Dispatches from the Wednesday night showcases

401 white-outs and grounded flights be damned, the Folk Alliance conference kicked off Wednesday with a few absent friends, but evidently no frost on the festive folks who had made it into the 2019 host venue, Montreal’s famous Fairmont Hotel. ...
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The Maple Blues Awards, Feb. 4 at Koerner Hall, Toronto

The blues takes its time. It will tell you things twice to make sure you feel them. Then it will send a soul tremor straight to your heart. Blue hours spent are, for better or worse, true hours, even though, ...
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Sonia Deleo w/ Miranda Krogstad and Jacob Payne, Jan. 12 ...

When I first got the Facebook invite for a show called Sonia Deleo and Friends from Sonia herself, who is a fantastic local singer-songwriter, I knew it would be an exciting night. When I saw my good friend and exceptional ...
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12 days of Christmas: Boreal – Dec. 8 at ...

Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala probably couldn’t have picked a better name for their annual winter touring project than Boreal.  There is something decidedly northern about their sophisticated blend of winter-themed songs, which runs the gamut from holiday ...
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The Barr Brothers – Nov. 30 at the Marquee Ballroom, ...

The Barr Brothers are a Montreal-based band with a funky, indie-folk feel. And last Friday, they performed at the Marquee Ballroom in Halifax, NS. Michael Feuerstack opened for them, playing a mix of newer music and old favourites from his ...