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The Canmore Folk Music Festival – Tom Coxworth’s recap

It starts with the 90-minute road-trip toward the Rockies – an annual trek I have made for 27 years.   The tradition for the past twelve of those years has been to do a live broadcast of The Celtic Show ...
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The Stan Rogers Folk Festival: is there magic in ...

For anyone unfamiliar with the late great Stan Rogers (1949-1983), here’s what you need to know:  he is celebrated for immortalizing the experiences of ordinary Canadians in song – particularly those Canadians on Canada’s East Coast. Songs like “Northwest Passage,” ...
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Sunday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival (child in tow!)

Okay, Sunday morning at the Calgary Folk Music Festival requires an entirely new plan of attack. This starts at home with waking up a rather cranky 12-year-old boy and forcing him to hang out with his dad and listen to ...
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Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Ok, a plan is definitely needed in order to get as much enjoyment out of a music festival as possible. I pulled out my trusty smart phone with the official Calgary Folk Music Festival app and made a detailed plan ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 3 (Sunday)

Sunday at Mémoire et Racines dawned bright and sunny, a beautiful day for listening to music in the shade of the ash trees, which, in this corner of North America, fortunately have not yet been affected by the devastation of ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 2 (Saturday)

Under the light of the waning full moon on Saturday night, the band Genticorum finished up the main stage performances for the night. Presenting music from their new CD, Avant L’Orage, (before the storm), the band played with incredible musicianship. Beautiful tunes, ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: Day 1 (Friday)

After a week of torrential rain in the Lanaudière region of Québec, Festival Mémoire et Racines opened with gorgeous warm sunshine leading to spectacular performances on Friday evening. This festival is located right in the heart of Quebec’s traditional music community, ...
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Sunday night at the Dawson City Music Festival

“It’s like a party.” – Annat Kennet, my traveling companion “It IS a party!” – Me People who live in almost total darkness for three quarters of the year don’t need much of a reason to have a good time ...
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Dispatches from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Day 3 ...

Here are a few truisms about folk festivals (and music festivals in general, but particularly folk festivals). You’re not going to be able to hear all the music. If you try, you won’t have any fun, and you’ll never see ...
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Vancouver Island MusicFest: hot music … and just plain ...

This recap of the Vancouver Island Music Fest is an abridged version of three separate days of daily reviews published by bloggers Keith and Heather Nicol at their travel blog. You can see the full, original write-ups – and more ...