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Sorry Adam Sandler. Time for some real Hanukkah Songs ...

Christmas has an enormous musical tradition associated with it that’s probably as old as the holiday itself – a peculiar mish-mash of Christian hymns and cheery ditties about snowmen, reindeer, elves and Santa Clause that were in many cases actually ...
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James Gordon laughs at the indignities of life on the ...

The life of the touring musician gets romanticized in popular culture – in stories about hard-working dreamers who drive eight hours to faraway towns, play shows for half-empty rooms and then wake up the next morning at the crack of ...
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A pair of songs for World AIDS Day

As World AIDS Day approached this year, I started looking for Canadian folk/roots and world music songs about the AIDS crisis, and I was surprised how hard it was. Singer-songwriters have chronicled so much of our history, and yet I ...
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‘The most fun you can have sitting down with your ...

It’s that time of year. Yeah yeah, Christmas. Yeah yeah, turkey. Yeah yeah, stockings (maybe). One of the greatest traditions for Vancouver audiences — and now for all of us who can join in online — is the Van Django ...
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James Gordon’s new song is a lament for a broken ...

If you’re feeling melancholy about the state of the music business, here’s a little good news. No, Spotify royalties have not shot up by 200 per cent. No, we have not seen a proliferation of small restaurants paying scale. No, ...
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The rocker who wrote one of the greatest Canadian folk ...

If you were a kid in the late 1970s or early ‘80s, chances are, there’s a song that will pop into your head now and again – one that you still remember all the words to, even 40 or 50 ...
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How COVID helped birth Sultans of String’s award-winning documentary film

On the surface, the Sultans of String documentary The Refuge Project-Visual Album is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their 2020 album Refuge, which was released just at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown. At its core ...
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Help Allison Brown discover new Canadian winter/holiday songs for her ...

Hi everyone, Allison Brown here!  The holiday season is coming up, and I’m working on putting together my annual Fireside Radio Hour again this year, broadcast from my snow-covered cabin in a secret location in northern Ontario beside my crackling ...
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Chance Brown Releases Alt.Country Folk-Blues “This World’s On Fire” Album

Chance Brown is a singer-songwriter with a troubled soul that applies gentle dulcet tones to his debut album, This World’s On Fire, a perfect mix of alt-country, folk blues and ultra-raw storytelling. Originally hailing from Vancouver Island with his roots ...
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How PEI drew the members of Inn Echo to settle ...

There are any number of reasons why the members of a band come together. It could be a shared love of a style of music, common musical influences or a general curiosity about a musical heritage. Or it could be ...