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Here are your 2023 Maple Blues Winners

The 26th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony unfolded last night at Harbourfront Centre, featuring performances by AV Ann Vriend, Blue Moon Marquee, Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes (of Bywater Call), Kevin Harvey and Neil Elsemore (of the Durham County Poets), ...
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It’s an all-star month of shows at the Rogue Folk ...

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club has an all-star month of shows lined up for February that includes two Juno winners, three Juno nominees and a recipient of the highest  honour for traditional arts in the U.S.  Hopefully you’ve got some spare ...
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Catching up with Le Vent du Nord a year after ...

“We’re not a political band, but in a way it’s a political act to sing in French wherever we go in the world,” said Nicolas Boulerice, a founding member of the Quebec band Le Vent du Nord, who last year ...
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How Geoff Berner’s Jewish heritage informs his calling out of ...

Geoff Berner has always been the kind of guy you could count on for an uncompromising take on what ails the world – the kind of guy who will unfailingly side with artistic virtue whenever it comes in conflict with ...
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Winterfolk is back in-person this year – and also on ...

After two years of being online-only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is back in real life for its 21st anniversary. The festival, which features a change of neighborhood this year to Kensington Market, ...
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Here are this year’s ECMA nominees in the roots, world ...

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announced the 2023 East Coast Music Award nominees on Tuesday. The East Pointers tied with Classified for the most nominations with six each. David Myles, Madison Violet, Andrew Waite, and Lisa Leblanc each have ...
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Where to celebrate Robert Burns Day tonight

Let’s face it, any occasion to break out a wee dram is fine with us, scottish or not.  And you know, a well-prepared haggis isn’t so bad either. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to drink a little Scotch ...
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Other Canadian folk fests say they’re not in danger of ...

Folk festivals across Canada have told Roots Music Canada they’re in no immediate danger of going the way of Vancouver, despite facing new challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic similar to those that may end the Vancouver festival ...
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How having a child has changed the Bombadils’ approach to ...

When you become a parent for the first time your priorities change. This little human life form takes precedence, and it’s up to you to re-arrange how you fit everything else into your life. If you’re a musician,, it can ...
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Friends and fans are preparing to fight to save the ...

Friends and fans of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are rallying to try and save the event – or at least the society that organizes it. The board of directors announced on Tuesday that it is canceling the 2023 festival ...