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The night Gord Downie helped me woo my future wife

It was Oct. 6, 1994. Full disclosure: I may have been drinking. I may have been a little drunk. Okay, maybe more than a little.  The day began with a long drive. I and five other university friends (one of ...
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Derek Andrews talks NAC award, Hugh’s Room Live and more

If you listen to world music, chances are a good chunk of what you love has been touched, in some way, by Derek Andrews. He made a name for himself as the music programmer for Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre from 1985 ...
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The Hornby Island Blues Society is this year’s Blues Booster ...

The board of directors of the Toronto Blues Society has unanimously agreed to honour the Hornby Island Blues Society with this year’s Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian ...
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Garry Lowe: Foundation bass player mourned at spectacular Toronto ...

The late Toronto bass player Garry Lowe, taken by cancer earlier in the year, was honoured with a concert at the Danforth Music Hall on the last Friday night of 2018, on what would have been his 65th birthday. The ...
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A Holiday Miracle for Myles Goodwyn, 46 years in the ...

Here is a heartwarming story for anyone who treasures their instruments or has had the misfortune of losing one in an untoward manner – courtesy of Myles Goodwyn, Canadian record producer, guitarist, lead vocalist, main songwriter, and founding member of ...
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Favourite things Jim Marino heard in 2018

Jim Marino hosts the Freewheeling Folk Show on CFMU.  He joins us this week to share his reflections on the best new music of 2018. Wayne Krawchuk is a local singer-songwriter who doubles with Cootes Paradise. His latest offering is ...
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Favourite things Josh Forbes heard in 2018

In the fall of 2015 I was, let’s say, medically retired from my full-time job as a professional driver due to struggles with a diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Being unwillingly “retired” meant I learned very quickly that I ...
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Favourite things Elizabeth Szekeres heard in 2018

The conclusion of the tumultuous year of 2018 approached fast, and this year was so incredibly stressful with the constant barrage of bad political and environmental news – first from south of the border and then within our own home ...
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Favourite things Paul Corby heard in 2018

You can find Paul Corby’s full list of his Top 50 albums of the year – in all genres – by clicking HERE.  His favourite new songs of the year are HERE. Ever notice that after the morning coffee and ...
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Favourite things Heather Kitching heard in 2018

After more than a decade of working as a roots music publicist, during which my attentions were concentrated on a relatively small number of talented clients, I’ve delighted this year in having the opportunity to get out and discover new ...