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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Saturday night showcases

6:25 p.m.: I’ve been lured back into the Vista Salon by the sounds of a boisterous brass band that seems way too fun to miss. Earlier, I had settled in to enjoy the gentle country-folk sounds of Beausejour, the new ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Indigenous Artists showcase

12:25 p.m.: Desiree Dorion has just wrapped up her set opening the Indigenous artists showcase, and her last number was a show-stopper called “Break the Chain” – inspired by her experience as the granddaughter of a residential school survivor and ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: Friday evening showcase travelogue

6:37 p.m. – I arrive at the official showcase in time to catch a man bun-sporting, suspender-wearing artist named Mister K. singing a sweet-sounding downtempo tune of the kind Dallas Green fans might appreciate while accompanying himself on electric keyboard ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: the FMO award-winners showcase

12:10 p.m.: I settle into the York Ballroom as Sarah Hiltz is setting up her song “Retching in the Wings,” inspired by Sinead O’Connor’s performance of Bob Marley’s “War” at a 1992 Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens – ...
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Why Jan Hall’s Estelle Klein Award feels like a come-back ...

Jan Hall spent the first six weeks of this summer in a very dark place. The chronic fatigue syndrome she has battled for the past 12 years had flared up yet again, this time forcing her to cancel MCing gigs ...
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Holy month of music at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club!

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club has really outdone itself for the coming month with seven – count ’em seven! – shows on the schedule for October and not a single one you can really afford to miss.  Tom Russell?  The Small ...
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Listen to your 2019 Folk Music Ontario award-winners

When the Folk Music Ontario conference unfolds in Mississauga this weekend, two of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Sunday morning awards brunch and the Friday afternoon awards showcase. Each year, FMO salutes up-and-coming artists by offering a range of ...
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Ted Ferris reviews the Troubadour Festival

I was so impressed by the level of talent that Inside The Music was able to book for the inaugural Troubadour Festival in 2018 (Joel Plaskett Emergency, Emm Gryner, Ariana Gillis, Ron Hawkins & The Do Good Assassins, Chris Coole ...
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Canadianamericana: new country vs. true country at Americanafest

Heading down to the Nashville Americanafest, my heart is light. It’s the first time I’ve attended an event like this as an observer, rather than a participant. With no new record to promote or even a music career to speak ...
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Corby sets up the Small World Music Festival in Toronto

Once again, Toronto’s Small World Music Festival, now in its 18th year, unfurls the whole world in our very laps for us. Offering a rich buffet of culturally diverse musical delicacies over the next two weekends, and foregoing the centrally-located ...