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Stacked schedule at Sherwood Park’s Festival Place this March

Sherwood Park, Alta.’s Festival Place will be home to an eclectic mix of folk, blues, country, and traditional artists this March. From local to international performers, Festival Place is proudly presenting: Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier | Friday, March 1 ...
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Max Kerman of Arkells talks songcraft with Elizabeth Szekeres

The best songwriters are invariably really smart, perceptive people with a grand passion for what they believe in. We’ve been keeping an ear out for a while now on what young Max Kerman has been up to, and for a ...
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Folk Alliance: how Twin Flames’ video and Tanya Tagaq’s ...

The cultural media is focusing attention this year on the arrival of what Jeremy Dutcher called the “Indigenous Renaissance” during his acceptance speech at the Polaris Music Prize, a polar vortex of critical and creative affirmation from the maligned hearts ...
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Folk Alliance: 50 years after Lennon’s bed-in for peace ...

We didn’t go to bed til around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a long night of watching music, so the sudden brightness in the hotel room around 8 felt oppressively early. All the same, we couldn’t miss the historic “bed-in” ...
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Folk Alliance: the business of trad music in Quebec

The annual Folk Alliance International conference wrapped up in Montreal this weekend – its first time in Canada since 2013 – and Roots Music Canada was there in force.  We’re still processing all the amazing things we saw and did ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the late-night Saturday night ...

First up in the Saturday late night showcases at Folk Alliance International was Sawyer Fredericks, who won The Voice competition at the age of sixteen in 2015. We have been spellbound by the songwriting of this young man. “Hide your ...
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Folk Alliance: Corby contemplates its circus-like atmosphere

Picture something between a circus and a tornado.  But with banjos.  Merrily it coalesced.  The Friday night Folk Alliance was in town.  Instead of jugglers, lanky lads and lasses in po’boy caps, vests and loud pants hung with fretted instruments ...
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Folk Alliance: The revolution will not be translated; Corby ...

Gather round folkish hearts. A freedom fire is burning in mid Montreal. As Haiti exercised its right to riot and R. Kelly’s and Ryan Adam’s ears caught fire in a blaze of sexual scandal, the folk guard refreshed the law ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s official showcase travelogue (Thursday)

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference, the world’s largest gathering of folk artists and industry people.  A key component of Folk Alliance is the showcases, series ...
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Folk Alliance: Dispatches from the Wednesday night showcases

The Wednesday night showcases began spectacularly for us.  The young American singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks blew us away first off with his first ever official showcase at a music conference. This is songwriting that makes your hair stand on end. Sawyer’s ...