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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 5. Saturday ...

6:24 p.m.: When I walk into the showcase room where Janice Jo Lee is performing, she’s in the middle of a funky, upbeat number that sees her alternating between singing and playing the horn. Her band consists of keyboards, bass, ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 4. Saturday ...

12:15 p.m.: It’s that time in the conference weekend where the need for sleep is starting to take precedence over the desire to go to things. I wanted to go to the queer peer group this morning, but it turned ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 2. ...

11:30 a.m.: I arrived at the Grand Ballroom for the start of the day’s spotlight showcases because I wanted to catch PEI’s Dylan Menzie, who I last saw live during PEI Music Week in 2014, when he was promoting his ...
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Heather’s Folk Music Ontario 2022 conference travelogue part 1. ...

8:00 p.m.: Transportation schedules being what they are, I have just arrived at the Folk Music Ontario conference, a full two hours after it started and too late to see one of the artists I was really looking forward to ...
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5 things I can’t wait to see at the Folk ...

As you read this, chances are I’m on the bus to London, ON, preparing to spend the first of three evenings watching live music until the wee hours at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference – although thanks to the ...
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‘I don’t compromise’; how Fiona Black has made a 25-year ...

It was 25 years ago that Fiona Black got herself a job at what was then Capilano College in North Vancouver. We met on a sunny early October afternoon at the bustling Calabria Cafe in the heart of East Vancouver’s ...
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10 showcase acts Heather plans to check out at the ...

It’s hard to believe that in less than a week, many of us will be checking in at the DoubleTree in London for the first in-person Folk Music Ontario conference in three years. Please don’t mind me if I weep ...
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Benoit Bourque reflects on changing approaches to Quebecois trad music

The traditional folk music scene in Québec has a rich and storied history. The call-and-response style of songs goes back to the days of the voyageurs, while the musical accompaniment of fiddles, bones and feet still help provide the rhythm ...
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4 amazing shows to check out at the Rogue Folk ...

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club dives fully into the fall season this month with four shows for us, including two artists who could fairly be described as legends. Don Ross and Connie Kaldor are both on the schedule, along with LJ ...
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Sultans of String will launch Sanctuary Nov. 4 in Toronto

Sultans of String is preparing to officially launch the Sanctuary album at the Jane Mallett Theatre in Toronto on Nov. 4. The event, part of the Canadian Arab Orchestra’s Festival of Arabic Music & Arts, will feature the core members ...