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Hear all the Juno nominees you need to hear in ...

Every year when the Juno nominees come out, I do a little cheer for the friends and favourite artists that have shown up on the list. But invariably, there will also be names on those lists that cause me to ...
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Two nights of Irish music at Festival Place in Sherwood ...

Two of Irish music’s best-known exports come to Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB this March. Dervish (Mar. 13) is renowned for live performances of dazzling tunes and stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The Celtic Tenors (Mar. 20) offer the ...
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Laura Smith: a powerful voice is missing

I first heard Laura Smith (then known as Susie Smith) in London, ON. It was back in the mid-70s at Smale’s Pace Coffeehouse, and Laura was not only singing but waitressing at the club as well. I can’t tell you ...
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Gender parity efforts at Canadian music festivals are stalling

There wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate on International Women’s Day yesterday when it comes to women and non-binary people in the music business. Secret Frequency’s annual report card on gender parity at music festivals – which was released this ...
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Mike Regenstreif remembers Laura Smith (1952-2020)

Beloved east coast singer-songwriter Laura Smith passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after a brief battle with cancer. Mike Regenstreif was one of many in the Canadian Roots Music community who was touched by her friendship.  Mike is ...
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Reflections on changing your dreams before your dreams change you

About 23 years ago, Shauna and I were out in Banff National Park for one of our spring/summer hiking trips, and we went to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for dinner after one of our many, lengthy Canadian Rocky Mountain hikes. We got into ...
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7 March shows you can’t miss at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk ...

With a line-up that includes award-winning blues-based vocal powerhouse Shakura S’Aida, legendary Irish musicians Altan and Sharon Shannon, Juno nominated new-generation Canadian bluegrass band the Slocan Ramblers, and beloved Canadian musical comedy trio the Arrogant Worms, the Rogue Folk Club ...
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King Alpha’s Song In A Strange Land : Concert and ...

Earlier this month at Todmorden Mills, huddled in the snow-filled valley of the Don River, on the refurbished site of Ontario’s first paper mill, the concentrated forces of Canadian reggae music defrosted some history of their own. VJ Michael Williams, ...
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A Folk Alliance photo album from FAI 2020

Howard Gladstone attended the FAI conference in New Orleans, LA in his multiple roles as music lover, photographer, showcasing singer-songwriter, and founder of record label Sonic Peach Music.  Below are some of his photos, descriptions, and commentary. “Any excuse to ...
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Folk alliances in New Orleans: a personal reflection on the ...

I was snowed in at Folk Alliance International in Montreal when I first heard FAI 2020 would be in New Orleans. In that moment, all I knew was, one way or another, I would find a way to FAI in ...