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The Top 10 must-see shows at Winterfolk 2020 in Toronto

February is here, and the countdown for Toronto’s 18th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is officially on. As the festival gears up to showcase more than 100 of the genre’s best artists across five stages over three days this Feb. ...
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The Lynne(das)? Linda McRae and Lynne Hanson are playing ...

Victoria concert-goers are in for a treat tonight as Lynne Hanson and Linda McRae, both with brand new albums, take the stage at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre’s Upstairs Lounge (check out their latest videos below).    Lynne Hanson is ...
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Montreal’s Little Misty has released its debut album for Valentine’s ...

Little Misty is a progressive folk band from Montreal, formed by singer Kathryn Samman and guitarist François Jalbert. Known for their projects in the Montreal jazz scene and their work with bands like Bellflower and Tunnel, the young duo stepped ...
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Lillian Wauthier recaps the Folk Alliance International conference in New ...

Music is alive and well in New Orleans! I’ve just come home from the huge 32nd annual Folk Alliance International Music conference (Jan. 22-26) celebrating the story of people and place, held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans – ...
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Frazey Ford on sewing, healing and U Kin B the ...

When I reached Frazey Ford at her East Vancouver home two days before the launch of her third solo album, U Kin B the Sun, she’d been spending the day in a very East Van sort of way:  making granola ...
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Loudon Wainwright III talks to Serena Renner before his Thursday ...

Loudon Wainwright III, the iconic American singer-songwriter, actor, and humourist – former spouse of the late Kate McGarrigle and father to esteemed Canadian musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright – will perform but one concert in Canada on his current tour: ...
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Lynn Harrison’s Heavy Uplifting

Mystic currents in the folk tradition run deep. In the Canadian canon, they surface sporadically – in the ecstatic confluence of Buffy and Leonard’s “God Is Alive / Magic Is Afoot,” on Bruce’s first evidences of epiphany in “He Came ...
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Six songs to help us talk about mental health

Content warning:  if you are battling mental illness right now, please know that this article and these songs all deal with the topic – and make your decision to read on, or not, accordingly. If you are feeling overwhelmed by ...
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Six shows you don’t want to miss at Vancouver’s Rogue ...

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club kicked off 2020 in style by featuring massively popular acts David Francey and Fred Eaglesmith in January.  Now Steve Edge and company are following that up with six – count ’em, six! – amazing shows in ...
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Check out these gorgeous new songs from Rose Cousins’ forthcoming ...

Rose Cousins releases her new album, Bravado, Feb. 21 on Outside Music, and if the string of singles she’s been releasing in advance is any indication, it’s going to be a monster.  She’s just put out another new one:  “The ...