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Reflections on the Maple Blues Awards

The Maple Blues Awards have been swimming upstream since they began in 1997, left in the wake of more popular forms of music with their higher profiles and bigger budgets. You don’t need to have the blues to get the ...
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Snowshoes and Song Circles

It’s early March 2010, and I’m driving up Highway 35, a few hours north of Toronto. I’m on my way to teach at the Haliburton Winter Folk Camp. The snow is starting to melt away, but there’s still a bit ...
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East Coast Music Award nominees announced

The 2011 nominees for the East Coast Music Awards were announced today, recognizing over 50 Atlantic-province roots musicians, including David Myles, who garnered five nominations, and Christina Martin, Dave Gunning, The Stanfields and Lennie Gallant, with four nominations each.  We’re ...
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Madison Violet receive John Lennon

Songwriting Competition Award

JUNO Award nominated alt.country duo Madison Violet were presented with the prestigious Maxell Song of the Year Award from the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their original song, “The Ransom” taken from the band’s JUNO Award nominated album No ...
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2011 Maple Blues Award Winners

Canadian blues artists from coast-to-coast were well represented at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a sold-out crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian Blues at Koerner Hall. Ottawa’s Monkey Junk took the ...
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Jay Aymar – Passing Through

It starts with the voice. It always does. That’s the curse/blessing of the singer-songwriter: the voice has to have a quality that quickly captures your love, earns your trust, and opens your mind enough to absorb the more complex and ...
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David Baxter’s Patina

“Patina” may be an unusual title for a second album, but it’s an appropriate one for David Baxter’s sophomore release. Having spent more than 30 years in the music business before releasing his debut (2009’s CFMA-nominated “Day & Age”), Baxter ...
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Kim Wempe – Painting With Tides

You learn a lot about a performer by taking a quick look through their website. It provides a snapshot of what they’re all about – or it should. Coinciding with the theme of her full-length debut, Painting With Tides, kimwempe.com ...
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Shelagh Rogers elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our friend, mentor and sometime contributor Shelagh Rogers on being elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada. Shelagh is beloved from coast to coast to coast for her work as a broadcaster ...
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RIP Rosalie Goldstein

It’s with a great deal of sadness that I pass on the news that Rosalie Goldstein, one of the architects of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, died on the morning of Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. Rosalie died of congestive heart ...