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Church with Birch – Diane Birch Review

May 28, 2010 Call it Divine Intervention for the opportunity to do ‘Church with Birch’ within the intimate confines of Revival Bar – itself a renovated Baptist church, but to qualify it as a ‘religious experience’ is not far from the ...
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The McFerrin Connection

On the surface, Brenna MacCrimmon and Cadence seem about as different as vocal acts can get. Brenna is a world-renowned female singer of Turkish and Balkan music.  Cadence is an a capella jazz quartet made up of four men: Aaron ...
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Geoffrey “Gurrumul” Yunipingu

You can likely count your favourite singers on one hand. Not the ones you’re drawn to in a casual way – but the real time-stopping singers. Each one of them is on your list because they – alone – hold ...
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Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Hugh’s Room, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Call them what you will – traditionalists, revivalists or just damned talented players harnessing the time-honoured ability to breathe new-life into the stringband category. But you owe it to yourself to witness this band ...
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Kirsten Jones – The Mad Mile

Toronto-based, independent alt. country singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones is being observed very closely by industry, peers, fans and critics as she  launches her remarkable new record, The Mad Mile. Kirsten has been singled out by Billboard Canada as an act to watch in ...
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Paul Quarrington Tribute Show

Famed singer/songwriter/author/poet/filmmaker Paul Quarrington passed away in January of 2010. Many of Paul’s talented friends gathered to celebrate his remarkable life at Toronto’s Opera House on April 13, 2010. Among the artists: Jim Cuddy, Gordon Pinsent, Porkbelly Futures with Teddy ...
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Peter Katz: First of the Last to Know

CD Review It begins with the voice, a gentle, vibrato-free, tenor panty-peeler if ever there was one, but one that mercifully stops just short of shudder-inducing breathy pop-schticks. Enter the trusty acoustic guitars, smart enough to successfully float Peter Katz ...
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Canadian Folk Music Awards Accepting Submissions for 2010

OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2010 edition of this increasingly popular event. For more information please visit www.folkawards.ca or www.prixfolk.ca The SIXTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites ...
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Jory Nash: The Facebook Interview

On April 7, 2010 Roch Parisien conducted a live, interactive Facebook interview with singer-songwriter Jory Nash, one of an ongoing series of interviews presented by Roch Parisien’s Rocon Communications. Jory’s award winning album “New Blue Day” has racked up big ...
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Shakura S’Aida Live @ Revival

Toronto blues sensation Shakura S’Aida enjoyed a triumphant musical return to her hometown last week, one she described as “fun & frightening at the same time”. Armed with many of the players featured on her new CD Brown Sugar, including ...