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The Johnny Max Bigger Band

Revival Bar, Thursday, January 13th It seems it’s almost become tradition every two years or so. ‘Twas on a fateful night back in 2008 that a determined Johnny Max decided to get a jumpstart on the weekend’s Blues Summit by ...
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Shedding it With The Donefors

The Donefors – The Woodshed Sessions, Episode 7  (my how the time flies in the ‘shed!) The DoneFors are a southern-Ontario band which comprise singer-songwriter Janine Stoll, electric guitar player/songwriter Paul MacDougall, electric bass player/songwriter Liam Smith (both of Juno ...
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Tanya Davis Keeps Going

Many musicians are described as wordsmiths, but few truly place enough emphasis on lyrics to be called poets. Haligonian Tanya Davis is one of the few who’ve earned it. Her website calls her words-first creative method “poemusic.” Combining her spoken word ...
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Black, white and the Memphis blues

Black History Month wrapped up yesterday, technically speaking. But then Black history isn’t limited to the calendar. That’s especially the case when it comes to roots music. I spent a few days in February in Memphis, aka the home of ...
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Jay Aymar in the Woodshed

Jay Aymar is a man of contradictions: a native of Sault Saint Marie, his voice carries a strong Canadian accent—though he’s also a university graduate in English literature. His road-tested music, laden with country influences, maintains a strong sense of ...
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Highlights Feb 20-27

Here’s what we were up to this week: It’s a long and dusty road from Winnipeg to Austin. That’s the road the sensational “gothic lo-fi electro-folk” duo Twilight Hotel have been traveling the past few years. They pulled off the ...
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David Essig returns to the ‘shed

The Woodshed Sessions, Episode 5 – David Essig Guitar virtuoso David Essig of Protection Island, BC, is a prolific singer-songwriter with twenty albums to his name, and the producer of dozens of albums for a long list of well-known Canadian ...
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Twilight Hotel glows in the Woodshed

It’s a long and dusty road from Winnipeg to Austin. That’s the road the sensational duo Twilight Hotel have been traveling the past few years. Their musical origins make a great Canadian campfire story: Dave Quanbury and Brandy Zdan, both ...
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Warming up at Winterfolk

The festival, now in its ninth year, ran February 18 – 21, filling rooms along the Danforth in Toronto with music and merriment. The event takes the folk festival construct, sticks it in the middle of February and brings it ...
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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Oh, the memories. Young, idealistic, ready to save the world from itself. Phil did more to raise my awareness of political and social issues of the times than anyone else. I suspect I'm not the only one who owes Phil ...