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1970 Greenpeace concert still resonates

It may be one of the most compelling live albums ever made – yet chances are, you haven’t heard it. Featuring Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs all at the height of their powers, Amchitka, the 1970 concert that ...
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Festival Folk sur le canal thrives in Montreal

I spent much of last weekend having a fine old time at the fourth annual Festival Folk sur le canal at the Terrasse St-Ambroise on the grounds of the McAuslan Brewery on the Lachine Canal in Montreal. For the first ...
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Dear Mother Maple: can’t they shut up?

Dear Mother Maple: I’m not a musician. But I love music, and I want people who go to music festivals to shut the hell up when they’re watching someone play. How can I tell these ignoramuses to zip it without ...
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Jonathan Byrd flies north and south

By his own assessment, he’s a Carolina guitar-picker, but a Texas songwriter at heart. Yet Jonathan Byrd has found a warm reception here in Canada, with his story-driven songs, wide open ears and deeply honest approach to his art. Jonathan ...
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Anatomy of NXNE

Best Hair : Pop Winds the guy on the right, like honey dripping off a spoon Best Eyes : Loom subtle hypnosis, like the music. Best Shoulders : (tie) Tanika Charles of The Wonderfuls; Sarah from Catl; (almost shoulder porn, ...
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Canadian Folk Music Awards 2011 submissions due

OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011 The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) would like to remind everyone that submissions are now open for the 2011 edition. The June 30th deadline is fast approaching!! Only fifteen days left for all Canadian ...
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A Folkie at North by Northeast

Billed as a forum for new music discovery and networking, North by Northeast (NXNE) takes over Toronto every June, blanketing the city with posters and pamphlets, filling clubs and concert halls with a steady stream of live music, and offering ...
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Dear Mother Maple: Paid to party?

Dear Mother Maple: My friend has always loved to party while he plays gigs. But lately, I’ve noticed him getting a bit out of control. What should I do? How can I help him? Worried Life Dear Worried: First off, ...
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All for a song with Kevin Closs

Kevin Closs has got the goods: he’s a sweet guitar picker with a gift for lyrical songwriting and a gilded voice. And this Manitoulin Islander (who began as a rocker!) is no newcomer – he got his break at Sudbury’s ...
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Catherine MacLellan live

Catherine MacLellan’s new album Silhouette will be released in Canada on July 5th and to the rest of the world this fall, but we enjoyed a preview of the new music tonight at Roots Music Canada with an intimate concert ...