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The Vancouver Folk Music Festival: an interview with the ...

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF) returns July 13–15 for its 41st year, with a fabulous lineup, new staff, and renewed optimism. VFMF welcomed new artistic director Debbi Salmonsen in October 2017. Her current position includes artistic booking, augmentative marketing ...
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Shawna Caspi talks house concerts ahead of NL tour

Here at O’Hara House Concerts, we rarely present the same act twice, but a few artists have been such a great fit for our living room that we’ve just had to host them again. Shawna Caspi is one of those ...
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The AfroMétis Constitution project and the redemptive power of song

For Chris White, having mixed black and Indigenous heritage was never a big deal. It was a well-established fact within the Nova Scotia native’s family that his father’s parents were former slaves from Virginia, while his grandmother had Mi’kmaq ancestry. ...
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Toronto’s DesiFest presents a hip hop tribute to Nusrat Fateh ...

Founded in 2006 and heading into its twelfth edition this year, Toronto’s DesiFest is a one-of-a-kind celebration of South Asian music, food and culture. It’s hosted over 150 artists and performers so far, and this year’s line-up includes notable names ...
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Gospel in the heart of Saskatchewan: Sonia Reid Noble ...

After years of putting her dreams on the backburner for her family, gospel singer Sonia Reid Noble is ready for her close-up. Sonia, a classically-trained singer, is dropping her first full-length studio album after more than a decade of singing ...
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Piper and Carson capture sounds of the country on self-titled ...

Piper Hayes is a Toronto-raised musician with a keen interest in grassroots music. Her latest album, Piper & Carson – with partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe – was released Dec. 8, 2017, and Piper is now preparing to go on tour through ...
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Louisiana to Quebec: the music of David Greely, Claude ...

You’d think the two worlds couldn’t be farther apart. David Greely, master Cajun fiddler from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Claude Méthé, fiddle tradition bearer from Ste-Beatrix, Quebec, have joined forces with Claude’s wife, accompanist Dana Whittle, to present their whirlwind ...
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Matt Anderson rocks out with The Mellotones on Live at ...

From the first notes of “Weightless” to the slow-dying roar of the crowd as the last licks of “Devil’s Bride” squeal out, Matt Andersen’s newest release, Matt Andersen & The Mellotones Live at Olympic Hall, which just came out Friday ...
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New Sherry Ryan album, named for destructive NL winds, could ...

At the southern end of the Long Range Mountains in Newfoundland, there is a stretch of land where hurricane force winds known as ‘Wreckhouse winds’ occasionally blow to gusts of 200 km per hour. Award-winning Newfoundland folk/country singer Sherry Ryan ...
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London ON’s Aaron Allen brings outlaw country attitude north

There’s a revolution underway in country music, and Aaron Allen is doing his part. On his latest album, Judgement Day, the native of London, Ont., shows his solidarity with artists such as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell in ...