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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 ...
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No CFMA Rebroadcast Dec 26

It is with great regret that we inform you of our inability to rebroadcast the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards as promised at 3:00 PM EST Dec 26, 2010. Cutting edge technology, such as broadcasting television over the web, can ...
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The Wood Brothers

Mod Club, Toronto Wednesday, December 8th If you’d never heard of the Wood Brothers, you wouldn’t be alone. No – they’re not budding porn stars, nor are they lumberjacks. Think Medeski, Martin and Wood and you’ll recall why the name ...
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Darrell Scott: better late than ever

Hugh’s Room, Toronto Wednesday, December 1st It was a happy accident. In the audience to see his friend and musical collaborator Darrell Scott, Tony McManus was kind enough to open the show at 8:30 when news arrived that the headliner ...
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Joey Wright takes centre stage with “Hatch”

Joey Wright is a musician’s musician, used to working outside the spotlight as a top-notch accompanist. A long-time collaborator with musicians including Sarah Harmer, Amy Millan, and partner Jenny Whiteley, his skills as a guitar, mandolin and banjo player are ...