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John Bottomley’s difficult legacy

There was an ominous silence in the music community last week around the news that veteran singer-songwriter John Bottomley had died. While friends and family wrote brief Facebook updates referring to his sudden death at the early age of 50, ...
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Fowke, Creighton receive Legacy awards

With stars like Sylvia Tyson and Robbie Robertson in the house for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees’ gala,  a small tribute to the late song collectors Edith Fowke and Helen Creighton was hardly the evening’s most glamorous moment. Amid ...
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Highlights March 3-10

Steve Bell is a Juno-winning singer songwriter whose music focuses on his Christian faith, and he’s obviously got a huge following. Paul Corby’s review of Bell’s latest offering, Kindness, resulted in our most “Liked” post ever. No newcomer to the ...
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Here’s to ten years of Hugh’s Room

Regular visitors to this site know we often mention Hugh’s Room in our copy. It’s not because the legendary Toronto folk club advertises with us. We believe in keeping editorial and advertising separate. It’s partly that we’re based in Toronto: ...
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Corin Raymond, king of the Small Time

The Small Time Radio Hour Pilot Episode “This is Paradise” On a snowy January 20th, I sauntered down to The Cameron House in downtown Toronto to interview Corin Raymond and capture some of the sounds of the evening with his ...
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Randy Newman embraces the spectrum of emotion

Convocation Hall, Toronto ON – Saturday, March 26th Just the other day, as I was driving my 15-year old son to school, his response to what I was playing (The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 2) on the CD player was, ...
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The fine taste of Rob Szabo

The Woodshed Sessions, Episode 15 features singer-songwriter and producer Rob Szabo. (Our apologies for audio quality in the interview portion. We blame the moose behind the glass, Fred. He’s new.) Rob Szabo, The Woodshed Sessions, no. 15 from Roots Music ...
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The youthful maturity of Harlan Pepper

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Harlan Pepper is a young band. These 4 Hamilton lads are fresh out of high school, but playing their own brand of roots rock with great maturity. They have a solid grasp ...
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Steve Bell’s “kindness”: the thought behind the gift

How does a Christian craftsman consider Jesus? That’s the question even a secular listener might ask in approaching contemporary music that fits in the Gospel category. It’s a question two-time Juno winner and multiple nominee Steve Bell answers on his ...
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Highlights March 27 – April 2

We’ve been busy this week! One of the greatest singer-songwriters in Canada, Ron Hynes has been performing his music (including songs like “Sonny’s Dream” and the “St John’s Waltz”) for 40 years. It was an honour to have him visit ...