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The Passing: RIP Jack Hardy

Jack Hardy was larger than a man. He put his shoulder against the world and pushed every day. He was a one-man army in a battle against mediocrity. He brought us all with him and shared his success, standing anonymously ...
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Songwriters’ Circle at CMW

While the bars of Toronto are filled with the sounds of Canadian Music Week, the Interactive Music and Media Seminar is accessible only to the fortunate few who ponied up the price of the conference at the Royal York Hotel. ...
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Lucy Kaplansky does it all

Hugh’s Room, Toronto – Sunday, March 6th Some artists give more than others. In the case of Lucy Kaplansky, she gives more than most. I had never seen Lucy play live and, frankly, had no idea what to expect. Her ...
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Roots Music at Canadian Music Week

Amid a downpour of alternating rain and snow, Canadian Music Week (CMW) kicked off last night in Toronto. Over 5 nights, in 55 venues, over 800 artists (most of them independent) will take to the big city stages hoping to ...
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Wistful, whimsical Shawn Clarke

Shawn Clarke calls himself a folk singer, yet he has never played a folk festival. He writes about the Big Smoke, rather than railways or highways. The path he beat to our door was through the backwoods of the internet. ...
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Suze Rotolo: More than a muse

On International Women’s Day, I’m thinking about a woman who was best-known for hanging on the arm of a much more famous man. Suze Rotolo recently passed away in New York City, at age 67, after a lifetime of civic ...
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Grainne Ryan – Looking for Sunshine

As the sky has rediscovered its bright blue hue and the sun has shown itself for a few days, one’s gait picks up a bit. Despite the deluge of snow, salt and cold, spring is becoming a possibility. Listening to ...
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Singer-songwriters, ‘splain this

Mike Regenstreif over at FolkRoots/FolkBranches says Lucinda Williams‘ new album Blessed is a winner, and I don’t doubt it. She’s got a totally unique, plaintive voice, for one thing. And I admire her songwriting: she’s a careful crafter of memorable ...
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Highlights Feb 27-March 5

How we spent this week: Jay Aymar’s road-tested music, laden with country influences, maintains a strong sense of storytelling and deeply expressive lyrics. He’s a philosopher of the everyday and a poet of small town life, and he brought some ...
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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 ...