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Suzy Wilde is lighter than air

The El Mocambo,Toronto, Thursday, September 20th Listening to the relatively sparse, somewhat wistful tracks on her new, bare bones EP, her first self-titled debut EP since leaving Flashlight Radio (a loose, country-hued affair with Ben Whiteley), you can’t help but ...
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Canadian Folk Music Award winners

November 17, 2012, Saint John, NB It was a night to remember in Saint John, NB Saturday, when 17 of the best folk musicians, recordings and producers in the country were honoured with Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Awards Gala ...
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Reviewed: Trent Severn, Nancy Dutra & Jory Nash

We have received our share of CDs for review of late, and are grateful for all of them. Time, however, only allows us to review a few at a time, and in this case, I will share three short reviews ...
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Glen Hornblast: Once In A Blue Moon

With a name as obstreperous as Glen Hornblast’s, you could be forgiven for expecting to hear a scallywag songster, full of roar and bombast. Longtime fans of traditional open stage circuits, however, know Glen as a compassionate and insightful songwriter, ...
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Joshua Cockerill’s ‘Animal Parts’

The Dakota Tavern, Toronto Thursday, August 23rd If you can get past the fact that fact that the this perky, 24-year old Calgary native and his band could double for Richie Cunningham & His Happy Daze, you’ll gain admission to ...
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A tribute to Arthur McGregor

As reported on this site, Ottawa’s Arthur McGregor – musician, entrepreneur and community leader – was this year’s recipient of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals‘ Estelle Klein Award for his contributions to the folk music community. Once again this ...
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Christa Couture finds light in the darkness

Some albums come in through the mail slot with the smell of greatness oozing right through the wrapper. Christa Couture’s The Living Record is one of those. Even if you didn’t know she was a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award ...
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Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble – Rise

Congratulations to all the Juno Nominees in the Roots and Traditional categories. Here’s my personal pick. – AF In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty – Phil Ochs. I’ve never been one for music-genre debates, however, I’ll ...
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Robyn Dell‘Unto • Meredith Shaw • Andrew Austin

The Painted Lady, Toronto  Wednesday, August 22nd Coming off the release of I’m Here Every Night, it’s clear that the opportunities to see Robyn Dell’Unto perform are not exactly regular. She plays rather sporadically to her pocket of dedicated fans ...
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Scott Cooper – Quiet Company

Scott Cooper’s latest record opens with a track that would crack a smile on Sir George Martin’s face. Stationary Satellite features mellotron, double-tracked vocals, crisp drums, banjo, and a crescendo of horns, all on good ol’ hissy analogue tape. With ...