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Madison Violet live from Germany

Video streaming by Ustream The duo of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac – Madison Violet – have been turning our ears for years. No one lives the musical life more fully, and few have shown more success while maintaining their ...
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Samantha Martin holds her own

About 5 years ago I chanced upon an energetic young gal getting up at an Open Stage late night at the Ontario Council of Folk Festival Conference (OCFF) held in Ottawa and within one song you could tell her solid ...
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Digital Dollars seminar: Let’s Get Video

The Toronto Blues Society’s excellent Digital Dollars’ series continues at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, Saturday, April 21, from 1-4 PM ET. We encourage anyone in the area to drop by, as these seminars are a FREE resource available to all. For ...
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Collette Savard debuts her Best Dress

When I first spun Collette Savard’s third CD, Best Dress, I got a warm, familiar, early Cowboy Junkies rush. Sure enough, the foundation of the new record was captured live-off-the-floor at St. Matthias church in west-end Toronto, a nod perhaps, ...
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Katherine Wheatley’s songs light up the room

Lillian Wauthier has been running her east end folk club, Acoustic Harvest, out of the basement of St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Toronto (previously at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church) for some 20 years (with thanks to the late, great Rick ...
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David Newberry: A new voice worth remembering

Despite its seemingly negative-sounding title — No One Will Remember You — and somewhat sombre graphics, David Newberry’s second album’s contents are surprisingly uplifting, if not altogether thrilling. Newberry — a Vancouverite (by way of Ontario) — carries a very ...
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Kat Goldman travels on with Gypsy Girl

You may remember Toronto’s Kat Goldman from about a decade ago when her debut CD, The Great Disappearing Act, created a sensation at home and in the States. She had New York City management, and was opening for the likes of ...
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Colleen Peterson award winner Alise Marlane

The Ontario Arts Council has just announced the winner of the 2011 Colleen Peterson Award. Alise Marlane is a jazz & folk singer-songwriter born in Montreal, now based in the Outaouais. She performs solo as well as with her trio, ...
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The Wheat Pool: Saying goodbye to a favourite

Why do we love a band? As soon as that question is asked, one’s heart rushes for a private image, the cover of your inner jewel-case. You know who you love. Their flag is always there, waving, even when the ...
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Mark Berube sets his music free

Though he’s been called a “young Leonard Cohen” for his lyrical skill, Mark Berube‘s true calling goes beyond words. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, a curator of many-layered compositions and a master of marrying pop, Afro-beats and strings. He comes by the ...