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2012 East Coast Music Award Nominations

The East Coast Music Award nominees were announced this week, and some artists and recordings appeared in many different categories. Jimmy Rankin had eight nominations, while David Myles and Matt Andersen each received five. The awards will be handed out ...
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Raising the Roof for Andy Frank: LIVE!

Thursday, January 26 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, we held a benefit for Andy Frank. The event was a huge success, generating enough funds to help Andy and Helen keep the wolf from the door for a while. Thanks to ...
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Music for the healing journey

Our friend and Executive Producer, Andy Frank is facing a challenge right now, having learned that he has cancer of the colon. He’s inspiring everyone with his attitude, including his typically ‘frank’ writing on the subject on his blog, Cancer? ...
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Music PEI Week closes with awards gala

Music PEI Week wrapped up this weekend with a gala awards show hosted by comedian Jonathan Torrens at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, with close to a thousand people in attendance. The thirteen musical performances included Al Tuck, who performed ...
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Thanks, Etta

Upon hearing the sad news of Etta James’ death earlier today, Steve Tennant sent along this recollection of seeing the legendary R&B singer perform live at the Ottawa Bluesfest back in 2006. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell ...
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Roadtrip With Reason: folk festival as worthy cause

Becky Conlon spent the summer of 2011 traveling across Canada for a project she called the Roadtrip with Reason. Along the way, Becky volunteered at various non-profits across the country: food banks, literacy and youth-at-risk organizations, environmental alliances — and ...
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The 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards

With our population of some 35 million potential blues lovers — you couldn’t find an audience more ripe or receptive to the blues. Problem is — as everyone who lives here knows — this huge country’s tiny population is spread ...
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Joel Plaskett, one song at a time

Well folks, it’s arrived. The first track from Joel Plaskett‘s newest album, Scrappy Happiness, was released yesterday. “You’re Mine” is a rollicking, rhyming rock song that loosely brings together the process of making songs and of living a life — ...
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Frigid fundraiser for Stewart Park Festival

Stewart Park Festival, in Perth, Ontario, was the 2012 recipient of the Perth Legion’s 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Every year, the Polar Bear Plunge sees Plungers gathering pledges and on January 1st, plunging into the frigid water through a ...
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Hugh’s Room Radio: listen to the music you love

After ten years on the scene, Hugh’s Room is generally acknowledged to be the best listening room in Toronto when it comes to folk and roots music. It’s no stretch to say it’s one of the best clubs in Canada, ...