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Arthur Renwick: Art Gallery Blues

Picture this: in Toronto’s twee Leo Kamen Gallery, the artsy crowd are gathered, sipping red wine and murmuring knowledgeably about the work on the walls. It’s significant work: bold, beautifully printed colour large-format full-face portraits of First Nations people. (What ...
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Wendell Ferguson’s Cranky Christmas CD/DVD

Multiple Canadian Country Music Guitarist of the Year, and legendarily funny performer Wendell Ferguson released Cranky Christmas at Hugh’s Room nearly three years after the TV-style filming of the event. Wendell shared some tender sentiments about Christmas with RMC’s Andy ...
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Free Times Café turns 29!

Toronto’s roots-music institution Free Times Café celebrated 29 years of business on December 15, 2009 with “It’s Finally Free at Free Times” – a day of free food, music and drink for lucky patrons. David Newland caught up with Free ...
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Tanglefoot brings it home

Saturday, December 5th, 2009, marked the final two performances by Canada’s foremost folk band, Tanglefoot, winners of Best Vocal Group at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. For some twenty-five years, this band has delighted audiences with their funny, invariably ...
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Bluebird North featuring Paul Quarrington

Bluebird North, a songwriters’ showcase series presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, and based on Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters each time. On December 12, 2009, Bluebird North included Emm Gryner, Dan ...
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November Galaxie charts

Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s most-played, high-rotation album releases for November 2009: Canadian: 1. Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter — (Six Shooter/Warner) 2. Dan Mangan — Nice, Nice, Very Nice (FU:M/Outside) 3. Jon Brooks — Moth Nor Rust — (jonbrooks.ca) 4. Dana ...
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Leon Redbone Interview

In Defense of Tiny Tim Leon Redbone fans may be aware of this magnificent musician and performer’s mysterious, enigmatic ways, especially when it comes to revealing or promoting himself in interviews. After all, have you ever heard of another modern-day ...
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Spare a prayer for the opening act!

No introduction. A quarter of the lights. One third the sound. No place the park the van. Audiences that don’t give a hoot. No mention in the advertising. Don’t eat the headliner’s food. There are four beers and some KFC ...
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Good Lovelies – Under The Mistletoe

Good Lovelies will have played 142 gigs in 2009, an unbelievable number given that the vast majority – if not all – were in Canada. They have also released two full CDs in the calendar year, Good Lovelies in January ...
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John McDermott – Journeys

We recently had the pleasure of attending several holiday-seasoned concerts in the Southern Ontario region, and chatted a little with some of the headliners. What we learned might surprise you, and will surely delight you. John McDermott is a five-time ...