Tag: Festivals

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Dispatches from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival day one (Friday)

It’s an usually warm August evening on the shores of Lake Huron, marking a joyful, tear-jerking reunion, especially for long-time Goderich Celtic Roots Festival veterans. I speak with many people who have been part of the festival since it’s birth ...
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Dispatches from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival day three (Saturday)

The hardest part about Saturday was trying to decide which act to see at a certain time. There was so much talent jam packed throughout the day, and I’ve yet to discover a way to be in two places at ...
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Dispatches from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival day two (Friday)

Wow! Another night of incredible music at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Friday night offered a bit of everything for everyone. We started off the night by checking out a set from Vancouver’s Locarno. They had the crowd enthralled with ...
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Dispatches from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival day one (Thursday)

The Edmonton Folk Fest is off to a great start this year, and if Thursday night is any indication, the weekend will be jam-packed with some fine folk talent. The show kicked off at 6:45 p.m. sharp when William Prince ...
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Who to see at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival? ...

By the breezy shores and crystal blue waters of Lake Huron, the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival takes place this weekend in Lions Harbour Park. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary, making it Canada’s longest running pan-Celtic festival. It features ...
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A beginner’s guide to Locarno: Tom Landa of the Juno-winning ...

There is an abundance of great acts to catch at the 2022 Edmonton Folk Music Festival but one act I highly recommend is Locarno, a group fronted by Vancouver’s Tom Landa. Tom is best-known for leading the Juno-award winning band ...
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Here’s who Pat Chessell can’t wait to see at this ...

In just a few days, I will be lucky enough to be attending this year’s Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Last month, it was announced that Indigenous songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte Marie would unfortunately be unable to attend due to ...
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Dispatches from the Festival of Friends (Saturday)

The Festival of Friends is an extensive outdoor music, arts and crafts festival which began back in 1976. This year, the festival embraced an Indigenous focus, showcasing many Indigenous artists. The festival is held in Hamilton’s Gage Park, on the ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day three (Sunday) night

The Sunday evening Gilles Cantin main stage’s first performers were Emerald Rae and Jean-François Gagnon-Branchaud. They did a nice set of songs and tunes from Lanaudière region. Next was a tweener: La Foulée stepdancers with André Brunet fiddling up a ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day three (Sunday) daytime

Sunday’s daytime concerts began late morning and carried on until supper time. At the wind instruments workshop, we saw Benoit Fortin and Daniel Roy on wooden whistles. Jeremiah McDade played his own compositions on Irish flute and low whistle, with ...