Tag: folk

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How Harpin’ Norm Lucien started playing protest songs… and other ...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien wrote easygoing love songs until he joined a rally to save a historic building, where he wrote his first protest song on the spot. The protesters wanted to save a post office, an example of Edwardian architecture ...

LE VENT DU NORD Live on the Web!

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted ...
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How Terra Spencer balances funeral directing with the thrill of ...

“It’s been a balancing act. There have certainly been times where I’ve been on the festival grounds somewhere, roaming around trying to find a wifi signal so I could send an obituary to the newspaper before the [publication] deadline!” For ...
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The Fugitives reimagine WWI trench songs on their brand new ...

Award-winning Canadian folk collective the Fugitives have thumbed through extensive archives to raise and reimagine the past in this, their new album, Trench Songs. “Trench songs were written by frontline soldiers during WWI,” Brendan McLeod explained of the concept behind ...
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Murray McLauchlan addresses racism on his new double single

Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer and 11-time Juno winner Murray McLauchlan challenged himself to look within before entering the conversation about systemic racism, privilege, and economic disparity on this, his new double-single, “The One Percent / I Live On ...
Concert review

Oh Susanna – Nov. 7 online

Suzie Ungerleider is working.  At the start of 2020, Suzie, a.k.a Oh Susanna, was opening for the Jim Cuddy Band’s Countrywide Soul tour at Vancouver’s famed Commodore Ballroom.  For Suzie, the gig was an opportunity to showcase her fierce vocal ...
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Piper and Carson: music with a manifesto

Piper and Carson are storytellers and conversation starters. They are not afraid to speak up and use their voices to support the issues they believe in. Their music has always come with the intention to forward social change and promote mental health awareness. Their latest album, entitled Edgewalker’s ...
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How Bill Bourne came to write the perfect pandemic song ...

If he didn’t know better, singer-songwriter Bill Bourne might think he’s somewhat prescient. How else could you explain having the words to the song “Hunker Down” come to him out of the blue in January of this year? It could ...
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The North Sound – As the Stars Explode

As the Stars Explode, the second full-length album from The North Sound, brings 11 new songs (plus spoken word intro and outro) from Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter Forrest Eaglespeaker.  Currently comprising Forrest and vocalist/partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound is an idea ...
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Rebecca Hennessy takes a leap into lyrical songcraft on her ...

When an opportunity to bend your brand comes along, to challenge and broaden the parameters of your previous musical perimeter, few musicians can resist. Toronto’s Rebecca Hennessy is no stranger to broken boundaries. As the bandleader and trumpeter for 2019’s ...