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Take a listen to these new songs and tunes from ...

The first quarter of a new year – as it’s known in business terms – tends to be an exciting time for those of us who love underdog genres of music like folk and “world.”    While the big pop ...
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Michael Jerome Browne has a new album and tour coming ...

Michael Jerome Browne is a three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, a Maple Blues Award winner (with 32 nominations since 1999), a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, and a four-time Juno nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories. He is ...
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12 days of Christmas: Ignace fires back at the ...

It’s been 21 years since the Arrogant Worms released their infamous Christmas Turkey, a masterpiece of holiday cynicism marked by anti-classics such as “Santa’s Going to Kick Your Ass,” “Dad Threw Up on Christmas Day,” and of course, the unforgettable, ...
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Ottawa CityFolk: a photo album in black and white

             
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Ottawa CityFolk, Sept. 12-16

Last week was hot – sweltering, muggy, sweating-just-standing-there hot. We both donned t-shirts and shorts to prepare for the steamy days ahead. And boy, did this year’s CityFolk Festival in downtown Ottawa deliver great music. Wednesday, Sept. 12 On Wednesday ...
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Ottawa Bluesfest: That’s a wrap!

I hit Bluesfest again last Tuesday among the sea of people flooding the grounds.  Winding my way through the line, I kept passing a guy in a sort of psychedelic t-shirt.  What did it say?  “When the power of love overcomes the ...
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Ottawa Bluesfest: The first weekend!

It was room temperature Friday night at Ottawa’s living room full of blues, but it was about to heat up. Three picture-perfect days of music were on deck – including a wealth of Ottawa talent:  Tara Shannon, Alanna Sterling, Cody Coyote, ...
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Ottawa Bluesfest takes flight tonight after bird drama

Setup for this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest kicked off with a bit of feather-ruffling drama:  a killdeer nested centre stage on what would soon be transformed into the main festival grounds. That prompted an inquiry by Bluesfest organizers to Environment Canada regarding potential ...
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The AfroMétis Constitution project and the redemptive power of song

For Chris White, having mixed black and Indigenous heritage was never a big deal. It was a well-established fact within the Nova Scotia native’s family that his father’s parents were former slaves from Virginia, while his grandmother had Mi’kmaq ancestry. ...
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London ON’s Aaron Allen brings outlaw country attitude north

There’s a revolution underway in country music, and Aaron Allen is doing his part. On his latest album, Judgement Day, the native of London, Ont., shows his solidarity with artists such as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell in ...