Tag: Toronto

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Here are your 2023 Maple Blues Winners

The 26th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony unfolded last night at Harbourfront Centre, featuring performances by AV Ann Vriend, Blue Moon Marquee, Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes (of Bywater Call), Kevin Harvey and Neil Elsemore (of the Durham County Poets), ...
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This extraordinary new album captures the stories of Holocaust survivors ...

“I’m not sure you can heal from sexual violence, human experimentation, torture and forced sterilization. It’s learning to live again and finding what is positive in the life you have now that makes it worth living.” -Dr. Paula David (University ...
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Ryan Wayne’s new single is a farewell letter to John ...

Accomplished Americana/roots-rock singer-songwriter Ryan Wayne, best-known for his time with the award-winning, much-loved Toronto band Warped 45s, has released “Wherever You Land,” the first single from his upcoming debut album Crow Amongst The Sparrows. “Wherever You Land” is a tender-hearted ...
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Jason Schneider gives Art Bergmann his due with The Longest ...

Art Bergmann is often regarded as a punk rock icon, but his songcraft appeals to fans of many genres. Those fans include at least two journalists often associated with roots music: Roots Music Canada’s Heather Kitching and Jason Schneider. Jason ...
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The Free Times Café 42nd anniversary open mic – Dec. ...

Fat clumps of falling slush and rain made for a damp trip to the Free Times Café for its 42nd anniversary last Thursday. Owner Judy Pearly hosted the event, showcasing a video about the café and presenting an open mic ...
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Onion Honey’s new holiday collection is filled with unique originals

This is the year of campy Christmas music, and Onion Honey is serving up its own version of it. The band’s new album, A Merry Little While, features 14 songs, including “Christmas Parmesan,” “Holiday Hootenanny” and “White Vans,” all of ...
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Taylor Simpson moves forward with ‘Lies Beneath’ ft. Eden Sterling

Indie folk-rock singer Taylor Simpson is on a roll. Shortly after releasing his well-received full-length debut album, Learning to Live with Precious Time, he returned to the studio to record six new tracks for New Sights in A Familiar Place. ...
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Behind Hannah Shira Naiman’s album The Wheels Won’t Go

They say timing is everything. It’s a phrase that can be used seriously or facetiously. For folk singer-songwriter Hannah Shira Naiman, it could be a bit of both when talking about her latest album The Wheels Won’t Go. She was ...
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Her talent to humility ratio was ‘off the charts’: ...

In all of the tributes to Shirley Eikhard that have poured forth in the past 24 hours, since news of her passing at age 67 broke early yesterday morning, I believe David Newland might’ve summed her up most succinctly. Responding ...
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Andrea England gets honest about holiday bitter-sweetness on ‘Jolly Melancholy ...

Christmas is a difficult time for many – if not most – people, even if that isn’t the way it’s usually portrayed by retailers and in the media. With that in mind, alt-country artist Andrea England gets refreshingly, reassuringly honest ...