Tag: Toronto

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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 ...
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 ...
The artist's life

Cheering So Loud: life lessons and indie music in the ...

Water, ball, shin guards – check. Racing to my daughter’s soccer practice, I’m humming our new songs, playing demos on my phone through the car speakers, scared I’ll forget the new parts, the lyrics, the chords. It’s Thursday night, rehearsal ...
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Sultans of String’s ‘Refuge’ is raising awareness of the world’s ...

For their latest release, Canadian world music collective Sultans of String set out to raise awareness of the nearly 26 million refugees currently stateless and away from their homes in a project centred around the positive contributions of new immigrants. ...
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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 ...
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Jack de Keyzer, JW-Jones and Samantha Martin lead the nominations ...

The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 24th annual Maple Blues Awards. The winners will be announced online from four cities over four nights Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Leading the way in nominations is Toronto’s ...
Album review

Paul Reddick and the Gamblers – Alive in Italia

In 2001 on his award-winning album Rattlebag, Toronto bluesman Paul Reddick sang, “…there’s no good place to have the blues,” and now almost 20 years later, he is testing that theory with his recent Stony Plain release Alive in Italia.  ...
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Imogen Joy evokes Leonard Cohen and sings to her muse ...

Canadian alt-folk singer-songwriter, poet and producer Imogen Joy summons a muse all her own with the release of her new single, “My Marianne.” “This song is about dipping into different memories,” Imogen said. “I say, ‘Do our little moments blur?’ ...
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Things we’re loving: Sina Bathaie’s latest releases

Toronto-based composer and santur player Sina Bathaie began his unique musical journey at the age of seven, studying santur with his father, Master Javad Bathaie, and learning Persian classical repertoire on the oud. He would go on to study composition ...
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Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams, a.k.a. Q&A, launch One More ...

One-of-a-kind Canadian musical duo Q&A — as in Juno Award-winner Tony Quarrington and his esteemed counterpart Zoey Adams — have delivered the second release in their multi-genre triple EP offering, One More Folk Thing, including the lead single “How Do ...