Tag: Vancouver

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Dispatches from … home … before leaving for the Vancouver ...

So it’s the night before the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and time to make some decisions. I can’t see everyone. Too many artists and too many playing at the same time. There’s only one of me. I’ve made lists and ...
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T-minus 3 days to Vancouver Folk Music Festival lift-off

All systems are ready to go for the 41st Vancouver Folk Music Festival this weekend.   The 2018 festival lineup is an exciting, musically rich and eclectic roster of over 50 acts, presenting music with origins in over a dozen ...
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Tanga – Reencarnacion

The night was almost perfect. I had just picked up a new book from Owls Nest Books, deemed to be Calgary’s oldest bookstore, with over 40 years in business. It’s one of those fantastic little gems you rarely find anymore. ...
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Bliss out to the music of the Middle East at ...

In what promises to be a groundbreaking and exciting feast of music, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) has announced the dates for and focus of its annual Global Soundscapes Festival. This year, the festival showcases the instruments and traditions of the ...
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The Vancouver Folk Music Festival: an interview with the ...

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF) returns July 13–15 for its 41st year, with a fabulous lineup, new staff, and renewed optimism. VFMF welcomed new artistic director Debbi Salmonsen in October 2017. Her current position includes artistic booking, augmentative marketing ...
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Oxlip – “Dust”

Born and raised in Coney Island, Northern Ireland and now based in Vancouver Jayne Trimble brings more than a whiff of Gaelic authenticity to her Celtic-influenced singer-songwriter music.  Her lovely, unadorned and ethereal vocals evoke the misty, rocky shores and ...
Concert review

Colin Linden at the ANZA Club, Vancouver, May 11, 2018

If you were one of the 70 people at the Anza Club in Vancouver on Friday, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A WINNER! You just witnessed a consummate artist perform a great show in an intimate living room-type setting with great sound and ...
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Canadian Music Week: a cross-Canada road-trip in 10 roots ...

You’ve found yourself with a pass to Canadian Music Week.  Now all you have to do is find some great Canadian roots music to go see – not an easy task when the line-up features more than 800 showcasing artists representing ...
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Six songs to set you up for the Vancouver World ...

“Do you know that buzz you get after you spend a weekend at a festival?” Tom Landa asks me over Facebook messenger. “For example, I always feel amazing and inspired and happy when I go to the Van Folk Fest. ...
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How Dave Allen conquered demons on debut solo album

With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Dave Allen has established himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that, to our modern perceptions, will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously ...