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Thu
19
Jan
Photo: Lisa MacIntosh

Five Questions With… Steve Marriner

The hard-working MonkeyJunk member and in-demand harmonica player has won his share of Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday he takes on the prestigious role of show host.

Tue
17
Jan

Five Questions With ... Danny Michel

After earlier recording in the tropics, the prolific tunesmith headed to the Arctic for inspiration for his adventurous new album Khlebnikov.

Fri
13
Jan

Hard Times Come Again No More

As dramatic change and potential chaos comes to the White House, will the music community respond with new protest songs to match the times?

Thu
12
Jan

Five Questions With ... Susil Sharma of Heat

The melodic post-punk sound of Montreal band Heat has impressed the UK press and brought high-profile supporting slots. We learn more from their singer/guitarist.

Tue
10
Jan

Five Questions With ... Holger Petersen

The co-founder of Stony Plain Records and veteran roots music broadcaster and promoter is putting out a second book featuring interviews with some of the blues, folk and country legends he has interviewed over the years.

 

Mon
09
Jan

The Golden Age of Doo-Wop and the Last Knights of Song

Those first train rides to Brooklyn were salvation compared to those creep-zones linking Hollywood and Vine and along Sunset Boulevard. Brooklyn was all about families –Jews and the Italians. Hollywood –predators and chicken-hawks.

I loved the noise, the hugs and being called “Billy”. I also loved the respect bestowed on musicians in New York of the 60s. Coming from a large family with Italian roots, I understood the calming sensation of being surrounded by loving women on my mother’s side- pots of steaming pasta, shelves filled with cakes and pies, ham so salty you’d have to pause and cleanse the palate to savor the next plate. Nobody spoke in time - everyone interjected to a broken beat. Conversation was a boxing match; the victor – the last word.

Wed
04
Jan

Five Questions With ... Abigail Lapell

The award-winning Toronto singer/songwriter is making a real splash on the Canadian folk scene with new album Hide Nor Hair. Learn more here.

Tue
03
Jan

Me and Mrs. Mirvish

The closing of famed Toronto institution Honest Ed's and major changes on Mirvish Street prompt fond recollections of the Village matriarch.

Fri
23
Dec

The Sounds of Christmas and Hanukkah: What Are You Listening To?

Music and the holiday season are inextricably linked. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Christmas albums and songs and Hanukkah songs of all time.

Thu
22
Dec

25 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You: A Primer on Professionalism

A very long time ago in the 1980’s, a brilliant article by Harvey Mednick appeared in the trade paper Radio & Records (may it RIP). That same piece was reprinted in R&R on January 1, 1999 with an intro by Cyndee Maxwell. I copied the article and have carried it around since...

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