When the Shit Hits the Fan

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On November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy was shot to death. I was 9 years old and at school. I can’t remember the exact chain of events, but I think I was in an after-school event (the Brownies maybe???) and we were abruptly sent home. Did they tell us what happened? I don’t remember but certainly I would’ve found out …

The Small Glories

The Small Glories – Oct. 11, The Rogue Folk Club, Vancouver

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It’s hard for me to imagine how anyone could not love The Small Glories. Even harder to imagine is seeing them live and not falling head over heels for the powerhouse/high-energy duo that is Cara Luft and J.D. Edwards. The musicianship, the songs, the stage banter, and most of all, the sound of their two voices together is undeniably entertaining. …

7 Acts I Can’t Wait to Check Out at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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This was supposed to be five acts, but even getting it down to seven was difficult. However, since I started with 18, I feel pretty good about seven. First of all, kudos to artistic director Debbi Lynn Salmonsen for bringing together literally something for everyone. There’s plenty of great world music, lots of traditional music, many singer-songwriters, some cutting edge …

Donovan Woods

Album Review: Donovan Woods – The Other Way

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When Heather Kitching of Roots Music Canada asked me if I wanted to review Donovan Woods’ new album, The Other Way (Meant Well Records), an acoustic rendering of his 2018 Both Ways, my first response was, “no.” What more could I say about the songs that I hadn’t already said in my Both Ways review last year? Then the CD …

Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

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If the world was fair and just Suzie Vinnick would not be a “Canadian treasure.” She would not be known for winning the Canadian Maple Blues Award ten times, or for receiving dozens of other Canadian music nominations and awards. Nor would she be someone’s favorite “female” roots and blues artist. No, if the world were fair and just, Suzie …

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods – March 28 at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver

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Only once in my life did I vote for a U.S. president that won. Not once have I ever voted for any record to win “best something” and seen that album win. Until this year. The album in question was Both Ways by the now Juno-winning Donovan Woods, so seeing him in concert performing (mostly) songs from that album was …

Sunday night at the Dawson City Music Festival

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“It’s like a party.” – Annat Kennet, my traveling companion “It IS a party!” – Me People who live in almost total darkness for three quarters of the year don’t need much of a reason to have a good time in the middle of the summer – when it doesn’t get dark until around 3:00 a.m., but the Dawson City …