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Highlights from the Speak Music Be Kind Festival, Jan 19-2020

I got a chance to check out the Speak Music “Be Kind” festival in it’s inaugural year. It is a charity affair with the “net profits” going to a different worthy cause each year. The event, the brainchild of Bev Kreller, was a three day affair and featured performances by talent from the folk, roots, and world music communities. I managed to get down on the third day of the festival and was thoroughly entertained by the talent assembled.

The workshop performances in the smaller Tranzac rooms allowed for an intimate and up close view of the performers. This festival can only get better. I’m already looking forward to next year’s version. Musicians on this reel includes: The Dirty Dishes, Al Parrish, The Barrel Boys, Kim Doolittle, Julian Taylor, The Moonfruits, Tragedy Ann, The Broom Straws, So Long Seven, Arlene Bishop and Minuscule.


The Open Mic Diaries, Live @ The Boat

The Open Mic Diaries: Live @ The Cavern

Ilaria Graziano and Francesco Forni, Live @ Hugh’s Room, July 18-2018

David Braid the North, Live @ The Church of  The Redeemer, June 22-2018

The Lynnes. Live @ The Burdock, April 20-2018

Communism, Live @ The Cameron March 23-2018

Tanya Philipovich and Lucas Stagg, Live @ The Local – March 31-2018

The Toronto Straight Eights, Live at Castro’s Lounge

Maria Doyle Kennedy, Live @ Hugh’s Room – March 1-2018

Lily Frost’s Big City Social, April 27th-2017

Lynne Hanson, Live @ The Burdock – April 1st 2017

Highlights from Winterfolk 15, Feb 19th-2017

Gina Horswood

Isabel Fryszberg and Abigail Lapell

Kevin Breit and Rebecca Jenkins


Rana Mansour

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