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ROOTS Oh Susanna Namedropper (Sonic Unyon) SUZIE (Oh Susanna) Ungerleider is an American-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter who fully identifies as a dyed-in-the-wool Canuck. Since 1999 she has carved out a sizable fan base; her ability to write charming and uniquely easygoing music has put
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You can call him Afie

After years of lending his talents to the likes of Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett and more -- and quietly writing his own music on the side -- Toronto guitar-slinger Afie Jurvanen decided he was no longer content to be a hired gun. So, in 2009 he released his debut album, the Juno- and Polaris...
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Haiku Horoscopes

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 19 You need to believe In something, like this nonsense That I just told you TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Your life will improve Once you find and destroy all Of those voodoo dolls GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 Staring creepily At someone is a good start To a
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The Buzz

RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES Is this a dagger I see before me, dude? It's been almost 20 years since Keanu Reeves appeared on the MTC stage to perform Hamlet and the John Wick star says has no specific plans to return to the stage. "I think about it and I would love to do either a Shakespeare or a...
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They're not kidding

We don't always grow out of our early obsessions. Favourite toys, pre-teen crushes and grade-school passions for dolls, trucks, or stamp collecting -- all have a way of trailing us into adulthood. Some we hang onto out of simple nostalgia, but others exert a lasting pull that can be harder to
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Fjord focus

Still flying high after last year's successful Tchaikovsky Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Nordic Festival with a series of nightly concerts beginning Friday, Oct. 24. "We've tried to be a little more out of the box this year," says WSO music director Alexander
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In 2001, the Smalls went on a tour dubbed the Goodbye Forever Tour. Edmonton's pioneering punk experimentalists were going their separate ways, after more than a decade and four influential albums together. As the years went by, it certainly felt like goodbye forever, especially as the Smalls
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Dierks Bentley gets Winnipeg's vote

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:23
The 6,000 country music fans who showed up at the MTS Centre to catch boyish chart-topping country star Dierks Bentley on election night made the noise of a crowd twice that size. And the roar of approval was well-earned. Make no mistake: that Dierks Bentley is a crowd-pleaser with a
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Sax star Kenny G says he wasn't defying Beijing, doesn't support Hong Kong democracy protests

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:26
HONG KONG - Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signalled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. The American musician created a stir
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Lighten up

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:05
Kristin Nelson's Make -- Soft opened at Raw Gallery of Architecture and Design last month, and I have to say, I love what she's done with the place. Visitors familiar with the Raw's distinctive, darkish ambience will note the transformation starting at the door. Green artificial turf carpets the
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Annie Lennox takes new direction in jazzy 'Nostalgia' rendering of classic American songs

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:29
LONDON - How do you follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles without sinking in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles? The answer, for Annie Lennox at least, is to throw out, to the greatest degree possible, the work of these giants and tackle some of their classics anew:
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Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies in New York

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:36
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray, who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery which counts
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Calgary's Kiesza feels 'super vulnerable' as she releases debut album

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:02
TORONTO - With the one-shot, non-stop "Hideaway," Calgary's Kiesza introduced herself to the world with a fluttering tune and a ceaseless flurry of nimble footwork — and it seems like she hasn't stopped moving since. The song topped charts in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.K. while
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The glow of new love, plus a hearty helping of self-discipline, fuel Neil Diamond's new album

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:37
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on "Melody Road," out Tuesday.
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'Pain Killer' by Little Big Town among new CD releases for the week of Oct. 21

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:16
Here's a list of some new CD releases for the week of Oct. 21: Apollonia _ "Tour a Tour" Tony Allen _ "Film of Life" Blackjack Billy _ "Rebel Child" The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal _ "Talkin' Christmas!" Rory Block _ "Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James" Weyes Blood _ "The
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Google's music subscription service seeks to remain in tune with its listeners' shifting moods

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:09
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. Starting Tuesday, the $10-a-month All Access service will make music
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Music Review: English singer Jessie Ware cruises on deliciously good 2nd album, 'Tough Love'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:58
Jessie Ware, "Tough Love" (Interscope) Jessie Ware's "Tough Love" is lovely, and that's not a tepid endorsement. No, the English singer's sophomore disc is lovely in the way of a sunset or a cruise around the lazy river after a long day at the waterpark. The whole thing is a pleasure to enjoy,
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Women have the blues, and that's a good thing

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:47
BLUES Manitoba is celebrating its contribution to the local blues scene with a trio of Winnipeg's best established and emerging blueswomen. Romi Mayes, Jenny Bihun (of '50s/'60s/'70s cover band Smokebox) and Claire Bestland will perform at the Highway 75 Blues and Sports Bar on Nov. 8 as part of
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NYC exhibit of Louis Armstrong photographs by Jack Bradley includes rare, poignant images

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:29
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting the jazz legend through thousands of
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Game Review: 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' not a harmonious composition for Kinect

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:27
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Before they fizzled out, my chief compliant about those tap-happy "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" franchises was that they didn't really teach players anything about music. They were simply colour-coded amusements. Now, here comes "Fantasia: Music Evolved" (Disney, for the
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