Africa

How Afrofest evolved into Toronto’s largest celebration of African culture

Authentic foods, arts, crafts and music from across the continent highlight event, now celebrating 25th year. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Jul 05 2013 It was as good an omen as any. Michael Stohr recalls that 25 years ago at Queen’s Park during the debut of Afrofest, a downpour threatened to dampen the celebrations of those attendees waiting patiently for South African trumpet superstar Hugh Masekela to take to…

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Nickelback burns up ACC

  Nick Krewen Special To The Star, Published on Sun Apr 22 2012 Rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be larger than life. Last night at the Air Canada Centre, Nickelback made it seem mammoth. Operating under the notion that bigger is better, the four deans of lustful, bone-crunching rock offered the estimated 14,000 in attendance (and pop star Avril Lavigne) everything that one would expect from a dazzling marvel:…


Welcome to the Set List: Dave Matthews Band at Air Canada Centre, Toronto

NEWS Dave Matthews Band At Air Canada Centre GRAMMYS DECEMBER 10, 2012 Welcome to The Set List. Here you’ll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a…


Willie Nelson Fears for Farm Aid Future

Exclusive!!! Nick Krewen September 29, 2008 Even though he’s raised over $14 million to help the plight of the American farmer with his annual Farm Aid concerts, country music legend Willie Nelson fears his efforts may be futile. “I think it’s a losing battle,” says Nelson, who headlines Farm Aid ’98 with co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp this Saturday (October 3) at the New World Music Theatre at Tinley…


The Bird of Paradise returns

This feature appeared in The Toronto Star on March 30, 1997   NICK KREWEN     The Bird Of Paradise is back. TONY BIRD, the Malawi-born, Zimbabwe-raised singer and songwriter whose musical plumage offers feathers of blues, folk and country in his self-proclaimed “African folk rock,” returns to Toronto next week for two rare concert performances at The Rivoli on April 4 and The Water’s Edge Cafe on April 9….