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Ariana Gillis: Hamilton singer-songwriter spent years overcoming a concussion and her new album is a triumphant comeback

On the Buddy Miller-produced The Maze, her first album in six years, Ariana Gillis has finally found her sound. This may not seem like such a big deal, but for a time, there was a question whether the 28-year-old singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario, would ever play any of her riveting, self-described “Canadiana Americana; edgy pop with steel guitars” again due to a debilitating accident she suffered four years ago. “We…

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Blackie & the Rodeo Kings have queens up their sleeve

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings have queens up their sleeve | Toronto Star Guest vocalists make for a full house at Massey Hall show on March 21.    Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are, from left, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Tue Mar 20 2012 Blackie & The Rodeo Kings will have a few of their queens on hand with…


Fredstocks: The Anti Festival

Alt. country singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith has quietly pioneered his own underground festival scene GRAMMY.com Nick Krewen Who needs Deadheads when you have Fredheads? With 16 albums and two DVDs to his credit, Canadian alternative country singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith has built a particularly devoted following in North America, Australia and the Netherlands. And while his notoriety and album sales may not rival that of a Bruce Springsteen or a Bob Dylan,…


Daniel Lanois on recording

PUBLISHED IN CANADIAN MUSICIAN IN OCTOBER ’97 DANIEL LANOIS ON RECORDING Nick Krewen   Over the years, Daniel Lanois has chosen some pretty exotic locales to conduct his business: a New Orleans mansion, a Mexican cliff side dwelling, and a converted Californian porn theatre among them. The reason for his choices, however, isn’t as scientific as one might presume. “Hey, you’ve got to keep yourself amused,” chuckles Lanois, whose multifaceted…


Summers at Six Nations

  Where Robbie Robertson Learned To Play At The Feet Of His Mohawk Cousin   NICK KREWEN Hamilton Spectator October 6, 1994   TORONTO:  As a kid growing up in Toronto, Jamie Robbie Robertson had little interest and awareness in music. That all changed at the age of 11, when Robertson, who would later co-found The Band, started spending his summer vacations visiting relatives at the Six Nations Reserve just…