A Day In The Life

of a musician producer

It’s been awhile since I wrote to you. Things have been very busy – life changing you could say, with the passing of loved ones and the coming of new souls (grandchildren!) into the world. What’s actually important becomes the most often revisited topic of the day. Time is indeed limited here on this mortal […]

The busyness of business. Music Showcases.

Conferences may be the new Industry themselves

Everybody loves a conference.  It’s a chance to geek-out with a bunch of like minded individuals and an opportunity to enjoy your community or find your place within your professional community.   Ojibway Artist Nick Sherman, sings his heart out at Mundial Montreal.  The town who hosts the conference gets to share in the significant […]

The Power of a Singer, a Festival and a Song


Today seems like a good day to relate one of my favourite stories I have heard from the Festival I book, Vancouver Island MusicFest. It’s been a hard week to say the least. The election in the U.S. knocked the breath out of so many of us. But I think we have all heard enough […]

The Current State of Folk Music

does it matter as much as it did?

I just returned home from a wonderful week where I was mentoring at an event called ‘On The Road’ – hosted by the BC Touring Council followed by an industry event called Pacific Contact. I hosted a discussion there with my old friend Peter North, Artistic Director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival […]

Inside the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

a conversation with Producer, Terry Wickham

In part two of my ‘talking to the folks who run Folk Festivals’ series I had the opportunity to chat with Terry Wickham from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Watch Here   Terry gives us a bit of his history along with ideas on what makes a Festival work and how he programs one of […]

Inside the Winnipeg Folk Festival

a conversation with Artistic Director, Chris Frayer

Ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a Festival Artistic Director? This is the first of a series of ongoing interviews I will be doing here at Sideguys and Session Men on all things Festival. Chris Frayer has been the AD of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 12 years. He’s a great guy […]

Talking Politics From the Stage

To speak out or entertain or both?

I remember being lucky enough to be taken to a Harry Belafonte concert by my Mom and Dad when I was a kid. There is nothing like a concert with a full on orchestra. What a band and what a show. The concert was spectacular and as a middle class white kid growing up in […]

Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell Together

Two UK Music Divas Reminisce

  Listen to the interview by clicking here  It happened at this summers Vancouver Island MusicFest. Beloved Canadian media personality and owner of Stony Plain Records, Holger Petersen, lead Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell down memory lane in a fascinating interview shared by two women who have contributed an astounding legacy to UK music history. […]

Worldbeat at Home in Conversation

Celebrating World Musicians in B.C.

A bunch of like-minded musicians who now call British Columbia home gathered in July to rehearse at the Merville Hall on Vancouver Island in order to rehearse for a special collaborative performance for this summers Vancouver Island MusicFest called World Beat at Home. We put together an amazing group and the show was fantastic! (Pictured above […]

About that ‘music career’ you’ve been working on

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden

Something is happening in the Roots Music Scene. Things are changing. A whole bunch of things. Things are imploding, exploding and corroding! Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jory Nash, recently posted the following letter on facebook. Confession time: I’m not playing any gigs this summer and it’s bumming me out a bit. The nature of this music thing […]