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By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 9/21/2012 12:00 AM

A few years ago at a National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Ontario Chapter meeting in Toronto, I noticed a table and a bunch of red scores titled The Toronto Songbook for sale. After a quick flip through the beautifully printed edition that puts together works of...    

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 3/2/2012 12:00 AM

The idea of singing folk songs has never appealed to me. I didn’t grow up in a house that sang—we would all have rather hit a baseball or shot hoops; music didn’t figure largely in our ‘family culture’. So when I was asked to be the junior voice adjudicator at the Kiwanis Music Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland this year, I knew I was in for a serious folk song experience and needed to keep an open mind.

 

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