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If Marina Hasselberg had listened to her friends, she wouldn’t be here today. Oh, she’d be somewhere, possibly Montreal or Toronto, playing the cello and carving out a career for...
Nicole Ge Li claims that she didn’t choose the erhu. Instead, the erhu chose her. “My mom’s a singer, so she was the first one to introduce me to music,” the 28-year-old virtuoso...
Given that he’s on the verge of what he calls “a significant birthday”, George Cables can be forgiven for reminiscing, especially as the pianist, who turns 70 in November, has had...
Punch Brothers mandolinist Chris Thile and freelance bassist Edgar Meyer have had more than a few bonding moments, but one of their strongest links is their shared love of the...
An unprecedented number of local Fringe veterans are returning to this year’s edition of the annual theatre event, which is cause to celebrate. But it’s not all good news: one of...
{sidebar title='in + out'} Owen Pallett sounds off on the things that enquiring minds want to know. On working with Brian Eno: “He did stuff on every song, but we ended up using...
Red ChamberGathering (Za) It might seem odd to compare the four stylish women of Red Chamber to Ireland’s most beloved leprechauns, the Chieftains; after all, barring a sudden...
The Oliver Gannon QuartetEasy Sailing (Cellar Live) My colleague Guy MacPherson, the Georgia Straight’s comedy correspondent, wrote the liner notes, so I’d better not say anything...
It’s funny what you can pick up from Facebook. One recent exchange, for instance, found Spring frontman Joseph Hirabayashi announcing that he was going to take his dad, Jay, to...
Call it the year of living sleeplessly. With racism and income inequality on the rise and a thousand little wars threatening to flicker into one giant conflagration, Eliza...

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