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August 03, 2006
  At A Glance: Tanya TagaqPDF files may take a moment to load

Every year, the folk fest offers a wide variety of musicians, offering up new experiences to those attending. This year 12,000 music fans were exposed to Tanya Tagaq, an Inuit throat singer who is anything but conventional.

Performing on a variety of stages--a quick spot on the mainstage; sessions with a variety of artists like Iran's Niyaz and Australia's That 1 Guy--Tagaq proved she's at the top of her game.

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August 03, 2006
  At A Glance: Ani DiFrancoPDF files may take a moment to load

After three hours huddled under clammy tarps to avoid a downpour, God smiled down upon Folk Fest goers. The sky cleared, the sun (almost) came out, and those brave enough to stick out the nasty weather were rewarded during Sunday's final performance brought to them by the awesomeness that is Ani DiFranco.

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August 03, 2006
  At A Glance: Bedouin SoundclashPDF files may take a moment to load

Just like the Paul Frank popped-collar douchebags trying to fit in at the Hop-in-Brew, Bedouin Sounclash stuck out like two hobos snogging in the daytime when they played the mainstage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

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August 03, 2006
  Music Interview: Salty feminismPDF files may take a moment to load

Gauntlet: What is your favourite folk festival memory?

Awna Teixeira: The workshop with the D. Rangers and That 1 Guy, it was amazing.

Ana Egge: And Kris Kristofferson, he just broke my heart.

Alli Russell: It was so inspiring.

G: What is folk music and how do you fit into the genre?

AE: Folk, to me, shouldn't be any more of a definition. It's for the people and, whatever the people connect to, it brings all of us together.

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July 20, 2006
  Sounding off with Bedouin SoundclashPDF files may take a moment to load

Rock stars are meant to vacation intensely: yachting in St. Tropez, sunbathing in Bombay, rehab in California. But Bedouin Soundclash drummer Pat Pengelly's vacation plans didn't include drugs, bikinis or sunny locales.

"We've been off for a whole week!" Pengelly exclaims as he walks down a Kingston, Ontario road. Cell phone in hand, he wanders through his hometown, taking in the nice weather and catching his breath after what's been a very busy year.

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July 20, 2006
  NOFX: Selected discographyPDF files may take a moment to load

Wolves in Wolves' Clothing- 2006

NOFX's latest offering is anything but their best. Like other bands that have lasted past the twenty-year mark and still continue to produce music, their brilliant writing days are long behind them. Contains the usual clever lyrics, but new fans would do better with a classic like Ribbed or White Trash.

The War on Errorism- 2003

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July 20, 2006
  NOFX: Christianity just got punk'dPDF files may take a moment to load

Fat Mike hates George Bush. The front man of NOFX has made speeches, given interviews, and even released 2003's The War On Errorism to condemn the cowboy in the whitehouse, just in case anyone had trouble picking up on it. Having vigorously campaigned for the punk rock lifestyle since 1983 and against the Bush administration since 22003, Fat Mike has now aimed the vitriol torpedoes at Christianity. Don't mistake the change in topic for fickleness, though.

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June 22, 2006
  A Starr Named KinniePDF files may take a moment to load

Despite what she may say to the contrary, there's something more to Kinnie Starr's music than the indie/trip-hop/ jazz/whatever it's often described as. A Calgary native who cites her brothers' friends and her father's clients as influences, whose lyrics are not only a mish-mash of themes but languages as well, Starr's speech is about as hard to decrypt as her broad palette of inspiration would suggest.

"My music's just for people to interpret," says Starr, still a little out of breath after her set Tuesday night.

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June 22, 2006
  Rocking out with the forces of evilPDF files may take a moment to load

Henry Smyth was a simple man. He'd often spend long days out in his shop, toiling over a steaming forge, creating horseshoes, armour, weapons and other accoutrements requiring the hand of a master blacksmith. One day, the devil, disguised as a goat named Mendes, approached Henry and asked him to make some goat shoes. Clever Henry, sensing that something was amiss with a talking goat, made the shoes, but made them far too small, such that the devil was uncomfortable and grumpy whenever he wore them.

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