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Why Youth Competitive Dance Needs To Change

The perception of dance has shifted from that of a performing art to an athletic pursuit. We think this is terrific. What we fail to understand is why, as athleticism has become the focus (and rightly so), youth competitive dance has not dispensed with its ridiculous costume and makeup requirements?
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Seven Reasons to Visit Montreal this Summer

Civilized would be an understatement when it comes to Montreal, a city where you're not allowed to build a building higher than Mont Royal Park and where, during the annual Jazz Festival, two thirds of the (over 100) jazz, rock, blues, reggae, soul, and other bands play for free. Here are six other great things to do in Montreal in the summer.
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What Jazz and Cooking Have in Common

Good cooking is not merely the preparation of food for sustenance, but the creation of an experience for the senses. Chefs combine colours, textures, aromas, flavors and shapes in an effort to stimulate and titillate the palettes of their patrons. So it is with Jazz.
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Growing Up On the Road with Blue Rodeo

I've often been asked about what it was like growing up around music, both by strangers and friends. I am still trying to figure it out myself, both its impact on me as a musician and its impact on me as a person. I think there are two points of influence, music at home and music as my father's job.
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How To Write a Musical Love Letter

When artists are typecast as dreamy, head-in-the-clouds free spirits, someone is missing the mark. The work requires clarity of vision, iron-like determination, and laser-beam focus from its creator. Perhaps this is why arranging music can be such an oasis for me. The hardest part has mostly been done.

Why I Hate World Music

The term 'world music' probably served some purpose in terms of cracking open the homogeneous North American market and introducing its listeners to something beyond their pop/rock/country/classical dogma, but why is it still used when all the peoples of the globe live everywhere?