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Obituary: Paul Quarrington

On the Sunday before he died, Paul Quarrington was doing what he’d spent the last seven months doing: as much as possible. Whether it was writing, performing, recording, travelling, fishing, watching his beloved Leafs or partying with family and friends, Paul was packing it in, squeezing the juice out of everything before taking his leave.On this particular Sunday, Paul was in the studio laying down one more track for his solo album, in this case a part for his brother Joel, an accomplished classical double bassist. I wanted to witness this session featuring two talented individuals who’d been in my life since childhood.Back then, I was best friends with Joel and knew Paul as his shy and ins...
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Best Album/Single of 2009 Poll Results

What do you think was the best album of 2009?Troubadour - K'naan  35.7% other   21.4% Glasvegas - Glasvegas   7.1% It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen   7.1% Together Through Life - Bob Dylan   7.1% Wilco (the album) - Wilco   7.1% Humbug - Arctic Monkeys   7.1% Three - Joel Plaskett   7.1% What do you think was the best single of 2009? The Fear - Lily Allen   30.8% Pulling on a Line - Great Lake Swimmers   23.1% other   15.4% Wavin' Flag - K'naan   15.4% Use Somebody - Kings of Leon   7.7% Warm Heart of Africa - The Very Best feat. Ezra Koenig   7.7%
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Obituary: Kate McGarrigle - compelling songs, spellbinding harmony

Folksinger Kate McGarrigle left a deep musical legacy both in recordings with her older sister Anna McGarrigle and in her two children, singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Kate and Anna McGarrigle were revered for their heavenly harmonies and sensitive love songs, made famous by the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Maria Muldaur. Lavish praise greeted the Montreal duo's arrival in the mid-1970s, with the British and American press citing the intimacy of their voices and honesty of their songs. Along with critically lauded albums, the McGarrigle sisters each gave birth to musically talented offspring. Kate McGarrigle grew up bilingual, but, in many ways, music was her first ...
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