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Kathleen Edwards at Fixed Hinge Recording

Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards @ Fixed Hinge Recording

. : : August 25th, 2020 : : .

Kathleen Edward‘s Total Freedom album came as a bit of a surprise to me.

I mean, I knew she’d started live performances again but these shows seemed sporadic and without much fanfare; I thought them little more than a way for her to pay some favors, pad the pockets, and perhaps even provide a wee bit of ego bolstering.

When clips of her in the studio started showing up on Instagram, I must admit: it still didn’t feel real. It had been too long. She had been too adamant. But then the pre-order page went live.

Test pressings, autographed vinyls, CDs, t-shirts, Quitters Coffee, and all kinds of incentives littered the campaign. There was one in particular that caught my eye, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic…

A private, online concert for a fan and up to 24 friends.

Kathleen Edwards @ Quitters Coffee

Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards @ Quitters Coffee

. : : August 14, 2020 : : .

Future readers (hello from the past!) may not immediately connect the dots, but summer of 2020 is … different. We’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the doors to public places have been shuttered indefinitely. Live music venues, legally unable to assemble audiences and artists but still obligated to pay rent, are closing up shop all over the world. Restaurants struggle with having been shut down for months; some have begun re-opening with extremely limiting restrictions, others have likewise been unable to stay afloat and closed their doors permanently.

Kathleen Edwards, six years after retiring from music and opening a coffee shop in the Ottawa suburb of Stittsville, picked one hell of a time to try and transition back to music.

Justin Rutledge @ National Arts Centre

. : : November 6th, 2010 : : . If you’re a fan of Canadian roots-rock music, you’ve probably heard of Justin Rutledge whether you wanted to or not. I’ve never bought a ticket to see him, but have been treated to his live performances almost half a dozen times in the last four years. Opening for the likes of Jim Cuddy and Kathleen Edwards, you definitely can’t complain about the company he keeps. Over the course of four albums in the last six years, Rutledge has amassed a devoted following, as I learned standing in line outside of Lee’s Palace before his NXNE show in 2007. His handsome,…