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We are greatly saddened by the passing of Ron Hynes on Thursday November 19th.  His legacy is as one of the finest songwriters our country has known, and we’ve been proud to have him as a part of our family for many years now.

Ron was treated for throat cancer in 2012 and declared cancer-free, but in late October Ron announced that his cancer had returned to his hip and one lung. Ron publicly stated that he would continue writing because that’s what he needed to do: “I keep telling people my best work is yet to come. People say ‘what’s your best song?’ […] it’s the one I’m about to write.”  In a powerful interview with NTV, his drive to continue was palpable, and we all admired his outlook – as the best possible way to approach life.

On November 17th he was admitted to the hospital and last evening, November 19th, he passed away.

We are heartened to see he is being remembered online by fans and friends, by the media who are recognizing the life of one of Newfoundland’s best-known, and in venues large and small across the country where his songs are sung.

The Borealis Family

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On her new album Shadow Trails Linda delivers songs of the lost, the lovesick and the loners. The new songs are stand-alone gems – one song breaks your heart, the next puts it back together.

Check out Shadow Trails here.

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Two Master Musicians Create Stunning Music

Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus are without doubt two of the best acoustic guitarists in the world. On ROUND TRIP these two amazing musicians have combined to create a series of duets that not only demonstrate their individual virtuosity, but also their innate ability to blend numerous musical traditions and styles producing wonderful new music.

Check out audio from their album and buy it here.

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We’re excited to feature a new recording from master fiddler Anne Lederman featuring the tunes of Métis fiddler Grandy Fagnan.

Check it out her album Old Man’s Table right here.

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THE LUCKY SISTERS AND HEALING GARDENS

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The Lucky Sisters are Tannis Slimmon, Allison Lupton and Rosemary Phelan. Tragically in May of 2015 we lost Rosemary. Now Allison and Tannis are honoured to share their music with “So Lucky”, along with last words from Rosemary: “I couldn’t think of a more gorgeous and meaningful bunch of songs to offer up to the […]

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The Friends of Fiddler’s Green – Old Inventions

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The first release by “The Friends” for over 2 decades, the first with old friend Ian Bell, and the first without the band’s long time and much missed front man Tam Kearney. Here are a wonderful selection of songs and tunes you might hear at any Friends concert. You can listen to Old Inventions and […]

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Bill Garrett

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This is Borealis partner Bill Garrett’s first album that has been re-mastered for the digital world. Originally released in 1980 it includes a collection of great songs, some hot pickin’ and  guest appearances from Dave Essig, Stan Rogers and the infamous Curly Boy Stubbs. Check it out here.

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LE VENT DU NORD LEAP INTO SPRING WITH TÊTU

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Once again Nicolas, Olivier, Simon and Réjean (Le Vent du Nord) have produced Têtu, an album that buzzes with great melodies, heavy grooves while leaving room for good times, smiles and honesty. Check it out here

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