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Great Lake Swimmers, Kate Maki, Dive In
“Hi, I’m Kate Maki and I’m from Canada. Is anyone else here from Canada?” The fresh-faced singer pushes her bangs out of her face, and surveys the audience at Johnny Brenda’s. There are a few vague hoots and hollers. “Some of you? Oh, cool.” She pauses. “Is anyone here from Sudbury, Ontario? Because that’s where I’m from. Land of the world’s largest nickel. Yup, that’s home.” The audience chuckles, and Maki smiles, and bursts into song. It’s a chilly, rainy Wednesday, but the vibe inside JB’s is warm and welcoming, and an unusually large crowd has gathered to watch Maki and fellow Canadian headliners the Great Lake Swimmers.