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The online world can be a pretty cruel place, what with trolls, cyber bullying, flame wars and other anti-social behaviour. Twitter wars and mean tweets can be particularly incendiary. You've probably seen some of the Jimmy Kimmel videos — "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" — highlighting the utter absurdity of the criticism.

At CBC Music, we decided to emphasize the love. We've been asking musicians to read "sweet tweets" instead — and the results are often hilarious.

Fred Penner stopped by recently to talk about his appearance at the upcoming Festival. We got him to read some sweet tweets and explore some Twitter vernacular. 

If you want to see Penner perform live in Toronto, come to the Festival on Saturday, May 23, at TD Echo Beach. Performers include Bahamas, Patrick Watson, Shad, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Coeur de pirate, the Strumbellas, Lindi Ortega, Jenn Grant, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Tanika Charles, Quique Escamilla, Emmanuel Jal and others.

Tickets for the Festival are on sale. General admission is $39.50 (plus FMF and service charges), free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at, at all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-855-985-5000. The show is suitable for all ages.

posted by Reuben Maan on Apr 30, 2015
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