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Qristina Brooke (Bachand) launches her solo debut

It’s been quite the seven-year journey for Qristina Brooke, who grew up in a musical family in Victoria, B.C.   Four years in Amsterdam saw her achieving a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, Infectious Diseases and Public Health; three months ...
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Louisiana to Quebec: the music of David Greely, Claude ...

You’d think the two worlds couldn’t be farther apart. David Greely, master Cajun fiddler from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Claude Méthé, fiddle tradition bearer from Ste-Beatrix, Quebec, have joined forces with Claude’s wife, accompanist Dana Whittle, to present their whirlwind ...
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The Fretless: Where a string quartet meets a pub ...

They may not have any frets on those instruments, but the sounds the four musicians make on the fiddles in this foursome are like nothing you’ve ever heard at a folk festival. It’s a string quartet that plays fiddle tunes ...
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Musician moms: a salute for Mother’s Day

Photo:  Kristine St-Pierre on the road with her kids. It’s the perennial question women have faced for years: “Is motherhood incompatible with a fulfilling career?”   Many women walk a fine line, wanting children, but also wanting a creative life, whether ...
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Québec trad outfit Orchestre Pic-Bois readies a debut

Fans of Québecois folklore are in for a treat around the beginning of June. Jean Desrochers’ new band, l’Orchestre Pic-Bois is coming out with their first album.  Check out one of the tracks here:  Jean Desrochers sure gets around. Multi-instrumentalist, ...
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The Hugh’s Room Live birthday bash: a night in ...

When the beloved Toronto folk and roots venue Hugh’s Room closed down abruptly in January of last year, a devoted committee of music lovers raised more than $100,000 to bring it back.  It reopened just four months later, and last ...
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RPR at Hugh’s Room Live April 21, 2018

It was a very fun and almost sold out night at Hugh’s Room Live last Saturday night when RPR hit the stage to entertain and showcase their new CD, titled Longview. The show marked five years since this band’s debut ...
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Happy re-birthday Hugh’s Room Live! Revived Toronto venue turns ...

It was an earthquake that first rocked Toronto, and then the shockwaves rapidly expanded outwards across Canada. The legendary Hugh’s Room had closed, apparently without warning, in early January of 2017. The media was on the story in a flash; ...
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Legendary La Bottine founder Yves Lambert readies a new release

The legendary Quebec accordionist Yves Lambert has some new musical temptations in store for us in the next album, being recorded now by the Yves Lambert Trio. It promises to bring us yet again, the best in wicked Québecois musical ...
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Global Toronto showcases Apr. 4-7, Part 2 (Audio/Video)

Looking to discover some great new music from around thew world? Roots Music Canada attended several of the Global Toronto world music showcases, which featured Toronto musicians who have arrived here from all over the globe. We have coverage from ...