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Meet your Western Canadian Music Award-winners in the roots/world categories

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night in Kelowna, B.C., and the winners in the roots and world categories include some familiar faces and some new discoveries.  Have a listen! Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist ...
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Five questions for Rae Spoon

Singer, songwriter, author, and trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, Rae Spoon has evolved over the past 20 years from an indie alt.country act to a singular singer songwriter on the contemporary scene, whose voice ...
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Eleven ways to help prevent sexual violence at festivals

Sexual assault was already top of mind last Friday morning as the first day of workshops got underway at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Shortly after our session, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on whether ...
Concert review

Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: Saturday, Sept. 29

Noon – My showcase-watching for the day kicks off at the Coax Records showcase, Coax being the record label belonging to Rae Spoon.  Rae’s got an impressive roster of established acts, such as the boundary-pushing Geoff Berner and the award-winning ...
Concert review

Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: Friday, Sept. 28

8:45 a.m. – I arrive at the Hilton near the Toronto Airport already exhausted after getting up at 4 a.m. to catch my plane. The hotel can’t check me in until after noon, but there’s a breakfast buffet for conference-goers ...
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Roots Music Canada is at the Folk Music Ontario conference ...

Have you ever wondered how folk festivals choose all the artists that play there each year? I mean of course the headliners are picked based on their ability to sell tickets.  That is, after all, why you see pop stars ...
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Family band the Janzen Boys is ready for festival prime ...

There are few things more uplifting in life than seeing a dad and his teenage sons making music together and looking like they’re having the time of their lives. At least that’s how it feels to watch a Janzen Boys ...
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And the nominees for the Canadian Folk Music Awards are ...

The 14th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Gateway in Calgary.  The board of directors announced this year’s nominees Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.  Here’s the full list!  Traditional Album of the ...
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Annie Sumi is a force of nature

“Of course you’re based in Guelph!” I blurt out to Annie Sumi, and we both laugh. How could she not be? She’s got that radiant, spiritual, neo-hippie vibe to her that reminds me of Guelph singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon, who herself ...
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The Best of the Fests

  It’s the morning after a long weekend here at Roots Music Canada, and it’s time to take stock of the summer that was. For the past two months, our writers hit festivals across the country – 20 of ’em ...