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Ben Sures – “Winnipeg”

I love Ben Sures. He’s a wonderfully multi-talented guy – an absolutely original singer-songwriter with a quirky approach to songwriting and a lot of unique takes on the world around him, which many people would be sympathetic to. He’s also ...
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The Slocan Ramblers – Queen City Jubilee (audio)

Toronto bluegrass outfit the Slocan Ramblers have managed to impress everyone from old-school folkies to hipster old-time revivalists with their innovative, fiddle-free arrangements and original takes on the high lonesome sound. All one-time students of the Humber College music program, ...
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Oxlip – “Dust”

Born and raised in Coney Island, Northern Ireland and now based in Vancouver Jayne Trimble brings more than a whiff of Gaelic authenticity to her Celtic-influenced singer-songwriter music.  Her lovely, unadorned and ethereal vocals evoke the misty, rocky shores and ...
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Like speed-dating for songwriters? Canadian Songwriter Challenge kicks off ...

The Canadian Song Conference kicks off in Prince Edward Island today, and with it, the Canadian Songwriter Challenge. For the past four years, Music PEI has been partnering with other provincial music industry associations to pair Island songwriters with other ...
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Photographer Jen Squires talks about that viral Christa Couture photo ...

Yesterday here on Roots Music Canada we brought you an interview with Christa Couture, whose pregnancy photos, conceived to create visibility for pregnant women with disabilities, have become a worldwide viral sensation – with features everywhere from Yahoo to the Independent. ...
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Christa Couture talks getting world famous … for her pregnancy ...

Fans, friends and colleagues of Christa Couture have been doing a lot of this lately: “Wow! Christa’s in the Daily Mail!” “Holy Shit! Now she’s in the Independent!” “Oh look, she’s in MetroUK too!” Since she first unveiled her pregnancy ...
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Georgian Bay – “Canyon” (video)

We talk a lot about mental illness these days and the need to end the stigma around it. But with one song and video, Toronto-based duo Georgian Bay has moved well past all that. Their new song, “Canyon,” is an ...
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Lenka Lichtenberg returns to her Czech roots on Masaryk

Over the course of the past 20 years, Toronto’s Lenka Lichtenberg has established herself as one of Canada’s foremost Yiddish singers and composers. The daughter of a Czech survivor of the Terezin concentration camp who had raised her with no connection to ...
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A new album revives the songs of Soviet Jews persecuted ...

It was the early 2000s.   University of Toronto Yiddish Studies professor Anna Shternshis was in Kiev doing research for a book on Yiddish culture during the Second World War. She was searching through libraries for archival documents to supplement ...
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Canadian Music Week:  What’s in it for roots artists?

Canadian Music Week kicks off today, and with it, showcases featuring more than 800 artists from across Canada and around the world.   (We’ve highlighted a few of the roots acts here.) CMW bills itself as “one of the premier entertainment ...