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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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How Dave Allen conquered demons on debut solo album

With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Dave Allen has established himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that, to our modern perceptions, will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously ...
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City profile: a songwriter’s view of Ottawa

It’s January and a Tuesday night in Ottawa.  What could possibly be going on in this sleepy government town? On a secluded side street in the West End suburbs, Shannon Murray welcomes us to Raven Street Studio’s signature room, and it is ...
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Weekend Read: Teaching songwriting in prison Part 2

Prisonpro.com says:  “California State Prison in Sacramento is a multi-level institution, which primarily houses maximum security inmates. The original reason the prison was built was to house the most dangerous and difficult inmates in the state. Now the facility not ...
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Buckman Coe: activist roots, activist soul (Audio)

Rick Buckman Coe is such an uplifting human being that scientists should really study him as a possible cure for depression.  I had the pleasure of doing publicity for his last album, the Reggae-based, globally-infused Malama Ka ’Aina, and I could’ve ...
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Weekend read: Teaching songwriting in prison, Part 1

 I am thrilled to be writing this piece for the re-launch of Roots Music Canada. Roots musicians like myself need the support of organizations like this to help spread the world about our music, while supporting each other at the same ...
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Benefit concerts for bluesman Jason Buie’s family start tomorrow night

You know you’ve made an impression on the world when your untimely death prompts people across the country to hold benefit concerts for your family.  Victoria bluesman Jason Buie was that kind of guy. Buie died suddenly Mar. 22 at ...
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Kiran Ahluwalia launches her new album with a Love Fest

If I told you that Kiran Ahluwalia’s new album was inspired by acts of cultural intolerance, you might be forgiven for suspecting a certain U.S. president as the inspiration. After all, the Juno-winning Canadian chanteuse, who was born in Patna, ...
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Roots Music Canada: the origin story

It all began with a guy named Bob MacKenzie. No relation to the singer of “Take off to the Great White North,” mind you, but ya’ gotta admit, it adds a little something to the origin story. Bob is a ...
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A Message From Gordy

  Gordy the Moose here. At Roots Music Canada, we recognize that we’ve been fairly quiet of late, and that’s not easy for a moose. It won’t remain this way much longer. We’re busy putting together a great new editing ...