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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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An important message from Roots Music Canada editor Gordy the ...

Folks, one year ago today, the Canadian media landscape for roots music was looking pretty dim.  Around a dozen alt.weeklies across the country had shut their doors. Newspapers were cutting music coverage to a bare minimum.  Canadian roots music had ...
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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 ...
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This summer’s cross-Canada festival road trip in links!

Folks, it’s been one heck of a summer here at Roots Music Canada, and I am one exhausted moose!   Two months after we signed ourselves back on-line, I had this crazy idea:  What if we could find writers all across ...
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The Sutton Fiddle Festival – A photo album

The festival site in Sutton, QC Anit Ghosh Véronique Plasse and Andrea Beaton Pete’s Posse. Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson  Pascal Gemme and the fiddling children Alexis Chartrand and Nicolas Babineau ÉTÉ Jamming in the park Rhizome The ...
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The Small World Music Festival – Day 2 and 3

Gracious weather returned for Saturday’s slate, initiated with three symposia, held indoors at the Brigantine Room, featuring a set of media movers and shakers, a rebel brigade of cross-cultural adventurers and Brenna MacCrimmon’s moving testament to the power of instinctual ...
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Reflections on festival access for people with disabilities

I have been asked to write about my experience both as a volunteer and as just a plain old festival-goer with a disability. Some of you may know that I have a type of multiple sclerosis or MS that has ...
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Dispatches from Summerfolk – Day 3 (Sunday)

Folk festivals are living choose-your-own-adventure novels. Everyone comes away with a different story to tell. Different events, different endings, but similar plots. We are all here as part of the same story, and our stories involve a lot of the ...
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The northwestern Ontario festivals: a photo album

The Live from the Rock Folk Festival and the Trout Forest Music Festival both took place in northwestern Ontario the weekend of Aug. 10.  Live from the Rock is in Red Rock, an hour east of Thunder Bay.  Trout Forest ...
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Summer’s for the folk: 5 + 1 places you’ll ...

The Kubasonics  As a youngster growing up in Newfoundland, you could’ve bet me a million dollars that a rollicking Ukrainian band would one day come from our fine shores, and I would have laughed you right out of the room. ...