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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. ...
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UPDATE: Fru Skagerrak no longer playing Sutton, but still ...

It’s not often in Canada that we get to experience the music of another northern culture from half way around the globe, let alone three other northern cultures in one band. But gosh, it sure is fun when that happens. ...
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‘Weathering’ the Edmonton folk fest

Our reporter for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival here at Roots Music Canada had some transportation problems that prevented her from getting to the site.  Fortunately, our friends over at Gig City, the fabulous Edmonton music and live events web ...
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Old Man Luedecke is bringing a new live album to ...

If you loved our coverage of those unique, hard-to-get-to festivals in northern Ontario this weekend, and you’re now wishing you’d gone to one, great news! There’s another one coming up this weekend. It’s called the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival. It’s ...
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The Sutton Fiddle Festival will transport you to another time ...

 For five years now, there has been a friendly little festival happening in Sutton, Qué., during the third weekend in August. If you love traditional fiddle music, enjoy convivial company, and hanker for mountain scenery in a pretty little bilingual ...
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Ian Tamblyn’s (sort of) #MeToo moment

Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than 30 albums and close to 50 years, Ian Tamblyn has followed something of a cyclical approach to creation; he’ll travel – frequently to remote northern locales – and make records ...
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How the Edmonton Folk Fest feeds 3,000 and other tales ...

Every year in Edmonton, approximately 65 performers gather for one of the world’s best folk music festivals. With that many performers, it takes a lot of time and careful planning to make sure they’re well taken care of – along ...
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Meet the Roots Music Canada festival team for August!

Remember last month when I introduced you to our team of writers who were covering the July folk festivals? Well guess what, folks. We’re doing it all again this month! As I write this, Tom Coxworth is banging out a ...
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Trout Forest Music Festival: Crystal Shawanda turns blues

Sometimes, even the most instinctive singers need a little time to find their true voice. Just ask Crystal Shawanda. The celebrated Canadian-born, Nashville-based songwriter and musician has built a decade-long career on her hugely emotive performances, scoring a major label ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: a photo essay (Part 2)

(Below) This Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra dancer’s percussion made us want to dance too!      The fires of community are lit at dusk.      The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra led a procession up the long hill to the centre of ...