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Sylvia Tyson in conversation

Canadian folk legend Sylvia Tyson speaks with Roots Music Canada about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,  its new home, 2010 inductees Rush and Robert Charlebois, and the passing of Kate McGarrigle. Of course we at Roots Music Canada cherish ...
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Bobby Charles remembered

Robert (Bobby) Charles Guidry February 21, 1938  – January 15, 2010 Each of us has special artists we squirrel away as our musical ‘private property’. Often they’re those highly adoptable, smaller acts who have simply fallen between the cracks of ...
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Maple Blues Series: Shakura S’Aida

We conclude our Maple Blues Awards video-interview series with a look at 2009 double-nominee Shakura S’Aida’s remarkable rise from blues-obscurity to blues-star, thanks to her enormous talent, a second-place finish at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2008) and a ...
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Help Me Promote You

Last month, when talking about methods of submission to presenters, I wrote “I would… give a lot of thought before booking anyone who has not at least made an attempt at a professional presentation.” So, does how you appear and ...
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CD Review: Jay Linden – Under the Radar

Some people work so far beneath the surface it makes you start to wonder if that’s where they prefer to be. Such would be the case with this extremely understated little record from a severely self-deprecating singer-songwriter hailing from Toronto ...
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Maple Blues Series: Harrison Kennedy

Hamilton Ontario’s Harrison Kennedy is nominated for four Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday, January 18, we will  learn just how many he wins! Acoustic Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Recording ...
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Coco Love Alcorn – Music n’ Merch

Coco Love Alcorn is a Toronto-based Canadian singer/songwriter with roots in Nova Scotia and B.C. Blessed with an exceptional voice, a DNA loaded with musical genes (her father is Toronto jazz singer John Alcorn), and graced with a delightful sense ...
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For the Folk: Top Ten Records of 2009

In 2009 I had a pretty wild year for music, both recorded and live!  I probably saw hundreds of acts perform this year live, from Mavis Staples to Louder Than Satan,  and so many great albums were released this year ...
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Folk Down Under: The Woodford Folk Festival

Publicist and promoter Richard Flohill got a chance to enjoy one of the world’s biggest folk festivals in Australia over the holidays, and kindly wrote up his experience for RootsMusic.ca The Woodford Folk Festival is MASSIVE. 30,000 people a day, ...
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Folkdj-l Top Canadian Songs 2009

This posting is the third part of an examination of the 2009 airplay received by Canadian performers as playlisted on the Folkdj-l listserve.ll. THE TOP CANADIAN SONGS – 2009 1. The Wailin’ Jennys “Deeper Well” (65) 2. James Keelaghan “House ...