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Good Lovelies – Under The Mistletoe

Good Lovelies will have played 142 gigs in 2009, an unbelievable number given that the vast majority – if not all – were in Canada. They have also released two full CDs in the calendar year, Good Lovelies in January ...
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John McDermott – Journeys

We recently had the pleasure of attending several holiday-seasoned concerts in the Southern Ontario region, and chatted a little with some of the headliners. What we learned might surprise you, and will surely delight you. John McDermott is a five-time ...
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Personality can’t be pirated

In the past, a personal brand was something plastic;  you could create a shape that you thought would appeal to a market, and feed it to them exclusively.  It didn’t matter much if it had anything to do with reality; ...
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CD Review: Travelling Show – The Undesirables

Fans of the  Southern Ontario duo The Undesirables have surely heard poet and lead singer Corin Raymond introduce his musical mate, acoustic guitar wizard Sean Cotton, as “the band”. To audiences, this term comes as no surprise as Corin’s introduction ...
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2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

The eleventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) were held in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, November 27, 2009. The evening was marked by the incredible Buffy Sainte-Marie’s four awards, including Best Album, Best Single, Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter. Frankly, ...
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CFMA Highlights II

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CFMA moments

Amid the melee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards at Dominion-Chalmers Church in Ottawa last weekend, we managed to get a couple of candid snapshots of the event. Watch this space for more soon! Brenley MacEachern and her partner Lisa ...
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2009 CFMA Winners!

We had the rare and exclusive pleasure of hanging out in the green room at the 2009 CFMA (Canadian Folk Music Awards) presentation on Saturday, November 21st in our Nation’s Capital. So while others tuned, tested and tweaked their fiddles, ...
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CFMA 2009

Tonight was my first Canadian Folk Music Awards and definitely not my last. The organizers who pour their hearts and souls into staging this event deserve to be congratulated for their work – anyone who’s ever organized anything of this ...
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Where Lightfoot led

Gordon Lightfoot turned 71 today, just before heading into a long home stand at Massey Hall. What better time to launch this Roots Music Canada blog? Where Lightfoot led, we follow, proudly. We’ll miss the shows – some of us ...