The artist's life

Changing sonics, tribalism and geezerhood: a conversation with myself

Ian Tamblyn has written more than 1,500 songs over his lifetime and released more than 30 albums, earning a Juno nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award in the process.  So we were thrilled here at Roots Music Canada when ...
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Three great July shows at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club

Quinn Bachand / Zigue – July 6 at St. James Hall  With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen takes audiences on an inventive quest which, through technical virtuosity, brings together a spellbinding range of ...
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Five emerging Quebec artists you can see at the Montreal ...

The Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday at the Centennial Esplanade.   It features lots of stalwart Canadian acts like Old Man Luedecke, Hawksley Workman, and the Good Lovelies.  It also features Ottawa singer-songwriter ...
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Donovan Woods – The Other Way

When Heather Kitching of Roots Music Canada asked me if I wanted to review Donovan Woods’ new album, The Other Way (Meant Well Records), an acoustic rendering of his 2018 Both Ways, my first response was, “no.” What more could ...
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Ariana Gillis – “Dirt Gets Dirty”

It’s coming up on a decade since Ariana Gillis won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year, and she’s certainly delivered on the potential that the jurors of that award saw in her. An impromptu showcase ...
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Mélisande [Electrotrad] – Les Millésimes

Elizabeth Szekeres has been working her way through all of the albums she picked up at this year’s Folk Alliance International conference and introducing us to some of her favourite discoveries – some new; some old.  This album was released ...
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