Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Call us crazy!

Well, we did it. As promised, we built a woodshed in the Roots Music Canada office. For woodshedding, obviously. While everyone else was doing whatever everyone else does, our team spent the weekend doing the improbable. We’ve been wanting to ...
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We’re building a shed

It’s been nearly a year since we moved into the premises we currently share with our good friends at Borealis Records. During that time, my partner Andy Frank has been diligently working on a more or less regular schedule there, ...
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Swift Years, Bare Bones, Freakshow Cabaret

I arrived early to see Swift Years, a Montréal-based band who, despite the snowfall, had driven down the highway for a rare Toronto show. Imagine my surprise to find the Free Times Café in the middle of a full-blown cabaret revue. The only seats available ...
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Music PEI Week impresses

Although January is not necessarily the time of year one would normally consider visiting the province of Prince Edward Island, I was invited to attend Music PEI Week and was thoroughly impressed with the music community on the Island. Beginning ...
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Top roots music websites

In our own coverage of Canadian roots over the past while, we’ve been surprised at how few good online resources are available. So we asked Adrian Martin – a musician who knows his way around the web – to compile ...
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What’s going on at the O.F.F.?

There’s been lots of chatter — online, in the media, and in what people charmingly call “the meatspace,” also known as real life—about what’s going on at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Many people know the broad brushstrokes of what’s happened—namely, ...
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Reflections on the Maple Blues Awards

The Maple Blues Awards have been swimming upstream since they began in 1997, left in the wake of more popular forms of music with their higher profiles and bigger budgets. You don’t need to have the blues to get the ...
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Snowshoes and Song Circles

It’s early March 2010, and I’m driving up Highway 35, a few hours north of Toronto. I’m on my way to teach at the Haliburton Winter Folk Camp. The snow is starting to melt away, but there’s still a bit ...
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East Coast Music Award nominees announced

The 2011 nominees for the East Coast Music Awards were announced today, recognizing over 50 Atlantic-province roots musicians, including David Myles, who garnered five nominations, and Christina Martin, Dave Gunning, The Stanfields and Lennie Gallant, with four nominations each.  We’re ...
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Madison Violet receive John Lennon

Songwriting Competition Award

JUNO Award nominated alt.country duo Madison Violet were presented with the prestigious Maxell Song of the Year Award from the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their original song, “The Ransom” taken from the band’s JUNO Award nominated album No ...