Highlights Feb 13-20
- The 53rd Grammy Awards were handed out on Sunday, and among the recipients were former Roots Music Canada guests Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won Best Traditional Folk Music album for Genuine Negro Jig, as well as veterans Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples and Neil Young.
- Shawn Colvin (pictured above), one of the hardest-working and longest-running female singer-songwriters in the business, performed at Koerner Hall, with Parry Sounder Katherine Wheatley opening, and our Eric Thom was there.
- Rosemary Phelan and Jason LaPrade performed in the Woodshed, and were interviewed by Roots Music Canada Executive Producer Andy Frank. Rosemary also showed off her skills in the kitchen, with a demonstration of how to make her Vegan Chocolate Moose Cake, and the Roots Music Canada team demonstrated how to devour it.
- Just in time for the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis this weekend, Montreal independent music insider Dave Cool released an e-book full of useful advice on attending music conferences. We feel you shouldn’t leave home without (reading) it.
- Our Editor-in-Chief, David Newland, headed down to Folk Alliance in Memphis to represent Roots Music Canada. We shared a table at the trade show with some of our favourite Canadian musicians: Kirsten Jones, Jay Aymar, John Wort Hannam , Ariana Gillis and Layah Jane.
- In anticipation of the conference, we reviewed both Ariana Gillis’ album To Make It Make Sense and Layah Jane’s Honey this week.