Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Thursday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite

Sweet Beaver Suite was the place to be to catch Canadians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, in Memphis this past February. This private hotel room showcase presented of some of the great northern lights on the scene – ...
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Dear Mother Maple: forgetting your roots?!

It’s been ever so much fun reading your comments, dearies. And I am so glad to get this question from Calgary. Why, I remember John Allan Cameron asking me to iron his shirts at the 1980 Calgary Folk Festival. What ...
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Jory Nash does it all

Jory Nash: The Woodshed Sessions, #20 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo. It’s a rare musician who can balance artistic success with continued growth and contribution to the community at large. Jory Nash does it all. A dyed-in-the-wool independent singer-songwriter, ...
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Romi Mayes, Lucky Tonight

Winnipeg-based roots rocker Romi Mayes must have counted on luck for her fifth album, Lucky Tonight. The CD was recorded live in one take, at the West End Cultural Centre in her home town. It’s a risky move, for a ...
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The Gospel according to Ken

There is no answer… still I carry on. -Ken Whiteley When does a gospel song not offer an answer? When it’s the Gospel according to Ken. Blues and gospel veteran, yoga practitioner & meditator Ken Whiteley performs eastern philosophy for ...
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Music and food make a natural pair

With the celebration of springtime fully upon us, many folks are taking this time to count their blessings. For me, two of the most important ones are food, and music. Both are nourishment: food for the body, music for the ...
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Dear Mother Maple: house concert conundrum

Welcome to the first instalment of Dear Mother Maple, where there are no stupid questions. There are only stupid people with questions. I’m just kidding you, my dears! The lovely young boys behind Roots Music Canada have asked me to ...
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Thoughtful, articulate Joshua Cockerill

Joshua Cockerill – The Woodshed Sessions, no.19 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo. Singer-songwriter phenom Joshua Cockerill created an immediate and lasting impression on Toronto’s booming roots music scene shortly after arriving in the city from Calgary. His debut album ...
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The saving of Willisville Mountain

Willisville Mountain, near the village of Willisville in the Subury area, has been beloved by artists and sacred to nature-lovers since time immemorial. Group of Seven members are among many who have sought inspiration there. Canadian folk legend Ian Tamblyn ...
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Zeke Mazurek, lost and found

When the right music arrives in your life, at the right time, it is a force as powerful as love itself. I had seen the late, legendary fiddler Zeke Mazurek live sporadically over the years, at Mariposa and with Prairie ...