Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Taylor Mitchell Bursary benefits youth

Emily Mitchell is the mother of promising young folk singer Taylor Mitchell, who died tragically in October 2009. Emily initiated the OCFF’s Taylor Mitchell Bursary, which each year sponsors one participant in the conference’s Youth Performer mentorship program. In 2010 ...
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To see Joan Baez

For some time now, I have adored Joan Baez. It never mattered that she was my grandmother’s age. Joan Baez was ripe for idolatry: beautiful, passionate, intelligent and talented. I bought up all her albums. So many, in fact, that ...
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A good friend has lost a good dog

The Roots Music Canada team is sending warm thoughts out tonight to our dear friend and mentor, Shelagh Rogers. Shelagh’s beloved dog, Poppy, went to her rest today, and we all know how the heart aches to bid a beloved ...
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The call of Leela Gilday

There’s a warrior on the line – and Canada’s listening. Yellowknife-born Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday is chatting with Carole Off on CBC Radio‘s As It Happens. She’s fielding congratulations on winning Female Entertainer of the Year at the Aboriginal People’s ...
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Cash tribute raises cash

We’re still basking in the afterglow from Thursday’s Johnny Cash tribute in Port Hope, Ontario. Hosted by Roots Music Canada’s Editor-in-Chief David Newland, “Till Things Are Brighter: The Songs of Johnny Cash” was a fundraiser for a grassroots community initiative ...
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CFMA Nominee Showcase Performers Named

Exactly a month from today, Roots Music Canada will bring the Canadian Folk Music Awards live to a computer near you, including all of the evening performances and awards. In addition to the December 4th awards show from the Isabel ...
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David Essig’s latest: Rolling Fork to Gallows Point

Embarrassing to say but, with over 10 recordings under his belt since the ‘70s, Canadian songwriter David Essig is a singer-songwriter-producer I should know much better than I do – especially after hearing Rolling Fork to Gallows Point. It’s a ...
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“Folk Songs of Canada Now” tweaks Fowke

Folk Songs of Canada Now is a free compilation album available exclusively for download online. The project’s creator, Henry Adam Svec, has created a compilation of 22 songs performed by some of the best young voices in the modern Canadian ...