Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Best of 2011 – Musicians

Our series on the best songs of 2011 continues today with choices made by some of the musicians who make the very thing that brings our community together. Some of them don’t play by the rules (it is hard to ...
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Best of 2011 – Movers and Shakers

This week we’ll be running a special year-end retrospective series featuring the best songs of 2011 — as chosen by members of our community. In this edition: the publicists and community builders who work behind the scenes, forming a bridge ...
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A seasonal surprise from Magoo

Yesterday Roots Music Canada headquarters was graced with a visit from our favourite folky fool,  Magoo, who in the spirit of the season, shared this special Christmas song with us — and you! For the full story of Magoo’s Christmas tree ...
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Making music to save art education

What do RIM CEO Jim Balsillie, former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and Juno nominees Serena Ryder, Jimmy Bowskill and Rick Fines have in common? They’re all alumni of a Peterborough, Ontario public high school that specializes in arts ...
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Festive Canadian roots music — part 2

After we posted our first roundup of holiday songs, we realized we’d just begun to scratch the surface of Canadian folk and roots music made specially for this time of year. Here’s part two: After a year of wins at ...
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Giving the gift of Canadian music

Got a music lover on your list? Looking to pare down on holiday excess and give the gift of experience? With the holidays fast approaching, some Canadian presenters are having pre-Christmas ticket sales: Tomorrow — Friday, Dec 16th — the ...
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A collaboration worth singing about

Maybe it’s the time of year — as we turn to gatherings, peace on earth, and a spirit of generosity — that’s making our ears perk up at the sweet sounds of these voices and instruments playing together in collaboration. ...
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Festive Canadian roots music

In the spirit of the impending holiday season, we’ve gathered an array of musical Yuletide treats from around the web and across the country to share with you. Toronto’s rootsy rockers The Skydiggers are playing their annual Christmas shows at ...
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East Coast meets Prairie for a night of song

Originally billed as “3 East Coast Ladies, 1 Night”, a cold, wet Tuesday night was soon transformed into a cross-Canada kitchen party at the Free Times Cafe, with the help of two added performers: Nicole Byblow (Toronto via Winnipeg) and ...
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CFMA Broadcast Reaches Thousands

Roots Music Canada’s CFMA weekend webcast December 3rd and 4th was viewed by over 2,000 music lovers. While we were hoping for more (of course), sharing the best of Canada’s folk music scene with the equivalent of a packed Massey ...