Monthly Archives: April 2018

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Legendary La Bottine founder Yves Lambert readies a new release

The legendary Quebec accordionist Yves Lambert has some new musical temptations in store for us in the next album, being recorded now by the Yves Lambert Trio. It promises to bring us yet again, the best in wicked Québecois musical ...
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How Dave Allen conquered demons on debut solo album

With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Dave Allen has established himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that, to our modern perceptions, will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously ...
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City profile: a songwriter’s view of Ottawa

It’s January and a Tuesday night in Ottawa.  What could possibly be going on in this sleepy government town? On a secluded side street in the West End suburbs, Shannon Murray welcomes us to Raven Street Studio’s signature room, and it is ...
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Weekend Read: Teaching songwriting in prison Part 2

Prisonpro.com says:  “California State Prison in Sacramento is a multi-level institution, which primarily houses maximum security inmates. The original reason the prison was built was to house the most dangerous and difficult inmates in the state. Now the facility not ...
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Safe as Houses – “Alive” (Video)

Safe as Houses is a young, five-piece band from the Kitchener-Waterloo area that appears to have largely flown under the radar up to this point, despite having two previous albums to its credit. This new video might change all that. ...
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The LYNNeS – Heartbreak Song for the Radio

Out of Ottawa, here come The LYNNeS,  Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson, bearing a fresh Heartbreak Song for the Radio, an album with an aggressive sound which may propel the already successful award-winning songwriters into a new category of international ...
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Mariel Buckley releases new track “One Time Asking”

Calgary-based singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley has released “One Time Asking,” the second single from her sophomore album, Driving In The Dark, out May 4. This track follows the previous single, “Rose Coloured Frames,” and comes ahead of the launch shows for Driving ...
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Buckman Coe: activist roots, activist soul (Audio)

Rick Buckman Coe is such an uplifting human being that scientists should really study him as a possible cure for depression.  I had the pleasure of doing publicity for his last album, the Reggae-based, globally-infused Malama Ka ’Aina, and I could’ve ...
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Global Toronto Apr. 4-7 Part 3 (Gallery)

The first Global Toronto conference took a four-day weekend this past weekend to expose the sounds of Toronto’s complexly interrelated cultural communities to international and national world music audiences alike. The focus of the event was twofold. Presenting rich and ...
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Global Toronto showcases Apr. 4-7, Part 2 (Audio/Video)

Looking to discover some great new music from around thew world? Roots Music Canada attended several of the Global Toronto world music showcases, which featured Toronto musicians who have arrived here from all over the globe. We have coverage from ...