Monthly Archives: September 2018

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Five acts we plan to check out at Ottawa CityFolk

            As the summer festival season wraps up, Canada’s capital city takes one last kick at the can before packing in the outdoor music for the winter season. Ottawa’s annual CityFolk Festival, which runs from Sept. 12-16 this year, has ...
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Big Branch Festival Kickoff – Sept. 6, the Tranzac, Toronto

Well, Toronto fiddler and pianist Emilyn Stam has done it again. Not only did she produce a completely sold-out weekend for the first Big Branch Bal Folk Festival, but she brought two simply wonderful bands from France for the event. ...
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A soul-fulfilling tour in Scotland

The gift of music has taken me to many remote and unique villages, towns and cities, and I’m sure, if you too are a music lover, you have also explored parts of the world (and parts of yourself) you never ...
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Jimmy Rankin’s new Joel Plaskett-produced album comes out Sept. 28 ...

One of the true originals in Canadian music has moved from Nashville to Nova Scotia and is celebrating with music only he could make. Jimmy Rankin’s new Moving East, which comesout Sept. 28, True North Records, is pure East Coast, ...
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Annie Sumi is a force of nature

“Of course you’re based in Guelph!” I blurt out to Annie Sumi, and we both laugh. How could she not be? She’s got that radiant, spiritual, neo-hippie vibe to her that reminds me of Guelph singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon, who herself ...
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An important message from Roots Music Canada editor Gordy the ...

Folks, one year ago today, the Canadian media landscape for roots music was looking pretty dim.  Around a dozen alt.weeklies across the country had shut their doors. Newspapers were cutting music coverage to a bare minimum.  Canadian roots music had ...
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The Best of the Fests

  It’s the morning after a long weekend here at Roots Music Canada, and it’s time to take stock of the summer that was. For the past two months, our writers hit festivals across the country – 20 of ’em ...