Monthly Archives: March 2019

News

The Canadian Folk Music Awards will be in April from ...

The Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced that the 2019 edition of the CFMA will take place the weekend of April 3-4, 2020, in Charlottetown, PEI. Responding to feedback from the previous awards weekends, the CFMA decided to move the ...
Exclusive preview!

Mark Perry – ‘Cold Road’

When Smithers, BC-based singer-songwriter Mark Perry heard about the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan last April, he felt numb. The former up-and-coming hockey player and rural hockey coach went to his shed to deal. He wrote a song ...
Feature

Here are your 2019 Juno winners in the folk, roots, ...

Sure the Juno Awards telecast kicks off on Sunday night, but if you follow folk, roots, blues, world and Indigenous artists in Canada, the Junos you care about are handed out at an untelevised gala on Saturday.  And that means, ...
New music in our mailbox!

Rhys Fraser, Annie Sumi, Veranda and Jabbour

Every month or so, Gordy the Moose goes through the submissions that have arrived in the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox and shares his most interesting finds here in this column. Rhys Fraser – Fifty Dollar Cowboy Hat EP (Release ...
Feature

My life as a songwriter and beer monger

Life has been interesting to say the least. It has been almost 16 months since my husband and I opened Copper Bottom Brewing (a small microbrewery in Montague, PEI). It has been as challenging an experience as it has been a rewarding ...
Feature

A brief history of why artists are no longer making ...

Today’s column from veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn is adapted from a speech he gave at a symposium at Trent University.  It’s a long read, but we decided to post it here all at once it its entirety because, well, ...
News

Allison Lupton is launching Words of Love on March 30

Allison Lupton is an accomplished singer-songwriter who performs self-penned and traditional songs with sensitivity and grace, while adding an extra dimension to her stage presence through her virtuoso flute playing. Born and raised on a second generation dairy farm in ...
Album review

Pete’s Posse – The Conversation

Honestly, these three Vermont guys should be honorary Canadians.  Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson together comprise Pete’s Posse, and they have so many Canadian connections it feels like the border shouldn’t even exist for them.  Take their festival ...
Concert review

Titans of Toronto Reggae – Mar. 2 at the Opera ...

In the late 60s, thanks to the addition of a provision to the Immigration Act by Mr. Trudeau senior, Jamaican-born workers and professionals who had already emigrated to Toronto were able to invite their families to join them in Canada. ...
The artist's life

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Ian Tamblyn has written more than 1,500 songs over his lifetime and released more than 30 albums, earning a Juno nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award in the process.  So we were thrilled here at Roots Music Canada when ...