Monthly Archives: October 2019

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A cross-Canada tour of the 2019 summer festivals

For the second year in a row, Roots Music Canada was all over the summer festivals this summer, reporting from events as large and prestigious as Mariposa and the Edmonton Folk Festival and as far-flung as the Moose n’ Fiddle ...
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Sandra Bouza shares soulful first single ‘Almost Love’ from upcoming ...

Sandra Bouza has a lot to offer through her music and life experience, and on her new LP, Falling Away From Me, set for release in January 2020, the Toronto native shares deeply personal stories derived from living, studying and ...
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Goldschatz – ‘Darkest Times’ (video)

The song came out of a dream. Well, two dreams, actually. Husband and wife duo, Timothy Loeffler and Christina Rieder of Goldschatz both awoke one morning with musical soundtracks in their minds, two different songs, which they melded together to ...
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Should Canada’s major folk organizations merge into one?

It seemed a propos that the venue for a town hall meeting about potentially merging the country’s main folk organizations was a noticeably more austere Folk Music Ontario conference than long-time conference-goers were used to. The conference, reduced from three ...
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Jamie Oppenheimer on why you really need to check out ...

In 2014, Jeff Carter, managing director of Hunters Bay Radio, suggested that I host a radio show about songwriting. I was apprehensive but reluctantly accepted the offer. I did not know it at the time, but my decision to produce ...
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Facing the future: on compensating artists fairly again

A few months ago I posted an article on the Roots Music Canada website entitled “A Brief history of Why Artists are no Longer Making a Living Making Music.” The topic was actually about the relationship between music and technology ...
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Hear Siobhan Sloane-Seale’s ‘Too Far To Go’ from debut album ...

On her debut album, One Of My Friends, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Siobhan Sloane-Seale offers 11 gorgeous observations of the world around her, each revealing profound insights into the human condition. Set against the backdrop of restrained-yet-inventive arrangements, the songs are the ...
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WCMA winner Carmen Braden combines classical music with the sounds ...

Yellowknife artist Carmen Braden won the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year last Thursday.  Sylvia Siemens spoke to her a few weeks ago for a story for Roots Music Canada.  We’re thrilled to be able to ...
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Old Man Luedecke talks Easy Money with Ted Ferris

I recently sat down with Chris Luedecke, the two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter otherwise known as Old Man Luedecke. Chris had just recently returned to Canada after touring throughout the UK and Europe most of the summer. As we sat in ...
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The Small World Music Festival: weekend 2 (Sept. 26-29)

Women In Percussion Small World’s resumption of their unique musical refreshments on Thursday night intersected conveniently with Lula Lounge’s launching of a weekend celebration of women in percussion. Featured artists included a quartet of royal jazz magnificence led by steel ...