Monthly Archives: January 2020

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When life gives you snow … check out our playlist ...

Over the past couple of weeks, just about every part of Canada it seems has been pelted with snow, even Vancouver, for crying out loud.  Heck, Newfoundland had to call in the army to dig them out. And they’re used ...
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How making a record helped heal Mister K – and ...

Kevin Roy was the consummate nice guy – towed the line, followed the rules, and while he didn’t finish last, he did end up lost, depressed, and pretty much finished with music as a profession. “I got too caught up ...
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Sass Jordan singing the blues?  This is totally happening

If you used to listen to Sass Jordan singing “Tell Somebody” and “Make you a Believer” back in the ‘80s and ‘90s and think, “This woman should really sing the blues,” well you were right.  She should.  And she is. ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: the calm ...

After a steady Saturday of shovelling out, the second night of the first-ever not-for-profit Speak Music Be Kind Festival was back in action with an all-day jam bubbling along, a bellowing accordion workshop and one for fiddle inside the Tranzac’s ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: kindness ...

Above: James Bailey, Lydia Persaud and Kyla Charter There was too much musical and emotional content on display at Beverly Kreller’s Speak Music Be Kind Festival this past weekend for our reporter to completely describe the magnitude of the vibe. ...
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Laura Smith is battling cancer, and friends are raising money ...

Friends and fans of Laura Smith have raised more than 13,000 in less than a week to help the Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter battle cancer. Laura announced through her record label, Borealis Records, this past week that she is facing the ...
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100 mile house return with new single ‘Worth The Wait’ ...

Edmonton duo 100 mile house return on Mar. 27 with their new album Love And Leave You (Fallen Tree Records), the follow-up to their 2016 album Hiraeth, which earned them a Western Canadian Music Award and a Canadian Folk Music ...
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The Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced this year’s performers

The board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards has announced the performer line-up for the 15th annual CFMA weekend, which is being held, for the first time ever, in Charlottetown, PE. The awards weekend consists of two nights of awards ...
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Missy Bauman is following up ‘Two Sisters’ with a new ...

We’ve featured Missy Bauman’s song “Two Sisters” a couple of times here on Roots Music Canada, starting when she won a 2018 Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart Award for it. It’s a vulnerable, powerful, and political song that ...
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Derek Andrews’ favourite shows of 2019

Derek Andrews is an independent arts consultant, music curator, music programmer and artist manager. He was the longtime music programmer for Harbourfront Centre, he launched Canada’s first world music conference, Mundial Montreal, and he’s widely regarded internationally as an authority ...