Monthly Archives: March 2020

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Adrian Sutherland brings the fight against hockey racism to the ...

Attawapiskat musician Adrian Sutherland, who has until know been best-known as the lead singer of Midnight Shine, will be lacing up for the Juno Cup on tomorrow, and he’ll be taking a stand against racism in hockey at the same ...
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Hear all the Juno nominees you need to hear in ...

Every year when the Juno nominees come out, I do a little cheer for the friends and favourite artists that have shown up on the list. But invariably, there will also be names on those lists that cause me to ...
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Two nights of Irish music at Festival Place in Sherwood ...

Two of Irish music’s best-known exports come to Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB this March. Dervish (Mar. 13) is renowned for live performances of dazzling tunes and stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The Celtic Tenors (Mar. 20) offer the ...
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Laura Smith: a powerful voice is missing

I first heard Laura Smith (then known as Susie Smith) in London, ON. It was back in the mid-70s at Smale’s Pace Coffeehouse, and Laura was not only singing but waitressing at the club as well. I can’t tell you ...
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Gender parity efforts at Canadian music festivals are stalling

There wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate on International Women’s Day yesterday when it comes to women and non-binary people in the music business. Secret Frequency’s annual report card on gender parity at music festivals – which was released this ...
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Mike Regenstreif remembers Laura Smith (1952-2020)

Beloved east coast singer-songwriter Laura Smith passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after a brief battle with cancer. Mike Regenstreif was one of many in the Canadian Roots Music community who was touched by her friendship.  Mike is ...
New music in our mailbox!

Chelsea Stewart, Ben Sures, Francois Couture, Moira Bren and Raina ...

Gordy the Moose presents some of his favourite new music from the submissions that have arrived in the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox.  Chelsea Stewart – Chelsea Stewart (Release date: Nov. 11, 2019) Toronto’s Chelsea Stewart has followed up her ...
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Logan and Nathan share new song ‘Where Do We Go’ ...

On their forthcoming album The Happening – out April 24 on Fallen Tree Records – Vancouver-based duo Logan and Nathan take a significant step forward sonically, adding elements such as down-tempo hip-hop and Eno-esque ambience to their traditional folk foundation. ...
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Ron Hynes is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall ...

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced that the late Newfoundland legend Ron Hynes will be its newest inductee. The induction ceremony will take place during the 2020 East Coast Music Awards show April 30 in St. John’s. Friend, ...
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Reflections on changing your dreams before your dreams change you

About 23 years ago, Shauna and I were out in Banff National Park for one of our spring/summer hiking trips, and we went to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for dinner after one of our many, lengthy Canadian Rocky Mountain hikes. We got into ...