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Updated: Roots Music Canada’s 5th anniversary bash happens June 4 at Toronto’s TRANZAC


It’s official!

I’m THRILLED to announce that Roots Music Canada is celebrating five years since it’s triumphant rebirth with a one-night music festival June 4 at the TRANZAC in Toronto.

We’re calling it MooseFest in honour of our beloved mascot Gordy the Moose, and also as an homage to Canadiana.

And we hope you can join us.

Here are the important details:

MooseFest: Celebrating 5 Years of Roots Music Canada

Sunday, June 4 at the TRANZAC Club

292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto

Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7 pm

Tickets: $20 at door and online Eventbrite

We have an incredible line-up of artists performing.

7:00 p.m.: Popular singer-songwriter, MC, outdoorsman and Roots Music Canada co-founder David Newland, whose work is inspired by the Canadian landscape and the natural world.

7:25 p.m.: Acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter KUNLÉ whose stirring music bridges contemporary styles with west African rhythms and stories.

(Updated) 7:50 p.m.: Distinctive old-time duo Onion Honey, who make music like an old-fashioned string band – sweet and sharp and savoury, mountain music fresh from the Grand River Valley. The Kitchener-based outfit play retrofitted traditional tunes and original songs with old souls.

8:15 p.m.: Master guitarist and riveting singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, sometimes likened to James Taylor and David Wilcox, who is currently readying the release of his new album, Points of Light.

8:40 p.m.: Veteran singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon (with partner Lewis Melville), whose angelic voice and warm personality earned her the Estelle Klein lifetime achievement award from Folk Music Ontario.

9:05 p.m.: Exciting contemporary folk duo Tragedy Ann, whose award-winning songs touch on pressing social issues such as climate change, poverty and abortion access and invite us to consider how we choose to live our lives.

9:30 p.m.: Gifted singer-songwriter and Unitarian minister Lynn Harrison, whose uplifting songs remind us what’s important in life.

(Updated) 9:55 p.m.: Folk-jazz supergroup So Long Seven, featuring JUNO Award winner and tabla virtuoso Ravi Naimpally whose music references traditions from India, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

(Updated) 10:40 p.m.: Toronto Reggae outfit The Memberz, whose music draws on the energy of the Jamaican-Canadian cross-cultural experience and features Roots Music Canada writer Paul Corby on guitar.

Honestly, I’m in awe and so humbled by all of the incredible artists who have signed up to perform.

And get this, the night will be hosted by Andy Frank and David Newland, the two original founders of Roots Music Canada.

I’m so touched that they’ve agreed to reconnect with their old project to help make this night a success.

We exist because of the support of the roots music community, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the group that has come together to create this show, including event producer Bev Kreller of Speak Music, who I cannot thank enough.

I will be travelling to Toronto, of course, to join you for the occasion. I can’t wait to see you all and to meet those of you I have yet to meet.

I hope you can join us. This is a celebration of you.





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