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The Top 10 stories of 2023

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It’s an annual tradition here at Roots Music Canada: reviewing our top stories of the year.

And it’s always kind of exciting to look back on what captured our attention – and what it says about where we’re at.

This year, apart from the typical excitement that comes with the CFMAs and the Penguin Eggs album of the year announcement, there was consternation over the fate of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It’s also notable that four of our top stories this year have human rights and social justice as a central theme.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10.

10. Vancouver Folk Music Festival cancels 2023 event, moves to fold organization

Guitar in Woods

9. 8 Canadian songs about anti-Black racism in honour of MLK Day

Photo by Yung Yemi.

8. 5 songs of empowerment for National Indigenous People’s Day

7. The Penguin Eggs/Roots Music Canada 2022 Critics’ Album of the Year: James Keelaghan – Second Hand

6. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival society has 7 new directors. Here’s who they are

5. 5 workshops you won’t want to miss at the Mariposa Folk Festival

4. Here are your 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners from Sunday night

3. 5 songs about the truth of Residential Schools and their legacy

2. Here are your 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners so far

1. How Geoff Berner’s Jewish heritage informs his calling out of COVID policy

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