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Leslie Alexander’s Top 12 musical moments of 2019

January:  I’m introduced to the exceptional country-noir stylings of the Shaela Miller band, getting a “Hard Knock Upside My Mind” after opening for them at the Foothills Folk Club in High River, AB. Bringing together elements of classic country and ...
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Heather’s holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada community ...

It’s become a tradition here at Roots Music Canada for me to take a moment on Christmas Eve to thank everyone who contributes to this website, and to reflect on the year that’s gone by. Today marks my fifth edition ...
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Remembering Troy ‘Bubba’ Cook – Feb. 21, 1969 – ...

Fernie singer-songwriter and visual artist Troy “Bubba” Cook was a truly original talent whose work was populated with robots, zombies, space aliens, serial killers and rabbits – and whose paintings, combining images and text, exploded with colour. To hear his ...
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Heather’s 2021 holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada ...

As I write this, it feels as though we’re capping off a very sobering holiday season. Like you, perhaps, I went into this fall thinking we were seeing the end of COVID-related restrictions – that vaccines would deliver us from ...
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Heather’s 2020 holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada ...

It’s hard to know what to say about 2020 that doesn’t sound like a cliché at this point. Like many of you I’m sure, I sometimes find myself feeling as though I’m limping toward the finish line of a bizarre ...
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Jay Gavin – ‘Lost in Austin’

On Wednesday, we here at Roots Music Canada shared a stunningly beautiful piece of writing by Leslie Alexander that told the story of Jay Gavin. Jay is a musician from Tignish, PEI – he grew up in the vicinity of ...
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Road not taken: Jay Gavin gets lost in Austin

Roots Music Canada is excited to be premiering Jay Gavin’s new single and video for “Lost in Austin” here on Saturday.  To whet your appetite, here is a beautiful telling of Jay’s story written by Leslie Alexander.  Somewhere on the ...
Opinion

Love and art at the edge of apocalypse

Ever since Grade Seven social studies class, I’ve been walking around waiting for a piano to drop on my head. I remember going home to my parents and asking why they’d never told me about the prospect of a nuclear ...
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Heather’s holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada family

I can hardly believe this is already my second Christmas Eve at the helm of Roots Music Canada.  Way back in 2016, when I first conceived of trying to take over the site, I wondered if I was up to ...
Concert review

How Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole transformed this holiday hater

“And so this is Christmas . . . and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun . . .” John Lennon The familiar strains of John Lennon’s Christmas classic filled the old Empress theatre ...