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2011 Estelle Klein Award Bio – Paul Mills

Each year, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. The award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian folk ...
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Meaghan Blanchard has all the luck

Maybe it was a lucky star. Or maybe it’s just talent meeting opportunity. Either way, PEI singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard has experienced more notoriety and exposure than many of her early twenty-something musical peers will experience in a career. It began ...
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The Warped 45s hit warp speed

The Warped 45s’ new CD (also available on vinyl, naturally) Matador Sunset is flying up various Canadian music charts at warp speed this summer. While the ’45s are relatively new to the national roots scene, cousins Dave McEathron and Ryan Wayne McEathron ...
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Ian Foster and the craft of the song

Newfoundland-based singer-songwriter Ian Foster is in the midst of a highly prolific musical period. On the verge of his fifth studio-album release over the past five years, Foster has quickly gained a reputation on The Rock as an excellent multi-instrumentalist ...
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Layah Jane: movement, music, & meditation

Layah Jane has been receiving accolades from the Canadian music industry since 2005, and her latest CD Honey (reviewed on Roots Music Canada) is, in our opinion, worthy of Juno consideration. In the seven years we’ve known Layah Jane, we have observed ...
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Catherine MacLellan live

Catherine MacLellan’s new album Silhouette will be released in Canada on July 5th and to the rest of the world this fall, but we enjoyed a preview of the new music tonight at Roots Music Canada with an intimate concert ...
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Suzie Vinnick brings Mabel to the Woodshed

She’s one of the hardest-working musicians in Canada, and whether you know it or not, Saskatonian blues maven Suzie Vinnick has been entertaining you for years. That’s her sweet voice, singing “…always Tim Hortons” so irresistibly in the iconic jingle. ...
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Alex Pangman’s 33 is breathtaking

Alex Pangman is a jazz singer — a National Jazz Award and Genie Award winning jazz singer, in fact. So why are we reviewing her new release 33 in a roots music publication? Well, there are three reasons (there could ...
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Thoughtful, articulate Joshua Cockerill

Joshua Cockerill – The Woodshed Sessions, no.19 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo. Singer-songwriter phenom Joshua Cockerill created an immediate and lasting impression on Toronto’s booming roots music scene shortly after arriving in the city from Calgary. His debut album ...
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Martyn Joseph – Honourary Canadian

Martyn Joseph – The Woodshed Sessions, no. 17 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo. Martyn Joseph by the numbers: 50 years of age. 31 recordings. 5 top 50 hits in the UK.  Countless coast-to-coast tours of Canada, festival appearances and ...