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13th Annual Maple Blues Awards

The 13th annual Maple Blues Awards took place at a brand new venue, Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. An estimated 1,000 folks watched and listened to performances by 5-time winners Monkey Junk, Paul Reddick, Harry Manx, Suzie ...
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Hall of Fame for Rush, Charlebois

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le Panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (CSHF/PACC) yesterday revealed their 2010 inductees, which include 11 influential songwriters, 16 timeless songs and two Legacy Award recipients. It was also announced today that the CSHF/PACC and ...
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Sylvia Tyson in conversation

Canadian folk legend Sylvia Tyson speaks with Roots Music Canada about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,  its new home, 2010 inductees Rush and Robert Charlebois, and the passing of Kate McGarrigle. Of course we at Roots Music Canada cherish ...
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Maple Blues Series: Shakura S’Aida

We conclude our Maple Blues Awards video-interview series with a look at 2009 double-nominee Shakura S’Aida’s remarkable rise from blues-obscurity to blues-star, thanks to her enormous talent, a second-place finish at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2008) and a ...
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Maple Blues Series: Harrison Kennedy

Hamilton Ontario’s Harrison Kennedy is nominated for four Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday, January 18, we will  learn just how many he wins! Acoustic Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Recording ...
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Coco Love Alcorn – Music n’ Merch

Coco Love Alcorn is a Toronto-based Canadian singer/songwriter with roots in Nova Scotia and B.C. Blessed with an exceptional voice, a DNA loaded with musical genes (her father is Toronto jazz singer John Alcorn), and graced with a delightful sense ...
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Maple Blues Series: Whiteley, Braithwaite and Marks

We continue our Maple Blues Awards series as we approach the 13th annual event. The first video features multiple nominees Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley in conversation with Maple Blues Awards co-host – and past recipient of the Blues With A ...
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Maple Blues Awards Series: Julian Fauth

The 13th annual Maple Blues Awards are taking place on Monday, January 18, 2010 at a spanking new venue, The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto.  To mark the occasion, Roots Music Canada is spotlighting nominees with a series of ...
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Ukulele Speakeasy OCFF 2009

So you see, mugs, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) puts on this conference every October for 800 or so musicians, and there’s these official showcases in the swanky rooms, see? But then there’s two expansive hotel floors of ...
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Alejandra Ribera has a cigar

Alejandra Ribera of Toronto has recently enjoyed a popularity surge thanks largely to CBC radio’s love for her music and performances. In this interview with Roots Music Canada’s Andy Frank, Alejandra talks about her 2009, her CD Navigator/NavigateHer, cigars, plus ...