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Watch Steve Edge of the Rogue Folk Club receive the ...

The annual Folk Alliance International conference got underway in Kansas City, MO yesterday with its International Folk Awards event.  The organization gives out prizes for Artist, Album and Song of the Year, along with a variety of lifetime achievement awards ...
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Here are your 2023 Juno nominees in the roots, global ...

It’s a big week for awards this week. Last night, the Toronto Blues Society announced the winners of the 2023 Maple Blues Awards, and today?  The Juno nominations are out. There are some wonderful stories in this list:  two nominations ...
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Here are your 2023 Maple Blues Winners

The 26th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony unfolded last night at Harbourfront Centre, featuring performances by AV Ann Vriend, Blue Moon Marquee, Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes (of Bywater Call), Kevin Harvey and Neil Elsemore (of the Durham County Poets), ...
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How Geoff Berner’s Jewish heritage informs his calling out of ...

Geoff Berner has always been the kind of guy you could count on for an uncompromising take on what ails the world – the kind of guy who will unfailingly side with artistic virtue whenever it comes in conflict with ...
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Vancouver Folk Music Festival delays dissolution vote while board considers ...

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival board of directors has rescheduled the society’s annual general meeting for March 1 while it considers proposals to save the financially beleaguered festival. Earlier this month, it announced that the 2023 event would not go ...
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Other Canadian folk fests say they’re not in danger of ...

Folk festivals across Canada have told Roots Music Canada they’re in no immediate danger of going the way of Vancouver, despite facing new challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic similar to those that may end the Vancouver festival ...
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Friends and fans are preparing to fight to save the ...

Friends and fans of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are rallying to try and save the event – or at least the society that organizes it. The board of directors announced on Tuesday that it is canceling the 2023 festival ...
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Steve Edge of the Rogue Folk Club will receive a ...

Folk Alliance International has just announced the nominees for its International Folk Music Awards and the recipients of its Spirit of Folk prize. There’s a Canadian on the list:  Rogue Folk Club artistic director Steve Edge. The Spirit of Folk ...
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A few of Heather’s favourite songs of 2022

Some years are song years. Some years are album years. Some are a bit of everything. Last year, I produced a lot of radio shows, which puts a person into “song mode,” trying to find numbers that pack enough of ...
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The Penguin Eggs/Roots Music Canada 2022 Critics’ Album of the ...

Canada’s beloved glossy folk music magazine, Penguin Eggs, ceased publishing in 2021, but an annual tradition continues here at Roots Music Canada. Every year for 20 years, Penguin Eggs invited music journalists, radio hosts, folk club and folk festival artistic directors and ...