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Sarah Jane Scouten – “Crossing the Bar”

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten makes music that mixes vintage folk and country with modern sounds and subjects. Her upcoming fourth album, Confessions, recorded in Toronto with veteran producer Andre Wahl, out Nov. 22 on Light Organ ...
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Here are your 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees

The board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards has just announced the nominees for the 2020 awards, which will be handed out in Charlottetown, PEI April 3 and 4.  Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees! Traditional Album of the ...
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Seven more Canadian roots songs about the Canadian war experience

Last year on Remembrance Day, we featured seven Canadian roots songs about the Canadian war experience, and we posted the story on Facebook and asked for other suggestions.  Wow, did you ever come through!  We got turned on to so ...
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Congratulations to your 2019 Maple Blues nominees

The Toronto Blues Society this week announced the nominees for the 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards, honouring the finest our country has to offer.  Particularly impressive this year is the list of nominees for the Blues with Feeling lifetime achievement ...
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Too few people have seen this awesome Ronnie Earl video

Ronnie Earl may be well into his 60s, but he hasn’t lost an ounce of his cool, as is evidenced by this all-too-brief teaser video for his brand new album, Beyond the Blue Door, which came out Aug. 30 on ...
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Nick Sherman – ‘Made Of’

When he was young, Thunder Bay based singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Sherman’s grandfather would pick him up in the wee hours from his parents’ place in Sioux Lookout and drive up the winter highway to North Caribou Lake First Nation. ...
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Coco Love Alcorn – ‘Rebirth’ (lyric video)

I was a pretty big fan of Coco Love Alcorn’s set at the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival this year, so I’m pretty stoked that we get to premiere the lyric video for the title track to her forthcoming new album. ...
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A cross-Canada tour of the 2019 summer festivals

For the second year in a row, Roots Music Canada was all over the summer festivals this summer, reporting from events as large and prestigious as Mariposa and the Edmonton Folk Festival and as far-flung as the Moose n’ Fiddle ...
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Should Canada’s major folk organizations merge into one?

It seemed a propos that the venue for a town hall meeting about potentially merging the country’s main folk organizations was a noticeably more austere Folk Music Ontario conference than long-time conference-goers were used to. The conference, reduced from three ...
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Here are your 2019 WCMA winners in the roots and ...

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night as part of the Breakout West conference in Whitehorse YT.  As always, there are some great discoveries among the winners.  Here are the award recipients in the roots and related ...