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Jan Vanderhorst has published a book featuring his stories from ...

If you read Roots Music Canada on a regular basis, you’ll recognize Jan Vanderhorst’s name. He regularly interviews artists for his online radio show, Just Us Folk, then turns those interviews into features for us here at the website. In ...
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Eve Goldberg is your 2021 Estelle Klein Award winner

Twenty-one years ago, Eve Goldberg, part-time emerging artist and full-time administrator for Borealis Records, sat on a stage in front of several dozen delegates at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) conference and interviewed the first ever winner of ...
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Juno nominated Arabic singer Maryem Tollar is your Green candidate ...

For fans of world music in Canada, Maryem Tollar is practically a household name. She has sung lead for platinum-selling artist Jesse Cook on songs such as “Beyond Borders” and “Quadduka L Mayyas.” She was the vocalist on the theme ...
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Winnipeg Folk Fest veteran Tamara Kater is launching a new ...

We’ve all been blessed this summer with a number of intimate mini-festivals to help make up for our inability to gather at the big ones like Edmonton and Winnipeg. But perhaps none has a story behind it quite like the ...
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What to expect in the way of live folk music ...

Summer 2021 brought with it a small taste of normalcy for live music fans. While we couldn’t rub shoulders with thousands of fellow folkies at festivals like Edmonton and Vancouver, many of us did finally get to see live music ...
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Summerfolk is seating audiences at intimate venues and bringing the ...

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The next time a global pandemic hits us, the music business is going to be so ready. Faced with the sudden and devastating cancelation of tours and festivals around the world ...
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Lessons from Cara Luft’s tiny house experience

They are struggles that many artists are familiar with:  How do you find a home that is conducive to creative work at a price a musician can afford? How do you plan financially for old age when you can barely ...
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VIFF artistic director Doug Cox has co-founded an organization to ...

The discovery of human remains on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School has triggered a moment of reckoning for a lot of settlers on this land – another opportunity to question ourselves about whether we’re really doing ...
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3 acts to catch during the virtual Vancouver Folk Music ...

  The next time a global pandemic strikes, we are going to be so ready, I tell you. After hastily cancelling last year’s festivals and touring seasons in response to COVID-19 then struggling to cobble together entertainment in the online ...
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ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume have launched a new Indigenous ...

Two of the busiest women in the Canadian music industry just got busier. ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume have just launched Ishkodé Records, a women-led Indigenous music label that intends to do business differently from the industry at large, in ...