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Five questions with Kristin Sweetland

Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Kristin Sweetland has chosen a novel way to release her brand new album.  It’s not actually an album at all in the traditional sense of the word.  Nor is it an EP.  It’s a series of ...
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Seven Canadian roots songs about the Canadian war experience

In honour of Remembrance Day tomorrow, we here at Roots Music Canada have compiled some of the best Canadian songs we know about Canada’s role in war – whether they be about the soldiers who fought, the conscientious objectors who ...
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Rae Spoon talks about Coax Records and their crazy great ...

One of the highlights of this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference at the end of September was the series of showcases put on by Coax Records, the relatively new imprint belonging to Rae Spoon.  Rae, as their legion of fans ...
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Four disturbing Canadian murder ballads that will keep you up ...

To hell with late-night screenings of Friday the 13th movies and visiting haunted houses this Halloween.  If you really want to be creeped out to no end, you should hear the darkly disturbing lyrics a few Canadian singer-songwriters have managed ...
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Here are your 2018 Maple Blues Award nominees

Nominees for the 22nd annual 2018 Maple Blues Awards have just been announced.    The awards will be handed out Monday, Feb. 4 at Koerner Hall, in Toronto.  The event will be hosted by actor and musician Raoul Bhaneja. You can ...
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Ben Sures has turned a beloved story-song into a children’s ...

Fans of Ben Sures first heard the story of Leo Day in Ben’s song “The Boy Who Walked Backwards Through the Snow” on his brilliant album Gone to Bolivia. Now, Ben has recounted the story again in the form of ...
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Emily Jean Flack – “Another Year Gone By”

Emily Jean Flack’s name may not sound familiar but the names of her relations sure will.  She’s the daughter of Denise Flack of Leahy.    But don’t let that pedigree fool you.  Her debut EP, Throwing Shapes, ain’t no neo ...
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Tri-Continental – Dust Dance

“Always leave ‘em wanting more,” they say.  I think it’s fair to say that that’s exactly what Tri-Continental did around 2010 when, after four albums and a Juno victory for their self-titled debut, the members each quietly returned to their ...
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Meet your Western Canadian Music Award-winners in the roots/world categories

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night in Kelowna, B.C., and the winners in the roots and world categories include some familiar faces and some new discoveries.  Have a listen! Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist ...
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Five questions for Rae Spoon

Singer, songwriter, author, and trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, Rae Spoon has evolved over the past 20 years from an indie alt.country act to a singular singer songwriter on the contemporary scene, whose voice ...