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Live music … now what? Seven things ...

COVID-19 has killed live music until at least sometime next year. That seems to be the consensus of the agents and promoters I’ve spoken to over the past two or three weeks. British Columbia’s chief medical officer of health has ...
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How’s everybody doing out there?

As we head into the summer, we’re approaching that time of year when artists, fans and industry people would normally be gathering at summer festivals and catching up after months of not seeing each other. That’s just one part of ...
Feature

Five data-driven insights about music fans during COVID-19

It’s now been around 10 weeks since physical distancing measures went into place to protect people from COVID-19. With them came the cancellation of concerts, festivals, conferences and just about every other music-related activity that any of us had hoped ...
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Melanie Peterson – ‘We Got This’

Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson is releasing the title track from her upcoming album on Friday, and we’re super excited to premiere the lyric video here on Roots Music Canada. The song is called “We Got This,” and ...
Opinion

Why streaming concerts should never end – even when social ...

It couldn’t have been a week from that first big wave of COVID-19 cancellations that musicians – the great innovators and adapters that they are – began taking to Facebook to perform online.  At first, they were often impromptu sessions, ...
The artist's life

Streaming concerts: a technical how-to, courtesy of Folk Alliance ...

At its first webinar on streaming concerts back in mid-April, Folk Alliance International promised a follow-up event focused expressly on the technical side of online shows. It delivered on April 28 with an event featuring artist Stephen Kellog, Lee Totten ...
New music in our mailbox!

Kristen Martell, Julie Arsenault, the Burying Ground and Jake Ian

  Gordy the moose is back with Part Two of his latest round of picks from the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox.  Kristen Martell – Coming Home (Release date: Apr. 24, 2020) Raised in a musical family in northern New ...
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Kennedy Road – ‘The Heart Will Buzz’ (video)

Kennedy Road may be a new ensemble, but it’s made up of two familiar names:  Sheila Carabine from the Juno nominated folk duo Dala and singer-songwriter Brian MacMillan (who’s worked with Wailin’ Jennys, Barenaked Ladies, John McDermott and others). Not ...
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Juno winners Pharis and Jason Romero are about to release ...

Two-time Juno winners Pharis and Jason Romero have made a name for themselves playing the same sort of raw, authentic, old-time roots music that put Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on the map around 25 years ago. At the same ...
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To charge or not to charge for streaming concerts: a ...

  A video of singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd went quasi-viral in music industry circles last week. It wasn’t a music video; it was an appeal to fellow artists to continue performing live online for free, rather than looking for ways to ...