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Let’s all join this tribute to the late great Harpdog ...

The new year has gotten off to a rough start for fans of folk and roots music, with news of the passing of three beloved members of our community: 37-year-old Koady Chaisson of the East Pointers; Eagle and Hawk founder ...
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Ian Tamblyn and Yves Lambert on receiving the Order of ...

When you’re dealing with a global pandemic, a climate crisis, and an arts scene that’s suffering from the end of performing as we used to know it, a little good news is always welcome. So here’s some. Two treasures of ...
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Heather’s 10 favourite songs of 2021

It’s been our tradition here at Roots Music Canada for Corby and I and any other writer who so desired to each write up a best-of-the-year list featuring our favourite new things from the previous year, whether they were songs, ...
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The Penguin Eggs 2021 Critics’ Album of the Year: ...

As many of you know, our venerated Canadian folk music magazine, Penguin Eggs, ceased publishing earlier this year with a winter/spring double farewell issue. Since then, some of you have expressed a desire to see Roots Music Canada help fill ...
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Penguin Eggs Critics’ Poll: the individual Top 10s

The Penguin Eggs Critics’ Albums of the Year – which you can find HERE – are derived from the Top 10 lists of countless journalists, radio hosts, folk festival artistic directors, concert promoters and other industry tastemakers.  Actually, they’re not ...
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Our Top 10 stories of 2021

Our annual New Year’s Eve tradition here at Roots Music Canada is to showcase the ten most popular stories we published in the past year, based on the number of pageviews each received. To some extent, the list always ends ...
Opinion

Heather’s 2021 holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada ...

As I write this, it feels as though we’re capping off a very sobering holiday season. Like you, perhaps, I went into this fall thinking we were seeing the end of COVID-related restrictions – that vaccines would deliver us from ...
News

Allison Russell and Alex Cuba are nominated for Grammys

Yesterday was a pretty special day for fans of Alex Cuba and Allison Russell. We learned that Alex is nominated for the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for his latest release, Mendo. It’s his fourth nomination in this category, ...
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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 ...