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12 days of Christmas: Boreal – Dec. 8 at ...

Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala probably couldn’t have picked a better name for their annual winter touring project than Boreal.  There is something decidedly northern about their sophisticated blend of winter-themed songs, which runs the gamut from holiday ...
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Six songs to commemorate Dec. 6

It’s hard to believe it’s been 29 years since a gunman, who I won’t glorify with a name-check, burst in l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 women – most of them engineering students – because he hated women who ...
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Eight Canadian roots Chanukah songs that aren’t by Adam Sandler

Former Saturday Night Live comedian Adam Sandler clearly struck a chord back in 1994 when the goofball song he wrote for Jewish kids who feel left out during the Christmas season blew up to the point of – well, can ...
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Here are your Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Dec. ...

The second and final night of the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala has just wrapped up at the Gateway in Calgary.  Levi Cuss was there on behalf of Roots Music Canada and will share some final thoughts here on the ...
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Here are your Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Nov. ...

Night one of the Canadian Folk Music Awards wrapped up minutes ago in Calgary.  Alberta roots artist Levi Cuss was there for Roots Music Canada and will be bringing us more from the ceremony tomorrow, but for now, here’s who ...
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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 ...