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Nat’l Indigenous People’s Day: new additions to our Indigenous ...

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there’s no point in trying to make a list of just five or six great new recordings by Indigenous artists these days. Like, half of the great new Canadian music out ...
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For Fathers Day: 5 songs Canadian roots musicians ...

Sunday is Father’s Day – not a holiday we typically associate with music. But this year, I posted a note in the Roots Music Canada Facebook group to see if people knew of any Canadian roots songs written about dads. ...
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5 ways to make your festival safer for those clinically ...

Your festival is wheelchair accessible, environmentally friendly, gender balanced and anti-oppressive, and some of you even hire sign language interpreters for your mainstage. Canadian folk festivals have always strived to be beacons of justice and inclusivity. So as you all ...
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We need to talk about the Estelle Klein Award

We’re getting toward the time of the year when Folk Music Ontario typically puts out a call for nominees for the Estelle Klein Award – and before it does that, I hope we can have a conversation. FMO needs to ...
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Remembering Michael Wrycraft Oct. 15, 1956 – May ...

I Am currently dying In the ICU of Toronto Western Of congestive heart failure Seriously Life is crazy But it is also beautiful I have had a good run I’ve loved most everything about it To my friends, I really ...
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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is happening this weekend both in ...

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival returns this weekend for its first in-person event after the two-year COVID hiatus, and this year’s event features almost all local artists and a thematic focus on trees. “It was an artistic decision,” said newly-minted artistic ...
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Get your copy of the Roots Music Canada zine!

As I mentioned on Saturday, April is our fourth anniversary month here at Roots Music Canada, and I wanted to do something a little special to mark the occasion. We’ve all been sitting in our homes over the last couple ...
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Remembering Bill Bourne: March 28, 1954 – April 16, ...

In a year already marked by unimaginable losses, the Canadian roots community was dealt another one on Saturday with the devastating news of the passing of Bill Bourne, 68, after a battle with bladder cancer. Described as “a titan of ...
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It’s our fourth anniversary!

Roots Music Canada celebrated its fourth anniversary on April 3 – the fourth anniversary of its rebirth that is – the same weekend as the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Grammys. Not wanting to shoehorn another celebration into a ...
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The Canadian Folk Music Awards 2022 – winners and highlights

How was this already the 17th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards? Why, I remember when it was just a twinkle in the eyes of people like Borealis Records co-founder Grit Laskin and Penguin Eggs magazine founder and publisher Roddy Campbell. ...