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5 sea shanties by Canadian performers for all you #seashantytiktok ...

Greetings!  If you’ve just joined us from Google after doing a search on the words “sea shanty,” I’d like to welcome you to Roots Music Canada.  We’re you’re home on the web for all things Canadian folk, roots, and world ...
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‘I want everyone to remember his name’: Indigenous music trailblazer ...

Duke Redbird first met Shingoose at the Mariposa Folk Festival in the late 60s or early 70s.  They were performing as part of a showcase of Indigenous performers that Estelle Klein had put together at the urging of Alanis Obomsawin, ...
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Roddy Campbell talks about the end of Penguin Eggs and ...

Roddy Campbell is listening to a soccer match and wrestling with cabinets when I reach him at his home in Peachland, BC. It’s been just over a month since he announced on Facebook that the winter/spring edition of Penguin Eggs ...
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Borealis Records’ founders talk about the decision to sell the ...

Photo: Bill Garrett, left, and Grit Laskin at the opening of the annual Borealis Records reception at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Twenty-five years after launching Borealis Records during a bygone era of booming CD sales, the company’s co-owners have ...
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Heather Kitching’s favourite music of 2020

Twenty-twenty was a year of suckage in so many ways but, fortunately, not when it came to music.  I feel like I heard a lot of amazing new songs this year from artists I’d never heard of before.  I also ...
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A video slide show of the Roots Music Canada Secret ...

This year here at Roots Music Canada, we decided to make the COVID holidays a little less of a bummer by finding a way to connect the community remotely — through a Secret Santa gift exchange!  Artists, and industry people ...
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Heather’s 2020 holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada ...

It’s hard to know what to say about 2020 that doesn’t sound like a cliché at this point. Like many of you I’m sure, I sometimes find myself feeling as though I’m limping toward the finish line of a bizarre ...
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Check out Christophe Elie’s song, ‘Trump’s Tweets’

Chistophe Elie is an Ottawa singer-songwriter and folk music community-builder who writes for us here at Roots Music Canada sometimes – and he also just released a new single that we think is a bit of fun. It’s called “Trump’s ...
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Book review: How to Lose Everything by Christa Couture

Canadian folk-roots singer-songwriter Christa Couture has been touched by unimaginable tragedy in her relatively short lifetime – the loss of a leg to cancer as a teenager, the loss of two infant children under separate circumstances, a divorce, a battle ...
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Connie Kaldor – Big Skies to Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Oct. ...

After a spring spent mastering the art of performing concerts online – and a summer spent playing outdoors as much as humanly possible – artists are returning to their computers for the fall, just as COVID’s second wave is kicking ...