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Georgian Bay – “Canyon” (video)

We talk a lot about mental illness these days and the need to end the stigma around it. But with one song and video, Toronto-based duo Georgian Bay has moved well past all that. Their new song, “Canyon,” is an ...
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Lenka Lichtenberg returns to her Czech roots on Masaryk

Over the course of the past 20 years, Toronto’s Lenka Lichtenberg has established herself as one of Canada’s foremost Yiddish singers and composers. The daughter of a Czech survivor of the Terezin concentration camp who had raised her with no connection to ...
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A new album revives the songs of Soviet Jews persecuted ...

It was the early 2000s.   University of Toronto Yiddish Studies professor Anna Shternshis was in Kiev doing research for a book on Yiddish culture during the Second World War. She was searching through libraries for archival documents to supplement ...
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Canadian Music Week:  What’s in it for roots artists?

Canadian Music Week kicks off today, and with it, showcases featuring more than 800 artists from across Canada and around the world.   (We’ve highlighted a few of the roots acts here.) CMW bills itself as “one of the premier entertainment ...
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Jon Brooks – “Todos Caminamos Por Este Caminito”

“No One Travels Alone is a contrite apology to my 138 super fans the world over for 2014’s murder ballads album, The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside,” Jon Brooks told me in an email this week. I had to smile. Countryside ...
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Canadian Music Week: a cross-Canada road-trip in 10 roots ...

You’ve found yourself with a pass to Canadian Music Week.  Now all you have to do is find some great Canadian roots music to go see – not an easy task when the line-up features more than 800 showcasing artists representing ...
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Six songs to set you up for the Vancouver World ...

“Do you know that buzz you get after you spend a weekend at a festival?” Tom Landa asks me over Facebook messenger. “For example, I always feel amazing and inspired and happy when I go to the Van Folk Fest. ...
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David Francey, the painter, goes on tour

Beloved Canadian singer-songwriter David Francey is embarking on a different kind of tour to launch his brand new album, the Broken Heart of Everything — which comes out tomorrow, by the way. He’s travelling with an exhibit of his paintings. ...
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Safe as Houses – “Alive” (Video)

Safe as Houses is a young, five-piece band from the Kitchener-Waterloo area that appears to have largely flown under the radar up to this point, despite having two previous albums to its credit. This new video might change all that. ...
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Buckman Coe: activist roots, activist soul (Audio)

Rick Buckman Coe is such an uplifting human being that scientists should really study him as a possible cure for depression.  I had the pleasure of doing publicity for his last album, the Reggae-based, globally-infused Malama Ka ’Aina, and I could’ve ...