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Five memories from a life in music from Estelle Klein ...

The list of winners of Folk Music Ontario’s Estelle Klein Award reads like a who’s who of Ontario folk royalty. A lifetime achievement award of sorts named for the force of nature that pioneered workshop stages at folk festivals – ...
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The Stan Rogers Folk Festival: an Atlantic icon for ...

If there was ever any doubt about the depth and breadth of musical talent produced by Canada’s Atlantic provinces one need only look at the line-up of this year’s Stan Rogers Folk Festival for a refresher.    Out of approximately ...
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Oliver the Crow – “45”

Man, there sure are a lot of Canadians in Nashville these days. Beloved bluesman and producer Colin Linden’s been down there for years; he even works on the TV show Nashville. Roots Americana artist and former Spirit of the West ...
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Six queer Canadian roots heroes to be proud of

I still remember my first time seeing Ani DiFranco at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. “I’m not a pretty girl,” she sang, “That’s not what I do. I ain’t no damsel in distress.  I don’t need to be rescued. So ...
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Ben Sures – “Winnipeg”

I love Ben Sures. He’s a wonderfully multi-talented guy – an absolutely original singer-songwriter with a quirky approach to songwriting and a lot of unique takes on the world around him, which many people would be sympathetic to. He’s also ...
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The Slocan Ramblers – Queen City Jubilee (audio)

Toronto bluegrass outfit the Slocan Ramblers have managed to impress everyone from old-school folkies to hipster old-time revivalists with their innovative, fiddle-free arrangements and original takes on the high lonesome sound. All one-time students of the Humber College music program, ...
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Oxlip – “Dust”

Born and raised in Coney Island, Northern Ireland and now based in Vancouver Jayne Trimble brings more than a whiff of Gaelic authenticity to her Celtic-influenced singer-songwriter music.  Her lovely, unadorned and ethereal vocals evoke the misty, rocky shores and ...
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Like speed-dating for songwriters? Canadian Songwriter Challenge kicks off ...

The Canadian Song Conference kicks off in Prince Edward Island today, and with it, the Canadian Songwriter Challenge. For the past four years, Music PEI has been partnering with other provincial music industry associations to pair Island songwriters with other ...
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Photographer Jen Squires talks about that viral Christa Couture photo ...

Yesterday here on Roots Music Canada we brought you an interview with Christa Couture, whose pregnancy photos, conceived to create visibility for pregnant women with disabilities, have become a worldwide viral sensation – with features everywhere from Yahoo to the Independent. ...
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Christa Couture talks getting world famous … for her pregnancy ...

Fans, friends and colleagues of Christa Couture have been doing a lot of this lately: “Wow! Christa’s in the Daily Mail!” “Holy Shit! Now she’s in the Independent!” “Oh look, she’s in MetroUK too!” Since she first unveiled her pregnancy ...