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Linda McRae – ‘Dimming of the Day’

Linda McRae has a special place in our hearts here at Roots Music Canada, and not just because she’s such a great person. Notwithstanding her busy schedule of touring, recording and teaching songwriting workshops, she also was one of the ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Saturday night showcases

6:25 p.m.: I’ve been lured back into the Vista Salon by the sounds of a boisterous brass band that seems way too fun to miss. Earlier, I had settled in to enjoy the gentle country-folk sounds of Beausejour, the new ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Indigenous Artists showcase

12:25 p.m.: Desiree Dorion has just wrapped up her set opening the Indigenous artists showcase, and her last number was a show-stopper called “Break the Chain” – inspired by her experience as the granddaughter of a residential school survivor and ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: Friday evening showcase travelogue

6:37 p.m. – I arrive at the official showcase in time to catch a man bun-sporting, suspender-wearing artist named Mister K. singing a sweet-sounding downtempo tune of the kind Dallas Green fans might appreciate while accompanying himself on electric keyboard ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: the FMO award-winners showcase

12:10 p.m.: I settle into the York Ballroom as Sarah Hiltz is setting up her song “Retching in the Wings,” inspired by Sinead O’Connor’s performance of Bob Marley’s “War” at a 1992 Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens – ...
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Why Jan Hall’s Estelle Klein Award feels like a come-back ...

Jan Hall spent the first six weeks of this summer in a very dark place. The chronic fatigue syndrome she has battled for the past 12 years had flared up yet again, this time forcing her to cancel MCing gigs ...
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Listen to your 2019 Folk Music Ontario award-winners

When the Folk Music Ontario conference unfolds in Mississauga this weekend, two of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Sunday morning awards brunch and the Friday afternoon awards showcase. Each year, FMO salutes up-and-coming artists by offering a range of ...
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Midnight Shine premieres “Lonely Boy” video

We’re pretty big fans of Midnight Shine here at Roots Music Canada, so we’re excited to be taking part in the premiere of the band’s new video for “Lonely Boy” today. If you’re unfamiliar with Midnight Shine, the story is ...
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Sweet Alibi – “Confetti”

Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, West Coast Music Award winners Sweet Alibi have shared their folk roots, and pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. Combining the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae ...
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Sam Lynch – “Darkest Places”

The story goes something like this: On a farm in central Germany, with a small backpack and a dead cell phone, Sam Lynch found herself in a damp cellar, sitting in front of an out-of-tune piano. It was the beginning ...