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ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume have launched a new Indigenous ...

Two of the busiest women in the Canadian music industry just got busier. ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume have just launched Ishkodé Records, a women-led Indigenous music label that intends to do business differently from the industry at large, in ...
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Pride Month: k.d. lang – Makeover

  I got a package in the mail this week from an old colleague of mine, Michael Benton (nee Krahn). If you lived in Victoria in the early to mid-90s, you might remember Michael as the tall, lanky brunette who ...
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Introducing Roots Music Canada’s new Indigenous Renaissance Spotify playlist

Today is Indigenous People’s Day in Canada, and we here at Roots Music Canada are not celebrating by making a list of Indigenous artists you should check out this year. It’s not that we couldn’t come up with a few. ...
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You’ll love this mini documentary about Penny Rose and Rose’s ...

Here at Roots Music Canada, we get a lot of great music in the moose’s mailbox, but this month, we also got something that wasn’t music – at least not exactly. It seems the fine folks at the SuperFolks Festival ...
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Here are your 2021 Juno winners in the roots, world, ...

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has just unveiled the winners of all of the Juno Awards we care about here at Roots Music Canada.  That is to say, the roots, world and Indigenous categories.  And bravo to ...
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Christa Couture has released a surprise (sort of) new EP

  Christa Couture released a brand new album and a brand new book last year, so it would only fair to not expect anything new from her for a while now. But it turns out a little pandemic spring cleaning ...
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4 great Canadian Dylan covers in advance of Bob’s 80th

Here at Roots Music Canada, we love Bob Dylan so much that we’ve decided to make his 80th birthday a statutory holiday in Canada. OK, fine, you got us.  It’s the May long weekend, but we’re just going to call ...
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Here are your 2021 Western Canadian Music Award nominees in ...

The organizers of Breakout West announced the nominees for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards today. The winners will be announced during the annual Breakout West conference, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 2-6, 2022 in Winnipeg, MB. Fingers ...
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Along for the Pride: Canadian Country Music Association saddles up ...

There was a time when queerness and country music went together like, well, hippies and hillbillies.   But as the soon-to-be-80-year-old Bob Dylan once sang, “the times, they are a changin.’” And these days, country music boasts a solid roster of ...
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Here are the nominees for the 2021 CMW Indie Awards

For 20 years now, Canadian Music Week has staged its own Independent Music Awards as part of its annual conference and festival. There are no awards for roots and world music and no appreciable focus on it, but many roots ...