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Leaf Rapids – ‘Dear Sister’

Devin and Keri Latimer, a.k.a. Leaf Rapids, are such stupendously multi-talented individuals that a person could really grow to resent them if they weren’t also so damn nice.   Devin is a physics professor who moonlights as one of the sharpest ...
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Kelly Bado – “Hey terre”

Our week of premieres continues here on Roots Music Canada with Kelly Bado’s “Hey terre.” I first discovered Kelly last year, when she took home the Western Canadian Music Award for World Artist of the Year.  And yes, as a ...
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Steven Bowers – “Bad Friend” (video)

Newfoundland-born Steven Bowers earned an East Coast Music Award nomination folk Folk Recording of the Year back in 2008, along with several Music Nova Scotia Award nods, and since then, he’s managed to get his music featured in a few ...
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Geneviève Racette – ‘Sans toi’ video

Earlier this month, Montreal’s Geneviève Racette released Part One, a three-song EP derived from her forthcoming bilingual sophomore album No Water, No Flowers, which includes two English songs, “Northern Star” and “Parachute,” as well as the francophone track “Sans toi.” ...
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Folk Alliance: 50 years after Lennon’s bed-in for peace ...

We didn’t go to bed til around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a long night of watching music, so the sudden brightness in the hotel room around 8 felt oppressively early. All the same, we couldn’t miss the historic “bed-in” ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s Saturday showcase travelogue

4:30 p.m.:  I admit it.  I can be shallow.  I HAVE been known to judge a book by its cover.  Case in point, the Polky Village Band has always struck me as kind of a hokey name, so I’m a ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s Friday night showcase travelogue

4:55 – “Are there any other introverts in the room?” asks PEI artist Meaghan Blanchard a song or two into her official showcase set in the Canadian Music East Coast Style suite.  The comment seems to reflect the tranquil and ...
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Folk Alliance: Heather’s official showcase travelogue (Thursday)

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference, the world’s largest gathering of folk artists and industry people.  A key component of Folk Alliance is the showcases, series ...
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Folk Alliance: the man who went from political refugee ...

The Roots Music Canada team is out in force in Montreal this weekend for the annual Folk Alliance International conference. The event kicked off last night with the International Folk Awards, and five Canadians took home a prize called The ...
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Madison Violet – “Tell Me” video

After 20 years together, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern, also known as Juno nominated singer-songwriter duo, Madison Violet, are excited to announce Everything’s Shifting, a new album to be released on March 8 on Passenger Sounds.  The lead single is called “Tell Me,” and we’re excited ...