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Too few people have seen this awesome Ronnie Earl video

Ronnie Earl may be well into his 60s, but he hasn’t lost an ounce of his cool, as is evidenced by this all-too-brief teaser video for his brand new album, Beyond the Blue Door, which came out Aug. 30 on ...
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Nick Sherman – ‘Made Of’

When he was young, Thunder Bay based singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Sherman’s grandfather would pick him up in the wee hours from his parents’ place in Sioux Lookout and drive up the winter highway to North Caribou Lake First Nation. ...
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Coco Love Alcorn – ‘Rebirth’ (lyric video)

I was a pretty big fan of Coco Love Alcorn’s set at the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival this year, so I’m pretty stoked that we get to premiere the lyric video for the title track to her forthcoming new album. ...
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A cross-Canada tour of the 2019 summer festivals

For the second year in a row, Roots Music Canada was all over the summer festivals this summer, reporting from events as large and prestigious as Mariposa and the Edmonton Folk Festival and as far-flung as the Moose n’ Fiddle ...
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Should Canada’s major folk organizations merge into one?

It seemed a propos that the venue for a town hall meeting about potentially merging the country’s main folk organizations was a noticeably more austere Folk Music Ontario conference than long-time conference-goers were used to. The conference, reduced from three ...
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Here are your 2019 WCMA winners in the roots and ...

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night as part of the Breakout West conference in Whitehorse YT.  As always, there are some great discoveries among the winners.  Here are the award recipients in the roots and related ...
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Tragedy turned Suzanne Jarvie into a Colleen Petersen Songwriting Award ...

If you’d told Suzanne Jarvie a decade ago that she’d be this year’s winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council, she likely would’ve been a bit confused. After all, she was a lawyer who’d never ...
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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 ...