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James Gordon laughs at the indignities of life on the ...

The life of the touring musician gets romanticized in popular culture – in stories about hard-working dreamers who drive eight hours to faraway towns, play shows for half-empty rooms and then wake up the next morning at the crack of ...
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The rocker who wrote one of the greatest Canadian folk ...

If you were a kid in the late 1970s or early ‘80s, chances are, there’s a song that will pop into your head now and again – one that you still remember all the words to, even 40 or 50 ...
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Sophie Lukacs – ‘Before you’

We’re super excited here at Roots Music Canada to premiere a new single from the most exciting new artist I’ve personally heard this year: Sophie Lukacs. “Before You” comes out tomorrow.  It is the fourth single from her debut album, ...
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Just a little note to say… we’re really digging this ...

A member of the Canadian alt-folk singer-songwriter elite that includes Bob Wiseman, Ron Sexsmith and Mary Margaret O’Hara – all of whom sing his praises by the way – Kyp Harness has been plying his trade since the late 1980s, ...
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5 Ghostly Canadian Folk Songs for Halloween

It’s not easy coming up with ideas for Halloween-themed song lists for Roots Music Canada.  There isn’t really a Canadian folk equivalent of “The Monster Mash” or “The Time Warp.” We do do murder ballads awfully well, and a few ...
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Mimi O’Bonsawin – ‘I Wish I Was a Farmer’

When I saw her at the Folk Music Ontario conference two weekends ago, Mimi O’Bonsawin handed me a package of marigold seeds. Honestly, I was pretty excited because I’m planning to grow my own marigolds next year. I’d even picked ...
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Jan Vanderhorst’s second Just Us Folk book chronicles artists’ comeback ...

When Jan Vanderhorst released his first Just Us Folk book a year ago – a collection of stories derived from interviews with artists on the Just Us Folk podcast and first published here on Roots Music Canada – the onset ...
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Toronto folk artists take part in Music Declares Emergency climate ...

Musicians have long been at the forefront of environmental activism. Bruce Cockburn, after all, released “If a Tree Falls” back in 1988, which recognized that forests were the “climate control centres of the earth” and beef cattle were “methane dispensers.” ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference, 2022: what worked and ...

The first full-on Folk Music Ontario conference after two years of COVID-19-related cancellations came together in about half the usual amount of time, so it could’ve been forgiven for not living up to its usual standards. Instead, I think it’s ...
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Heather’s 5 favourite showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference

The 2022 Folk Music Ontario conference is now a happy memory, and it’s time to look back at some of the highlights. There aren’t many surprises here. My favourite shows this weekend were, for the most part, by people already ...