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Kristen Martell, Julie Arsenault, the Burying Ground and Jake Ian

  Gordy the moose is back with Part Two of his latest round of picks from the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox.  Kristen Martell – Coming Home (Release date: Apr. 24, 2020) Raised in a musical family in northern New ...
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Kennedy Road – ‘The Heart Will Buzz’ (video)

Kennedy Road may be a new ensemble, but it’s made up of two familiar names:  Sheila Carabine from the Juno nominated folk duo Dala and singer-songwriter Brian MacMillan (who’s worked with Wailin’ Jennys, Barenaked Ladies, John McDermott and others). Not ...
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Juno winners Pharis and Jason Romero are about to release ...

Two-time Juno winners Pharis and Jason Romero have made a name for themselves playing the same sort of raw, authentic, old-time roots music that put Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on the map around 25 years ago. At the same ...
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To charge or not to charge for streaming concerts: a ...

  A video of singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd went quasi-viral in music industry circles last week. It wasn’t a music video; it was an appeal to fellow artists to continue performing live online for free, rather than looking for ways to ...
Concert review

Choir! Choir! Choir!  A review of two shows: offline and ...

If you haven’t yet heard of Choir! Choir! Choir! you probably don’t spend a lot of time online.  It is an act that wouldn’t work in quite the same way, were it not for social media. The Toronto duo of ...
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8 Canadian covers of John Prine classics

They say that the mark of a great song is that you can perform it in any genre and it “works.” There could be no greater testament then to John Prine’s greatness as a songwriter than the long and varied ...
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How to go viral as a Canadian folk artist … ...

Heather just finished doing a university course on digital communities, and one of her assignments involved writing an essay on how to produce “spreadable” content.  “Spreadable” is a word sometimes used by academics in place of “viral,” though their meanings ...
The artist's life

How to sell tickets to your streaming concert: some solutions ...

With COVID-19 having shut down the spring and summer touring seasons, artists have been quick to get online and start performing the only way they can here in the era of avoiding human contact: live streaming.  Streaming a concert has ...
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Here are your 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award winners

Two thumbs up to the Canadian Folk Music Awards for a tastefully-produced, fast-paced, 30-minute streaming awards show tonight that’s given a much-needed promotional boost to each of this year’s winners without taking too much time away from artists’ own efforts ...
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Watch the Canadian Folk Music Awards online today!

Hats off to the Canadian Folk Music Awards for jumping into the new normal with both feet and making sure its awards ceremony, original scheduled for this weekend in Charlottetown, PEI, goes ahead in novel fashion here in the era ...