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Family band the Janzen Boys is ready for festival prime ...

There are few things more uplifting in life than seeing a dad and his teenage sons making music together and looking like they’re having the time of their lives. At least that’s how it feels to watch a Janzen Boys ...
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And the nominees for the Canadian Folk Music Awards are ...

The 14th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Gateway in Calgary.  The board of directors announced this year’s nominees Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.  Here’s the full list!  Traditional Album of the ...
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Annie Sumi is a force of nature

“Of course you’re based in Guelph!” I blurt out to Annie Sumi, and we both laugh. How could she not be? She’s got that radiant, spiritual, neo-hippie vibe to her that reminds me of Guelph singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon, who herself ...
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The Best of the Fests

  It’s the morning after a long weekend here at Roots Music Canada, and it’s time to take stock of the summer that was. For the past two months, our writers hit festivals across the country – 20 of ’em ...
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The northwestern Ontario festivals: a photo album

The Live from the Rock Folk Festival and the Trout Forest Music Festival both took place in northwestern Ontario the weekend of Aug. 10.  Live from the Rock is in Red Rock, an hour east of Thunder Bay.  Trout Forest ...
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Dispatches from the Trout Forest Music Festival (Sunday)

Photographer Veronica Kovacs and I woke up Sunday morning in our tent at the side of Highway 105, watching the odd car whiz by through the fly screen.  It wasn’t yet 8 a.m., so there was lots of time to ...
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Dispatches from the Trout Forest Music Festival (Saturday)

It’s a good thing Ear Falls, Ont., is a long way from anywhere.  If it wasn’t, the Trout Forest Music Festival would either be overrun with tourists, its magical vibe destroyed, or it would have to resort to a lottery-style ...
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Dispatches from the Live from the Rock Folk Festival (Friday)

“Well this is different,” I thought to myself, as photographer Veronica Kovacs and I parked our car on the side of the road, 50 feet or so from the entrance to the Live from the Rock Folk Festival in Red ...
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Ian Tamblyn’s (sort of) #MeToo moment

Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than 30 albums and close to 50 years, Ian Tamblyn has followed something of a cyclical approach to creation; he’ll travel – frequently to remote northern locales – and make records ...
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Five memories from a life in music from Estelle Klein ...

The list of winners of Folk Music Ontario’s Estelle Klein Award reads like a who’s who of Ontario folk royalty. A lifetime achievement award of sorts named for the force of nature that pioneered workshop stages at folk festivals – ...