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Five questions for Babe Gurr ahead of her Sept. 6 ...

If you don’t live in Vancouver, you might not have heard of Babe Gurr, but she’s been around the west coast scene for more than 20 years now, blending a wide variety of roots sounds into a style that is ...
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Gary Cristall remembers Mitch Podolak

Gary Cristall ran the Vancouver Folk Music Festival for the first 17 years of its existence.  He worked in the music section of the Canada Council for the Arts for six years, and he’s represented numerous artists as a manager, ...
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Dispatches from the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival – Day 2 ...

3:40 p.m. – I’m really regretting wearing long pants to the festival today. The forecast has been calling for rain and thunderstorms all afternoon and evening but so far, apart from a bit of rain this morning, all I’ve seen ...
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Dispatches from the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival – Day 1 ...

5:11 p.m. – Veronica Kovacs and I are on the shuttle bus from Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, where we’re camping, to Caliper Lake Provincial Park, where the festival takes place. The fact that this shuttle exists is already way cool. ...
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Why Heather Kitching can’t wait to hit the Moose & ...

That’s me in the photo above, editing Roots Music Canada by the light of my campfire as Veronica Kovacs and I await the start of the Moose & Fiddle Festival.  If you know anything about music festivals in northwestern Ontario, ...
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Dispatches from the Live from the Rock Folk Festival – ...

11:35 a.m. – I arrive at the Make a Joyful Noise workshop as Jennifer Holub has the audience singing along with “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” Then Ken Whiteley, who has honed his charismatic faux preacher man charisma as the ...
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Dispatches from the Live from the Rock Folk Festival – ...

12:30 p.m. – I’m settling in at the festival for the day while a workshop called Northern Roots unfolds on the mainstage, featuring Cindy Doire, Dana Sipos, and Tragedy Ann. This is a fantastic little line-up of youngish talent with ...
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Dispatches from the Live from the Rock Folk Festival – ...

8:30 p.m. – So Long Seven is on stage as we arrive on the festival grounds and start searching for an evening meal. I’m a little disappointed that few kiosks seem to be open, and the lovely community group that ...
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How growing up in Thunder Bay influenced one of the ...

So Long Seven’s sophisticated and sometimes contemplative blend of folk, world, jazz and classical music is not the sort of thing you typically associate with the Thunder Bay, ON area and its nostalgic embrace of 80s hair bands and 90s ...
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Del Barber – “Patient Man”

Del Barber releases his brand new album, Easy Keeper, on Sept. 6, and we’re super stoked here at Roots Music Canada to be premiering his new single from that album, “Patient Man.” It’ll be out wherever you check out new ...