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The Top 10 stories of 2018 on Roots Music Canada

Make no mistake about it.  We’re proud of everything we’ve published here on Roots Music Canada this year, but there’s no question some stories take off like no other.  Here are the ten most popular stories of 2018 – not ...
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12 days of Christmas: The Roots Music Canada holiday ...

The holidays are a time for those of us blessed with good friends, family and supporters to take a moment to reflect on our good fortune. Here at Roots Music Canada, we have much to reflect on. We are back ...
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12 days of Christmas: brand new holiday tunes from ...

It’s no secret to anyone who reads this fine web site on a regular basis, that I became a big fan of the Janzen Boys this year after seeing them play live at the Trout Forest Music Festival. This father-and-two-sons ...
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12 days of Christmas: Ignace fires back at the ...

It’s been 21 years since the Arrogant Worms released their infamous Christmas Turkey, a masterpiece of holiday cynicism marked by anti-classics such as “Santa’s Going to Kick Your Ass,” “Dad Threw Up on Christmas Day,” and of course, the unforgettable, ...
Concert review

12 days of Christmas: Boreal – Dec. 8 at ...

Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala probably couldn’t have picked a better name for their annual winter touring project than Boreal.  There is something decidedly northern about their sophisticated blend of winter-themed songs, which runs the gamut from holiday ...
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Six songs to commemorate Dec. 6

It’s hard to believe it’s been 29 years since a gunman, who I won’t glorify with a name-check, burst in l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 women – most of them engineering students – because he hated women who ...
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Eight Canadian roots Chanukah songs that aren’t by Adam Sandler

Former Saturday Night Live comedian Adam Sandler clearly struck a chord back in 1994 when the goofball song he wrote for Jewish kids who feel left out during the Christmas season blew up to the point of – well, can ...
News

Here are your Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Dec. ...

The second and final night of the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala has just wrapped up at the Gateway in Calgary.  Levi Cuss was there on behalf of Roots Music Canada and will share some final thoughts here on the ...
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Here are your Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Nov. ...

Night one of the Canadian Folk Music Awards wrapped up minutes ago in Calgary.  Alberta roots artist Levi Cuss was there for Roots Music Canada and will be bringing us more from the ceremony tomorrow, but for now, here’s who ...
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Five questions with Kristin Sweetland

Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Kristin Sweetland has chosen a novel way to release her brand new album.  It’s not actually an album at all in the traditional sense of the word.  Nor is it an EP.  It’s a series of ...