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Coco Love Alcorn – ‘Rebirth’ (lyric video)

I was a pretty big fan of Coco Love Alcorn’s set at the Moose n’ Fiddle Festival this year, so I’m pretty stoked that we get to premiere the lyric video for the title track to her forthcoming new album. ...
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A cross-Canada tour of the 2019 summer festivals

For the second year in a row, Roots Music Canada was all over the summer festivals this summer, reporting from events as large and prestigious as Mariposa and the Edmonton Folk Festival and as far-flung as the Moose n’ Fiddle ...
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Should Canada’s major folk organizations merge into one?

It seemed a propos that the venue for a town hall meeting about potentially merging the country’s main folk organizations was a noticeably more austere Folk Music Ontario conference than long-time conference-goers were used to. The conference, reduced from three ...
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Here are your 2019 WCMA winners in the roots and ...

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night as part of the Breakout West conference in Whitehorse YT.  As always, there are some great discoveries among the winners.  Here are the award recipients in the roots and related ...
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Tragedy turned Suzanne Jarvie into a Colleen Petersen Songwriting Award ...

If you’d told Suzanne Jarvie a decade ago that she’d be this year’s winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council, she likely would’ve been a bit confused. After all, she was a lawyer who’d never ...
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Linda McRae – ‘Dimming of the Day’

Linda McRae has a special place in our hearts here at Roots Music Canada, and not just because she’s such a great person. Notwithstanding her busy schedule of touring, recording and teaching songwriting workshops, she also was one of the ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Saturday night showcases

6:25 p.m.: I’ve been lured back into the Vista Salon by the sounds of a boisterous brass band that seems way too fun to miss. Earlier, I had settled in to enjoy the gentle country-folk sounds of Beausejour, the new ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Indigenous Artists showcase

12:25 p.m.: Desiree Dorion has just wrapped up her set opening the Indigenous artists showcase, and her last number was a show-stopper called “Break the Chain” – inspired by her experience as the granddaughter of a residential school survivor and ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: Friday evening showcase travelogue

6:37 p.m. – I arrive at the official showcase in time to catch a man bun-sporting, suspender-wearing artist named Mister K. singing a sweet-sounding downtempo tune of the kind Dallas Green fans might appreciate while accompanying himself on electric keyboard ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: the FMO award-winners showcase

12:10 p.m.: I settle into the York Ballroom as Sarah Hiltz is setting up her song “Retching in the Wings,” inspired by Sinead O’Connor’s performance of Bob Marley’s “War” at a 1992 Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens – ...