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Why Jan Hall’s Estelle Klein Award feels like a come-back ...

Jan Hall spent the first six weeks of this summer in a very dark place. The chronic fatigue syndrome she has battled for the past 12 years had flared up yet again, this time forcing her to cancel MCing gigs ...
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Listen to your 2019 Folk Music Ontario award-winners

When the Folk Music Ontario conference unfolds in Mississauga this weekend, two of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Sunday morning awards brunch and the Friday afternoon awards showcase. Each year, FMO salutes up-and-coming artists by offering a range of ...
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Midnight Shine premieres “Lonely Boy” video

We’re pretty big fans of Midnight Shine here at Roots Music Canada, so we’re excited to be taking part in the premiere of the band’s new video for “Lonely Boy” today. If you’re unfamiliar with Midnight Shine, the story is ...
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Sweet Alibi – “Confetti”

Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, West Coast Music Award winners Sweet Alibi have shared their folk roots, and pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. Combining the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae ...
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Sam Lynch – “Darkest Places”

The story goes something like this: On a farm in central Germany, with a small backpack and a dead cell phone, Sam Lynch found herself in a damp cellar, sitting in front of an out-of-tune piano. It was the beginning ...
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Have you heard Dave Gunning’s new single yet?

Have you ever had one of those days when you’re at a festival or some other multi-artist event and you accidentally catch a performance by an artist that you last saw five or ten years ago – and all of ...
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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. ...