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Observing the orbit of Planet Neil: a toast to Neil ...

Neil Young turned 75 yesterday.  Paul Corby wrote this piece in honour of him. Planet Neil makes satellites of us all; its pull is emotionally gravitational, its pulmonary magnetic characteristics amplify the tidal flux of our own most personal pulsations, ...
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Rebecca Hennessy takes a leap into lyrical songcraft on her ...

When an opportunity to bend your brand comes along, to challenge and broaden the parameters of your previous musical perimeter, few musicians can resist. Toronto’s Rebecca Hennessy is no stranger to broken boundaries. As the bandleader and trumpeter for 2019’s ...
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DoVira’s EP represents a new chapter of chill

When roots music takes flight from its roots, it can often arrive at unexpected destinations. Nastasia Y (aka Stacey Yerofeyeva) has long been familiar to festival and conference-goers as one of the four gracefully be-gowned sylphs in the enchanting showcase ...
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A conundrum on Manitoulin Island involving … a canoe and ...

Ten years ago, a rejected gallery proposal involving a flaming canoe sparked some last-minute inspiration. With a canoe at hand, my buddy, artist David Hynes, found himself facing a creative conundrum. In a eureka moment, he considered that the word ...
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Lynn Miles – We’ll Look For Stars 

The atelier of Ottawa passionista Lynn Miles has just unveiled her new ready-to-hear line for 2020. Lifting off from the runway on July 3, We’ll Look For Stars is her 15th release and is already peaking at number one on ...
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A salute to Bruce Cockburn on his 75th birthday

Today, as Bruce Cockburn reaches his 75th year, we can rejoice that he is still a stealer of fire, dancing his sunwheel dance in the falling dark of the dragon’s jaws. Roots Music Canada joins the rest of the world ...
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Reviews! Mike McKenna Jr. Christa Couture & Clara Engel

Photo of Clara Engel by Ilyse Krivel Our country’s annual long stretch of solar distancing can spread an observant quietude through the spirit. Winter is a state of being that fosters sequestered poetics. Borne up in music, the evidence of ...
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How the Barrel Boys are using new technology to bring ...

  While waiting for an opportunity to drop their newest album, produced by noted string-slinger Andrew Collins, The Barrel Boys are staying in touch with some composited tune-mail for their fans. Amongst other online collaborative projects, fiddler Nathan Smith also ...
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New music reviews: Deborah Holland, Ken Whiteley and 100 Mile ...

Deborah Holland – Fine, Thank You! (Rage On Records) With six jabs straight to the chest, Deborah Holland’s new EP delivers a discrete set of therapeutic coronary stimuli. Her musical conversation cascades with Polaroids of frustration and elation, sometimes offering ...
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King Alpha’s Song In A Strange Land : Concert and ...

Earlier this month at Todmorden Mills, huddled in the snow-filled valley of the Don River, on the refurbished site of Ontario’s first paper mill, the concentrated forces of Canadian reggae music defrosted some history of their own. VJ Michael Williams, ...