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Scott B. Sympathy’s birthday tribute to the late Joe Hall

Nineties Queen Street cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is in Brantford now, living somewhere between the railroad tracks and the river, between his T.O. past and his rural present and foreseeable future. His legacy of classic Canadian roots rock records ...
Album review

Dub Debut: The Dub Chronicles’ record brings new riddims to ...

After years of making a name for themselves in clubs around the city, Toronto’s The Dub Chronicles released their long-awaited debut album, Simba (Return to the Throne), on April 23. As a live dub band, the group is somewhat of an ...
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Corby reflects on 20 years of community radio

  In addition to writing for Roots Music Canada, Paul Corby hosts Corby’s Orbit on Radio Regent in Toronto.  This month, he is celebrating 20 years on air, and he wrote this lovely piece in celebration. I am but a ...
Concert review

2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards nightly showcases present the future ...

  What, is it time for the 16th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards already? This mostly volunteer organization has been celebrating Canada’s rich community and niche song cultures in the late fall for years, giving a sense of closure and consensus to ...
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‘The Never-ending Hits In My Head’: Paul Corby’s favourite songs ...

The torrential torment of commercial radio is not as toxic this year in Toronto, since all the stores and restaurants where we usually have to suffer under its miasma are in a dragged-out lockdown. We are left to our own ...
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Lynn Miles Didn’t Have a Video for ‘High Heels in ...

Wrapped in shivers, a little porn queen waits to do someone’s bidding, anyone who can take her off of her cold winter corner into the dingy shelter of a temporary, albeit warmer, bedroom. It’s a Christmas song. Lynn Miles had ...
Album review

Braden Gates – Kitchen Days

Preamble The dignity of labour has been a theme central to the folk music tradition forever, but it became politicized over class lines in former times, by songs and artists that polarized worker versus administration conflicts. I can’t recall many ...
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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 ...