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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, ...
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The 2020 Maple Blues Awards: Feb. 3 at Koerner ...

The blues came out to play again on Monday night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the yearly Maple Blues Awards gala. The burgeoning young Canadian blues talent pool was represented strongly by refreshing newcomers to the proceedings: Miss Emily, who ...
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Lynn Harrison’s Heavy Uplifting

Mystic currents in the folk tradition run deep. In the Canadian canon, they surface sporadically – in the ecstatic confluence of Buffy and Leonard’s “God Is Alive / Magic Is Afoot,” on Bruce’s first evidences of epiphany in “He Came ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: the calm ...

After a steady Saturday of shovelling out, the second night of the first-ever not-for-profit Speak Music Be Kind Festival was back in action with an all-day jam bubbling along, a bellowing accordion workshop and one for fiddle inside the Tranzac’s ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: kindness ...

Above: James Bailey, Lydia Persaud and Kyla Charter There was too much musical and emotional content on display at Beverly Kreller’s Speak Music Be Kind Festival this past weekend for our reporter to completely describe the magnitude of the vibe. ...
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Corby’s 2019 list of most amazical zings and celebratory tune ...

Instrumental Health Darcy Wickham’s Signal Hill: His humble logic and responsive touch on the guitar brings moody and resonant rewards chiming up on this spacious collection of mostly solo original gems, lightly burnished by an ear purification system that includes ...
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Check out Corby’s beautiful tribute to those we lost in ...

It’s that time of year when we pause to reflect on the one we just left behind.  Here on Roots Music Canada, some of us will be publishing lists of our favourite music and concerts in the coming days.  But ...
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Sultans of String Christmas Caravan – Dec. 15 in Toronto

Winter bit in a bit early this year, so it’s natural, in the northern order of things, to obey the nesting impulse, to align ourselves more intimately with the purr of the furnace and the Koenig and the glow of ...
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Check out this slide show of the 2019 Women’s Blues ...

The Toronto Blues Society raised the roof at Roy Thompson Hall last week with its 33rd annual Women’s Blues Review.  This year, the stars included Ellen McIlwaine, Ms. Tanika Charles, Lily Sazz, Raha Javanfar, and so many more.   Paul Corby ...
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Wide Mouth Mason – I Wanna Go With You: New ...

Deciduously speaking, when our cellular apprehensions fall into a preoccupation with the approach of winter, the inner sap of our collective spirit traditionally goes to ground, seeking the comfort of the roots, and we divest ourselves of our exterior colours ...