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Remembering Ron Gaskin in Toronto

On one of those miraculously clear and deliriously bright October Sundays recently, a church in a quiet harbour on Toronto Island was filled up to its legal limit with celebration and fond reminiscences of a man who had staged many memorable performances ...
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 Muhtadi International Drumming Festival – Oct. 17 at Wychwood Barns, ...

Rick Lazar & Samba Squad At Toronto’s Wychwood Barns this last Sunday, bright sunshine and scores of percussion stars turned out to appreciate and show sincere admiration for the cultural contributions of drummer, teacher and activist Muhtadi Thomas. His annual ...
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Ellen McIlwaine would’ve been 76 on Friday; the roots community ...

The potency of an artist’s gift can be assessed by the radiance that it transmits through time and space and by the character of the residue that endures on record. In the wake of her sudden departure from cancer this ...
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Fond Memories of Toronto’s Michael Laderoute (1947-2021)

From the mystery of the root, in its mud and manure, with all its worms and groundwater working away, the blossom appears, and draws us, with all of its beauty and fragrance, into the realms of a particular magic. What ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian artists perform Dylan covers for Bob’s 80th

Why should Canadians celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday as if he were one of our own? Firstly, since Bob Dylan’s birthplace of Duluth, MN is only a couple of small forests away from the Canadian border, just above the tip of ...
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90s cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is ‘growing up’ in ...

In 1990, at Wellesley Sound Studios on Ontario Street in Toronto, with the regular middle-of-the-night application of “too much coffee and pot,” it happened that Brantford’s poignant acoustic poet, Scott Bradshaw, was gradually transformed into Toronto’s raucous roots rocker Scott ...
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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 ...
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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 ...