Album review

The Great Lake Swimmers – The Waves, The Wake (a ...

Roots Music Canada writer Paul Corby offers us a unique review of Great Lake Swimmers’ new album, The Waves The Wake, in poetry and visual art.  Have a listen to the album after reading the poem and looking at the ...
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The Small World Music Festival – Day 2 and 3

Gracious weather returned for Saturday’s slate, initiated with three symposia, held indoors at the Brigantine Room, featuring a set of media movers and shakers, a rebel brigade of cross-cultural adventurers and Brenna MacCrimmon’s moving testament to the power of instinctual ...
Concert review

The Small World Music Festival – Day 1 (Friday)

The 17th edition of the Small World Music Festival, an essentially free event expressing the variety and caliber of global music artists, was held this past weekend over three days at Toronto’s Harbourfront Center. In the beginning, there was no ...
Album review

The Ennis Sisters – Keeping Time (see them at ...

In a career of over 20 years, the Ennis Sisters have established a national reputation for their elegance in harmony and repertoire, illuminating the song traditions of their native Newfoundland with the luster that only sisters can conjure. Along the ...
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Fire destroyed their banjo shop, now Pharis & Jason Romero ...

The best harmony in music traditionally comes from siblings and lovers. It is an intimately personal sharing experience for the performers and for the listener. When pure harmony happens it elicits grace. As a temporary alignment with perfection it is ...
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A Generation Fell : Tony Quarrington’s For King And ...

Militarism is not the fiber and fabric of social life that it was a hundred years ago in our country.  Blessedly, the only regimentation we endure these days is in our diets, and the only citations we receive are for ...
Album review

Lindi Ortega – Liberty

Taking her palette from the tonalities of spaghetti cinema for her fifth full-length album, newly resettled Calgarian Lindi Ortega has counter-balanced her move back north from Nashville with an ardent candy-skull crush on her paternal southern homeland of Mexico. Liberty ...
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Comm-Unification:  Toronto Reggae Conference Apr. 29, 2018

In the fifty years since reggae music began to germinate on Canadian soil, the community that supports it has shown demonstrable ingenuity in publicizing and presenting itself to an ever-increasing fan base. Its combination of aggressive street-level marketing, immediate radio ...
News

Folk Alliance International reveals details about Montreal conference in Feb.

A significant, almost suspicious number of folk folks were noticed rootsing around in broad daylight at the Rivoli on Toronto’s Queen Street West on the Friday afternoon of Canadian Music Week. Scoop is that Folk Alliance International will be holding ...
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The Young Novelists – In City & Country

From the outside, the new record by The Young Novelists, In City & Country, is a lyrical investigation of small town Ontario life and its (in)compatibility with the big city escape hatch.  On a deeper level, it’s about not being ...