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Things we’re loving: Sina Bathaie’s latest releases

Toronto-based composer and santur player Sina Bathaie began his unique musical journey at the age of seven, studying santur with his father, Master Javad Bathaie, and learning Persian classical repertoire on the oud. He would go on to study composition ...
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Listen to your 2020 Folk Music Ontario award winners

Folk Music Ontario has announced the winners of its annual awards, which would typically be presented at its annual conference around now – were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of all such large gatherings. Listen to ...
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Briga – ‘Tabou’

Briga has certainly come a long way since her early days with the Rembetika Hipsters and les Gitans de Sarajevo. Since the release of her debut solo album, Diaspora, in 2009, the Montreal-based violinist and multi-instrumentalist of Quebecois and Polish ...
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Rick Fines has recorded a second album using solar power

Canadian roots music hero Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. He first gained attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, and ...
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Reid Jamieson’s pandemic-inspired Lennon tribute marks Lennon’s 80th birthday

If John Lennon were alive today, he would’ve turned 80 last Friday, which is why you might’ve noticed a few more acoustic covers of “Imagine” than usual in your Facebook feed this weekend. Vancouver singer-songwriter Reid Jamieson has gone a ...
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Jeremy Drury (Strumbellas) – “Open Road”

When Jeremy Drury was in Grade 8, he told a classmate that if she gave him one of her lunch snacks, a Passion Flakie, he’d mention her in his Juno acceptance speech. It turns out, his classmate definitely got the ...
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Here’s one live-streamed festival you really don’t want to miss

Juno winners Celeigh Cardinal and Lee Harvey Osmond are both set to perform Sept. 11-13 as part of the fourth annual Celebration of Nations – the first edition of the Indigenous arts festival that people outside the Niagara region can ...
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Jay Gavin – ‘Lost in Austin’

On Wednesday, we here at Roots Music Canada shared a stunningly beautiful piece of writing by Leslie Alexander that told the story of Jay Gavin. Jay is a musician from Tignish, PEI – he grew up in the vicinity of ...
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In case you missed them, here are the 2020 ECMA ...

The East Coast Music Awards were handed out this past weekend in a ceremony that, like all others this year, was not a ceremony at all but rather a pre-produced, physically distanced video production streamed live online.  As always, the ...
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#theshowmustbepaused

The music industry has called for today, June 2, to be known as Blackout Tuesday to provoke accountability and change through  #TheShowMustBePaused – a day to take a break for honest, reflective, and productive conversations about what actions we need ...