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Here are your 2022 Ontario Folk Music Award nominees

Folk Music Ontario has just announced the nominees for the Ontario Folk Music Awards. This year, the categories have been rearranged, and the once-lengthy list of Songs from the Heart award categories – children’s, political, blues, etc. – has been ...
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Win tickets to a James Keelaghan show near you!

Juno and CFMA-winning singer-songwriter James Keelaghan released his new album yesterday, and he kicks off a tour on Thursday to officially launch it. And we have a pair of tickets to give away! Just fill in this form to enter.  ...
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Sandy Scofield releases her first album in 15 years tomorrow

It’s been 15 years since Sandy Scofield released her last album, Nikawiy Askiy, so it’s exciting to finally see a new project from Vancouver-based Sandy – and what a project it is! Red Earth was once again co-produced by Shael Wrinch ...
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Happy belated Birthday, Geneviève Racette; check out her new ...

Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Geneviève Racette celebrated her birthday last week by recording a little gift for herself:  a cover of Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On.” You see, Shania’s Come on Over was the first record Geneviève bought ...
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5 songs about working life for Labour Day that are ...

Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers – though most of us don’t give that part of it a second thought. We just enjoy the day off, which, to be fair, is a pretty appropriate ...
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New music to watch for: Crystal Shawanda, Nadjiwan and ...

Here at Roots Music Canada, we keep on top of new releases so you don’t have to, and we periodically round up a few of them that we think you might want to know about. Summer isn’t a big season ...
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Alex Cuba gets a hometown mural and an honorary doctorate

It’s been a banner year for Alex Cuba. He began it by winning the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album, his first ever Grammy after receiving three prior nominations and four Latin Grammys. Now he can add to his ...
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Steve Dawson – Ol’ Brushy (video)

Steve Dawson doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who wastes a lot of time scrolling through Instagram reels or Facebook posts. At the best of times, he balances careers as a highly-esteemed Nashville-based record producer, an in-demand session ...
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News: Folk Alliance apologizes, Buffy has COVID, Murray McLauchlan ...

Folk Alliance International apologizes for cultural appropriation Folk Alliance International has issued an apology to the Black community and praised the efforts of singer-songwriter Crys Matthews after keynote speaker Madeleine Peyroux sang Ledbelly’s “Cottonfields” during her address at this year’s ...
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Artists: you have until Friday to submit for the Canadian ...

Heads up, artists!  Friday is the submission deadline for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Canadian artists who have released recordings between May 1, 2021 and July 15, 2022 are eligible to submit. Submission fees are once again reduced due to ...