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Steve Dawson – ‘Let Him Go Mama’

Roots music Renaissance man Steve Dawson isn’t a fan of idle time, so when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down touring and put a temporary damper on his career as a record producer, Steve used the time to write and record ...
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10 Canadian blues acts recommend by ChatGPT – because we ...

We’ve been running a series of experiments here at Roots Music Canada asking Open AI’s chatbot, ChatGPT, to recommend music for us. Like many people who have adopted the bot as their latest time-waster, we’re just curious to see what ...
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We asked ChatGPT to recommend some Canadian world music. Here’s ...

Last week, we asked ChatGPT to recommend some emerging Canadian folk artists for us. We were curious to see what it would come up with, and while it employed a very liberal definition of the word “emerging,” we couldn’t argue ...
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Tom Coxworth’s 5 favourite acts of Folk Alliance

The Folk Alliance International Conference wrapped up this weekend in Kansas City, MO, and, as always, there was a healthy Canadian contingent. FAI is the place the folk festivals and folk clubs go to book a lot of their acts ...
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Vancouver Folk Music Festival board rescinds motion to dissolve society

The board of directors of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival society has rescinded a motion to dissolve the society in response to an outpouring of support from fans. But they caution that does not mean the festival is out of ...
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Check out this story song show in Cambridge with Garnet ...

“Hey, didya hear about…..?” Everybody loves a good story. On Feb. 24, four of Canada’s best-known musical storytellers will join forces for a very special concert of story songs. Featured singers Garnet Rogers, James Gordon, Alison Lupton and Ian Bell will ...
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Here are this year’s ECMA nominees in the roots, world ...

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announced the 2023 East Coast Music Award nominees on Tuesday. The East Pointers tied with Classified for the most nominations with six each. David Myles, Madison Violet, Andrew Waite, and Lisa Leblanc each have ...
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Where to celebrate Robert Burns Day tonight

Let’s face it, any occasion to break out a wee dram is fine with us, scottish or not.  And you know, a well-prepared haggis isn’t so bad either. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to drink a little Scotch ...
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Vancouver Folk Music Festival cancels 2023 event, moves to fold ...

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society (VFMFS) announced today that it will not be moving ahead with a festival in 2023. What’s more, the board of directors will hold a membership vote to dissolve the society at the society’s annual ...
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Celeigh Cardinal’s new single is pretty poppy. Have a ...

Award-winning artist Celeigh Cardinal wowed us in 2019 with her soulful, bluesy-folk sophomore album, Stories From a Downtown Apartment, which picked up the 2020 Juno Award for Indigenous Album of the Year. Then she released a cover of the Tragically ...