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Sina Bathaie’s new album mixes santur and electronica

Sina Bathaie first started learning Santur in his native Iran at the age of seven from his father, master Javad Bathaie. He has taken the instrument places few musicians have gone with it before. His latest album, Oracle, is a ...
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Watch Caroline Wiles cover Gordon Lightfoot

Caroline Wiles’ new album Grateful is packed with the poetic lyricism and Canadian sound of her hero, Gordon Lightfoot. In fact, Gord himself has kindly complimented Grateful, saying that it’s got “a lot of really strong material, wonderful vocals and harmonies.” Fittingly, Caroline’s ...
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Julian Taylor has followed up his Juno-nominated album, The Ridge, ...

Juno nominee Julian Taylor released a band new single on Friday, the first since his most recent album, The Ridge, earned two Juno nods and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Artist of the Year and was longlisted for the Polaris ...
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Adrian Sutherland’s solo debut is out now … and so ...

Attawapiskat roots-rocker Adrian Sutherland first came to the world’s attention as the frontman for the band, Midnight Shine, whose Cree-English cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” was featured by media around the world. Last month, he finally released his ...
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This single from emerging artist Semiah will make you want ...

We don’t use the “You’ve got to hear this!” tag on our stories very often, so when we do, you know we’re seriously into an artist or a song. The newest number that’s got us hitting “repeat” over and over ...
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Five songs of truth about Residential Schools for the National ...

For decades now, Indigenous artists have been bearing a burden that should rightfully have been bourn by the Canadian government:  the burden of educating Canadians about the atrocities of Residential Schools – and indeed about virtually all aspects of Canada’s ...
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Here are your Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for 2021

The board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards announced this year’s nominees earlier today. The awards will be handed out April 1-3 in Charlottetown, PEI, the city that appears poised to finally see the in-person ceremony after originally being tapped ...
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Pastelle LeBlanc of Vishten is battling Stage 4 cancer, and ...

Friends and family members of multi-instrumentalist Pastelle LeBlanc have raised more than $50,000 so far in an effort to help the talented PEI artist in her battle with breast cancer. Pastelle, who performs with her sister, Emmanuelle, and partner, Pascal, ...
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Madison Violet – ‘Time to Right the Wrong’: about the ...

Juno-nominated Canadian singer-songwriter duo Madison Violet is about to release a stunning new video for their single “Time To Right The Wrong” – and we’re thrilled to premiere it here on Roots Music Canada. The song is based on the ...
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3 things we heard this week that we LOVE

We know it’s hard to keep up with all the new music coming out these days and even harder to sift through all of the emails and Facebook posts and so on to weed out the good stuff.  That’s why ...