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5 songs about working life in honour of International Worker’s ...

May Day isn’t an official holiday in Canada. It might scare the capitalists if it was. But this authentic socialist celebration of workers’ rights is nonetheless celebrated around the world in various ways, including here.  It is closely related to ...
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Aasiva has another new single out, this time featuring Riit

We loooooved Aasiva’s last single, “Namu,” here at Roots Music Canada, so we’re pretty excited to see that she’s already got another new song out. “Piqatiikka” was produced by Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, The Jerry Cans, Stars) and features Juno ...
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Celeigh Cardinal covers the Tragically Hip in honour of Gord’s ...

Chances are you’ve seen that Scotiabank commercial that ends with a female voice singing the chorus of the Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century.” What you might not know is that the female voice belongs to Edmonton artist Celeigh Cardinal, ...
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Curve Music is reviving some 90s Queen Street nostalgia with ...

If you spent any time in Toronto in the 80s and 90s, I don’t need to tell you that Queen Street West was the place to be for live music – well, one of the places to be. The scene ...
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Roots Music Canada’s lockdown survival guide; a.k.a the Canadian roots ...

  Phase three – or is it phase four now? – of the COVID-19 pandemic is now in high gear in a lot of provinces, and a lot of us are stuck at home again, waiting until we can all ...
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Have a listen to F-105’s new music

When he’s not writing and performing as Nadjiwan, Marc Meriläinen produces live music events, and works with emerging artists as a producer, co-writer, mentor – you name it really. In fact, he had been working closely with Kelly Fraser before ...
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Don’t miss this celebration of women artists featuring Tamar Ilana, ...

There is a fabulous free online concert coming up March 28 in honour of International Women’s Day featuring some incredible Toronto talent:  Latin jazz-pop vocalist Amanda Martinez, global flamenco artist Tamar Ilana, Juno nominated Arabic singing sensation Maryem Tollar, indie ...
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Musicians are protesting outside Spotify headquarters in Toronto at 1 ...

An organization of musicians and music industry professionals that fights for social justice is holding a protest at Spotify headquarters in Toronto today (Monday) to fight for higher royalty rates and other concessions for artists. The Union of Musicians and ...
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OK, everyone, let’s do Graham Lindsey’s visual scavenger hunt

Hats off to Graham Lindsey for coming up with a way to keep us entertained as the pandemic winter drags into a pandemic spring – while also helping himself make an inexpensive music video. Graham decided to crowd source the ...
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Songs you need to hear: ‘Namu’ by Aasiva

One of the most exciting artists on the Jerry Cans’ Aakuluk Music imprint released a brand new single last Thursday, and we’re loving it here at Roots Music Canada. Aasiva’s “Namu” is a lush, atmospheric electronica number that will almost ...