Opinion

The folk in festival

With all the excitement following the Canadian Folk Music Awards this past weekend, we’d like to share a piece written by Roots Music Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, David Newland, for the CFMA gala’s programme. Imagine a place where children can run and ...
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Canadian Folk Music Awards: LIVE!

Thanks to everyone who watched our streaming video broadcast of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, from Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, LIVE at 8 PM ET. Featuring fifteen minute performances by Loreena McKennitt, Jim Brynes + Steve Dawson, Rose Cousins, ...
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CFMA Nominee Showcase

Fans from across the country and around the world enjoyed our streaming video broadcast of the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase, from Hugh’s Room in Toronto featuring: Dave Gunning, Janet Panic, Quinn and Qristina Bachand, Ashley Condon, Massiel Yanira, ...
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And now a word from our founders…

We’ve been spreading the news through this blog and our social media outlets, about our Canadian Folk Music Awards broadcast this coming weekend. Now, here’s the word straight from us, Andy and David, about what we’re doing, and how you ...
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Unsung hero Jane Harbury

We at Roots Music Canada are delighted that our friend and colleague Jane Harbury (a.k.a. Riverboat Jane) has been chosen as the first ever recipient of the CFMA “Unsung Hero” award. Jane, a Toronto publicist with a deep and enduring committment ...
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One for David Amram

Peanut butter sandwich made with jam One for me, one for David Amram –Raffi The opening couplet from one of Raffi’s most popular kids’ anthems contains a couple of neat little nuggets. One is the reference to jam rather than ...
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A good friend has lost a good dog

The Roots Music Canada team is sending warm thoughts out tonight to our dear friend and mentor, Shelagh Rogers. Shelagh’s beloved dog, Poppy, went to her rest today, and we all know how the heart aches to bid a beloved ...
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The call of Leela Gilday

There’s a warrior on the line – and Canada’s listening. Yellowknife-born Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday is chatting with Carole Off on CBC Radio‘s As It Happens. She’s fielding congratulations on winning Female Entertainer of the Year at the Aboriginal People’s ...
Opinion

The lonesome death of the scary song

It’s that time of year again – when the late Bobby ‘Boris’ Picket’s greatest hit, “The Monster Mash” comes back to life for its annual appearance on radio playlists across the land. But aside from the ritual revival of the ...
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Our folk wedding

On Saturday, October 8, our Blog Editor, Meghan Sheffield married our Editor-in-Chief, David Newland, a.k.a. yours truly, with many members of our community in attendance. Our wedding was a miniature folk festival: woodsy setting, parade, square dance, home-cooked food, hand-made ...