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Party music: Jeff Healey bandmates Fraser/Daley

Multiple Maple Blues Award-winning bass-man Alec Fraser has played with the likes of David Wilcox, Jack de Keyzer, Morgan Davis, Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo, Rick Fines and Danny Brooks. Musicologist and guitarist Mike Daley has played with The Travellers, Suzie ...
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The Canadian Bob Dylan

It’s Bob Dylan‘s seventieth birthday, and we’re going to celebrate this American cultural landmark in true Canadian underdog fashion: by claiming some of the limelight for ourselves. That’s right: the man who is arguably the greatest American songwriter, is (perhaps ...
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Canadian roots rapture playlist

It’s far too beautiful a day for the world to end – but then aren’t they all? Here’s our Canadian soundtrack for the end of the world, just in case: Ken Whiteley, “Step to Paradise” Kate & Anna McGarrigle, “Rainbow ...
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Delightful Dala

Canadian music could have no finer ambassadors than the delightful folk-pop duo Dala. With their pitch-perfect harmonies, haunting versions of Canadian classics, cleverly crafted compositions, and complete comfort with one another in the spotlight, this pretty pair of northern songbirds ...
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Rita Chiarelli at home in The Big House

Canadian audiences know Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli as a powerful performer of the blues, with a raw, passionate voice and an unusual honesty in her approach. But that didn’t mean much to the inmates of Louisiana State Penitentiary. The infamous prison ...
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Who will support the arts?

We’ve said before that Roots Music Canada is an apolitical organization, and we’re sticking to it. We’d be blind not to notice, though, how many how many of our friends and fans bitterly lamented the outcome of the federal election ...
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Saturday at Sweet Beaver Suite

Part 3 of a 3-post series. See previous posts, Thursday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite and Friday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite. Sweet Beaver Suite was the place to be to catch Canadians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis ...
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Friday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite

Part 2 of a 3-post series. See previous post, Thursday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite. Sweet Beaver Suite was the place to be to catch Canadians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, in Memphis this past February. This private hotel ...
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Thursday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite

Sweet Beaver Suite was the place to be to catch Canadians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, in Memphis this past February. This private hotel room showcase presented of some of the great northern lights on the scene – ...
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Jory Nash does it all

Jory Nash: The Woodshed Sessions, #20 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo. It’s a rare musician who can balance artistic success with continued growth and contribution to the community at large. Jory Nash does it all. A dyed-in-the-wool independent singer-songwriter, ...