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The Gospel according to Ken

There is no answer… still I carry on. -Ken Whiteley When does a gospel song not offer an answer? When it’s the Gospel according to Ken. Blues and gospel veteran, yoga practitioner & meditator Ken Whiteley performs eastern philosophy for ...
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Music and food make a natural pair

With the celebration of springtime fully upon us, many folks are taking this time to count their blessings. For me, two of the most important ones are food, and music. Both are nourishment: food for the body, music for the ...
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7 reasons to lay off Bob Dylan

American columnist Maureen Dowd thinks Bob Dylan is a big sell-out. His crime: leaving the ancient protest songs “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin'” off the set list for concerts in communist China and Vietnam. You ...
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Ross Neilsen’s amazing drive

Ross Neilsen – The Woodshed Sessions no.16 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo Ross Neilsen literally has the drive to succeed. He drove his act, Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin’ Bastards to five national tours, spanning 600 shows, in three ...
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John Bottomley’s difficult legacy

There was an ominous silence in the music community last week around the news that veteran singer-songwriter John Bottomley had died. While friends and family wrote brief Facebook updates referring to his sudden death at the early age of 50, ...
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Fowke, Creighton receive Legacy awards

With stars like Sylvia Tyson and Robbie Robertson in the house for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees’ gala,  a small tribute to the late song collectors Edith Fowke and Helen Creighton was hardly the evening’s most glamorous moment. Amid ...
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Here’s to ten years of Hugh’s Room

Regular visitors to this site know we often mention Hugh’s Room in our copy. It’s not because the legendary Toronto folk club advertises with us. We believe in keeping editorial and advertising separate. It’s partly that we’re based in Toronto: ...
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Who’s Ron Hynes when he’s at home?

Ron Hynes is one of Newfoundland’s most beloved performers, a 40 year veteran of the music industry, and a man who’s stared his demons down. The recent documentary The Man of a Thousand Songs features Hynes telling his own difficult ...
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Kim Stockwood: back to the water

Perhaps no place, any place, is as proud of its musical traditions as the island of Newfoundland. The musical currents run deep there, as generations of great songwriters and musicians have proven. Kim Stockwood has earned her place among Newfoundland’s ...
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Junos: not without our folk & roots

The fortieth anniversary of the Juno Awards culminated with the customary awards show last evening, televised by CTV. We sat it out. Don’t get us wrong: we’re not boycotting. We were really “rooting” for artists who work in folk, roots, ...