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Stompin’ Tom Connors

We honour the passing of Tom Connors by republishing this interview by Steve Fruitman. This story was originally posted on February 9, 2011 by David Newland. He’s a legend in country music, and practically the template for the independent Canadian artist. ...
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Building the Woodshed

You’ve heard a lot about The Woodshed we built in our offices (and if you haven’t you will.) After all, it’s not every day that a new media start-up builds a shed in an office in downtown Toronto… let alone ...
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Call us crazy!

Well, we did it. As promised, we built a woodshed in the Roots Music Canada office. For woodshedding, obviously. While everyone else was doing whatever everyone else does, our team spent the weekend doing the improbable. We’ve been wanting to ...
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We’re building a shed

It’s been nearly a year since we moved into the premises we currently share with our good friends at Borealis Records. During that time, my partner Andy Frank has been diligently working on a more or less regular schedule there, ...
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Shelagh Rogers elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our friend, mentor and sometime contributor Shelagh Rogers on being elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada. Shelagh is beloved from coast to coast to coast for her work as a broadcaster ...
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Dave Borins: affable audacity

I first heard of Dave Borins a while back, when apparently out of nowhere he announced to the world that he was celebrating his 100th gig with a big concert at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room, an acknowledged gem of folk-roots venues ...
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Grit Laskin wins Estelle Klein Award

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The Magic of Blue Skies

Blue Skies Folk Festival is an event unlike any festival I’ve experienced on the Canadian scene. While all fests have their magic, there’s a unique feeling about Blue Skies, as if it exists in a world unto itself. As a ...
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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Home County Folk Festival, July ...

The fabulous Kristin Sweetland took the role of embedded reporter for this charming inside view of London’s Home County Folk Festival. Watch for appearances by Magoo, The Rizdales, Old Man Luedecke, Lynn Miles, Bruce Cockburn, Katherine Wheatley, Kristin’s dad, and ...
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Happy 50th Birthday Mariposa!

We’re off to Mariposa this weekend, where we’ll be hosting and conducting interviews. Here’s a look back to the time we had at last year’s festival – the 50th! The Roots Music Canada team had a tremendous time as guests ...