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Steve Poltz unwraps “Dreamhouse” on vinyl

We’re not usually in the business of making commercials. But if this exclusive video of master songwriter Steve Poltz hearing his new album at 33 rpm for the first time doesn’t make you want to buy the record, we’ll eat ...
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Jesse Winchester: north, south, song

We had the opportunity to chat with the legendary Jesse Winchester recently in an intimate backstage setting, after a pin-drop performance to a packed house. Winchester’s long been known to baby-boomers as a songwriter’s songwriter, but his moving rendition of ...
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Habib Koité: one world groove

Until Friday night, everything I knew about Habib Koité could have been summed up in three words: “Legendary African guitarist.” All I’d ever known of West African music was the roots of the blues in the work of Ali Farke ...
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Thanks for supporting RootsMusic.ca!

Hi folks, We haven’t “officially” relaunched RootsMusic.ca yet, but obviously our new site is up and looking great! I thought I’d take this opportunity to update our audience on some of our successes to date: Our Twitter feed is at ...
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Canadian roots Olympic anthem?

Is “Northwest Passage” an Olympic anthem? We asked our Facebook group what Canadian roots song best suits the Vancouver2010 Games. Here are a few suggestions, some cynical, some cheeky, some sincere, some hilarious. They are in the order in which ...
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Ukulele revival is about community

The Corktown Ukulele Jam, of which your author is the co-founder and co-host, along with my pal and partner Steve McNie, celebrated our one-year anniversary recently at Toronto’s historic Dominion on Queen beer parlour. Roots Music Canada partner Andy Frank ...
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Paul Quarrington has died

Today is another sad one for the arts in Canada. Paul Quarrington, award-winning author, beloved songwriter, performer, member of Pork Belly Futures and a dear friend to many in the music community, has died. Paul’s website reports: His brave battle ...
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Vic Chesnutt remembered

Those who appreciate folk-roots songwriting at its rawest and most honest likely already knew about Vic Chesnutt. Others may only be learning of his work now, in the wake of his tragic death by apparent deliberate overdose on Christmas Day. ...
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Happy Holidays from Roots Music Canada!

Who better to express the wild and wacky spirit of the season than Bob Dylan? With the festive season fully upon us and 2009 drawing to a close, we’d like to express our thanks to all our visitors and supporters. ...
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Arthur Renwick: Art Gallery Blues

Picture this: in Toronto’s twee Leo Kamen Gallery, the artsy crowd are gathered, sipping red wine and murmuring knowledgeably about the work on the walls. It’s significant work: bold, beautifully printed colour large-format full-face portraits of First Nations people. (What ...