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Blues stars are coming out for the Maple Blues Awards ...

Toronto Blues Society has announced a stellar line-up of blues artists from across Canada as the 25th Maple Blues Awards return to Koerner Hall in Toronto on Monday, June 20. Hosted by Ottawa’s Angelique Francis, Canada’s biggest night in blues ...
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The Actual Goners release new single ‘Changes’

The Actual Goners began as award-winning Canadian songwriters Tristan Armstrong and Duncan Symonds. With a passion for live performance that drove them across the country, from Vancouver Island to their current home base in Toronto, the longtime collaborators deliver personal ...
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Roots Rockers the Actual Goners are set to release Lost ...

The Actual Goners began as award-winning Canadian songwriters Tristan Armstrong and Duncan Symonds (VIMA Country Recording of the Year). With a passion for live performance that drove them across the country, from Vancouver Island to their current home base in Toronto, the ...
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Steve Dawson will release the first of three new albums, ...

Steve Dawson has always been hard to pin down. A guitarist, a composer, a sought-after musical enabler, and sideman? Of course, he’s all of those things and more, but none of those descriptions really do the seven-time Juno Award-winning musician ...
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Toronto-based queer guitarist and bluesman Mike Nagoda carries on a ...

Mike Nagoda is a queer and disabled blues and roots musician and independent recording artist based in Toronto. Born with cerebral palsy, Mike struggled to play guitar in a conventional manner until he discovered legendary Toronto bluesman Brian Cober, who ...
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John Wort Hannam – “Long Haul” video

When John Wort Hannam started to write songs for Long Haul, his 8th album and the follow-up to 2018’s Acres of Elbow Room, he didn’t have a particular theme in mind. He began by doing what he has always done: ...
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Alec Fraser Jr. (Jeff Healey, Bo Diddley) has released a ...

  Multi-award-winning producer/musician Alec Fraser Jr. has, at long last, released his first solo recording, On The Wings of the Wind. As a bassist, he has toured internationally and worked with many world-class artists like Jeff Healey and Bo Diddley. ...
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Rob Lutes is set to release Come Around on April ...

If you’re a fan of the wonderful, Montreal singer-songwriter Rob Lutes, you’ll be thrilled to know he’s got a new album coming out April 16. Recorded in fall 2020, Come Around is the follow-up to Walk in the Dark (2017), for ...
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Kat Danser – ‘Way I Like it Done’

Award-winning Edmonton blueswoman Kat Danser releases her sixth album, One Eye Open, on Feb. 12, and we’re excited to premiere one of the songs and videos today on Roots Music Canada: “Way I Like it Done.” “The lyrics and the ...
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Jack de Keyzer, JW-Jones and Samantha Martin lead the nominations ...

The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 24th annual Maple Blues Awards. The winners will be announced online from four cities over four nights Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Leading the way in nominations is Toronto’s ...