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Cannot be Unheard is Ollee Owens’ debut album but she’s ...

An excellent showcase for Calgary-based Ollee Owens‘ soulful, bluesy voice, her upcoming debut album Cannot Be Unheard lives up to its title. Leading a cast of expert musicians, Ollee creates a sound that encompasses soul, R&B, gospel and blues to establish herself as ...
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Introducing the electrifying new Brazilian-Canadian artist Carlos Cardozo

With his stunning debut release, Meu Mundo, Brazilian-Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Carlos Cardozo delivers a compelling and intensely personal overview of Brazilian samba, bossa nova, forró, and funk, adding jazz and folkloric elements alongside the rhythms of northeastern Brazil. Meu ...
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5 more acts to catch at Summerfolk this weekend

Unlike many Canadian music festivals, Summerfolk in Owen Sound did actually go ahead last year, but in a much less conventional format from the usual gathering at Kelso Beach – more like a festival of small halls than a mass ...
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5 acts Bev Kreller can’t wait to see at Summerfolk

Summerfolk 2022 is almost here. It’s back to a full-on live-and-in-person event after a two-year absence, and back to the Kelso Beach location, with a lot to look forward to. It’s also a return to a very “folk festival” lineup ...
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Dispatches from the 2022 Mariposa Folk Festival: day three (Sunday)

We started Day Three with a workshop calle We’ve Got Nothing But Love to Prove at the Estelle Klein Stage. It featured Dala, Harrow Fair, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell – who was slightly delayed by the sound-check for her ...
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Dispatches from the 2022 Mariposa Folk Festival day two (Saturday)

To start with, I’d like to give a shout-out to the staff and volunteers here at Mariposa, who have all been so warm, inviting, and accommodating. It’s always a pleasure to come to here. As we pulled in for day two, ...
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Dispatches from the 2022 Mariposa Folk Festival day one (Friday)

After a long Friday afternoon drive up the 400 from Toronto to Orilla, with no cellphone GPS to guide us to our exact destination once we were in the general vicinity – thanks to the all-day Rogers service disruption – ...
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Bev Kreller previews this weekend’s Mariposa Folk Festival

Mariposa 2022 is almost here, back live again after three years, and there’s so much I’m looking forward to seeing. Here are just a few examples… I’ve seen my Kitchener-Waterloo homegirl Alysha Brilla play live several times over the past few ...
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Check out the super unique harmonies of Lunar Bloom

Harmonizing trio Lunar Bloom has just released its debut full-length album Running Deep, and we’re big fans of it here at Roots Music Canada. Lunar Bloom is Brittany Rae Robinson, Kelly McNamee and Jocelyn Regina, a Toronto-based trio rooted in the folk tradition. ...
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Check out some songs from Ian Lake’s new album

Actor, singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist Ian Lake released his debut album, What It Is, on April 22, featuring songs that are genuine, playfully irreverent, and sometimes deeply poetic – all performed with a vocal passion that stirs you to feel ...