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Ken Whiteley – Calm in the Eye of the Storm

Christianity looms large over Ken Whiteley’s latest album, Calm in the Eye of the Storm. It’s the lens through which he addresses weariness, lays down the rules for better living and, most obviously, encourages listeners to “give it up to ...
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Reviews! Mike McKenna Jr. Christa Couture & Clara Engel

Photo of Clara Engel by Ilyse Krivel Our country’s annual long stretch of solar distancing can spread an observant quietude through the spirit. Winter is a state of being that fosters sequestered poetics. Borne up in music, the evidence of ...
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Orit Shimoni – Strange and Beautiful Things

             Orit Shimoni begins her new album by counting quietly to four before her band breaks into a New Orleans-style stomp. From there, it’s clear what the mission statement is: a trek through American music over ten, melancholy-ish songs, all ...
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Ken Yates – Quiet Talkers

  For anyone having read any of my previous articles here on Roots Music Canada, you’ll be well aware of my love of listening to records. For me, nothing compares to the tangible benefits of holding a record in your ...
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New music reviews: Deborah Holland, Ken Whiteley and 100 Mile ...

Deborah Holland – Fine, Thank You! (Rage On Records) With six jabs straight to the chest, Deborah Holland’s new EP delivers a discrete set of therapeutic coronary stimuli. Her musical conversation cascades with Polaroids of frustration and elation, sometimes offering ...
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JJ Voss – Come Along with Me

Come Along With Me, the latest from Saskatoon country artist JJ Voss, gives the listener a lot to sink their teeth into. Right off the hop, you can tell it’s a country album. In addition to all the requisite instruments, ...
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Rhizome – Double Capture

This gorgeous CD, cloaked in its mysterious red cover, came across my desk a few weeks ago. I finally had time to listen and can honestly say, this is completely a winner. I have heard it multiple times, enjoying it ...
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Tim Baker – Forever Overhead

Hey Rosetta! front man Tim Baker released his much-anticipated debut solo album, Forever Overhead, last year. He co-produced the album with Marcus Paquin, who also mixed and engineered it. Here’s my review of the vinyl version of the album, now ...
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Great Lake Swimmers – The Waves, The Wake (acoustic)

In 2018, Canadian folk-rock band Great Lake Swimmers released their seventh studio album, The Waves, The Wake. The record constituted a significant pivot for the band because Tony Dekker decided to abandon his typical instrument of choice when it came ...
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The Pairs – Noise

Apparently 2020 is the year of the rat, but in my opinion, it’ll turn out to be the year of the pair. The Pairs to be exact. If you haven’t already heard of the band, I expect you will be ...