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The North Sound – As the Stars Explode

As the Stars Explode, the second full-length album from The North Sound, brings 11 new songs (plus spoken word intro and outro) from Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter Forrest Eaglespeaker.  Currently comprising Forrest and vocalist/partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound is an idea ...
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Paul Reddick and the Gamblers – Alive in Italia

In 2001 on his award-winning album Rattlebag, Toronto bluesman Paul Reddick sang, “…there’s no good place to have the blues,” and now almost 20 years later, he is testing that theory with his recent Stony Plain release Alive in Italia.  ...
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Rube and Rake are ‘unchained and more open’ on sophomore ...

With the release of their new album Leaving With Nothing, Newfoundland duo Rube and Rake—comprising Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite—have made a significant step forward with their sound. Their debut album Back And Forth, released in 2017, featured their harmony ...
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Lynn Miles – We’ll Look For Stars 

The atelier of Ottawa passionista Lynn Miles has just unveiled her new ready-to-hear line for 2020. Lifting off from the runway on July 3, We’ll Look For Stars is her 15th release and is already peaking at number one on ...
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Emilyn Stam and John David Williams – Honeywood

Of course, you’d like a trip to Europe, but there’s a pandemic on, tethering our wanderlust to places here at home. But we can conjure our wanderings in other ways, listening to this lovely music being one. This beautiful album, ...
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Country singer-songwriter Greg Rider has a sweet new single called ...

Canadian country-pop artist Greg Rider wonders if love is just “One Town Away” in his new single. “This song was actually written in two days,” Greg said, looking back at a songwriting session with collaborator Rich Cloke. “I didn’t plan ...
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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 ...