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Joe Jencks – The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures from the Pen ...

Normally Roots Music Canada showcases just Canadian artists, but here we are making an exception. Joe Jencks, from Chicago, IL must be some kind of honorary Canadian since he engaged so many talented Canadians on this new album: The Forgotten, ...
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The Great Lake Swimmers – The Waves, The Wake (a ...

Roots Music Canada writer Paul Corby offers us a unique review of Great Lake Swimmers’ new album, The Waves The Wake, in poetry and visual art.  Have a listen to the album after reading the poem and looking at the ...
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Gordie Tentrees – Grit

When I was asked if I would listen to a new album by a fella from Whitehorse, I got very excited. Unbeknownst to my editor I grew up in a small town in the Yukon. My mind wandered through the ...
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The Ennis Sisters – Keeping Time (see them at ...

In a career of over 20 years, the Ennis Sisters have established a national reputation for their elegance in harmony and repertoire, illuminating the song traditions of their native Newfoundland with the luster that only sisters can conjure. Along the ...
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Tanga – Reencarnacion

The night was almost perfect. I had just picked up a new book from Owls Nest Books, deemed to be Calgary’s oldest bookstore, with over 40 years in business. It’s one of those fantastic little gems you rarely find anymore. ...
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Birds of Chicago – Love in Wartime

It was a Wednesday afternoon in early June when I was asked to listen to a new record from a band I had never heard of before. I decided that, before I researched anything about the group, I would give ...
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Donovan Woods – Both Ways

Warning! Listening to Both Ways, Donovan Woods’ new release, while driving could be dangerous. You may find yourself making a wrong turn, forgetting where you’re going, or worse, forgetting that you are even driving. If this happens, immediately pull over. ...
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Lindi Ortega – Liberty

Taking her palette from the tonalities of spaghetti cinema for her fifth full-length album, newly resettled Calgarian Lindi Ortega has counter-balanced her move back north from Nashville with an ardent candy-skull crush on her paternal southern homeland of Mexico. Liberty ...
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The Young Novelists – In City & Country

From the outside, the new record by The Young Novelists, In City & Country, is a lyrical investigation of small town Ontario life and its (in)compatibility with the big city escape hatch.  On a deeper level, it’s about not being ...
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The re-jigging of Dan MacDonald’s Cape Breton fiddle

Out of the thousand or so MacDonalds living on Cape Breton Island, probably only half of them are fiddlers. Dan MacDonald settled in Toronto “for the duration” sixteen years ago, so now there is one less. But they do proliferate. ...