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Ted Ferris sets up this weekend’s Troubadour Festival

The second annual Troubadour Festival kicks off in Barrie, ON this Friday evening. The-two day event, produced by Inside The Music, attracted 2,500 live music fans during its inaugural festival in 2018. With a lineup of 40 artists in eight ...
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CityFolk pours on to the city streets

A harvest moon was rising. It was a cool September night. CityFolk was rambling in. We were treated to a perfect night to usher in the festivities. Lucinda Williams came out in a leather jacket, black nail polish, her “Get ...
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Ottawa’s CityFolk festival rambles in

Ottawa’s CityFolk festival is upon us, bringing some strong nostalgic headliners, such as Lucinda Williams and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant among others, along with a myriad of local acts. CityFolk a few years back introduced Marvest, an idea as I ...
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Midnight Shine premieres “Lonely Boy” video

We’re pretty big fans of Midnight Shine here at Roots Music Canada, so we’re excited to be taking part in the premiere of the band’s new video for “Lonely Boy” today. If you’re unfamiliar with Midnight Shine, the story is ...
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Have you heard Dave Gunning’s new single yet?

Have you ever had one of those days when you’re at a festival or some other multi-artist event and you accidentally catch a performance by an artist that you last saw five or ten years ago – and all of ...
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4 outstanding shows at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club this month

Last week here on Roots Music Canada, we told you about the upcoming album launch by Babe Gurr at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club. Well, it turns out that’s not the only thing that’s going on there this month. Far from ...
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Why Lindsay Ferguson needed to step away from music for ...

About a year ago, I called a psychic. Not a psychic who advertises, but rather a man who spends his time with his dogs in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A man, mostly unknown for his intense abilities, except to a rare ...
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Five questions for Babe Gurr ahead of her Sept. 6 ...

If you don’t live in Vancouver, you might not have heard of Babe Gurr, but she’s been around the west coast scene for more than 20 years now, blending a wide variety of roots sounds into a style that is ...
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Gary Cristall remembers Mitch Podolak

Gary Cristall ran the Vancouver Folk Music Festival for the first 17 years of its existence.  He worked in the music section of the Canada Council for the Arts for six years, and he’s represented numerous artists as a manager, ...
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Why Ted Ferris can’t get enough of Madison Violet’s latest ...

The first time I saw Madison Violet perform, my wife and I were sitting on the grass in front of the mainstage at the Eaglewood Folk Festival with singer-songwriter Mo Kenney. We’d run into Mo as we were heading back ...