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When life gives you snow … check out our playlist ...

Over the past couple of weeks, just about every part of Canada it seems has been pelted with snow, even Vancouver, for crying out loud.  Heck, Newfoundland had to call in the army to dig them out. And they’re used ...
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How making a record helped heal Mister K – and ...

Kevin Roy was the consummate nice guy – towed the line, followed the rules, and while he didn’t finish last, he did end up lost, depressed, and pretty much finished with music as a profession. “I got too caught up ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: the calm ...

After a steady Saturday of shovelling out, the second night of the first-ever not-for-profit Speak Music Be Kind Festival was back in action with an all-day jam bubbling along, a bellowing accordion workshop and one for fiddle inside the Tranzac’s ...
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The Speak Music Be Kind Festival in photos: kindness ...

Above: James Bailey, Lydia Persaud and Kyla Charter There was too much musical and emotional content on display at Beverly Kreller’s Speak Music Be Kind Festival this past weekend for our reporter to completely describe the magnitude of the vibe. ...
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Missy Bauman is following up ‘Two Sisters’ with a new ...

We’ve featured Missy Bauman’s song “Two Sisters” a couple of times here on Roots Music Canada, starting when she won a 2018 Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart Award for it. It’s a vulnerable, powerful, and political song that ...
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Derek Andrews’ favourite shows of 2019

Derek Andrews is an independent arts consultant, music curator, music programmer and artist manager. He was the longtime music programmer for Harbourfront Centre, he launched Canada’s first world music conference, Mundial Montreal, and he’s widely regarded internationally as an authority ...
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Corby’s 2019 list of most amazical zings and celebratory tune ...

Instrumental Health Darcy Wickham’s Signal Hill: His humble logic and responsive touch on the guitar brings moody and resonant rewards chiming up on this spacious collection of mostly solo original gems, lightly burnished by an ear purification system that includes ...
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Heather’s favourite stuff of 2019

Favourite new discovery:  Celeigh Cardinal This woman is the second coming of Aretha Franklin, and “The Devil is a Blue-Eyed Man” is 2019’s “Natural Woman” – only instead of a love song, it’s a toast to fatal attractions. On stage, ...
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Leslie Alexander’s Top 12 musical moments of 2019

January:  I’m introduced to the exceptional country-noir stylings of the Shaela Miller band, getting a “Hard Knock Upside My Mind” after opening for them at the Foothills Folk Club in High River, AB. Bringing together elements of classic country and ...
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The Moose’s 11 favourite discoveries of 2019 in the Roots ...

Every month or so, Gordy the Moose goes through the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox, listens to everything that’s come in, and chooses the most interesting, most promising and sometimes just plain best stuff to feature in his column.  From ...