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This new video from Sultans of String might be the ...

With artists stuck at home these days struggling to make sense of a radically new normal, many are turning to the one thing you can do when everything else is on hold:  create. We’ve had a wonderful smorgasbord of new ...
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How’s everyone doing out there? (July 6 edition)

The summer is a time when artists, fans and industry people would normally be gathering at summer festivals and catching up after months of not seeing each other. That’s just one part of the summer festival experience we’re missing out ...
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Folk festivals in the time of COVID: They’re NOT ...

As music festivals have been cancelled all over the world, folk festivals in Canada have been relying on streaming and other media to get artists in touch with audiences and keep the industry going. This has been a big change ...
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Blues luminary JW Jones is releasing a “self-isolation” album called ...

Having just won Best Guitarist at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, popular Canadian blues artist JW Jones was looking forward to a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule. “I knew I had to ...
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The results are in! Here are your answers to ...

For the past month, we here at Roots Music Canada have been asking you to fill in a survey, asking you about your experiences with streaming concerts, your feelings about live music in the age of COVID-19 , your music ...
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Julian Taylor talks about The Ridge with Jan Vanderhorst

For Toronto singer-songwriter Julian Taylor, his latest solo album, The Ridge, is a breakthrough, garnering acclaim across Canada and as far away as Australia. Glide Magazine recently called it, “one of the strongest Americana recordings we’ve heard to date.” Folk DJ ...
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Here are your Western Canadian Music Award nominees in the ...

The Western Canadian Music Awards have announced their 2020 nominees. The awards are scheduled to be handed out during the Breakout West conference Sept. 20 to Oct. 4 in Winnipeg. As of today, that event is still going ahead. We’ve ...
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Music community gives generously in the midst of pandemic

It can be easy, in the midst of a pandemic, to obsess over the bad. But while this terrible event continues, there are many involved in the music scene doing their part to generously offer services and whatever else they ...
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How’s everyone doing out there? (June 22 edition)

The summer is a time when artists, fans and industry people would normally be gathering at summer festivals and catching up after months of not seeing each other. That’s just one part of the summer festival experience we’re missing out ...
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The Junos are on! Tell us who you think ...

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has, at long last, announced a plan for unveiling the winners of the 2020 Juno Awards: It will happen during a streaming ceremony Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 ...