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Trapped in a guest-room without bathroom access; how singer-songwriter James ...

Already a singer-songwriter, author, musical theatre performer and politician, James Gordon can add one more item to his resume: Roots Music Canada columnist.  He’s graciously offered to share some entertaining stories with us from his lengthy career in the arts.  ...
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Jan Vanderhorst talks to Sean McCann about Shantyman

At the beginning of 2021, it looked like the year might be described as “The Year Of The Shanty,” given the explosion of TikTok videos brought about by the popularity of Nathan Evans’ performance of “The Wellerman.” In Canada, the ...
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Sultans of String release ‘Mi Santuario’

Toronto-based global music supergroup Sultans of String has released their brand-new single, “Mi Santuario.” This song features the four core Sultans, as well as an incredibly talented and inspiring special guest: Juan Carlos Medrano, who co-wrote the music with the ...
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How mid-life inspired the Good Lovelies’ Caroline Marie Brooks’ new ...

When you’re writing just for the sake of writing, without any pre-determined outcome, it’s surprising what can come out. You can discover some hidden truths you might not connect with otherwise. Case in point is Caroline Marie Brooks’ new solo ...
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Why J.P. Cormier may never return to touring like he ...

“My entire life was spent behind a guitar,” said J.P. Cormier. “All the places, people and things I encountered, all basically came out of that one instrument. After 47 years of playing and 39 years of being on the road ...
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Adrian Sutherland’s solo debut is out now … and so ...

Attawapiskat roots-rocker Adrian Sutherland first came to the world’s attention as the frontman for the band, Midnight Shine, whose Cree-English cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” was featured by media around the world. Last month, he finally released his ...
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John Borra and David Picco announce eastern Canadian fall tour

Looking for a hopeful sign that we’re nearing the end of the pandemic? You might find it in the fact that more artists are starting to play live again in actual venues to actual audiences. Singer-songwriters are among those leading ...
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That time James Gordon played a nudist resort

Already a singer-songwriter, author, musical theatre performer and politician, James Gordon can add one more item to his resume: Roots Music Canada columnist.  He’s graciously offered to share some entertaining stories with us from his lengthy career in the arts.  ...
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Ellen McIlwaine would’ve been 76 on Friday; the roots community ...

The potency of an artist’s gift can be assessed by the radiance that it transmits through time and space and by the character of the residue that endures on record. In the wake of her sudden departure from cancer this ...
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Loreena McKennitt marks 30 years since The Visit with a ...

In 1991 when Loreena McKennitt released her fourth album, The Visit, she knew she had reached a turning point in her career. Up until then, Loreena had self-financed and distributed her music. The Visit was being released through a partnership ...