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Fun in the running: Craig Cardiff reflects on the road ...

The life of a touring musician has been romanticized and idealized for years in books, movies and especially songs. For every “Homeward Bound,” detailing the drudgery and heartache of life on the road, there are many more like “On The ...
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Scott B. Sympathy’s birthday tribute to the late Joe Hall

Nineties Queen Street cult figure Scott B. Sympathy is in Brantford now, living somewhere between the railroad tracks and the river, between his T.O. past and his rural present and foreseeable future. His legacy of classic Canadian roots rock records ...
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Barry James Payne reflects on a life of music as ...

Like many fans and musicians, I have been into music all of my life. I saw The Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan. I was six. After that, it was broomstick guitar bands in the front room every Saturday with my ...
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Home Studio: Meriläinen Müsic Inc. offers artists more than just ...

Marc and Laura Meriläinen were working from home before it was cool In 2019, the two launched a record label — Meriläinen Müsic Inc. — from their home studio in Toronto. Thanks to their set-up, they have been able to ...
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My Sister’s Voice: Join Shari Ulrich and friends in a ...

About an hour outside of Vancouver, in Langley, BC, is a gem of a venue called The Bez Arts Hub. The Bez has played a key role in the Canadian arts community, drawing in dedicated and enthusiastic audiences and a ...
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New songs from old favourites: Minor Empire, Ann Vriend, Kate ...

Typically Gordy the Moose presents new discoveries in his quasi-monthly column.  However, lately we’ve received some new music from some favourite artists in our mailbox, so Gordy is devoting this column to them. Minor Empire – “Uyuttum Atlari / I ...
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5 songs about working life in honour of International Worker’s ...

May Day isn’t an official holiday in Canada. It might scare the capitalists if it was. But this authentic socialist celebration of workers’ rights is nonetheless celebrated around the world in various ways, including here.  It is closely related to ...
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Aasiva has another new single out, this time featuring Riit

We loooooved Aasiva’s last single, “Namu,” here at Roots Music Canada, so we’re pretty excited to see that she’s already got another new song out. “Piqatiikka” was produced by Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, The Jerry Cans, Stars) and features Juno ...
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Indie folk newcomer Deanna Faye’s new single focuses on the ...

Toronto-based indie folk singer-songwriter Deanna Faye poetically contrasts the light side of love and its inherent pressures with her new video for “Reassure.” That latest to land from her breakthrough EP, Good To You, the song grapples with the concept ...
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Home Routes has announced its next series of online concerts

Winnipeg’s premiere house concert network, is thrilled to present our latest series of Home Routes Online #StayAtHomeRoutes shows – all of which are fully produced, and presented live. On May 4,  Jonathan Byrd, Ivan Coyote & Crys Matthews swap songs ...