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Five questions with Kristin Sweetland

Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Kristin Sweetland has chosen a novel way to release her brand new album.  It’s not actually an album at all in the traditional sense of the word.  Nor is it an EP.  It’s a series of ...
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Seven Canadian roots songs about the Canadian war experience

In honour of Remembrance Day tomorrow, we here at Roots Music Canada have compiled some of the best Canadian songs we know about Canada’s role in war – whether they be about the soldiers who fought, the conscientious objectors who ...
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A western Canadian tribute to Newfoundland icons: Buddy Wasisname ...

What if I told you there was a Canadian band winding down its final cross-Canada tour? What if I told you this band has been touring Canada and performing for over 35 years? What if I told you this band ...
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Rae Spoon talks about Coax Records and their crazy great ...

One of the highlights of this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference at the end of September was the series of showcases put on by Coax Records, the relatively new imprint belonging to Rae Spoon.  Rae, as their legion of fans ...
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Lennie Gallant: Time Travel

Songwriting legend Lennie Gallant is touring western Canada showcasing his brand new album, Time Travel. Fresh on the heels of a 2017 ECMA Album of the Year award for his last recording, Searching For Abegweit, Lennie buried himself in the studio with ...
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David Newland is recording a live, Arctic-themed album in Cobourg ...

Folks, it gives me great pleasure today to bring you some news about my old boss and the former proprietor of this fine web site, David Newland. For those of you who don’t know, David is a Cobourg-based folk singer ...
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Songwriter profile: Soozi Schlanger

The songwriter profile is a regular series on Roots Music Canada that sees Howard Gladstone introducing us to some of the songwriters who will be appearing at his Songwriter Sessions at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto.  Whether or not you’re ...
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Four disturbing Canadian murder ballads that will keep you up ...

To hell with late-night screenings of Friday the 13th movies and visiting haunted houses this Halloween.  If you really want to be creeped out to no end, you should hear the darkly disturbing lyrics a few Canadian singer-songwriters have managed ...
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Buckman Coe premieres new video and announces album release date

Vancouver roots musician and social activist Buckman Coe premiered his new single and video “Gathering Storm” earlier this month. The track is the first single and title track from his new full-length album set for release on Feb. 22. “Gathering Storm,” the single, ...
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Ben Sures has turned a beloved story-song into a children’s ...

Fans of Ben Sures first heard the story of Leo Day in Ben’s song “The Boy Who Walked Backwards Through the Snow” on his brilliant album Gone to Bolivia. Now, Ben has recounted the story again in the form of ...