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4 amazing shows to check out at the Rogue Folk ...

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club dives fully into the fall season this month with four shows for us, including two artists who could fairly be described as legends. Don Ross and Connie Kaldor are both on the schedule, along with LJ ...
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Sultans of String will launch Sanctuary Nov. 4 in Toronto

Sultans of String is preparing to officially launch the Sanctuary album at the Jane Mallett Theatre in Toronto on Nov. 4. The event, part of the Canadian Arab Orchestra’s Festival of Arabic Music & Arts, will feature the core members ...
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How moving to northern Ontario inspired Hannah Shira Naiman’s new ...

It was a dark time for many of us. One by one, concerts and dances were canceled as COVID-19 spread. Hannah Shira Naiman recalls feeling hopeful that the spread of the virus would remain contained in countries and communities far ...
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Celebrating 20 years of Le Vent du Nord

It’s been a pretty momentous year for Le Vent Du Nord. The 20th anniversary of the band’s founding has been marked not only by a rousing return to touring the world following the two years of Covid-19 lockdowns, but also ...
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Check out Mimi O’Bonsawin’s new songs. They’re pretty great!

Here at Roots Music Canada, we’ve been really digging the songs we’ve been hearing from  Mimi O’Bonsawin lately. First there was her powerful song, “Here’s to the Women,” with it’s joyful, uplifting chorus. Now she takes us on a beautiful ...
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Cannot be Unheard is Ollee Owens’ debut album but she’s ...

An excellent showcase for Calgary-based Ollee Owens‘ soulful, bluesy voice, her upcoming debut album Cannot Be Unheard lives up to its title. Leading a cast of expert musicians, Ollee creates a sound that encompasses soul, R&B, gospel and blues to establish herself as ...
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A cross-Canada tour of Canadian festivals 2022

The summer festival season is now officially over but the memories will live on for everyone who got to finally bask in an atmosphere of live music and community after two summers of deprivation. Here at Roots Music Canada, we ...
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How Suzie Vinnick’s online performances during COVID led to her ...

For the past couple of years, singer-songwriter Suzie Vinnick has presented a weekly online concert through the streaming service Street Jelly. Every Wednesday night, Suzie sings her original songs and takes requests from her regular viewers. During this time, she’s ...
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Here are your 2022 Ontario Folk Music Award nominees

Folk Music Ontario has just announced the nominees for the Ontario Folk Music Awards. This year, the categories have been rearranged, and the once-lengthy list of Songs from the Heart award categories – children’s, political, blues, etc. – has been ...
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Founding Director Alan Davis and dozens of big talents bring ...

In an open field near Toronto’s Fort York, where American troops were defeated by an army of Canadian, British and First Nations soldiers over two centuries ago (they retreated secretly and booby-trapped the munitions area to explode), peace was restored ...