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How Tragedy Ann incorporates empathy in songwriting

“Narrative songwriting is an exercise in empathy,” said Braden Phalen of the Guelph Ontario duo Tragedy Ann. “Whether we’re speaking from personal experience or experience close to us, at our best we’re trying to understand what that must feel like ...
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The Slocan Ramblers have a new bass player and a ...

The past couple of years have been filled with highs and lows for the Slocan Ramblers. In 2020 they were named “Momentum Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, a huge honour for a Canadian bluegrass band. ...
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How musicians got creative to record music during COVID lockdowns

From blanket forts to cardboard boxes and even oversized dog crates, artists have found many creative ways to record music in their homes during the global pandemic. And the transition has been a learning experience for many, judging by the ...
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Ally Corbett and Richard Garvey are playing Vancouver Island this ...

Canadian folk musician and occasional Roots Music Canada contributor Ally Corbett is joining forces with Richard Garvey for a heart-warming combination of indie folk, fiddle, and banjo tunes that is sure to leave your toes tapping and your heart smiling!  ...
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Toronto alt-country artist Meredith Lazowski shares ‘The Other Side’

Toronto alt-country artist Meredith Lazowski is back with another single from her forthcoming debut album, Other Way Home, which is to be released June 17. Her new track, “The Other Side,” channels a sense of confidence and empowerment both sonically and ...
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Timothy Street Captures A Universal Longing for Home in New ...

‘Home’ is sometimes more of a feeling or a concept than an actual place. Canadian folk-rock artist Timothy Street captures the comfort and stability of a conceptual hometown. It’s the kind of place that doesn’t change, as expressed in his ...
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Remembering Michael Wrycraft Oct. 15, 1956 – May ...

I Am currently dying In the ICU of Toronto Western Of congestive heart failure Seriously Life is crazy But it is also beautiful I have had a good run I’ve loved most everything about it To my friends, I really ...
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Matt Zaddy appreciates ‘A Dear Friend’ on his new single

Years can pass. Time can slip by. But not for you and that one friend – the one who’s there till the end. And with the release of his new single, Mississauga-based roots rocker Matt Zaddy perfectly sums up that ...
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Sultans of String Release ‘The Power of the Land’ with ...

Featuring Ojibway elder Dr. Duke Redbird and Indigenous artists Twin Flames, Sultans of String has released its collaborative new single, “The Power of the Land.” The orchestral version of the song is the latest to land from the multi-award-winning and ...
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Here are your 2022 Juno winners in the folk, roots, ...

The Juno telecast doesn’t happen until tomorrow night but the awards we care about here at Roots Music Canada all get given away before that big event – in a Saturday night gala that this year happened in Toronto tonight. ...