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12 days of Christmas: An homage to ‘The Huron ...

Eric Kanstrup was my friend. He was my father’s age, and after our first meeting, we identified our shared preference for folk music. Eric was a Dane, and somewhere in my house there is a picture of him with his ...
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12 Days of Christmas: three hot new holiday tracks ...

The moose received so much great holiday music in the mail this season he decided to do a whole separate installment for Eastern Canadians.  Here’s what he discovered.  Lennie Gallant w/ Black Umfolosi – “Christmas Day on Planet Earth” “How ...
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12 days of Christmas: Christmas music in our mailbox!

Gordy the Moose has been hanging Christmas lights on his antlers while listening to the new holiday music in the Roots Music Canada mailbox.  Here’s a roundup!   The Ennis Sisters – “Hey There Snowflake” Well isn’t this just a ...
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12 days of Christmas: Ignace fires back at the ...

It’s been 21 years since the Arrogant Worms released their infamous Christmas Turkey, a masterpiece of holiday cynicism marked by anti-classics such as “Santa’s Going to Kick Your Ass,” “Dad Threw Up on Christmas Day,” and of course, the unforgettable, ...
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What’s it like to live on the road? Ask ...

It’s been more than a decade since Orit Shimoni gave up the hallowed walls of academia and teaching for the freedom of a vagabond lifestyle. She began writing, performing, and recording her own music and poetry, all while touring endlessly. ...
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Six songs to commemorate Dec. 6

It’s hard to believe it’s been 29 years since a gunman, who I won’t glorify with a name-check, burst in l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 women – most of them engineering students – because he hated women who ...
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Eight Canadian roots Chanukah songs that aren’t by Adam Sandler

Former Saturday Night Live comedian Adam Sandler clearly struck a chord back in 1994 when the goofball song he wrote for Jewish kids who feel left out during the Christmas season blew up to the point of – well, can ...
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Canadian Folk Music Awards diary: Day 2 (Saturday)

Photo: Quantum Tangle performs Dec. 1 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Photo by Levi Cuss. I am riding high after last night. I had so much fun and connected with some old friends and made some new ones. The ...
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Canadian Folk Music Awards diary: Day 1 (Friday)

Photo:  The LYNNeS closed out the performances at the Nov. 30 CFMA gala.  Photo by Levi Cuss. I woke up Friday morning, Nov. 30 with music on my mind. The 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards are in town. I am ...
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Venus Talks: A conversation with Tamar Ilana (Part 2)

Venus Talks is a feature by award-winning artist Lenka Lichtenberg, which features in-depth interviews with female musicians from across Canada. Tamar Ilana is the vocalist and dancer behind the groups Ventanas and Meegwetch and the daughter of ethnomusicologist Dr. Judith ...