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Leonard Poole’s Folk Alliance conference photo album – and Paul ...

It’s been one month since the Folk Alliance International conference wrapped up in Montreal – the first time the conference had been held in Canada since 2013.  Roots Music Canada was there in force and so were many other people ...
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Here are your 2019 Juno winners in the folk, roots, ...

Sure the Juno Awards telecast kicks off on Sunday night, but if you follow folk, roots, blues, world and Indigenous artists in Canada, the Junos you care about are handed out at an untelevised gala on Saturday.  And that means, ...
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My life as a songwriter and beer monger

Life has been interesting to say the least. It has been almost 16 months since my husband and I opened Copper Bottom Brewing (a small microbrewery in Montague, PEI). It has been as challenging an experience as it has been a rewarding ...
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A brief history of why artists are no longer making ...

Today’s column from veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn is adapted from a speech he gave at a symposium at Trent University.  It’s a long read, but we decided to post it here all at once it its entirety because, well, ...
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Stacked schedule at Sherwood Park’s Festival Place this March

Sherwood Park, Alta.’s Festival Place will be home to an eclectic mix of folk, blues, country, and traditional artists this March. From local to international performers, Festival Place is proudly presenting: Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier | Friday, March 1 ...
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Max Kerman of Arkells talks songcraft with Elizabeth Szekeres

The best songwriters are invariably really smart, perceptive people with a grand passion for what they believe in. We’ve been keeping an ear out for a while now on what young Max Kerman has been up to, and for a ...
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Folk Alliance: how Twin Flames’ video and Tanya Tagaq’s ...

The cultural media is focusing attention this year on the arrival of what Jeremy Dutcher called the “Indigenous Renaissance” during his acceptance speech at the Polaris Music Prize, a polar vortex of critical and creative affirmation from the maligned hearts ...
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Folk Alliance: 50 years after Lennon’s bed-in for peace ...

We didn’t go to bed til around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a long night of watching music, so the sudden brightness in the hotel room around 8 felt oppressively early. All the same, we couldn’t miss the historic “bed-in” ...
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Folk Alliance: the business of trad music in Quebec

The annual Folk Alliance International conference wrapped up in Montreal this weekend – its first time in Canada since 2013 – and Roots Music Canada was there in force.  We’re still processing all the amazing things we saw and did ...
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Folk Alliance: Elizabeth’s tour of the late-night Saturday night ...

First up in the Saturday late night showcases at Folk Alliance International was Sawyer Fredericks, who won The Voice competition at the age of sixteen in 2015. We have been spellbound by the songwriting of this young man. “Hide your ...