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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 ...
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Venus Talks: a conversation with Tamar Ilana (Part 1)

Venus Talks is a feature by award-winning artist Lenka Lichtenberg, which features in-depth interviews with female musicians from across Canada. In conversation with the fearless, multi-talented and multilingual leader of Ventanas, we will take a peek beyond the beautiful, colourful ...
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That time I got to write with Guy Clark and ...

In 2007, I finally saw one of my songwriting heroes perform. The next day I mentioned to an industry friend how Guy had thrilled me with so many of his iconic tunes – songs that inspired my own journey into ...
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Travelling by Ear: The Canadian Folk Music Awards’ World Group ...

While handling the enormous task of curating the musical treasures of the entire country, the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, being held in Calgary on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 this year, also encourage submissions “separate and apart from the ...
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Give a gift and support Roots Music Canada this holiday ...

Folks, the holidays are coming up, and I am SO excited by the news I have to share with you today.  Here at Roots Music Canada, we’ve come up with TWO ways that you can support our wonderful online community ...