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What happens when some of Canada’s hottest old-time musicians jam ...

The phrase “use it or lose it” is usually associated with recreational athletes who may have stopped exercising or playing sports for awhile. It’s also applicable to non-athletic activities where everyday practice enhances abilities. But it can also apply to ...
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Duane Andrews’ new album comes with his own brand of ...

The imposition of COVID-19 restrictions put an end to touring for artists across Canada, including Newfoundland guitarist Duane Andrews. Already faced with the changing landscape of the music business as a result of the financial impact brought about by streaming, ...
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After 30 years Graham Brown hits his stride with Spirit ...

When the Graham Brown Band rolled into Edmonton in March 2020, little did they know it would be essentially the last gig they would do for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, there was another purpose to their Edmonton stop – to ...
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4 acts to check out at the Calgary Folk Music ...

Many festivals are holding online editions again this year, opting not to take chances with unpredictable public health guidelines. But the Calgary Folk Festival is holding an actual, in person festival – though not like previous years’ festivals, of course, ...
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3 Canadian acts to catch at the virtual Goderich Celtic ...

The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, which unfolds Aug. 6 and 7 this year, has opted to run with another virtual event, rather than trying to execute a smaller, physically distanced affair in person. So much the better for those of ...
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4 new songs from our favourites: Donovan Woods, Abigail ...

It can be tough to keep on top of all the new music coming out these days, even by artists we love. Social media is getting more crowded by the minute, and those Facebook algorithms make it hard to get ...
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Oxlip, Alissa Arnason, the Record Breakers, Jonah Cross, Shawna Caspi ...

Gordy the Moose presents some of his favourite new music from the submissions that have arrived in the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox. Oxlip – A kind of premonition (Release date:  July 8, 2021) Irish émigré Jayne Trimble, who performs ...
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Yukon’s The Lucky Ones prove great bluegrass can come from ...

  Although it’s natural to assume bluegrass and string band music is the soundtrack to life in the American South, the stories told in those songs are not specific to one region, and in fact often extend to the most ...
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3 acts to catch during the virtual Vancouver Folk Music ...

  The next time a global pandemic strikes, we are going to be so ready, I tell you. After hastily cancelling last year’s festivals and touring seasons in response to COVID-19 then struggling to cobble together entertainment in the online ...
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Voices from the past: Marie Gage explores her grandfather’s passion ...

Marie Gage’s writing is inspired by real people and events in her life. Her latest project, a novel, “A Ring of Promises, was inspired by the love and immigration saga of her grandparents. In a box, in a cupboard that ...