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WCMA winner Carmen Braden combines classical music with the sounds ...

Yellowknife artist Carmen Braden won the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year last Thursday.  Sylvia Siemens spoke to her a few weeks ago for a story for Roots Music Canada.  We’re thrilled to be able to ...
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Old Man Luedecke talks Easy Money with Ted Ferris

I recently sat down with Chris Luedecke, the two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter otherwise known as Old Man Luedecke. Chris had just recently returned to Canada after touring throughout the UK and Europe most of the summer. As we sat in ...
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The Small World Music Festival: weekend 2 (Sept. 26-29)

Women In Percussion Small World’s resumption of their unique musical refreshments on Thursday night intersected conveniently with Lula Lounge’s launching of a weekend celebration of women in percussion. Featured artists included a quartet of royal jazz magnificence led by steel ...
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Here are your 2019 WCMA winners in the roots and ...

The Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out Thursday night as part of the Breakout West conference in Whitehorse YT.  As always, there are some great discoveries among the winners.  Here are the award recipients in the roots and related ...
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The Small World Music Festival : weekend 1 (Sept. 19-21 ...

From the start, the mandate of Toronto’s Small World Festival of Music and Dance has been to bring the world to our doorstep. For me, the most enlightening side of this year’s Small World Fest has been observing the effects ...
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Tragedy turned Suzanne Jarvie into a Colleen Petersen Songwriting Award ...

If you’d told Suzanne Jarvie a decade ago that she’d be this year’s winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council, she likely would’ve been a bit confused. After all, she was a lawyer who’d never ...
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Bruce Cockburn: The Roots Music Canada interview

Bruce Cockburn’s 34th studio album, Crowing Ignites, was released on Friday, Sept. 20 on True North Records. The instrumental album contains 11 original songs and was produced, recorded and mixed by Bruce’s long-time confidant, Colin Linden. The album was recorded ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Saturday night showcases

6:25 p.m.: I’ve been lured back into the Vista Salon by the sounds of a boisterous brass band that seems way too fun to miss. Earlier, I had settled in to enjoy the gentle country-folk sounds of Beausejour, the new ...
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Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Indigenous Artists showcase

12:25 p.m.: Desiree Dorion has just wrapped up her set opening the Indigenous artists showcase, and her last number was a show-stopper called “Break the Chain” – inspired by her experience as the granddaughter of a residential school survivor and ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference: Friday evening showcase travelogue

6:37 p.m. – I arrive at the official showcase in time to catch a man bun-sporting, suspender-wearing artist named Mister K. singing a sweet-sounding downtempo tune of the kind Dallas Green fans might appreciate while accompanying himself on electric keyboard ...