Feature

Feature

How trad music aficionado Elizabeth Szekeres fell for Patrick Watson

It was last December. In my local record store, I was selecting new music to give to the young men in my family. “I don’t have it in stock,” said the middle-aged, long-haired record shop owner, “but you absolutely have ...
Feature

COVID-19: how the Canadian roots community is feeling its ...

On Jan. 25 came the announcement that the novel coronavirus had hit Canada. In the two short months since then, the country has seen an increase in cases by the thousands and a stern response from the government: stay at ...
Feature

Podcasts! 10 comforting voices to help you survive social ...

Stuck at home with nothing to do?  Feeling like you need some company but scared to actually invite somebody over?  Disappointed because even some of your local community radio stations have sent their programmers home and started running repeats?  Thank ...
Feature

Check out these new songs from Ember Swift’s forthcoming album

Beijing-based Canadian singer-songwriter Ember Swift has been resurfacing on the North American scene of late – notably showcasing at last year’s Folk Alliance International conference for the first time in nearly 15 years – and it’s great to see her ...
Feature

JJ Voss is back on his feet (literally) and playing ...

  Getting back on his feet and performing again was already a victory for JJ Voss; writing and recording with three Canadian music icons was the icing on the cake. A degenerative condition requiring surgery left JJ bedridden for the better ...
Feature

Lock-down: imposition or opportunity?

Canadian singer-songwriter Ember Swift has been living in China for more than a decade and has now been living in lock-down for more than seven weeks.  She wrote this piece on her blog as a guide for those of us ...
Feature

The first national online folk festival kicks off tonight!

Hats off to Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous for keeping the music alive during the era of self-isolation by presenting what we think is the first ever National Online Folk Festival.  Home Routes will be presenting its Season 13 artists in ...
Feature

Adam Hunter speaks to the Slocan Ramblers

Like many artists across Canada and around the world, the Slocan Ramblers were supposed to be on tour right now.  And this story was intended to preview their performance at the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver.  That tour is now ...
Feature

Five ways fans can help artists in the face of ...

COVID-19 has so far only infected a small fraction of the world’s population but it has already left few people unscathed. Musicians are among the hardest hit on the financial front. For many, the tours they were in the middle ...
Feature

Please do this right now. It will take 5 ...

Hi everyone, I have a very important request for you: Please follow this link here and click “subscribe.” And then ask everyone you know to do the same. Why did I just ask you do to that? Because Roots Music ...