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3 Canadian covers of Robbie Burns songs to enjoy with ...

Robbie Burns Day has never generated quite the riotous celebrations in North America that St. Patrick’s Day has, but perhaps that’s an oversight on our part. I mean, what’s not to love about a poet and lyricist who, more than ...
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‘I want everyone to remember his name’: Indigenous music trailblazer ...

Duke Redbird first met Shingoose at the Mariposa Folk Festival in the late 60s or early 70s.  They were performing as part of a showcase of Indigenous performers that Estelle Klein had put together at the urging of Alanis Obomsawin, ...
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Roddy Campbell talks about the end of Penguin Eggs and ...

Roddy Campbell is listening to a soccer match and wrestling with cabinets when I reach him at his home in Peachland, BC. It’s been just over a month since he announced on Facebook that the winter/spring edition of Penguin Eggs ...
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How Pharis and Jason Romero balance making music with building ...

With the publication of the final issue of Penguin Eggs magazine, Canada’s folk community says goodbye to an important resource for the sharing of news, information and artist profiles. A huge amount of thanks goes to Roddy Campbell and Annamarie ...
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Adrian Sutherland from Midnight Shine has released a brand new ...

Adrian Sutherland, the founder and frontman of roots rockers Midnight Shine, released a brand new single last week, and it rocks pretty hard, both literally and figuratively. Adrian, who previously worked in business development in his home community of Attawapiskat ...
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Home Routes presents the Stay at Home Troubadour Review triple ...

Home Routes is thrilled to present a stay-at-home concert stream featuring three great songwriters who’ve worked and played extensively together as co-writers and fellow travellers and who perform songs they’ve written with each other, for each other, and on each ...
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Brian Blain writes about the mother he never knew on ...

After Brian Blain found his birth family, turbulent emotions that stirred within him inspired him to write a song, in just two hours, about the mother he never got to know. The affable blues guitarist was in the final stages ...
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Borealis Records’ founders talk about the decision to sell the ...

Photo: Bill Garrett, left, and Grit Laskin at the opening of the annual Borealis Records reception at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Twenty-five years after launching Borealis Records during a bygone era of booming CD sales, the company’s co-owners have ...
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Bill Garrett talks about producing Laura Smith’s final album

“She was totally ‘in the music’ when she was delivering a song,” said musician and record producer Bill Garrett of Borealis Records. “She was totally immersed in what she was doing. The emotion she felt during (a) performance translated to ...
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Nadjiwan pays tribute to Kelly Fraser with new version of ...

When Kelly Fraser released the song “Rebound Girl” in the summer of 2019, it marked a major creative step forward for the Juno-nominated, Nunavut-born singer and Inuit rights activist who first gained national attention through her Inuktitut-language interpretations of such ...