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Introducing Roots Music Canada’s new Indigenous Renaissance Spotify playlist

Today is Indigenous People’s Day in Canada, and we here at Roots Music Canada are not celebrating by making a list of Indigenous artists you should check out this year. It’s not that we couldn’t come up with a few. ...
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André Marchand of Grosse Isle talks about the evolution of ...

When is a debut album not a debut album? When it’s the album Le Bonhomme Sept Heures/The Bonesetter by the trio Grosse Isle. Comprising fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, Uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan and veteran Québecois guitarist/singer André Marchand, the trio first worked ...
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Producer Chris Birkett teams up with … kids! on ...

Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and producer Chris Birkett is back and, this time, he’s not alone. The multi-Juno Award winner and platinum-selling producer is out to save the world with his new collective, The Happy Campers — and an arsenal of ...
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Jamie Oppenheimer reflects on the passing of Michael Laderoute

I always thought it was strange when members of the clergy spoke at funeral services about people they did not know. At best, they might recite some biographical information and impart a few bits of personal information gleaned from family ...
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Fond Memories of Toronto’s Michael Laderoute (1947-2021)

From the mystery of the root, in its mud and manure, with all its worms and groundwater working away, the blossom appears, and draws us, with all of its beauty and fragrance, into the realms of a particular magic. What ...
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Lily Frost’s new single is the perfect balm for the ...

Toronto chanteuse, songwriter, performer and radio host Lily Frost has earned her place in Canada’s music scene elite, moving deftly from jazz to Latin to pop and to balladry with the ease and fluidity of an expert vocalist. She’s already ...
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The International Indigenous Music Summit has taken the online presentation ...

Over the course of the past year, artists and music industry professionals, who typically spend a few weekends a year at music conferences, hopping from hotel room to hotel room, club to club, taking in short sets by as many ...
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How Jeffrey Straker came to quit classical and embrace folk ...

Of all the metaphors to describe a change in musical direction, singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker’s is one of the most unique. “It was almost like discovering how to make TNT in the bathtub when I discovered I could write folk songs!” ...
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Phöenix Lazare introduced us to Robinson Kirby. Now she introduces ...

It was Phöenix Lazare who first introduced us to the duo Robinson Kirby, before even Eric Alper was on the case. Now Phöenix introduces us to … Phöenix! Her music melds the intimacy of folk music with alluring pop melodies ...
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Check out Cat Clyde and Jeremie Albino’s cover of “Freight ...

For all the old-school folkies out there who are wondering what’s becoming of traditional folk music these days, the new record from Cat Clyde and Jeremie Albino will come as welcome proof that the new generation respects its elders. On ...