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How Cuban cigars helped shape Kat Danser’s new album

In December of 2019, Edmonton-based blues singer-songwriter Kat Danser was in Havana, Cuba. In May of that year, she found a musical thread to the blues called Trova, which could be referred to as the roots music of Cuba. She ...
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5 emerging artists you must see at the Ottawa Grassroots ...

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival kicks off online on Friday, and there are plenty of headliners on the bill who need no introduction, including Juno winning artists James Keelaghan, Lynn Miles and Leela Gilday.  But part of the fun of festivals ...
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Roots Music Canada’s lockdown survival guide; a.k.a the Canadian roots ...

  Phase three – or is it phase four now? – of the COVID-19 pandemic is now in high gear in a lot of provinces, and a lot of us are stuck at home again, waiting until we can all ...
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Alec Fraser Jr. builds on the tradition of Opry bass ...

  In the 1950s, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville wouldn’t allow drummers on stage during their nationwide radio broadcasts. In fact, drums were frowned upon in country music in general as being “too loud” or “not pure” One legendary ...
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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival has announced this year’s lineup

The ninth annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival takes place over the weekend of Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, as a virtual event this year, providing an opportunity to extend the festival’s reach to the public both nationally and globally. ...
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Corby reflects on 20 years of community radio

  In addition to writing for Roots Music Canada, Paul Corby hosts Corby’s Orbit on Radio Regent in Toronto.  This month, he is celebrating 20 years on air, and he wrote this lovely piece in celebration. I am but a ...
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Jazzy-folk singer-songwriters Cameron and Crawford release ‘Dark Road’

Canadian jazz-folk singer-songwriter duo Cameron and Crawford whisk listeners down a “Dark Road” with their new single. “It started out so innocent,” co-front Trish Cameron said, winking. “‘Dark Road’ began as just a little Latin/flamenco-influenced number in A minor, then ...
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Booking agent Bob Jensen has returned to music… his own… ...

For about 30 years, Bob Jensen has built a successful career for himself as a booking agent through his PEI-based company, Jensen Music International. While his focus has been on folk and blues artists, he’s had the pleasure of representing ...
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Robert Connely Farr confronts his mortality on his new single…and ...

  Robert Connely Farr’s new single, “Ain’t Enough,” has a not-so-subtle message that we’re all receiving these days.  Robert, Vancouver’s resident preacher of southern blues-country-grunge delivers a simple sermon: we all need more of our friends, more of our family, ...
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Rosier changed more than their name when they ditched ‘Les ...

  “Our parents are still active and still making albums which is really encouraging,” Béatrix Méthé said. “Because basically we are doing what we know and what we’ve seen and watched happen around us our whole lives. It’s a tradition ...