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A cross-Canada tour of the 2019 summer festivals

For the second year in a row, Roots Music Canada was all over the summer festivals this summer, reporting from events as large and prestigious as Mariposa and the Edmonton Folk Festival and as far-flung as the Moose n’ Fiddle ...
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Should Canada’s major folk organizations merge into one?

It seemed a propos that the venue for a town hall meeting about potentially merging the country’s main folk organizations was a noticeably more austere Folk Music Ontario conference than long-time conference-goers were used to. The conference, reduced from three ...
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Jamie Oppenheimer on why you really need to check out ...

In 2014, Jeff Carter, managing director of Hunters Bay Radio, suggested that I host a radio show about songwriting. I was apprehensive but reluctantly accepted the offer. I did not know it at the time, but my decision to produce ...
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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 ...