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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 ...
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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 ...
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OK, let’s have our own Junos. Vote now for ...

How would you like to experience what it’s like to be a Juno judge? Now that the Juno Awards ceremony that was supposed to take place tonight has been cancelled – along with any number of other activities we might ...
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Hear all the Juno nominees you need to hear in ...

Every year when the Juno nominees come out, I do a little cheer for the friends and favourite artists that have shown up on the list. But invariably, there will also be names on those lists that cause me to ...
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Two nights of Irish music at Festival Place in Sherwood ...

Two of Irish music’s best-known exports come to Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB this March. Dervish (Mar. 13) is renowned for live performances of dazzling tunes and stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The Celtic Tenors (Mar. 20) offer the ...
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Laura Smith: a powerful voice is missing

I first heard Laura Smith (then known as Susie Smith) in London, ON. It was back in the mid-70s at Smale’s Pace Coffeehouse, and Laura was not only singing but waitressing at the club as well. I can’t tell you ...
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Gender parity efforts at Canadian music festivals are stalling

There wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate on International Women’s Day yesterday when it comes to women and non-binary people in the music business. Secret Frequency’s annual report card on gender parity at music festivals – which was released this ...
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Mike Regenstreif remembers Laura Smith (1952-2020)

Beloved east coast singer-songwriter Laura Smith passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after a brief battle with cancer. Mike Regenstreif was one of many in the Canadian Roots Music community who was touched by her friendship.  Mike is ...
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Reflections on changing your dreams before your dreams change you

About 23 years ago, Shauna and I were out in Banff National Park for one of our spring/summer hiking trips, and we went to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for dinner after one of our many, lengthy Canadian Rocky Mountain hikes. We got into ...
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7 March shows you can’t miss at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk ...

With a line-up that includes award-winning blues-based vocal powerhouse Shakura S’Aida, legendary Irish musicians Altan and Sharon Shannon, Juno nominated new-generation Canadian bluegrass band the Slocan Ramblers, and beloved Canadian musical comedy trio the Arrogant Worms, the Rogue Folk Club ...