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Our 10 most popular stories from 2019

For the second year in a row here at Roots Music Canada we’re publishing our list of our top 10 stories of the year based on the number of times people read them.  And it’s gratifying to look over this ...
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Heather’s holiday love letter to the Roots Music Canada family

I can hardly believe this is already my second Christmas Eve at the helm of Roots Music Canada.  Way back in 2016, when I first conceived of trying to take over the site, I wondered if I was up to ...
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Start the New Year off with a twang in the ...

The January 2020 lineup at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB features blues and country sensations from a trio of Canadian acts. Relax and enjoy the down-to-earth rhythms and melodies inspired by the prairies. To see the full schedule and ...
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Pub caroling: songs and … beer!

A common thread in many cultures that celebrate the winter solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and other holidays is music. And most often it seems that participatory music is a favourite. I’ve always been a big supporter of community singing and, ...
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Twelve questions of Christmas with Kerri Ough of the Good ...

In early December, as snow fell outside our house and decorations went up inside, the Good Lovelies’ brand new album, Evergreen, played for the first time, its pure vocals and joyful sounds reminding me to take a breath as I tussled ...
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I’m jealous that Toronto’s getting a ‘Be Kind Festival’

Is it wrong to be jealous of people being kind?  SPEAK Music announced last week that it’s scheduled the first ever Be Kind Festival in Toronto for Jan. 17-19 at the Tranzac Club – and the line-up is a fabulous ...
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Is another Canadian folk song set to become an Irish ...

Growing up in the west of Ireland, I assumed, no, I was convinced, that “Sonny’s Dream” was an Irish song. It wasn’t until years later that I would learn it was penned by the late, great, Canadian Ron Hynes. I ...
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Ian and Sylvia: the Lost Liner Notes?

If there’s one fall release that’s bound to be on the Christmas lists of many long-time folk and roots fans it’s got to be Ian & Sylvia: The Lost Tapes, a collection of newly rediscovered live recordings by Ian and ...
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Melanie Peterson’s new single is for everyone having a SAD ...

Look, not everybody is feeling festive this holiday season.  We all have those years – or heck, even lifetimes – where being around of bunch of happy, cheerful people just makes us feel more miserable about what we lack in ...
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Check out Francine Honey’s holiday Americana

You could say that Francine Honey is like a female David Francey. I don’t mean musically.  Where David is as straight-ahead folk as they come, Francine is warm roots Americana through and through. What I mean is that she too ...