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Brian Blain writes about the mother he never knew on ...

After Brian Blain found his birth family, turbulent emotions that stirred within him inspired him to write a song, in just two hours, about the mother he never got to know. The affable blues guitarist was in the final stages ...
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Borealis Records’ founders talk about the decision to sell the ...

Photo: Bill Garrett, left, and Grit Laskin at the opening of the annual Borealis Records reception at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Twenty-five years after launching Borealis Records during a bygone era of booming CD sales, the company’s co-owners have ...
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Bill Garrett talks about producing Laura Smith’s final album

“She was totally ‘in the music’ when she was delivering a song,” said musician and record producer Bill Garrett of Borealis Records. “She was totally immersed in what she was doing. The emotion she felt during (a) performance translated to ...
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Nadjiwan pays tribute to Kelly Fraser with new version of ...

When Kelly Fraser released the song “Rebound Girl” in the summer of 2019, it marked a major creative step forward for the Juno-nominated, Nunavut-born singer and Inuit rights activist who first gained national attention through her Inuktitut-language interpretations of such ...
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Jan Hall’s favourite albums of 2020

Making a year-end ‘best-of’ list is an excellent way to reflect on a year gone by, and hopefully encourage people to check out some great music they may not have realized they actually like. For 2020, we decided to only ...
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Juno-winning bluesman Steve Hill’s latest album is a desert trip

One of Canada’s most prolific guitarists, Steve Hill has been taking audiences along on a desert trip with his latest album, and single “Rain.” . A multi-talented instrumentalist with a Juno and eight Maple Blues Awards to his credit and ...
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‘The Never-ending Hits In My Head’: Paul Corby’s favourite songs ...

The torrential torment of commercial radio is not as toxic this year in Toronto, since all the stores and restaurants where we usually have to suffer under its miasma are in a dragged-out lockdown. We are left to our own ...
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Jeffrey Barrett’s favourite music of 2020

A year from now, your phone will be showing you “One Year Ago Today” photos; photos of landscapes, and your cat, and the neighbour’s Christmas lights down the road.  But that doesn’t mean you should completely forget about 2020. For ...
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Heather Kitching’s favourite music of 2020

Twenty-twenty was a year of suckage in so many ways but, fortunately, not when it came to music.  I feel like I heard a lot of amazing new songs this year from artists I’d never heard of before.  I also ...
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Our Top 10 stories of 2020

It’s time once again here at Roots Music Canada to publish our list of our top 10 stories of the year based on the number of times people read them. This year we filtered it a touch to exclude uber ...