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5 Ghostly Canadian Folk Songs for Halloween

It’s not easy coming up with ideas for Halloween-themed song lists for Roots Music Canada.  There isn’t really a Canadian folk equivalent of “The Monster Mash” or “The Time Warp.” We do do murder ballads awfully well, and a few ...
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Dave Gunning on Life, Tour and His New Album

In spite of his modesty, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has reached substantial success in the folk music world. Dave, who has been nominated for a Juno Award, won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and eight East Coast Music Awards, ...
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Digging Roots hit the road again with their new album, ...

Juno Award winners Digging Roots have just kicked off their new tour with two sold-out shows in the Aeolian Hall Performance Centre in London, ON. The duo of ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta are performing their 21 shows across Canada ...
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Jan Vanderhorst’s second Just Us Folk book chronicles artists’ comeback ...

When Jan Vanderhorst released his first Just Us Folk book a year ago – a collection of stories derived from interviews with artists on the Just Us Folk podcast and first published here on Roots Music Canada – the onset ...
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Robinson Kirby releases a fresh folk ode to blossoming relationships ...

Last year, the Toronto-based folk-rock duo Robinson Kirby released a seven-song EP, Little Dreams, and a summer anthem, “Summer of Love.” Now, they add to their discography with a fresh folk jam, “Secret Lover.” The duo’s previous EP focused on ...
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André Brunet marks 5 years with Le Vent du Nord

It’s been five years since Québec’s stunningly talented and charismatic fiddler, André Brunet, joined the lighthouse band Le Vent Du Nord, so we thought it would be a good time to chat and reflect on his life in music so ...
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The Folk Music Ontario conference, 2022: what worked and ...

The first full-on Folk Music Ontario conference after two years of COVID-19-related cancellations came together in about half the usual amount of time, so it could’ve been forgiven for not living up to its usual standards. Instead, I think it’s ...
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Heather’s 5 favourite showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference

The 2022 Folk Music Ontario conference is now a happy memory, and it’s time to look back at some of the highlights. There aren’t many surprises here. My favourite shows this weekend were, for the most part, by people already ...
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Heather’s top 5 discoveries at FMO 2022

Les Rats d’Swompe I referred to these guys as a Quétrad band on Saturday. I stand corrected. They are dyed in the wool Franco Ontarians through and through. Sorry guys!  This merely serves to make my point that I knew ...
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A photo album from the 2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards

The Ontario Folk Music Awards took place Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Aeolian Hall in London, ON, the closing event of the 2022 Folk Music Ontario conference. They opened with a touch of humour as host Julian ...