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Five questions for Rae Spoon

Singer, songwriter, author, and trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, Rae Spoon has evolved over the past 20 years from an indie alt.country act to a singular singer songwriter on the contemporary scene, whose voice ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics (Part ...

Even as we tried to get as much music into our ears as possible at the Folk Music Ontario conference last weekend, there was always time for close encounters in corridors, beside stages, and in the shade of a cold ...
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Folk Music Ontario photo album: the conference in pics ...

The annual Folk Music Ontario conference took place Sept. 27-30 in Mississauga.  It was a chance for those who book concerts and festivals to get a look at this year’s crop of emerging talents and new projects from established acts.  ...
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Eleven ways to help prevent sexual violence at festivals

Sexual assault was already top of mind last Friday morning as the first day of workshops got underway at the Folk Music Ontario conference.  Shortly after our session, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on whether ...
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Songwriter profile: Tony Quarrington

Welcome to a new series here on Roots Music Canada. Over the coming months, Howard Gladstone will be introducing us to some of the songwriters who will be appearing at his Songwriter Sessions at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto.  Whether ...
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Raine Hamilton is on tour with American Sign Language interpretation

Josh:  Hello Raine, my name is Josh Forbes, and I’m coming to you today from Calgary, Alberta. Where have we found you today? Raine:  Hi! I just finished sound-checking at a show in Langley, B.C.!  I am outside. There is ...
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Jon Brooks’ new album is modeled after an Elizabethan corona ...

No One Travels Alone, Jon Brooks’ new disk, his sixth, has arrived. Knocking on his own guitar, he has let himself in. The space within is airy and ruminative. It is full of examinations of the reality of reality, and ...
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Naming the Twins launches a new single “One Storm from ...

Fresh off a string of Nova Scotia performances, East Coast folk duo Naming the Twins released their new single “One Storm From Home” on Sept. 21, from their upcoming fourth full-length album Sing The Winter Away, a seasonal but adaptable ...
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Maria Dunn’s 20th anniversary at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, ...

Reflecting back on the past 20 years, 2017 Juno nominee Maria Dunn feels much gratitude at being able to earn a living doing what she loves to do. Her career has allowed her to travel the world, collaborate and/or perform with artists that ...
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In it together: what I remember most from a wild ...

“You’re going to be performing in caves,” my husband said proudly and excitedly as he walked into my “office”. I say “office” in quotations because we’d managed to turn our small 1+1 apartment into a 1+2 offices.  It was spring, ...