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Who do you think should win the CFMA Slaight Music ...

The board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards has announced it is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award. The application deadline is Aug. 31, 2022. There is no fee to apply. The Slaight Music Unsung ...
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Blues all-star project the Strongman Blues Remedy releases Volume 1 ...

An antidote to the weariness of blues lovers everywhere, a new collective project comes out June 17 in the form of the Strongman Blues Remedy, Volume 1 on Stony Plain Records. Conceived by producer, songwriter and artist Steve Strongman, the ...
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Corby checks out the proposed new location for Hugh’s Room ...

Venerated Toronto folk venue Hugh’s Room Live held an event last week to show off what it hopes will be its new home. Its board of directors reached an agreement to buy the church at 296 Broadview Ave. after securing ...
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The Small Glories touch down at the Rogue Folk Club ...

Roots powerhouse duo the Small Glories is Cara Luft and JD Edwards, a musical partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, the Small Glories could ...
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When James Gordon had a hit song at the International ...

If you ever want to experience a true microcosm of rural Ontario farm life, you must go to the International Plowing Match. (I’m not sure why it’s called ‘international’ – it’s always held in southern Ontario but in a different place each year.) ...
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How Tragedy Ann incorporates empathy in songwriting

“Narrative songwriting is an exercise in empathy,” said Braden Phalen of the Guelph Ontario duo Tragedy Ann. “Whether we’re speaking from personal experience or experience close to us, at our best we’re trying to understand what that must feel like ...
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The Slocan Ramblers have a new bass player and a ...

The past couple of years have been filled with highs and lows for the Slocan Ramblers. In 2020 they were named “Momentum Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, a huge honour for a Canadian bluegrass band. ...
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How musicians got creative to record music during COVID lockdowns

From blanket forts to cardboard boxes and even oversized dog crates, artists have found many creative ways to record music in their homes during the global pandemic. And the transition has been a learning experience for many, judging by the ...
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Ally Corbett and Richard Garvey are playing Vancouver Island this ...

Canadian folk musician and occasional Roots Music Canada contributor Ally Corbett is joining forces with Richard Garvey for a heart-warming combination of indie folk, fiddle, and banjo tunes that is sure to leave your toes tapping and your heart smiling!  ...
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Toronto alt-country artist Meredith Lazowski shares ‘The Other Side’

Toronto alt-country artist Meredith Lazowski is back with another single from her forthcoming debut album, Other Way Home, which is to be released June 17. Her new track, “The Other Side,” channels a sense of confidence and empowerment both sonically and ...