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Why J.P. Cormier may never return to touring like he ...

“My entire life was spent behind a guitar,” said J.P. Cormier. “All the places, people and things I encountered, all basically came out of that one instrument. After 47 years of playing and 39 years of being on the road ...
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Adrian Sutherland’s solo debut is out now … and so ...

Attawapiskat roots-rocker Adrian Sutherland first came to the world’s attention as the frontman for the band, Midnight Shine, whose Cree-English cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” was featured by media around the world. Last month, he finally released his ...
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John Borra and David Picco announce eastern Canadian fall tour

Looking for a hopeful sign that we’re nearing the end of the pandemic? You might find it in the fact that more artists are starting to play live again in actual venues to actual audiences. Singer-songwriters are among those leading ...
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That time James Gordon played a nudist resort

Already a singer-songwriter, author, musical theatre performer and politician, James Gordon can add one more item to his resume: Roots Music Canada columnist.  He’s graciously offered to share some entertaining stories with us from his lengthy career in the arts.  ...
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Ellen McIlwaine would’ve been 76 on Friday; the roots community ...

The potency of an artist’s gift can be assessed by the radiance that it transmits through time and space and by the character of the residue that endures on record. In the wake of her sudden departure from cancer this ...
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Loreena McKennitt marks 30 years since The Visit with a ...

In 1991 when Loreena McKennitt released her fourth album, The Visit, she knew she had reached a turning point in her career. Up until then, Loreena had self-financed and distributed her music. The Visit was being released through a partnership ...
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Five songs of truth about Residential Schools for the National ...

For decades now, Indigenous artists have been bearing a burden that should rightfully have been bourn by the Canadian government:  the burden of educating Canadians about the atrocities of Residential Schools – and indeed about virtually all aspects of Canada’s ...
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“La Ziguezon”: 40 plus years for this call-and-response song celebrated ...

Jean Desrochers, artistic director of Festival Memoire et Racines in Québec, got a brilliant idea this past summer. He put a group of five superb singers from diverse cultural backgrounds in a park with huge trees with two camera operators ...
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Four amazing shows to catch at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club ...

Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club is back in full-swing this fall, albeit with about half the number of people at shows as we saw before the pandemic.  And that means the return of our show highlights here on Roots Music Canada. ...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Del Barber to finish some ...

Manitoba singer-songwriter Del Barber has always relied on a distinct vision for the creation of his albums, and this formula has served him well. He’s been nominated for a Juno Award three times and earned multiple nominations for Western Canadian ...