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Nicole Byblow’s Juno gala fairy tale

Manitoba-born indie-pop songstress Nicole Byblow won a 2010 Fred Sherrat Award and scholarship from MusicCounts. A week ago, she found herself showcasing her talents at the gala celebration that precedes the televised Juno Awards show. Nicole may not be a ...
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Who’s Ron Hynes when he’s at home?

Ron Hynes is one of Newfoundland’s most beloved performers, a 40 year veteran of the music industry, and a man who’s stared his demons down. The recent documentary The Man of a Thousand Songs features Hynes telling his own difficult ...
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HUGG to tour at last

Canadian folk-metal “supergroup” HUGG has announced plans to tour Canada at last. The side project of Borealis recording artist Aengus Finnan, Penguin Eggs album of the year winner Jory Nash, Trevor Mills, bassist for Digging Roots and Roots Music Canada ...
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Kim Stockwood: back to the water

Perhaps no place, any place, is as proud of its musical traditions as the island of Newfoundland. The musical currents run deep there, as generations of great songwriters and musicians have proven. Kim Stockwood has earned her place among Newfoundland’s ...
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The future of music, with luck

Speaking of roots, mine originate in this small, picturesque town on the St. Lawrence River, immediately south of Ottawa, just before you get wet. The opportunity to visit my Mom on the occasion of her birthday and take advantage of ...
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Andrea Ramolo, triple threat

Andrea Ramolo is a great example of the kind of artist that gives Canadian roots musicians a good name. She is articulate, highly educated, versatile, bold, funny, talented, shrewd, determined and in stereotypical Canadian fashion, well-mannered, even sweetly humble. She’s ...
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Junos: not without our folk & roots

The fortieth anniversary of the Juno Awards culminated with the customary awards show last evening, televised by CTV. We sat it out. Don’t get us wrong: we’re not boycotting. We were really “rooting” for artists who work in folk, roots, ...
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Highlights March 21-27

Here’s what Roots Music Canada was up to last week: Jadea Kelly may be young, but her sweet voice and country-tinged folk songs have an old-timey feeling. Jadea dropped by the Woodshed for a chat with Editor-in-Chief David Newland and ...
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Manitoba Hal: ukulele, venison and zombies

Manitoba Hal puts the I in independent. He’s released eleven recordings over fourteen years, many of them homespun at his own studio. He’s carved a well worn groove in the Canadian touring landscape, hauling his gear from house concerts to ...
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Rodney Crowell in gritty detail

The chance to see Nashville wunderkind Rodney Crowell in a setting as intimate as Hugh’s Room was, for me, a dream come true. Grammy-winning songwriting legend cult favourite Rodney Crowell. Accessible, in an intimate setting, no less. And as soon ...