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10 days to CFMA on Roots Music Canada

The countdown to our broadcast of the 7th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, (Sunday, December 4th, 8:00 PM) and the related Nominee Showcase (Saturday, December 3rd, 8:15 PM) is on, only 10 days to go! Live streaming is like a TV production, ...
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Folk film seeks funds

This item crossed our desks and we thought it worth passing along to the community. If you attended Folk Alliance Memphis in 2010 or 2011, you may remember a documentary film crew of three shooting throughout the conference. Well, that ...
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Pete Seeger and friends march with music

David Amram responsed to our article about him earlier this week [One for David Amram] with this account of a recent march through Manhattan with his good friend Pete Seeger and musical colleagues including Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, and Arlo ...
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Editing Half Blood Blues

The prize I recently won the Giller Prize. You know, that major Canadian prize for fiction writing, the one that nets the author fame and fifty grand? OK, so the prize didn’t actually go to me, it was awarded to ...
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Holger Petersen: Talking Music

The Canadian music scene has its share of champions, and Edmonton’s Holger Petersen ranks highly on that list. He is a co-founder of the Edmonton Folk Festival (1980), a veteran radio host (CKUA Natch’l Blues since 1969, CBC Saturday Night ...
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International Guitar Night beckons across Canada

Adrian Legg, Lulo Reinhardt, Marco Pereira and Brian Gore We know you’re out there…..guitar freaks of all natures. It’s the instrument you dream of playing or already play. It’s also the showpiece instrument of many a band and one that, ...
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One for David Amram

Peanut butter sandwich made with jam One for me, one for David Amram –Raffi The opening couplet from one of Raffi’s most popular kids’ anthems contains a couple of neat little nuggets. One is the reference to jam rather than ...
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Taylor Mitchell Bursary benefits youth

Emily Mitchell is the mother of promising young folk singer Taylor Mitchell, who died tragically in October 2009. Emily initiated the OCFF’s Taylor Mitchell Bursary, which each year sponsors one participant in the conference’s Youth Performer mentorship program. In 2010 ...
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To see Joan Baez

For some time now, I have adored Joan Baez. It never mattered that she was my grandmother’s age. Joan Baez was ripe for idolatry: beautiful, passionate, intelligent and talented. I bought up all her albums. So many, in fact, that ...
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A good friend has lost a good dog

The Roots Music Canada team is sending warm thoughts out tonight to our dear friend and mentor, Shelagh Rogers. Shelagh’s beloved dog, Poppy, went to her rest today, and we all know how the heart aches to bid a beloved ...