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Layah Jane’s ‘Honey’ sounds sweet

Layah Jane‘s new CD, Honey could win an award for aptly-named album of the year. With a voice that’s both sweet and rich, and a delicious, deep-groove approach, Toronto artist Layah Jane has finally found her sound on this CD, ...
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Ariana Gillis shows her roots

As the daughter of a working musician, Ariana Gillis has certain advantages that must be mentioned:  a musical upbringing, familiarity with the musical life, musical mentoring, and the open doors provided by a musical parent. On the other hand, the ...
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Attending Music Conferences 101

Just in time for the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis later this week, Dave Cool has released an e-book titled “Attending Music Conferences 101.” The free pdf download is the first in a series of “Cool’s Notes” for independent ...
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Rosemary Phelan’s Woodshed Session

Today at noon EST, we went live with our online "studio" audience for a performance and interview with Golden Quill Songwriting award-winner Rosemary Phelan and Jason LaPrade. Many thanks to everyone who tuned in. We've edited the show into a ...
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Katherine Wheatley/Shawn Colvin Koerner Hall, Friday, February 11th

If Shawn Colvin couldn’t sing a note, her case for fame could well be made with her guitar-playing alone—she wields the lowly 6-string like a painter his palette, mixing notes, chords and percussive effects like so many primary and secondary ...
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Roots artists recognized at the Grammys

Though Canadian pop stars Justin Bieber and Drake may have been shut out of last night’s Grammy Awards, the Arcade Fire represented the nation well, taking home Best Album for their latest release, The Suburbs, as did Michael Bublé, whose ...
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Highlights Feb 7-13

The Good Lovelies played the first Woodshed Session. Thanks to everyone who watched live on Wednesday. Hope you enjoyed the sweet harmonies, good humour and conversation. If you missed the live show, watch this space for performance excerpts. The legendary ...
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Woodhead in the Woodshed

David Woodhead has been a fixture in the studios, concerts and festival stages of the Canadian folk music scene for over 30 years, playing with such seminal artists as Valdy, Ron Hynes, Stan Rogers and the Perth County Conspiracy.
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Community radio station in peril

There has been much concern within folk and roots music circles about the potential demise of CKLN, a community radio station in Toronto that has been on troubled footing for some years. Roots Music Canada  is an apolitical organization, and ...
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Stompin’ Tom Connors

We honour the passing of Tom Connors by republishing this interview by Steve Fruitman. This story was originally posted on February 9, 2011 by David Newland. He’s a legend in country music, and practically the template for the independent Canadian artist. ...