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Songwriters’ Speakeasy, Profiles pt.1

Roots Music Canada is proud to present Songwriters’ Speakeasy in The Moose Lounge (Room 524, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ottawa, Oct 15 and 16) at the OCFF conference. It is hosted by RMC’s  Andy Frank and David Newland, and they are responsible ...
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Summerfolk 2010

Owen Sound, Ontario, seems like an unlikely place for a major folk festival, but for the past 35 years the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival has become the place to be over the third weekend in August. History The event ...
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Danny Schmidt is different

There’s something about Danny Schmidt. He’s different. His Austin, Texas roots may betray an allegiance to Townes Van Zandt but his latest release, Instead the Forest Rose to Sing, reveals an approach that also bears a strong resemblance to a ...
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Review: Shelby Lynne

I had a hunch. The opportunity to see a true-blue celebrity like the dramatically underrated Shelby Lynne, up close and personal, in a place like Hugh’s Room was too good to be true. An enthusiastic, sold-out crowd confirmed my suspicions ...
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Stewart Park Folk Festival

Under a canopy of majestic maple trees, the 20th anniversary Stewart Park Festival in downtown Perth, Ontario brought together an eclectic variety of Canadian & International musicians. The festival’s 30-plus free outdoor concerts international foods & artisans market offered entertainment ...
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“The Once” Conquer Toronto

“One of the best acts I have ever seen and heard – period”, whispered a legendary, veteran Canadian record producer to me last night about Newfoundland folk-trio, The Once. The soft-spoken man is not usually prone to hyperbole, and I ...
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Trout Forest Music Festival

We continue our ambitious 2010 Folk/Roots Summer Festival season coverage with a trip to Ear Falls, Ontario, about 400 KM northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Trout Forest Music Festival. Celebrating its 15th year of operations, Trout Forest presents a ...
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Ottawa Folk Festival

We continue our 2010 Folk/Roots Summer Festival season coverage with a trip up the King’s Highway 416  to Ottawa for the Ottawa Folk Festival. Now celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, it has been staged at Britannia Park – located in the ...
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The 65th Fergus Scottish Festival

We continue our series of 2010 Summer Folk/Roots Festivals coverage with a trip to Fergus, Ontario. Located 115 KM northwest of Toronto, (near Guelph, ON), it is safe to say that this is not your typical folk/roots festival, but it ...
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Goderich Celtic Roots Festival

In this installment of our summer folk/roots festival series, we take a peek inside the Goderich Celtic Festival, which ran from August 6th through August 8th. However for many participants, it began on August 2nd, as the festival also features ...