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Junos 2010 – And the winners are…

In the age of Twitter, you just can’t keep a secret.  News of the Juno winners announced at last night’s gala dinner are out there on the web well ahead of tonight’s national broadcast.  Congratulations and pats-on-the-back go to all ...
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Juno Awards 2010 – Make-Up !

Our embedded, hard-hitting reporter – and fellow Roots Music Canada pioneer – Trevor Mills is in St. John’s for the Junos (he moonlights as a bassist for nominees Digging Roots) and he gets an exclusive look at four gorgeous women ...
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Juno Awards 2010 – The Juno Cup

Our embedded reporter at the 2010 Junos, Trevor Mills, reports on musicians facing off against NHL Oldtimers on Friday night in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He provides this hard-hitting report exclusively for Roots Music Canada. PHOTO DESCRIPTIONS Juno Cup: Raven Kanatakta ...
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Oysterband in Canada

Hugh’s Room has done it again with the return of the UK’s Oysterband to their stage. Has anyone recovered from their inaugural Hugh’s Room visit, touring the brilliant Meet You There – an event that climaxed as members of Great ...
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Jesse Winchester: north, south, song

We had the opportunity to chat with the legendary Jesse Winchester recently in an intimate backstage setting, after a pin-drop performance to a packed house. Winchester’s long been known to baby-boomers as a songwriter’s songwriter, but his moving rendition of ...
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Jacob Moon: What a Rush!!

Endorsements. In this linkedin world we live in today, endorsements appear to be more important than ever. I recall being amazed that something I said as a neophyte community-radio-host would appear in quotation marks on an artist’s website or MySpace page. ...
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Charlie Angus brings copyright reform back into the spotlight

Credit: mgifford [CC BY-SA] Last month, NDP MP (and former member of the Grievous Angels) Charlie Angus  shook up Canada’s copyright debate by proposing two reforms. Angus was outspoken against the government’s last copyright bill, but he’s attracted criticism from ...
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My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding

What happens when a relatively-unknown Saskatchewanite singer-songwriter writes an autobiographical song featuring his two moms, same-sex marriage, and Wicca? Well in David Hein’s case, he suddenly becomes one of the leading players on the Toronto theatre scene with the smash ...
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Janis Ian by the numbers

Janis Ian wrote her first song at twelve, published at thirteen, went Number One at fifteen, and was a has-been at sixteen. That’s the way she tells the story of her fifty years as a songwriter, activist, performer extraordinaire, guitarist ...
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Habib Koité: one world groove

Until Friday night, everything I knew about Habib Koité could have been summed up in three words: “Legendary African guitarist.” All I’d ever known of West African music was the roots of the blues in the work of Ali Farke ...