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Ukulele revival is about community

The Corktown Ukulele Jam, of which your author is the co-founder and co-host, along with my pal and partner Steve McNie, celebrated our one-year anniversary recently at Toronto’s historic Dominion on Queen beer parlour. Roots Music Canada partner Andy Frank ...
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Why copyright infringement isn’t theft

Many people talk about copyright infringement as if it were literally a type of theft. “Downloading a song without the permission of the copyright holder is stealing, plain and simple” you might hear. Referring to unauthorized copying as theft is ...
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13th Annual Maple Blues Awards

The 13th annual Maple Blues Awards took place at a brand new venue, Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. An estimated 1,000 folks watched and listened to performances by 5-time winners Monkey Junk, Paul Reddick, Harry Manx, Suzie ...
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Remembering Kate McGarrigle

(from Folk Roots/Folk Branches ) I’ve been thinking a lot about Kate McGarrigle since waking up Tuesday morning to the sad news that my old friend and colleague passed away Monday night after fighting cancer so bravely over the past ...
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Paul Quarrington has died

Today is another sad one for the arts in Canada. Paul Quarrington, award-winning author, beloved songwriter, performer, member of Pork Belly Futures and a dear friend to many in the music community, has died. Paul’s website reports: His brave battle ...
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Hall of Fame for Rush, Charlebois

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le Panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (CSHF/PACC) yesterday revealed their 2010 inductees, which include 11 influential songwriters, 16 timeless songs and two Legacy Award recipients. It was also announced today that the CSHF/PACC and ...
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Sylvia Tyson in conversation

Canadian folk legend Sylvia Tyson speaks with Roots Music Canada about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,  its new home, 2010 inductees Rush and Robert Charlebois, and the passing of Kate McGarrigle. Of course we at Roots Music Canada cherish ...
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Bobby Charles remembered

Robert (Bobby) Charles Guidry February 21, 1938  – January 15, 2010 Each of us has special artists we squirrel away as our musical ‘private property’. Often they’re those highly adoptable, smaller acts who have simply fallen between the cracks of ...
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Maple Blues Series: Shakura S’Aida

We conclude our Maple Blues Awards video-interview series with a look at 2009 double-nominee Shakura S’Aida’s remarkable rise from blues-obscurity to blues-star, thanks to her enormous talent, a second-place finish at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2008) and a ...
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Help Me Promote You

Last month, when talking about methods of submission to presenters, I wrote “I would… give a lot of thought before booking anyone who has not at least made an attempt at a professional presentation.” So, does how you appear and ...