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The Joy of Discoveries II

It only happens a few times every year, which is partly why it is a special experience. Toronto-based publicist Jane Harbury recently hosted her Discoveries night at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, and introduced the packed house to four fresh and ...
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A Deeper Well: Haiti Benefit Concert

When faced with a story like the earthquake in Haiti, many of us ask ourselves some important questions: What can we do? How can we help? Will a donation truly make a difference? And for some, a simply giving doesn’t feel ...
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Amanda Mabro – one frame at a time

Montréal chanteuse/songwriter Amanda Mabro is one of those independent artists we tend to dig here at Roots Music Canada. She’s super talented, recognized by critics as a unique musical force; she’s relentless, tough, resilient, and most importantly, very creative, especially ...
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Wardrobe Malfunctions in Folk

I used to shop for second-hand clothes a lot.  If I needed a quick pick-me-up, I’d walk to the nearby Value Village where I’d score a nifty new outfit for only a few dollars. My neighbour across the street shared ...
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The Joy of “Discoveries”

I was going through some old ticket stubs the other day to realize how easy – and affordable – it used to be to see a favourite artist. The thought of forking out $225 to catch a faint glimpse of ...
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Elvis Bossa Nova CD Release

Elvis Bossa Nova are a five-man outfit based in Toronto. They released their critically-acclaimed debut CD “Hi, I’m Elvis Bossa Nova” to a packed Lula Lounge on Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, January 8, 2010. Corin Raymond and The Sundowners opened ...
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Paul Quarrington remembered

When I think about Paul Quarrington, I think of water. He fished, he swam, and he did crazy polar dips in January in Lake Ontario. He loved hockey and would nab time on downtown rinks after midnight. And sometimes, he ...
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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 ...