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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 ...
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Unmistakably Sweetlandish

So we have this new space in downtown Toronto – well, new to us, it is a shared space with Borealis Records, and we have huge plans for it. We are currently adorning the office with various roots artifacts, records, ...
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Thanks for supporting RootsMusic.ca!

Hi folks, We haven’t “officially” relaunched RootsMusic.ca yet, but obviously our new site is up and looking great! I thought I’d take this opportunity to update our audience on some of our successes to date: Our Twitter feed is at ...
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Reflections: Riverboat Jane, Pt. Two

Riverboat Coffee House Legends We continue our series with Jane Harbury, or as we like to call her, Riverboat Jane. Quite accidentally, she  began working as a dishwasher at the famous Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkville (Toronto) in the late 60’s, and ...
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Thanks to Keelo-fans!!

What a great concert we enjoyed last night! James Keelaghan, with David Woodhead, and opener Juanita Wilkins thoroughly entertained the two-hundred or so gathered at Kitchener’s Registry Theatre Saturday night. And it was a privilege to share the show with a ...