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This Night’s For Jack

This Night’s For Jack, Music and Memories, A Memorial Tribute to Jackie Washington featured members of his former trio, Ken Whiteley and  Mose Scarlett, as part of the new Jackie Washington Orchestra with  Tony Quarrington, Chris Robinson, Victor Bateman, Michelle Josef, Brent Titcomb, and Margaret Stowe. ...
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Nathan Rogers: “It’s Complicated”

Cross-posted from Ottawa Tonite There may come a time when singer-songwriter Nathan Rogers does not have to face The Question. Today is not that day. As Rogers knows and accepts with grace, there are dues still to be paid. Most ...
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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 ...