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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 ...
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CD Review: Jay Linden – Under the Radar

Some people work so far beneath the surface it makes you start to wonder if that’s where they prefer to be. Such would be the case with this extremely understated little record from a severely self-deprecating singer-songwriter hailing from Toronto ...
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Maple Blues Series: Harrison Kennedy

Hamilton Ontario’s Harrison Kennedy is nominated for four Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday, January 18, we will  learn just how many he wins! Acoustic Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Recording ...
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Coco Love Alcorn – Music n’ Merch

Coco Love Alcorn is a Toronto-based Canadian singer/songwriter with roots in Nova Scotia and B.C. Blessed with an exceptional voice, a DNA loaded with musical genes (her father is Toronto jazz singer John Alcorn), and graced with a delightful sense ...