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Between the jam and the high place

Wherein we discover again where music comes from: backyards, kitchens, basements, parties, public places where goodwill is cultivated and coerced into an improved socio-musical consensus concerning what is good and better and best. A waning August moon makes a decisive ...
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Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever

Recently we’ve been some enjoying new sounds out of Alberta — folks like T. Buckley, Brooke Wylie and Joshua Cockerill. But you can’t talk about Alberta’s roots music without mentioning Corb Lund, whose newest album, Cabin Fever, comes out August ...
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Steve Goodman remembered at Mariposa

Clay Eals is the author of Steve Goodman: Facing the Music and was a workshop participant at this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival. Please take a moment to revel in gratitude for the birth of Steve Goodman, 64 years ago today. ...
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Minor Empire: Cool sound & shamanic mystique

If asked, how would you describe your impression of Turkish music? If you’d had the opportunity to form one at all, it might sound something like this: initially you are impressed by the ornate vocal calligraphy, in misty scansion, as ...
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Grit Laskin – Member, Order of Canada

Today is the big day for Grit Laskin – see our story below from July 4, 2012. He is in Ottawa for the investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall. You can tune in for the live stream of the ceremonies at ...
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Andrew Queen’s ‘Grow’

“Grow is a fresh harvest of the wonderful, renewable resource that is Canadian children’s music.” I’ve had Andrew Queen’s new album, Grow since February and many times I’ve thought about writing it up for Roots Music Canada, but just didn’t ...
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Rose Cousins makes a spark

Rose Cousins & Guests – The Rivoli, Toronto Thursday, May 3rd What is it about live music that gives us that added dimension of whatever-you-call-it, capable of more fully illuminating an artist and their work? Had I reviewed Rose Cousins’ ...
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Craig Cardiff: finding hope in Floods and Fires

Are floods and fires always painful, destructive things? Craig Cardiff doesn’t think so. With his latest album, Floods and Fires, the singer-songwriter explores the idea that opportunity, love and happiness can come from being open and letting go of fear. ...
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Loudon Wainwright III has a lot on his mind

Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Wednesday, May 2nd It would appear that 65-year old Loudon Wainwright III has a lot on his mind. In fact, the title of his latest release, Older Than My Old Man Now, tips the hat that he’s ...
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Come canoeing—the Superior way

There are a lot of unique gigs in this country for folk and roots musicians, and I’ve done some wild ones, but The Rossport Folk Tour must be one of the most exciting musical opportunities I’ve ever been offered. Imagine ...