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Amanda Rheaume’s Christmas Cheer

How cool is it to release a Christmas CD and then tour it to the North Pole? As you’ll discover in the video interview below, Ottawa singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume got to find this out recently when she was invited to ...
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Ask Candace: Artist Submissions

Dave Curtis writes: I’d love to hear some feedback, particularly from presenters, regarding the usefulness of sonicbids. For those who hire musicians, do you prefer to get a submission from Sonicbids or get a real cd in the mail? Is ...
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Alejandra Ribera has a cigar

Alejandra Ribera of Toronto has recently enjoyed a popularity surge thanks largely to CBC radio’s love for her music and performances. In this interview with Roots Music Canada’s Andy Frank, Alejandra talks about her 2009, her CD Navigator/NavigateHer, cigars, plus ...
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Folk Roots, Folk Branches 2009 Top 20

Here are my picks for the Top 20 folk-rooted or folk-branched albums of 2009. There were several other worthy albums that could have easily been on the list; and they might well have been had I compiled the list on ...
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Ian Tamblyn releases his 30th record, Gyre

Canadian folk-music icon Ian Tamblyn recently released his 30th collection of songs, Gyre. In this conversation with David Newland of RMC, Ian talks about where the CD fits in his huge catalogue of work, the unique journey it explores, folk ...
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Dala reflects on a remarkable 2009

Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, aka Dala, have had a memorable 2009. RMC’s David Newland catches up with the duo at Hugh’s Room in Toronto as they prepare to perform for a jam packed house of fans on Thursday, December ...
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Arthur Renwick: Art Gallery Blues

Picture this: in Toronto’s twee Leo Kamen Gallery, the artsy crowd are gathered, sipping red wine and murmuring knowledgeably about the work on the walls. It’s significant work: bold, beautifully printed colour large-format full-face portraits of First Nations people. (What ...
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Wendell Ferguson’s Cranky Christmas CD/DVD

Multiple Canadian Country Music Guitarist of the Year, and legendarily funny performer Wendell Ferguson released Cranky Christmas at Hugh’s Room nearly three years after the TV-style filming of the event. Wendell shared some tender sentiments about Christmas with RMC’s Andy ...
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Free Times Café turns 29!

Toronto’s roots-music institution Free Times Café celebrated 29 years of business on December 15, 2009 with “It’s Finally Free at Free Times” – a day of free food, music and drink for lucky patrons. David Newland caught up with Free ...
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Tanglefoot brings it home

Saturday, December 5th, 2009, marked the final two performances by Canada’s foremost folk band, Tanglefoot, winners of Best Vocal Group at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. For some twenty-five years, this band has delighted audiences with their funny, invariably ...