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Adele as roots artist? The 54th Grammy Awards

Every time we mention the Grammy Awards in these parts, it seems to stir up some kind of discussion about their value in terms of working musicians in Canada, and the community that supports them. But even the most strident ...
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April Verch: Fiddle people get it

Fiddle people get it. Most of them know who she is because of the voice she’s attempting to establish. And, given the success of American counterparts like Alison Krauss, you’d think Ottawa native April Verch – some 8 years Krauss’ junior ...
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On the Saint John scene: Brent Mason

The 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards may be a ways off (Nov 15-18), but festivities have already begun in this year’s host city, Saint John, New Brunswick. We think this is perfect time for us to kick off our coverage ...
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Folk Alliance poster channels Sgt. Pepper’s

It’s been great doing graphic design for the Folk Alliance over the last 16 years. Creating something different each year without repeating visual themes has been a challenge and a lot of fun. In 2013 the Folk Alliance makes a ...
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Roots music poetry: winners announced!

After some debate (much of which seemed to focus on the semantics of our theme, Canadian roots music) and arduous blind judging, we here at Roots Music Canada are very happy to announce the winners of our Leonard Cohen poetry ...
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“The Way It Is” according to Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon is a performing songwriter who often explores beyond his own catalogue. Jacob just released a cover of the Bruce Hornsby classic “The Way It Is” on YouTube. Here’s our conversation with Jacob Moon about his take on this ...
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Calling all poets: Leonard Cohen poetry contest!

Leonard Cohen‘s latest album, Old Ideas, was released today. At the age of 77, nearly 45 years since the release of his first album, the mysterious Montreal native proves he’s still got it. We’re very excited to offer you a ...
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Majestic Mavis Staples

The queen of gospel music, Mavis Staples, reigned majestically over a near full house at the Grand Theatre in Kingston last Tuesday evening. Given the history and experience Ms. Staples brings to the stage, one couldn’t help but feel privileged ...
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2012 East Coast Music Award Nominations

The East Coast Music Award nominees were announced this week, and some artists and recordings appeared in many different categories. Jimmy Rankin had eight nominations, while David Myles and Matt Andersen each received five. The awards will be handed out ...
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Raising the Roof for Andy Frank: LIVE!

Thursday, January 26 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, we held a benefit for Andy Frank. The event was a huge success, generating enough funds to help Andy and Helen keep the wolf from the door for a while. Thanks to ...