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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 ...
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For the Folk: Top Ten Records of 2009

In 2009 I had a pretty wild year for music, both recorded and live!  I probably saw hundreds of acts perform this year live, from Mavis Staples to Louder Than Satan,  and so many great albums were released this year ...
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Folk Down Under: The Woodford Folk Festival

Publicist and promoter Richard Flohill got a chance to enjoy one of the world’s biggest folk festivals in Australia over the holidays, and kindly wrote up his experience for RootsMusic.ca The Woodford Folk Festival is MASSIVE. 30,000 people a day, ...
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Folkdj-l Top Canadian Songs 2009

This posting is the third part of an examination of the 2009 airplay received by Canadian performers as playlisted on the Folkdj-l listserve.ll. THE TOP CANADIAN SONGS – 2009 1. The Wailin’ Jennys “Deeper Well” (65) 2. James Keelaghan “House ...
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Maple Blues Series: Whiteley, Braithwaite and Marks

We continue our Maple Blues Awards series as we approach the 13th annual event. The first video features multiple nominees Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley in conversation with Maple Blues Awards co-host – and past recipient of the Blues With A ...
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Folkdj-l Top Canadian Albums 2009

This posting is the second part of an examination of the 2009 airplay received by Canadian performers as playlisted on the Folkdj-l listserve. THE TOP CANADIAN ALBUMS – 2009 1. The Wailin’ Jennys “Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House” ...
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Maple Blues Awards Series: Julian Fauth

The 13th annual Maple Blues Awards are taking place on Monday, January 18, 2010 at a spanking new venue, The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto.  To mark the occasion, Roots Music Canada is spotlighting nominees with a series of ...
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Folkdj-l Top Canadian Artists 2009

This posting is the first of three that examines Canadians’ 2009 airplay based on playlists submitted to the Folkdj-l listserve. In the lists to follow, if I have inadvertently left someone out, I offer advance apologies and cite my aging ...
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Lhasa de Sela remembered

Canada has lost a true musical luminary with the recent passing of Lhasa de Sela on New Year’s Day in Montreal. Words fail me when I try to describe Lhasa’s artistry. How can one describe a voice that was by ...