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John McDermott is finally a folkie

Here’s a strange fact: John McDermott had never played a major* folk fest in Canada until Mariposa 2011. What’s with that? Maybe it’s a branding issue. Sure, McDermott made his name singing “Danny Boy”, a folk song in the truest ...
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Dear Mother Maple: A compromising position

Dear Mother Maple: I know this is going to happen this summer, because it happens EVERY summer. I love Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, my girlfriend loves Mighty Popo. They’re doing separate workshops AT THE SAME TIME. How do we ...
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Dear Mother Maple: when’s my 15 minutes?

Dear Mother Maple: I can accept that roots musicians are never going to be the rich, powerful jetsetters of the music world. But wouldn’t a little recognition once in a while be nice? — Left out.   Dear Left out: ...
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Sam the Record Man remembered

We were sad to learn today that Canadian icon Sam the Record Man has died. The following article first appeared in June of 2011, celebrating Sam Sniderman’s ninety-first birthday. We repost it today with our condolences to Sam’s family, and ...
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5 Ways to Lose Fans on Twitter

Most artists and bands now use Twitter to promote their music and connect with their fans. (Editor’s note: So do we! @rootsmusicanada) But as with any promotional tool, there are certain things you should avoid doing. I’ve searched through literally ...
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Diamonds plus: Cockburn at 66

(Alternate title: Gold But Better) While I was reading Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, “an Everest among books”, part of the thrill was the space troubador character named, oddly enough, Bruce Cockburn, who provided a floating lyrical chorus to the convoluted ...
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The Canadian Bob Dylan

It’s Bob Dylan‘s seventieth birthday, and we’re going to celebrate this American cultural landmark in true Canadian underdog fashion: by claiming some of the limelight for ourselves. That’s right: the man who is arguably the greatest American songwriter, is (perhaps ...
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Who will support the arts?

We’ve said before that Roots Music Canada is an apolitical organization, and we’re sticking to it. We’d be blind not to notice, though, how many how many of our friends and fans bitterly lamented the outcome of the federal election ...
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2010 Women’s Blues Revue

Toronto Blues Society’s 25th Annual Women’s Blues Revue is this coming Saturday, November 26 at Toronto’s Massey Hall. In anticipation of this wonderful milestone, we’re reprinting this review of last year’s show. This was my first Women’s Blues Revue, a Toronto ...