The artist’s life

The artist's life

6 takeaways for roots and world artists from the Roots ...

Today is an exciting day here at Roots Music Canada. It’s the day we uncover the results of our first ever fan survey aimed at helping artists plan the coming months in an era of almost no live music. We ...
The artist's life

Covid collabs: thoughts on working with other musicians in isolation

I started playing in bands over 30 years ago, and it’s been my privilege to play with many talented folks (including original Roots Music Canada co-founder David Newland, in the acoustic 80s band The McFlies)  I love collaborating with other ...
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The brave new world: Shari Ulrich’s lessons in performing online

Yes, we’re all having to figure out how to share our musical offerings with our audience and the world from our homes. When this weird chapter first began, I frankly reveled in the rare opportunity to stay home and putter ...
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Streaming concerts: a technical how-to, courtesy of Folk Alliance ...

At its first webinar on streaming concerts back in mid-April, Folk Alliance International promised a follow-up event focused expressly on the technical side of online shows. It delivered on April 28 with an event featuring artist Stephen Kellog, Lee Totten ...
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COVID-19 considerations for musicians: some thoughts from an entertainment lawyer

We all want to limit health risks at home and in the communities that we visit on tour. As we consider the effects of COVID-19 on the live music industry and our individual roles, here are some considerations likely on ...
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Sean Leahy was one of 17 strangers who created this ...

On the evening of Mar. 18, 2020, producer/songwriter Darryl Lahteenmaa of London, ON felt the need to do something to stay positive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As one does, he logged on to Facebook and posted a picture overlaid with ...
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How to sell tickets to your streaming concert: some solutions ...

With COVID-19 having shut down the spring and summer touring seasons, artists have been quick to get online and start performing the only way they can here in the era of avoiding human contact: live streaming.  Streaming a concert has ...
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Tips for musicians during COVID-19… from a Canadian artist in ...

Canadian singer-songwriter Ember Swift has been living and working in Beijing for more than a decade and is now a veteran of weeks of isolation. She wrote this piece for us on how she’s coped as an artist.  You can ...
The artist's life

On relating to audiences and connecting with fans

Everyone wants to be loved; maybe artists more than others.  We need that feedback, that visceral moment when our hearts seem to connect. We need to know we are appreciated and that someone gets us. It’s often the reason we ...
The artist's life

Advice for the early-career artist

This winter I have had the privilege of teaching two songwriter courses in Wakefield and Chelsea, QC. The first group of students comprises seasoned performers, some of them accomplished songwriters who have performed at a regional level and have CDs ...