The artist’s life

The artist's life

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 ...
The artist's life

Last chance to apply for this sweet central Ontario artist ...

How would you like to spend 10-12 days in a cottage on a secluded island doing nothing but working on your art – and for nothing more than the cost of getting yourself there and feeding yourself? Well, you could ...
The artist's life

When the light grows dim: on losing your connection ...

There are times when the creative light grows dim even for the most determined and dedicated songwriter. One may have the best intentions and be of good heart and yet the songs won’t come. It would seem as though the ...
The artist's life

A musician’s grief: on losing an instrument

We all experience loss.  It’s inevitable. We can’t escape it – lost money, lost opportunities, lost keys. But as an artist, how do you manage the loss of a beloved instrument? As a songwriter, it’s the guitar you wrote your ...
The artist's life

Facing the future: on compensating artists fairly again

A few months ago I posted an article on the Roots Music Canada website entitled “A Brief history of Why Artists are no Longer Making a Living Making Music.” The topic was actually about the relationship between music and technology ...
The artist's life

How I Lost the Muse, Quit the Biz and Found ...

“You’re quitting music? Are you NUTS?” That was the unspoken reaction on their faces when I told them, after 20 years of chasing the music biz brass ring, that I was so over jumping through hoops. No more Photoshopped promo ...
The artist's life

High hopes, hula hoops, and the mystical secret to festival ...

Leslie Alexander wrote this piece a few years ago and published it in BC Musician Magazine.  She generously agreed to share it with us here at Roots Music Canada, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with you.  ...
The artist's life

Changing sonics, tribalism and geezerhood: a conversation with myself

Ian Tamblyn has written more than 1,500 songs over his lifetime and released more than 30 albums, earning a Juno nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award in the process.  So we were thrilled here at Roots Music Canada when ...