Tag: Toronto

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Jon Brooks – “Todos Caminamos Por Este Caminito”

“No One Travels Alone is a contrite apology to my 138 super fans the world over for 2014’s murder ballads album, The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside,” Jon Brooks told me in an email this week. I had to smile. Countryside ...
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The Young Novelists – In City & Country

From the outside, the new record by The Young Novelists, In City & Country, is a lyrical investigation of small town Ontario life and its (in)compatibility with the big city escape hatch.  On a deeper level, it’s about not being ...
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Canadian Music Week: a cross-Canada road-trip in 10 roots ...

You’ve found yourself with a pass to Canadian Music Week.  Now all you have to do is find some great Canadian roots music to go see – not an easy task when the line-up features more than 800 showcasing artists representing ...
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Toronto’s Taivi talks collaborating with U.S. bluegrass star Claire Lynch ...

Released in late 2017,  Taivi’s new album Rising Tide is the culmination of a long journey for the Toronto singer-songwriter, while at the same time serving as her formal introduction to the wider folk music community. Thirteen songs deep and ...
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Collette Savard & The Savants – “Cecil Street” (Video)

Roots Music Canada is proud to premiere the whimsical new video for “Cecil Street,” one of the standout tracks from Collette Savard & The Savants‘ self-titled debut album. The song was inspired by Toronto’s Kensington Market, and anyone familiar with ...
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Happy re-birthday Hugh’s Room Live! Revived Toronto venue turns ...

It was an earthquake that first rocked Toronto, and then the shockwaves rapidly expanded outwards across Canada. The legendary Hugh’s Room had closed, apparently without warning, in early January of 2017. The media was on the story in a flash; ...
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How Dave Allen conquered demons on debut solo album

With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Dave Allen has established himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that, to our modern perceptions, will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously ...
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The LYNNeS – Heartbreak Song for the Radio

Out of Ottawa, here come The LYNNeS,  Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson, bearing a fresh Heartbreak Song for the Radio, an album with an aggressive sound which may propel the already successful award-winning songwriters into a new category of international ...
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Global Toronto showcases Apr. 4-7, Part 2 (Audio/Video)

Looking to discover some great new music from around thew world? Roots Music Canada attended several of the Global Toronto world music showcases, which featured Toronto musicians who have arrived here from all over the globe. We have coverage from ...
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Jeremy Dutcher: Where Indigenous tradition meets opera (audio)

Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained composer and opera singer and member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick.     His debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, was inspired by Jeremy’s search for classical music that dealt with Indigenous issues or was ...