Canadian Music Week: a cross-Canada road-trip in 10 roots music showcases

by Heather Kitching

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 a cross-section of genres, mostly pop and rock.  Even CMW’s crack media relations team was unable to hand us a list of performers by genre.  Fortunately, we here at Roots Music Canada have a resident moose that LOVES listening to new music.  Gordy sifted through dozens and dozens of acts to help find ones we thought you’d love. 

We decided to pick a cross-section of artists who are travelling from all across Canada to the festival.  These folks typically play this gig in exchange for a conference pass, and they don’t always get the greatest time-slots.  If you’ve got a pass to CMW, why don’t you check them out?  You’ll be seeing some of the best roots music at the festival, and you’ll be helping to support some great emerging artists. 

Sarnia:  Cory James Mitchell

Sarnia!  Where have you been hiding this guy???  Cory James Mitchell has a gorgeous, gritty voice with just a touch of Steve Earle to it and a country blues sound that’s drenched in feeling … and by the sounds of things, the boy can write a song too!

May 9, 8:00 p.m. – The Great Hall