Canadian Roots Radio is going off the air

I’m saddened to announce that Canadian Roots Radio is going off the air, effective midnight October 30, 2014.

I don’t feel I’ve been able to dedicate the time necessary to do this project justice. I also haven’t been able to develop the needed sources of funding to grow the station.

I want to thank all of you who have supported Canadian Roots Radio over the past few years, as musicians, listeners and financial supporters.

Canadian folk, roots and blues music is simply incredible.

Yours in Radio,


New music from Lynne Hanson’s new CD River of Sand @lynnehanson

Lynne hanson CD arts Today we’ve added tracks from Lynne Hanson’s new release River of Sand.

From her website: Americana, roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Hanson songs are like a favorite pair of jeans. They’re rough around the edges, faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired dirt ground into the seams.  The record was produced by Juno-award winning Canadian songstress Lynn Miles “The songs on this record are honest and fearless.” More information about Lynne Hanson and her music at ~Jim

D’Arcy Wickham accompanying @BrianGladstone @ArtsCanCircle Beneft Sept 20 @BernieFinkelste @stouffeditor @kategilderdale

Some exciting news for our upcoming ArtsCan Benefit in Stouffville – we’ve just learned that D’Arcy Wickham will be accompanying Brian Gladstone. D’Arcy is an extraordinary guitarist and over the years has built a strong following in Stouffville. To learn more about D’Arcy visit

The benefit is Saturday September 20th, Parkview Village (12184 Ninth Line) in Stouffville Ontario. Show starts @ 7:30pm, and admission is free. At the event there are plenty of ways to donate to the ArtsCan Circle.

To learn more about ArtsCan and the musicians playing check out this excellent article in the Stouffville Free Press:

Again this year we’re raffling off a guitar donated by Long & McQuade Markham – only this year it has been signed by Bruce Cockburn! Brian O’Sullivan, one of our organizers who is also a very talented musician, founder of the York Region Fingerstyle Guitar Association, and blogger made the trip to have the guitar signed by Bruce Cockburn. Read about Brian’s “mountaintop experience” meeting Bruce Cockburn in the Stouffville-Sun article:

Hope to see you on the 20th. Let’s make more dreams come true.



Why a Benefit for @artscancircle ? Read this ‪#‎Stouffville‬ Free Press article @kategilderdale @BernieFinkelste

Excellent article in this month’s Stouffville Free Press about Arts Can Circle. Read this and you’ll understand why we put on these benefits, including the one coming up September 20th at Parkview Village here in Stouffville.


@artscancircle Benefit Sept 20 … a great evening coming your way @BernieFinkelste @briangladstone @niteoutentmike @yorkscene

Things are gearing up for our Sep 20th ArtsCan Circle Benefit (7:30pm, Parkview Village Auditorium Stouffville). Free Admission, instead you can make an on-the-spot donation to ArtsCan Circle.

We’ve just got word that Jim Corrigan, host of Afternoon Delight on WhiStle Radio will be our EmCee! Musicians include Brian Gladstone and Tony Quarrington, The Albert Street Four,  Marion Drexler and Mike Burns.

We’re raffling off a guitar (donated by Long and McQuade Markham) and signed by Bruce Cockburn!

As part of the evening, Brian O’Sullivan will also be playing a couple of Bruce Cockburn songs. Read why on his Yorkscene blog:

Hope to see you there!


Jim Priebe Presents … 3rd Annual ArtsCan Benefit @artscancircle @BrianGladstone @niteoutentmike @WSPeaceFest

ArtsCan 2014 BenefitJim Priebe Presents … 3rd Annual ArtsCan Benefit. Again this year we have an exciting ensemble of musicians coming together for a great cause. Our lineup includes:

The Marion Drexler Band: “Well, what can I say but WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! You never cease to amaze me with your awesome tunes! ….Thanks again.” – Amber Gordon, manager, resource development, Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region;

Mike Burns: well known host of the award winning radio show Nite Out is also a local favorite musician;

The Albert Street Four: 60’s style folk quartet and winners of the 2014 Music Town Ontario Awards;

Brian Gladstone: Award winning singer-song writer, world class guitar player.

This will be an evening of extraordinary music!

The concert takes place 7:30pm, September 20th, Parkview Village Auditorium, 12184 Ninth Line. Stouffville, ON

Ticket price is PWYC (all proceeds to ArtsCan) and opportunity to donate to ArtsCan Circle. We’re raffling off a guitar donated by Long & McQuade signed by Bruce Cockburn!!

Thanks to our sponsors Whittamore’s Farm, Betz Pools, Stouffville Free Press

Coffee and treats provided by Velvet Sunrise.

Again this year we’re part of the Weekend of Music and Peace.

ArtsCan Circle is a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada. Their hope is to encourage self-esteem amongst Indigenous youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. More information about ArtsCan Circle at

Hope to see you out for great music and a great cause. E-mail for more information & reservations. Facebook event at


New in the NetBlues File: Downchild’s Can You Hear the Music @Linus_Ent

Downchild Can You Hear the MusicWe’ve added tracks from Downchild‘s Juno winning CD Can You Hear The Music to our NetBlues File.

NetBlues is Canadian Roots Radio’s signature Blues show, and is heard nightly from 10-11pm EST.

“Forty–four years on, Downchild remains a blues force, true to itself and without equal.” More about this incredible band at