Folk Roots Radio Episode 326: Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal 2017

Folk Roots Radio Episode 326: Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal

We’re all about the Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal on Episode 326 of Folk Roots Radio. The 10th edition of the festival takes place on the banks of the Lachine Canal in Montreal from June 14-18 2017. Starting out as a day long festival attracting just 500 festival goers, it’s since evolved into a five-day event of free outdoor programming and ticketed indoor concerts that brings some of the best folk, roots and bluegrass music into the heart of Montreal. Festival co-founder Matt Large joins us to chat about the history of the event and this year’s lineup. We also hear from Guillaume Jabbour, leader of Quebec band Jabbour. We’re also including something very special… an excerpt from a great live studio appearance by the wonderful Birds of Chicago featuring JT Nero and Allison Russell. We round out the hour with music from some of the other performers heading to Montreal this time around. This episode is a great introduction to a festival that continues to grow – and still manages to make all its outdoor programming free to enjoy. You may not be able to get to the festival this summer, but hopefully our review may encourage you to try and make it there another year. For more information about the Montreal Folk Festival sur le Canal, visit montrealfolkfest.comListen to the episode and check out the playlist below.

Photo: Stephen Wilson.

And that’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Landing (2017, Self) CDN

Donovan Woods
Between Cities
Hard Settle Ain’t Troubled (2016, Meant Well) CDN

Michael Jerome Browne
I Heard Somebody Call
Sliding Delta (2015, Borealis Records) CDN

Les Poules à Colin
Général Béa
Ste-Waves (2014, FamGroup) CDN

Interview: Matt Large, co-founder of the Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal.

William Prince
Earthly Day (2015, Self) CDN

Interview: Excerpt from a live studio appearance by Birds of Chicago (JT Nero & Ali Russell) at CFRU 93.3fm (Guelph ON) in September 2013.

Birds of Chicago
All The City Girls (Live)

Birds of Chicago
Flying Dreams (Live)

Steve Poltz
Wake Me Up
Folksinger (2015, 98 Pounder Records)

Interview: Guillaume Jabbour, leader of Quebec band Jabbour.

He Doesn’t Need You
Round The Clock (2016, Self)

Sarah Harmer
The City
Oh Little Fire (2010, Cold Snap Records) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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