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Buffy Sainte-Marie visits Roland Inspiration Centre

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie to our Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them). Check out our interview with Buffy below where we asked about her creative…

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Top 15 Roland Releases of ’15

As we gear up for an exciting 2016, check out our most popular releases of 2015. What were your favourite releases this past year?15. 

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A Chat with Jessica Beach

Jessica’s connection to music started at a young age, “A church down the street from our house had an old piano in their basement they were giving away. My dad put it in the garage and refinished it. I started playing it when I was 4.” Ultimately it allowed her to channel her creative energy…

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A Chat with Bodhi Jones

Singer-songwriter, Bodhi Jones, discovered his passion for music from a young age and has developed his own unique brand of Alt-pop-Acoustic-rock over the years. Hailing from Saltspring Island, BC, Bodhi has been an active part of the west coast music scene since 2005. He’s recorded five Eps, three full length albums, and sold over 30,000 copies…

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Musician of the Month – Wayne Stewart

Wayne Stewart is a familiar face at Vancouver’s highest profile cultural events as a musician, actor, and emcee. He’s also a singer, composer, keyboardist, guitarist, and teacher.  His music is rooted in jazz and rhythm and blues, and the belief that music should always be, first and foremost, fun!  – for both the players and the…

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Introducing Roland Canada TRIBES! Voici les Roland Canada TRIBES!

En Français Roland Canada is pleased to introduce you to Roland Canada TRIBES! Roland Canada TRIBES is a collection of online communities where Canadian Roland & BOSS fans gather to talk about the music they’re making (and listening to!) and get expert advice on the gear they own or are thinking of buying. TRIBES include…

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Musician of the Month – Kelsey Rosentreter

Kelsey is a new voice on Winnipeg’s jazz music scene. She is a passionate singer-songwriter with a big voice and a lot to give. She has studied with Heitha Forsyth and currently with Erin Propp, but will soon begin studies at the University of Manitoba Jazz Program in fall 2014. She has taken multiple types…

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Musician of the Month – Laura Beach

Twin Voices is an indie electro-folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with live looping of violin, voice, synth, percussion and guitar. Her performance is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity. Classically trained on violin, Laura Beach set aside…

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The Music of Klaatu

In part one I introduced you to Klaatu and the bizarre “are they the Beatles?” rumour that surrounded their first few album releases in the late seventies. I also included some cool behind-the-scenes info on the various Roland products they have used throughout their career. But for the band who initially only wanted their music…

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Who is Klaatu?

When Terry Brown (producer of RUSH, Max Webster, Ian Thomas) let three young musicians loose in his studio during off hours, it was the starting point of one of music history’s most unique and interesting adventures.  Follow along as Roland Canada’s Jason Dionne digs up the past, lets you in on some real music history, …

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Musician of the Month – Kevin Adamson

Meet Musician of the Month – Kevin Adamson! Kevin Adamson is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist who’s becoming one of the most in-demand musicians in Canada.  You can find Kevin touring the world with Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), or back home in Toronto, where he has worked with such artists as Justin Hines, Ian Thomas, Ron…