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Niagara this week with Joel Plaskett

Joel Plaskett. Rootstock returns to Jackson-Triggs Winery this weekend. This year, some of the best and brightest Canadian musicians will be taking the stage, including Joel Plaskett, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman, and the evening’s host, Steven Page.

Plaskett, fresh off a European tour, said he’s excited to be sharing the stage in the songwriter’s circle.

“It’s a fun way to spend the evening with fellow musicians and friends,” he said.

Plaskett said he’s also looking forward to spending the day in Ontario’s wine country. While he’s been to a small winery in his native province of Nova Scotia, he’s never had the chance to experience one in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This has been a big year for Plaskett, who won a 2010 Juno Award in the adult alternative album of the year category for his latest release, Three. The themed album was released as a triple-album, something Plaskett refers to as “fairly ambitious.”

“There were a lot of songs all connected thematically so I conceived it as a triple album,” he said. “I kind of got carried away with the songs and released it in that fashion because I could and because I felt there was a story to tell.”

While he admitted that releasing a triple album has bought him some time, Plaskett said he is constantly writing and will probably start work on a new album once he finishes his next tour opening for the Barenaked Ladies.