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January 2013- Archives

The Last Time I Saw Him By Deborah Whelan

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Yolanda by Christopher Levan

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Cashing In by Richard Borek

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T-shirt by Taylor Wilson

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She Whispered by Lyle Burwell

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Leaving on a Jet Plane by Shell Ledrew

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Background Noise by Judith Ouellette-Bezaire

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Layla by Ann Sarich

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The Jimi Hendrix experience by Bruce LeFevre

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Helpless by Debra McGrath

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Mad Rush by Cristina Rizzuto

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Yodeling by Lana Willocks

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That Friday by Stephen Barredo

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Engelbert by Elaine McDivitt

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Being Big by Stephanie Hall

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Morrissey by David Burga

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Congregations by Carla Gadula

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Cat's in the Cradle by Elizabeth Booth

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The Reason by Carmen Vickery

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Bach's Concerto No. 5 by David Waltner-Toews

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The Weakerthans by Greg Pratt

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The Age of Aquarius by Irene Fantopoulos

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Three Songs by Susan Borgersen

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Freedom and Bruce Springsteen by Terri Favro

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Bonanza! by Johanna Zomers

Immigrants to Canada, we were rural pioneers in a challenging landscape. Alone at the end of a tiny rural road, without hydro, running water, radio, telephone or television, we were happy with the childhood peasant games taught by our mother. Green summers, white winters passed.Go play outside  Mother said.What will...

By Steven Toth

I need my hit again. I can’t wait for the needle to do its job. Carefully, I lift the tone arm from the vinyl before the mechanism can kick in and bring the spinning 45 to a stop.I position the stylus above the outer edge of the black disc and...

By John Hansen

In the early days of 1990, I was newly returned to Canada from youth exchange stint to Senegal with Canada World Youth. After a number of debriefings and reunions with the programme’s personnel and host families I was dropped off in Moncton where I would require a ride home to...

Dude Looks Like a Lady by Pat Mills

I never liked rock music. I was too busy repressing my secret love of dance music to do anything else, but it was 1990, and I was determined to be exactly like the teenage boys I wanted to be. Having just moved to a new city and having no friends,...

The Bullet and the Shrapnel by Andreas Dolberg

I was living the dream of a carefree life, looking to expand my horizons.  There was no better way than by connecting with a motley group of guys from different countries, roughing it on a west coast beach.The Englishman among us was a passionate John Prine fan who sang Prine...

Snowbird by Henry Adam Svec

The first time Gene MacLellan’s “Snowbird” kicked my ass was when I heard the late songwriter’s daughter, Catherine, perform it at a folk club in London, Ontario. I knew Anne Murray’s and Elvis’s recordings, but the ersatz backing and relentless tempo (on both their versions) had always sailed the song...

By Maggie Panko

In his old Ford, I push off my jeans. He turns on to the highway, making dragging panty hose over one knee rough.  We hit a traffic jam.  Luckily the front seat makes it impossible for him to see past my neck.What're you doing?Um. Getting changed. He hesitates. Oh. We barely know...

Lost and found by Dawn Ruddick

It was 1977. I was 7, she was 58, and man, did we have the music in us.She bought me my first record player, and supplied all the 45s; gems that I’d slide in and out of funky art-deco sleeves. That July, The Bay City Rollers infiltrated my bedroom for...

By Michael Barton

On an evening back in 1982, I went to see Bruce Cockburn at the University of Alberta after a friend that knew I was a fan had informed me that he would be at an event that was billed as ‘free.’ Eagerly anticipating enjoying a night of some of my...

How Bach Saved My Soul by David Waltner-Toews

During my teenage years in Winnipeg, rock music (and even some folk music) was not allowed in our Mennonite Brethren home. To still my soul, I spent many hours lying face-down on the carpet in the dark living room listening to my older brother’s collection of classical records. Rachmaninoff’s second piano...

Time, The Magical Musical Box by Thomas Bauer

For years my favorite music memory was dancing on the dining room table to ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’. The year was 1969, and the room full of father’s students, smiling in candlelight, indulging in wine and various sundries. He had lifted me onto the table because I was...

By Lita Bablitz

So you want to know the song that changed my life? There is such deliciousness in the challenge of deciding. Whose life does not have a soundtrack?I was born in 1973 so my formative years were a mix of my parents’ BeeGees, John Denver, and Beatles records and my ABBA,...

Life is a Song, Love is the Music by Pamela Dillon

October - is my favourite month of the year. It brings the glorious changes of colour as the trees shed their leaves, the cooler air and occasional thunderstorm, reminders of the transformation to come. It is also the month of my wedding anniversary - October 31st. Jim and I eloped...

This Flight Tonight by Star Spider

'Look out the left the captain said...'It was the dead of night, on the first night I arrived in that distant land.  Far away from everything I knew.  Shrouded in shadow, heart pounding, I was caught up in the thrill of adventure.  I clung to my foam sword and hid...

Kitchen Serenade by Lawrence Larouche

At the age of twenty-one Eva came to Canada from Austria to find and marry Elvis Presley. Unfortunately she took a wrong turn and ended up sharing an apartment with my mother who had finally decided to settle down and focus on raising her son. It was 1968, I was...

by Raymond Maher

I was a farm boy and cut my teeth on country music. Besides a steady diet of country songs, the radio featured a big slice of pop music. I never considered music if it didn't come with words. In my first years of high school, a wild singing wiggler named...