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Craving CFL action? Henry Adam Svec's new book blends folk songs and football

Henry Adam Svec's new book Life Is Like Canadian Football and Other Authentic Folk Songs blends previous work Svec has produced. The University of Waterloo professor has written songs from the perspective of fictional 1970s Canadian football players and recorded and released them online.

CFL season now expected to start Aug. 5

Henry Adam Svec has been working on various parts of the project — the songs, the recordings and the text — for the better part of a decade.  (Invisible Publishing)

When Henry Adam Svec planned the release of his new book, he thought he'd timed it perfectly: the first day of the 2021 Canadian Football League Season.

But like many things in 2021, that didn't quite go as expected. 

The third wave of COVID-19 has pushed back the start of the season until Aug. 5. But Svec is still forging ahead. 

Life Is Like Canadian Football and Other Authentic Folk Songs includes previous work Svec has produced. He's written songs from the perspective of fictional 1970s Canadian football players and recorded and released them online.

The new novel takes that narrative one step farther, he told CBC News. 

"The book tells the story of a folk song collector, who while working as an intern in the summer at Library and Archives Canada discovers [these] songs," said Svec. "It's a story of professional and self transformation and discovery." 

Svec, who is also an assistant professor in the Communication Arts department at University of Waterloo, said he's been working on various parts of the project — the songs, the recordings and the text — for the better part of a decade. 

"Singer-songwriters are often expected to be serious and sincere. And this was a fun way to play with that," said Svec.

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