From The Beatles to Buffy Sainte-Marie: The many musical loves of Christa Couture

Christa Couture grew up in a musical family. Everyone from her parents to her cousins played an instrument or sang. She remembers music was even used to remember addresses and phone numbers.
Christa Couture lost her leg to cancer as a teenager. (Jen Squires)

Christa Couture grew up in a musical family. Everyone — from her parents to her cousins — played an instrument or sang. She said music was even used to remember new addresses and phone numbers when they moved.

Her mother, a folk singer, exposed her to all kinds of music, from the Beatles to Buffy Sainte-Marie.

When asked to pick a few of her favourites to play, she started with songs tied to childhood memories and went from there. 

The Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand

"I remember thinking, wow, this is amazing. Something is happening inside me that I don't even understand. I just loved the sound and I loved the idea of it. I do want to hold your hand ... Mom!"

6th February 1964: The Beatles arriving at London Airport after a trip to Paris. From left to right - Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon. (Evening Standard/Getty)

Buffy Sainte-Marie
She Used To Wanna Be A Ballerina

"It wasn't until I was older that I started to identify what cultural groups people were coming from. Buffy Sainte-Marie was big for us. This song is just so fun to sing along to. It's a good road trip song, it's  a good highway song. It's one of my favourites."

Buffy Sainte-Marie is the first lady of Indigenous music, with a career that spans five decades. (Denise Grant)

Moe Clark
I Find Grace

"She's Mé​tis, she's from Calgary, she's a spoken word artist, she's a writer, she's a poet, she's a singer, she's an arts educator. She is so smart and so funny and a remarkable performer. I'm always moved to tears by this woman and this song is just one of my favourites."

Moe Clark is a multidisciplinary Métis artist, looping pedal mistress, spoken word poet, educator, artistic producer, public speaker, and activist. (Facebook)