Episode 2: Turning Points
Musicians have led a charge for social change and undergone professional turning points
This episode explores musicians who altered their career trajectories, the world around them, or both, in a single moment. Whether it was a move that radically changed society, re-oriented their career, or changed how the world saw them, all the artists in this episode experienced a distinct turning point, after which, things were never the same.
AIRDATE: Nov. 22, 9 p.m.
Featuring: Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Oscar Peterson, Craig Russell, Johnny Cash, Sky Gilbert, Michael Kaeshammer, Dave King, Joe Sealy, Kelly Peterson, Oliver Jones
Sarah McLachlan turned the Canadian music industry on its head in the '90s with an all-women concert tour called Lilith Fair. Not only was it a turning point in her career, but her tour is also credited for breaking down barriers in the music industry, making it a turning point for women in music.
k.d.lang began her career in the '80s, quickly gaining a massive mainstream country fanbase. But by the time she appeared on The Tommy Hunter Show in 1991, the "Cowpunk Princess" had arrived at her own personal turning point.
In the early 1960s, Oscar Peterson was renowned as the best pianist in all of jazz music. The Montreal native had sold out concert halls all over the world, and collaborated with a who's who of jazz greats: Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, and dozens more.
But Peterson didn't want to just be known as a great piano player. He wanted to be known as a great composer, too.
In the late '70s, Craig Russell became a national sensation, bringing the queer culture that was blossoming in downtown Toronto clubs into the mainstream.
Oscar Peterson's performance on The Wayne and Shuster Hour wasn't just a turning point for him, but for all of Canadian jazz. Here's the first ever performance of "Place St. Henri."