This is a compilation of early Ontario folksongs sung by and played by some of our best folk artists, including Enoch Kent and Jackie Washington
When a piper meets a drummer on the slag heaps of Sudbury, Ontario, the only place they can practice in peace, it's instant life-long love.
A one-time only award recognizes the humour and reality of Don Freed.
Long before the devastation of the north Atlantic cod stocks, Martin roasted the government of then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for their folly in not protecting the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
While Brian Mulroney was trading Canada away to the U.S., Hank Fisher wrote this wish song about the country's musical hero.
He wrote this song just to raise moral for his workers and it was taped for a CBC Sunday Morning news magazine. When the containment dam broke, a third of the tailings from this long abandoned mine obliterated the valley below and leached into the Ottawa River system. The government picked up the tab for the cleanup. Paul was head of the local Ministry of Natural Resources.
John is a Member of the McGinty trio. This was his first solo album of Cape Breton Songs
This song is the official theme of the Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury. It was composed by Beattie in 1948 while on a cross country train ride.
This album is wonderful! Powerful, filled with tradition, openness and truth, Nolan captures the spirit of her hopes and thus steps into the tradition.
Two musical friends who blend guitar and accordion with their voices. Visualize it sung before a campfire encircled by happy faces.
Chris did so much for the kind of music that just doesn't sell that I was compelled to give him this award. The Cajun Accordion album, in particular, is a work of love. where would we be without people like him?
Angus has written too many great songs for a guy still in his twenties. This one is about his grandmother who immigrated to Northern Ontario from bonnie Dundee to live the life of a northern miner's wife. He also wrote my theme-song, 'The Great North Wind'.
The Algoma Central Railroad (now in American hands) is known as one of the continents most beautiful wilderness lines. Just north of Sault Saint Marie, Ont., it passes the Agawa Canyon. Profet died in the late seventies and boarded the Judgement Day Express to heaven.
At the time, my program was preceeded by Alan Baekland's 'Twistin' Postman' show. Since we both worked as letter carriers, we used this as a theme-song for our 10 minute program 'Postie Talk' which let us vent our disgust for our employer in merry little ways.
See the story of Mac Beattie And The Ottawa Valley Melodiers