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Mon, Mar 26th - 3:31AM




Hall of Fame - Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort Macleod, Alberta in 1943. She was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Mitchell studied art, then became a folk singer, living in Toronto, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. She adopted her stage name after marrying musician Chuck Mitchell, whom she soon divorced. In 1967 she moved to New York City and released her first album, Songs to a Seagull.

In 1968 American singer Judy Collins recorded Mitchell's song “Both Sides Now,” and it became a major hit. Sparked by this success, Mitchell's own records started to sell well. She settled in Laurel Canyon in the mountains above Los Angeles, California, and recorded her best-known albums, including Clouds (1969), with her self-portrait on its cover; Ladies of the Canyon (1970); Blue (1971), often ranked as one of the major records of the decade; and Court and Spark (1974). Some of Mitchell's best-known compositions were recorded by other artists, including “The Circle Game” (1968, recorded by American folk singer Tom Rush) and “Woodstock” (1970, recorded by American folk-rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).

Later albums, such as Hejira (1977) and Mingus (1979), Mitchell's tribute to jazz bassist Charlie Mingus, expanded her style from folk and rock music into jazz. She continued recording in the 1990s, and although commercial success generally eluded Mitchell, she garnered critical praise and was recognized for her lasting influence on popular music. Her 1994 album, Turbulent Indigo, won two Grammy Awards, as did her 2000 album of love songs, Both Sides Now.

In 1981, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2002, Mitchell was given the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Official Website of Joni Mitchell


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Thu, Mar 22nd - 8:14AM

Down At The Kyber

The Joel Plaskett Emergency
Brobdingnagian 2001

Down at the Khyber was the first album that Joel Plaskett recorded with his backing band The Emergency. The title was influenced by the many days and nights spent playing and recording at The Khyber, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Plaskett was the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter for the Halifax-based band Thrush Hermit until their breakup in late 1999.

Website: Joel Plaskett


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Sun, Mar 18th - 5:45AM

Maroon

Barenaked Ladies
Reprise 2000

Barenaked Ladies began as the duo of Ed Robertson and Steven Page in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. They have sold over 15 million records including albums and singles. Steven Page left the band in 2009 to pursue a solo career.

Maroon was their fifth full-length studio album. The songs were written almost entirely by Page & Robertson and were sung almost entirely by Page. Maroon won the 2001 Juno Awards for Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album and the band was named Best Group.


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Wed, Mar 14th - 11:09AM

Left And Leaving

The Weakerthans
G7 Welcoming Committee 2000

The Weakerthans was formed in 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba after its writer John K. Samson left Propagandhi.

Left And Leaving is commonly described as being full of sadness. Samson doesn't think its particularly sad but does say:

"Left and Leaving is the product of a very specific place and time. I don't think I could write the same way again, and am very thankful I don't have to. It wasn't a good time time for me. Nothing dramatic or anything, just difficult."

It was named the 75th greatest Canadian album of all time in Bob Mersereau's 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

Website: The Weakerthans


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Sat, Mar 10th - 11:00AM

You Were Here

Sarah Harmer
Universal 2000

Sarah Harmer was the lead singer of the Canadian band Weeping Tile. The band came out of Kingston, Ontario where Harmer was attending Queen's University. The band had a record deal with Warner but split at the end of 1998.

You Were Here was Harmer's debut solo album. TIME ranked the album in its year-end Top Ten list, calling it the year's best debut album. Its title track is a tribute to her former Weeping Tile bandmate Joe Chithalen, who died in 1999.

Website: Sarah Harmer


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