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Nick's Picks: Best Albums of 2011

1. Metals Feist Feist presented a brand new slate, mixing hard and soft alloys to forge an album of rare depth and beauty.   2. Bon Iver Bon Iver From bucolic backwoods balladry to hypnotic electro-pop symphonies, his transformation has been masterful.   3. The Harrow & the Harvest Gillian Welch More exquisite folk songs that sound like they were handed down through the ages.   4. So Beautiful or So What Paul Simon Songs about love and faith, steeped in African kora, Indian tabla and southern gospel.   5. Ashes & Fire Ryan Adams Rarely has the prolific, wildly talented tunesmith sounded this inspired.   6. Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes Darker and deeper, but...
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Life is a Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the '90s

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY: CANADIAN POP MUSIC IN THE ’90s TWO-PART SPECIAL AIRS THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 AND 22, AT 8 P.M. September 8, 2011- Following on the tremendous success of previous series on Canadian music in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, CBC Television presents LIFE IS A HIGHWAY: CANADIAN POP MUSIC IN THE ’90s , airing Sept. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). CBC-TV has been chronicling the musical landmarks of this country—decade by decade, style by style, and groundbreaker by groundbreaker. LIFE IS A HIGHWAY completes the next chapter in Canada’s amazing pop music journey. The ’90s were marked by hit songs from Canadian performers as diverse as Tom Cochrane , Sloan , Loreena McKennitt , The Tragically...
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Feature Article: Riverboat Plaque Presentation

Riverboat Plaque Presentation June 18, 2009   On June 18, Heritage Toronto was joined by some of Canada's most notable musicians to commemorate famed Yorkville coffeehouse, the Riverboat.   Located in the narrow basement of a house at 134 Yorkville Ave, the Riverboat was opened in 1964 by Bernie Fiedler and became the best-known coffeehouse in Canada. Over its history, the Riverboat stage was graced by Canada's music elite, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. The Riverboat remained open until 1977, by which time it was the sole remaining coffeehouse in the area. A number of musicians who graced The Riverboat's stage during its illustrious life attended the eve...
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