So I had a radio show two weeks ago for the first time in several months - didn't link it here because I was pressed for time and figured I'd make a podcast anyway, the first hour of which is here. The folk scene in Canada is IMO rather more active and diverse than it is here, where "folk" has come to mean singer-songwriter largely + bluegrass + "modern" "Celtic" (which is most assuredly the former but very little of the latter). There are more Canadians doing legitimately traditional music than in many other Anglophone countries, and for very clear political reasons Canada's Francophone musicians have nurtured their own traditions with a fierce independence of spirit. All of the foregoing is represented somewhere in this show. The second hour coming later climaxes with a tribute to two really influential Canadian folk/roots stars who died at the end of last year and who had an enormous influence on the folk revival in the U.S., Oscar Brand and Leonard Cohen.
The segments below have rationales. "Turnabout" is major Canadian musicians singing the songs of other major Canadian musicians - Cockburn singing Lightfoot, laing singing Neil Young, Young singing Tyson, Tyson singing Lightfoot, and the Cowboy Junkies singing Young.
"Awards" features three artists who won Canadian Folk Music Association Awards in 12/2016, David Francey, Les Souers Boulay, and Chaim Tannenbaum, and two Juno Award winners (Canada's Grammys), The Romeros and 50 years after she started Buffy Ste. Marie.
"Generations" features two younger performers, Alexandre Belliard with maybe the greatest of all Canadien (which is the correct way to refer to a French Canadian) songs performed in the best version I've ever heard, and a fine young band from Victoria, BC called West My Friend. Lots of great music here.
Opening: Farewell To Nova Scotia - Stompin' Tom Connors
Bruce Cockburn - Ribbon of Darkness
k.d. laing - After The Gold Rush
Neil Young - Four Strong Winds
Ian and Sylvia - Early Mornin' Rain
Cowboy Junkies - Tired Eyes
David Francey - Holy Ground
Chaim Tannenbaum - The Moonshiner
Les Souers Boulay - Maison
Pharis&Jason Romero - The Dying Soldier
Buffy Ste. Marie - Farm In The Middle Of Nowhere
Alexandre Belliard - Un Canadien Errant 2:59
West My Friend - Home By The Sea 4:09