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The best of 2013: CBC Music was there

Today, Garvia Bailey and Pete Morey bring you the coolest moments in Canadian music throughout 2013. It was a year full of great music, amazing collaborations and unforgettable moments. From floating in space to jaunts out in the wilderness, our biggest stars plugged in and cranked it up. CBC Music was there to capture it all.  

Pete and Garvia will share the music of these cool Canucks with you. So, grab a beverage, crack open the chips and dip and say goodbye to a fabulous year of music in style.

The fabled farm

In the fall of 2012 Blue Rodeo made the trek to Greg Keelor's farmhouse, the place where they recorded their most endearing work, Five Days in July. The plan, this time, was to record some demos for what might become their next record. Much like what happened in July 1993 for Five Days In July, the band struck gold. The end result is the triumphant new album, In Our Nature.

CBC Music caught up with Blue Rodeo just as final touches were being put on In Our Nature. With the production of the album nearly complete, we asked the band if they could perform some live versions of the songs for us. To our surprise, the band invited us out to Keelor's farm to film where the album was created. The end result is this joyous, stripped-down session that I am affectionately calling two days in September.

The famous studio (Capitol Studios) 

Capitol Studios is one of the most famous studios in the world. Why? So many great artists have recorded there — people like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney and many more.

Nikki Yanofsky brought her band to Capitol Studios for a historic session with none other than super producer Quincy Jones there to guide the session. Yanofsky was in great form. She and the band played six new songs live off the floor in Capitol Studio A. CBC Music was there. 

Space, the final frontier 

The Barenaked Ladies, a children's choir and the commander of the International Space Station. Put them together and what do you get? The first space-to-Earth musical collaboration. The song "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" was commissioned by CBC Music and the Coalition for Music Education with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.

 

The East Coast studio sessions  

Classified and David Myles, soaring high with their triple-platinum hit "Inner Ninja" and the release of Myles's CD In the Nightime, are making the most of their success with a string of new collaborations. Fresh off their Juno win, CBC Music brought the two into Studio H in Halifax to show them off. 

For Classified, this session was up front and personal. While an intimate audience of 45 attentive listeners might be in Myles's comfort zone, for Classified, who's used to performing in clubs, this is new territory. With nothing but a microphone and a lot of talent, these songs show off the man’s poetic instinct  — and that, even in uncharted territory, he can rise to the challenge.

Banff National Park 

They are known as a fun-loving, get naked, get loud and rock out kind of band, but for the run-up to the release of their fifth album, Wild Life, British Columbia rockers Hedley headlined a concert in an unlikely location: Banff National Park. Nature lovers, no need to fret — not one forest creature was startled by the commotion.

The name of the concert says it all: the Quietest. Concert. Ever., with Hedley. 

Imagine this: thousands of fans against a backdrop of pristine forest and snow-capped mountains, their favourite rockers occupying the concert stage. And then, as if by magic, every fan receives the new music from Hedley in a crystal clear mix through headphones provided by the clever folks at Sennheiser Canada. The idea was the brainchild of CBC Music in partnership with Parks Canada and, of course, Hedley. 

This was a concert of firsts. It was the first time Hedley played the new album in its entirety; the first time this national park has been host to a full-blown rock show; the first time the headphone technology has been used in this way.

The Quietest. Concert. Ever. had all of the energy and unbridled passion that comes with every Hedley show, and it’s that passion that has catapulted the band to the top of the pop-rock heap here in Canada. 

In anticipation of Hedley's album Wild Life, CBC Music accompanied the band for the inaugural Quietest. Concert. Ever., not only to record the event but to also hang out with the guys as they explore one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks. 

CBC Music Fest 2013

Half Moon Run is a talented young band from Ottawa, Ont., and Comox, B.C. It was in a practice studio situated in Montreal's Mile End district, through the hardships of time constraints and flat-lined bank accounts, that the trio bonded and created their unique sound, fusing together the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.

From that dingy practice studio the band has begun its climb up the rock 'n' roll ladder. By the time they got to the CBCMusic.ca Festival, they'd had a buzzy appearance at SXSW and a European tour opening for Mumford & Sons under their belts. As you can hear from their CBCMusic.ca Festival set, this is a band that is on a high.

CBC Music also spoke to some of the biggest stars in Canadian music in 2013

King Drake!

Drake sat down for an honest chat with Jian Ghomeshi about family, friends and his new album, Nothing Was The Same

One of the biggest songs of 2013 was Drake's and "Hold on We're Going Home."


Queen Serena! 

Serena Ryder discussed battling depression with Jian Ghomeshi:

CBC Music was also there when Ryder played her song "Stompa" for the first time in front of fans, live! 

The new kings and queens of disco: Arcade Fire

Jian sat down to talk about Arcade Fire's new double disc, one of the biggest Canadian music moments of 2013. 

CBC Music teamed up with NPR to stream one of the first concerts from the band featuring songs from their new album Reflektor.

Is this the most anticipated/coolest song of the year? 

What were some of your favourite moments from Canadian music in 2013? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below. 

To hear the best of 2013, click play at the very top of the post or tune in to Radio 2 Friday, Dec. 27, to hear the show at 7 p.m (7:30 NT) and Sunday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m (5:30 NT).

Tune in to Radio 1 Tuesday, Dec. 31, to hear the show at 11:05 p.m (11:35 NT) and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at 12:05 p.m (12:35 NT).

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