On Radio 2 Weekend Morning, Molly Johnson eases you into your weekend with some great Canadian songs and stories about musicians and the people of Canada, from coast to coast to coast.
Here are some of the features and stories we're looking at this weekend.
Saturday October 27
Martha Wainwright wants your help to raise money for her upcoming tour. If you want to help a Canadian singer get her live music out there, here's a real opportunity. Incentives are also involved.
We Got the Funk
Aaron Neville and "Hercules".
Songs Your Kids Should Know
Leslie Feist gives a special performance of "1 2 3 4" on Sesame Street:
Sunday October 28
Whitehorse may be a band largely based in the southern provinces of Canada. But that shouldn't stop you from conjuring up pictures of Whitehorse, Yukon while their tunes run through your head.
CBC Music is giving you a chance to see the Wallflowers live in concert. Wherever you're from in Canada, we'll fly you to Toronto to see the Wallflowers on November 6th at the Pheonix Concert Theatre. The prize includes flights for two, accomodations in Toronto, and tickets to the show. The contest closes on October 30th, so sign up quick!
Sarah McLachlan is one of those Canadian artists constantly using her powers for good. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is her establishment in Vancouver to give children an embracing, safe place to learn music. It's good to know the next generation of artists are getting guidance from the right songwriters.
Benjamin Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, looks like a typical indie-rock singer. But when you get past his thick-framed glasses look, you'll find a dedicated and athletic runner. We're playing brand new music from his solo album. It'll run around your head all morning.
In honour of Blue Rodeo's 25th year as a band, we're giving you as much Blue Rodeo as you can handle. They've re-released some of their best albums, and we've dedicated streams of music to playing those albums all day and night. You can pick to stream from Outskirts, Diamond Mine, Casino, Lost Together, and Five Days in July. All those albums have been compiled for their brand new box set, called Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993.
Sunday Soul Selection
Sam & Dave with "Soul Man".
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