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My Playlist with Jane Siberry

When things went south between Jane Siberry and the traditional music labels back in the mid-'90s (it had always been an uneasy alliance at best), Siberry didn't disappear into the ether; she just changed direction.

Siberry started her own label, Sheeba, and embraced the internet, quietly released her various recording projects and establishing traditions like annual December concerts at Joe's Pub in New York and Hugh's Room in Toronto. She generally followed her muse.

It certainly seems to have worked for her.

One day Siberry will perform in a traditional venue and the next in someone’s living room — and that living room could be anywhere in the world, from Findhorn, Scotland, to Fez, Morocco. She's on the road so much, it's probably a good thing that she sold her Toronto house and most of her possessions a while back and makes do with a suitcase, knapsack, guitar and laptop.

For Siberry, there is no big industry machine to pump up a new recording, organize media tours or deal with the mind-boggling logistics behind touring, from booking venues, hotels and keeping the travelling circus fed. Her musical choices for My Playlist follow that same path: simple and worldly. Have a listen as she discusses her love of artists from Joni Mitchell to Djivan Gasparyan.

My Playlist airs Sunday at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) and Wednesday at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.

posted by Judith Lynch at 3:00 AM
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